Quotations by Susan B. Anthony

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Susan B. Anthony, American civil rights leader

Susan Brownell Anthony (February 15, 1820 - March 13, 1906) was a prominent American civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the 19th century women's rights movement to secure women's suffrage in the United States. She traveled the United States and Europe, and gave 75 to 100 speeches per year on women's rights for some 45 years. Susan B. Anthony died in Rochester, New York in her house at 17 Madison Street on March 13, 1906, and is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery. (Source: Wikipedia)


Susan Brownell Anthony
  1. 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.

  2. Failure is impossible.

  3. I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.

  4. 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.

  5. It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.

  6. It's too bad that our bodies wear out while our interests are just as strong as ever.

  7. No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death, but oh, thrice guilty is he who, for selfish gratification, heedless of her prayers, indifferent to her fate, drove her to the desperation that impelled her to the crime!

  8. Resolved, that the women of this nation in 1876, have greater cause for discontent, rebellion and revolution than the men of 1776.

  9. Suffrage is the pivotal right.

  10. The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball--the further I am rolled the more I gain.

  11. The true Republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.


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