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Sarah M. Grimké

  • [On the Adam and Eve story:] They both fell from innocence, and consequently from happiness, but not from equality.

  • I ask no favors for my sex. All I ask of our brethren is, that they will take their feet from off our necks ...

  • [On the New Testament:] I ... must enter my protest against the false translation of some passages by the men who did that work, and against the perverted interpretation by the men who undertook to write commentaries thereon. I am inclined to think, when we [women] are admitted to the honor of studying Greek and Hebrew, we shall produce some various readings of the Bible a little different from those we now have.

  • ... whatsoever it is morally right for a man to do, it is morally right for a woman to do.

  • In all ages, through all the varied experience of individuals and nations, knowledge has been the power which has civilized, elevated and dignified humanity. In those countries where progress has been most rapid, the thirst for knowledge has been most intense.

    • Sarah M. Grimké,
    • "The Education of Women" (c. 1852), in Elizabeth Ann Bartlett, ed., Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and Other Essays ()
  • Good and evil, as we term them, are not antagonistic; they are ever found hand in hand. Humanity has never achieved a single conquest without the aid of both. Indeed how can she? What adds to moral strength, but a grappling with temptation?

    • Sarah M. Grimké,
    • "The Education of Women" (c. 1852), in Elizabeth Ann Bartlett, ed., Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and Other Essays ()
  • An idea built the wall of separation between the sexes, and an idea will crumble it to dust ...

    • Sarah M. Grimké,
    • "The Education of Women" (c. 1852), in Elizabeth Ann Bartlett, ed., Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and Other Essays ()
  • [Women] are early taught that to appear to yield is the only way to govern.

    • Sarah M. Grimké,
    • in Larry Ceplair, The Public Years of Sarah and Angelina Grimke ()

Sarah M. Grimké, U.S. abolitionist, writer, suffragist

(1792 - 1873)

Full name: Sarah Moore Grimké