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Maria Chapman

  • Custom is never, by her nature, the handmaid of freedom ...

  • ... all external opposition, in whatever form it may appear, is harmless, compared to internal sedition.

  • We may draw good out of evil: we must not do evil, that good may come.

    • Maria Chapman,
    • speech ()
  • In a republican land the power behind the throne is the power.

    • Maria Chapman,
    • speech ()
  • Confusion has seized us, and all things go wrong, / The women have leaped from 'their spheres,' / And, instead of fixed stars, shoot as comets along, / And are setting the world by the ears!

    • Maria Chapman,
    • "The Times That Try Men's Souls" (1838), in Elizabeth Cady Stanton, History of Woman Suffrage ()
  • They've taken a notion to speak for themselves, / And are wielding the tongue and the pen; / They've mounted the rostrum; the termagent elves, / And — oh horrid! — are talking to men! / With faces unblanched in our presence they come / To harangue us, they say, in behalf of the dumb.

    • Maria Chapman,
    • "The Times That Try Men's Souls" (1838), in Elizabeth Cady Stanton, History of Woman Suffrage ()

Maria Chapman, U.S. abolitionist, women's rights worker, philanthropist

(1806 - 1885)

Full name: Maria Weston Chapman.