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Susan B. Anthony

  • The true republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • motto, in The Revolution ()
  • Why should we not pray to our mother who are in heaven, as well as to our father?

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • in The Revolution ()
  • Join the union, girls, and together say, 'Equal Pay for Equal Work!'

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • in The Revolution ()
  • Marriage, to women as to men, must be a luxury, not a necessity; an incident of life, not all of it. And the only possible way to accomplish this great change is to accord to women equal power in the making, shaping and controlling of the circumstances of life.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • speech ()
  • Gentlemen ... Do you not see that so long as society says a woman is incompetent to be a lawyer, minister or doctor, but has ample ability to be a teacher, that every man of you who chooses this profession tacitly acknowledges that he has no more brains than a woman?

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • speech ()
  • There will never be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and to elect lawmakers.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • in The Arena ()
  • When I was young, if a girl married poverty, she bcame a drudge; if she married wealth, she became a doll.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • in Ida Husted Harper, The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony ()
  • No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • in Ida Husted Harper, The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony ()
  • Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • 1860, in Ida Husted Harper, The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony ()
  • The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • in Ida Husted Harper, The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony ()
  • It is urged that the use of the masculine pronouns he, his, and him in all the constitutions and laws, is proof that only men were meant to be included in their provisions. If you insist on this version of the letter of the law, we shall insist that you be consistent and accept the other horn of the dilemma, which would compel you to exempt women from taxation for the support of the government and from penalties for the violation of laws. There is no she or her or hers in the tax laws, and this is equally true of all the criminal laws.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • 1872, in Ida Husted Harper, The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony ()
  • I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • in Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper, eds., The History of Woman Suffrage, vol. IV ()
  • Just as long as newspapers and magazines are controlled by men, every woman upon them must write articles which are reflections of men's ideas. As long as that continues, women's ideas and deepest convictions will never get before the public.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • in Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper, eds., The History of Woman Suffrage, vol. IV ()
  • At every political convention all matters of right, of justice, of the eternal verities themselves, are swallowed up in the one all-important question, 'Will it bring party success?'

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • in Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper, eds., The History of Woman Suffrage, vol. IV ()
  • Failure is impossible.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • speech ()
  • We shall some day be heeded, and when we shall have our amendment to the Constitution of the United States, everybody will think it was always so, just exactly as many young people believe that all the privileges, all the freedom, all the enjoyments which woman now possesses always were hers. They have no idea of how every single inch of ground that she stands upon today has been gained by the hard work of some little handful of women of the past.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • 1894, in Lynn Sherr, ed., Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words ()
  • Sentiment never was and never can be a guarantee for justice.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • in Lynn Sherr, ed., Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words ()
  • When society is rightly organized, the wife and mother will have time, wish and will to grow intellectually, and will know that the limits of her sphere, the extent of her duties, are prescribed only by the measure of her ability.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • 1853, in Lynn Sherr, ed., Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words ()
  • ... it is only through a wholesome discontent with things as they are, that we ever try to make them any better.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • letter, 1883, in Lynn Sherr, ed., Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words ()
  • [On the bicycle:] I think it has done a great deal to emancipate women. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel. It gives her a feeling of freedom, self-reliance and independence ... and away she goes, the the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • 1898, in Lynn Sherr, ed., Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words ()
  • The fact is, women are in chains, and their servitude is all the more debasing because they do not realize it.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • 1870, in Lynn Sherr, ed., Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words ()
  • Inconsistency is the jewel of the American people.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • 1895, in Lynn Sherr, ed., Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words ()
  • Governments never do any great good things from mere principle, from mere love of justice ... You expect too much of human nature when you expect that.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • speech, 1891, in Lynn Sherr, ed., Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words ()
  • I find the older I get the greater power I have to help the world. I am like a snowball — the farther I am rolled the more I gain.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • interview (1896), in Lynn Sherr, ed., Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words ()
  • If a man's public record be a clear one, if he has kept his pledges before the world, I do not inquire what his private life may have been. I judge a man by his convictions of right, for a man's principles are the result of his better judgment, whilst his practice is influenced by his associations.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • in Lynn Sherr, ed., Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words ()
  • Independent bread gives independent morals: — while pecuniary dependence makes moral subserviency; — So get money — get wealth --

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • 1874, in Lynn Sherr, ed., Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words ()
  • I pray every single second of my life — not on my knees but with my work ... Work and worship are one with me.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • 1896, in Lynn Sherr, ed., Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words ()
  • I do not assume that woman is better than man. I do assume that she has a different way of looking at things.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • interview (1893), in Lynn Sherr, ed., Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words ()
  • I firmly believe that some day a woman will be elected President of the United States.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • interview, 1905, in Lynn Sherr, ed., Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words ()
  • Woman must have a purse of her own.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • 1853, in Annie Laurie Gaylor, ed., Women Without Superstition "No Gods--No Masters": The Collected Writings of Women Freethinkers of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries ()
  • Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit, and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these.

    • Susan B. Anthony
  • Nothing is hopeless that is right.

    • Susan B. Anthony
  • O Slavery, hateful thing ...

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • 1854, in Deborah Hopkinson, Susan B. Anthony: Fighter for Women's Rights ()
  • If I could only live another century!

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • 1902, in Deborah Hopkinson, Susan B. Anthony: Fighter for Women's Rights ()
  • To be successful a person must attempt but one reform. By urging two, both are injured, as the average mind can grasp and assimilate but one idea at a time.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • in Lynn Sherr, ed., Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words ()
  • If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals.

    • Susan B. Anthony,
    • in Lynn Sherr, ed., Failure Is Impossible: Susan B. Anthony in Her Own Words ()

Susan B. Anthony, U.S. suffragist, editor, abolitionist, newspaper publisher

(1820 - 1906)

Full name: Susan Brownell Anthony.