Today I was again looking for something to really inspire Me and the quote below absolutely did… I love it!  🙂

I knew that I had heard this woman’s name before but I didn’t know who she was or what wonderful ways she might have contributed to society.

Yet as I read about Margaret, I became more and more excited….more and more inspired about the woman that she was.  I felt her passion for learning, teaching, empowering… and needed to share her with you!

I hope that her life and words inspire you too!


“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.”
— Margaret Fuller


Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli (May 23, 1810 – July 19, 1850), commonly known as Margaret Fuller, was an American journalist, critic, and women’s rights advocate associated with the American transcendentalism movement.


Born Sarah Margaret Fuller in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she was given a substantial early education by her father, Timothy Fuller.


She later had more formal schooling and became a teacher before, in 1839, she began overseeing what she called “conversations”: discussions among women meant to compensate for their lack of access to higher education.


She was the first full-time American female book reviewer in journalism. Her book Woman in the Nineteenth Century is considered the first major feminist work in the United States.


By the time she was in her 30s, Fuller had earned a reputation as the best-read person in New England, male or female, and became the first woman allowed to use the library at Harvard College.


I think based on her childhood and upbringing, Margaret had a very strong desire to learn, to teach, to share, and put simply, to impart knowledge to others…most especially women.  

I am so impressed with the reputation she earned throughout New England as well as being the first woman allowed access to the prestigious library of Harvard!  How amazingly notable and brilliant is that?!?!

So, what about you??  Does Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli inspire you?!?