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Carry Nation

  • [Calling for a 'smashing' to protest drinking:] This appeal is made to the gentle, loving brave Christian women whose hearts are breaking with sympathy for the oppressed. ... Bring your hatchets.

    • Carry Nation,
    • in Topeka Journal ()
  • [Upon being jailed:] ... you put me in here a cub, but I will go out a roaring lion, and I will make all hell howl.

  • Washington's capitol is a reproach to common decency, this government like a fish, 'stinks worse at the head.'

  • [To a priest who smoked:] What a shame for a man to dress like a saint and smell like a devil!

  • God is a politician; so is the devil.

  • It is not possible to make a bad law. If it is bad, it is not a law.

  • The success of life, the formation of character, is in proportion to the courage one has to say to one's ownself: 'Thou shalt not.'

  • ... no man who drank or smoked could ever come nearer to me than the telephone. I'd say, I won't let you — you nicotine-soaked, beer-besmeared, whiskey-greased, red-eyed devil — talk to me face to face ...

    • Carry Nation,
    • 1901, in Carleton Beals, Cyclone Carry: The Story of Carry Nation ()
  • [When asked her occupation:] Destroyer of the works of the Devil by the direct order of God.

    • Carry Nation,
    • 1901, in Carleton Beals, Cyclone Carry: The Story of Carry Nation ()
  • A Pittsburgh factory is making me a lot of hatchets on which will be the words: 'Carry Nation's Loving Home Defenders. Smash the Saloon and build up the home.'

    • Carry Nation,
    • 1903, in Carleton Beals, Cyclone Carry: The Story of Carry Nation ()

Carry Nation, U.S. prohibitionist

(1846 - 1911)

Full name: Carry Amelia Moore Nation.