Abortive Quotes (2 quotes)
If Bacon erred here [in valuing mathematics only for its uses], we must acknowledge that we greatly prefer his error to the opposite error of Plato. We have no patience with a philosophy which, like those Roman matrons who swallowed abortives in order to preserve their shapes, takes pains to be barren for fear of being homely.
[American] Motherhood is like being a crack tennis player or ballet dancerit lasts just so long, then its over. Weve made an abortive effort to turn women into people. Weve sent them to school and put them in slacks. But weve focused on wifehood and reproductivity with no clue about what to do with mother after the children have left home. Weve found no way of using the resources of women in the 25 years of post-menopausal zest. As a result many women seem to feel they should live on the recognition and care of society.