• Hitherto I have courted Truth with a kind of Romantick Passion, in spite of all Difficulties and Discouragements: for knowledge is thought so unnecessary an Accomplishment for a Woman, that few will give themselves the Trouble to assist us in the Attainment of it.

    John Norris, Mary Astell (1705). “Letters concerning the love of God, between the author of the Proposal to the ladies, and Mr. John Norris: wherein his late discourse, showing that it ought to be intire and exclusive of all other loves, is further cleared and justified”, p.53