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Jeannette Rankin

  • Instead of thinking about where you are, think about where you want to be. It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success.

    • Jeannette Rankin
  • There can be no compromise with war; it cannot be reformed or controlled; cannot be disciplined into decency or codified into common sense, for war is the slaughter of human beings, temporarily regarded as enemies, on as large a scale as possible.

    • Jeannette Rankin,
    • speech before the National Council for the Prevention of War ()
  • As a woman I can't go to war, and I refuse to send anyone else.

    • Jeannette Rankin,
    • 1941, in Hannah Josephson, Jeannette Rankin: First Lady in Congress ()
  • You take people as far as they will go, not as far as you would like them to go.

    • Jeannette Rankin,
    • in Hannah Josephson, Jeannette Rankin: First Lady in Congress ()
  • I want to stand by my country, but I cannot vote for war. I vote no.

    • Jeannette Rankin,
    • casting her vote against declaration of war (1917), in Hannah Geffen Josephson, Jeannette Rankin: First Lady in Congress ()
  • You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.

    • Jeannette Rankin,
    • in Hannah Josephson, Jeannette Rankin: First Lady in Congress ()
  • Men are not killed because they get mad at each other. They're killed because one of them has a gun in any dispute.

    • Jeannette Rankin,
    • 1966, in Hannah Josephson, Jeannette Rankin: First Lady in Congress ()
  • We're half the people; we should be half the Congress.

    • Jeannette Rankin,
    • 1966, in Hannah Josephson, Jeannette Rankin: First Lady in Congress ()
  • Small use it will be to save democracy for the race if we cannot save the race for democracy.

    • Jeannette Rankin,
    • speech to the U.S. House (1917), in Hannah Josephson, Jeannette Rankin: First Lady in Congress ()
  • The individual woman is required ... a thousand times a day to choose either to accept her appointed role and thereby rescue her good disposition out of the wreckage of her self-respect, or else follow an independent line of behavior and rescue her self-respect out of the wreckage of her good disposition.

    • Jeannette Rankin,
    • in Hannah Josephson, Jeannette Rankin: First Lady in Congress ()
  • Men and women are like right and left hands; it doesn't make sense not to use both.

    • Jeannette Rankin,
    • in Esther Stineman Lanigan, American Political Women ()
  • The most disappointing feature of working for a cause is that so few people have a philosophy of life. We used to say, in the suffrage movement, that we could trust the woman who believed in suffrage, but we could never trust the woman who just wanted to vote.

    • Jeannette Rankin,
    • in Kevin S. Giles, Flight of the Dove: The Story of Jeannette Rankin ()
  • Go! Go! Go! It makes no difference where, just so you go! go! go! Remember, at the first opportunity, go!

    • Jeannette Rankin,
    • in Kevin S. Giles, Flight of the Dove: The Story of Jeannette Rankin ()
  • How can this Congress, which voted for war to make the world safe for democracy not allow women this small measure of democracy.

    • Jeannette Rankin,
    • to the House of Representatives (1918), in Louise Bernikow, The American Women's Almanac ()

Jeannette Rankin, U.S. politician, pacifist, suffragist

(1880 - 1973)

Full name: Jeannette Pickering Rankin.