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“There is a broad distinction between religion and theology. The one is a natural, human experience common to all well-organized minds. The other is a system of speculations about the unseen and the unknowable, which the human mind has no power to grasp or explain, and these speculations vary with every sect, age, and type of civilization. No one knows any more of what lies beyond our sphere of action than thou and I, and we know nothing.”
“Let woman then go on — not asking favors, but claiming as a right the removal of all hindrances to her elevation in the scale of being — let her receive encouragement for the proper cultivation of all her powers, so that she may enter profitably into the active business of life ...”
“In the true marriage relation, the independence of the husband and wife is equal, the dependence mutual and their obligations reciprocal.”
“Liberty is not less a blessing, because oppression has so long darkened the mind that it can not appreciate it.”
“Women's property has been taxed, equally with that of men's, to sustain colleges endowed by the states; but they have not been permitted to enter those high seminaries of learning.”
“... the Law has made the man and wife one person, and that one person the husband!”
“It is not Christianity but priestcraft that has subjected woman as we find her.”
“We too often bind ourselves by authorities rather than by truth.”
“I want that there should be a belief, a faith in the possibility of removing mountains to the side of right. If we believe that war is wrong, as everyone must, then we ought to believe that by proper efforts on our part, it may be done away with.”
“The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation, because in the degradation of woman the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source.”
Lucretia Mott, U.S. women's rights worker, abolitionist, minister, pacifist, social reformer
(1793 - 1880)
Full name: Lucretia Coffin Mott.