Susan B. Anthony

(Susan Brownell Anthony)

Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony
  • Born: February 15, 1820
  • Died: March 13, 1906
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Activist









Quote Topics Cited
Almost all men, as a general thing, violate the sanctity of the home. [Commit adultery] Families, Children & Parenting
Before you leave the presidential chair recommend a Constitutional amendment to enfranchise women. Discrimination & Prejudice
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. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about reform. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Failure is impossible. Failure ;Miscellaneous
Guilty? Yes. 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 drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime! Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
Handcuffs. If you believe I am a common criminal for voting, then handcuff me. Voters, Voting & Elections
I am certainly willing to fight for America as well as vote, but I shall fight just the way you did in the Civil War—at the end of a goose quill pen Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. Religion & God
I do not demand equal pay for any women save those who do equal work in value Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I would rather have President Roosevelt say one word to Congress in favor of amending the Constitution to give women the suffrage than to praise me endlessly! Minorities & Women
I’d rather make history than write it. History
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. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people—women as well as men. Citizenship & Patriotism
Join the union, girls, and together say Equal Pay for Equal Work. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Marriage has ever been a one-sided matter, resting most unequally upon the sexes. By it, man gains all- woman loses all; tyrant law and lust reign supreme with him- meek submission and ready obedience alone befit her. Minorities & Women
Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less. Minorities & Women
No compromise with slave holders! Discrimination & Prejudice ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
One-half of the people of this nation to-day are utterly powerless to blot from the statute books an unjust law, or to write there a new and a just one. Voters, Voting & Elections
Suffrage is the pivotal right. Equality & Equal Opportunity ;Voters, Voting & Elections
The one distinct feature of our Association has been the right of the individual opinion for every member. Miscellaneous
The only chance women have for justice in this country is to violate the law Justice & Injustice
The only question left to be settled now is: Are women persons? Minorities & Women
The true woman will not be exponent of another, or allow another to be such for her. She will be her own individual self... Stand or fall by her own individual wisdom and strength. Minorities & Women
There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers. Women ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
Well I've gone and done it. Voters, Voting & Elections
When our platform becomes too narrow for people of all creeds and of no creeds, I myself shall not stand upon it. Political Parties & Machines
Woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself. Miscellaneous
Would you make it [teaching] more lucrative, increase the salaries of the women engaged in the noble work of educating our future Presidents, Senators, and Congressmen. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
You had better not be resolving against individual action or there will be no end to it. Tomorrow it will be me you censure; then you. Miscellaneous
You have trampled under foot every vital principle of our government. My natural rights, my civil rights, my political rights, my judicial rights, are all alike ignored. Robbed of the fundamental privilege of citizenship, I am degraded from the status of a citizen to that of a subject. Citizenship & Patriotism
An oligarchy of race, where the Saxon rules the African, might be endured; but this oligarchy of sex which makes father, brothers, husband, sons, the oligarchs over the mother and sisters, the wife and daughters of every household... carries discord and rebellion into every home of the nation.
Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputations... can never effect a reform.
I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows. Religion & God
I beg you to speak of Woman as you do of the Negro, speak of her as a human being, as a citizen of the United States, as a half of the people in whose hands lies the destiny of this Nation.
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.
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. Religion & God
I do not consider divorce an evil by any means. It is just as much a refuge for women married to brutal men as Canada was to the slaves of brutal masters. Women
I do not demand equal pay for any women save those who do equal work in value. Scorn to be coddled by your employers; make them understand that you are in their service as workers, not as women. Women ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I don't want to die as long as I can work; the minute I can not, I want to go. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I have encountered riotous mobs and have been hung in effigy, but my motto is: Men's rights are nothing more. Women's rights are nothing less. Women
I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim. Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God. Women ;Religion & God
I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel. Time
I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet. Independence
I will cut off this right arm of mine before I will ask for the ballot for the Negro and not for the woman.
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. Money, Coins & Minting
Independence is happiness. Independence
Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less. Women
Modern invention has banished the spinning wheel, and the same law of progress makes the woman of today a different woman from her grandmother.
No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent.
Oh, if I could but live another century and see the fruition of all the work for women! There is so much yet to be done. Women ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Resolved, that the women of this nation in 1876, have greater cause for discontent, rebellion and revolution than the men of 1776. Women
She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life. Life
The day may be approaching when the whole world will recognize woman as the equal of man.
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. Power
The worst enemy women have is in the pulpit. Women
There is not a woman born who desires to eat the bread of dependence.
This is rather different from the receptions I used to get fifty years ago. They threw things at me then but they were not roses.
To think, I have had more than 60 years of hard struggle for a little liberty, and then to die without it seems so cruel.
Trust me that as I ignore all law to help the slave, so will I ignore it all to protect an enslaved woman. Trust ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
White men have always controlled their wives' wages. Colored men were not able to do so until they themselves became free. Then they owned both their wives and their wages.
Whoever controls work and wages, controls morals. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Women, we might as well be dogs baying the moon as petitioners without the right to vote! Women
You would better educate ten women into the practice of liberal principles than to organize a thousand on a platform of intolerance and bigotry. Women