Inspired By: Emilie du Chatelet
Let us choose for ourselves our path in life, and let us try to strew that path with flowers.
Judge me for my own merits, or lack of them, but do not look upon me as a mere appendage to this great general or that great scholar, this star that shines at the court of France or that famed author. I am in my own right a whole person, responsible to myself alone for all that I am, all that I say, all that I do. It may be that there are metaphysicians and philosophers whose learning is greater than mine, although I have not met them. Yet, they are but frail humans, too, and have their faults; so, when I add the sum total of my graces, I confess I am inferior to no one.
One of the great secrets of happiness is to moderate one’s desires and to love the things already in one’s possession.
Émilie du Châtelet was a self-educated mathematician, physicist, philosopher, and author. Despite these credentials, she was better known for an affair with the writer Voltaire which caused her to give up most of her social standing…but also allowed her to become more involved with mathematics. Read more about her here.