Quotations by Anthony, Susan B.


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, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences.

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) American reformer, aboltionist, sufferagist
“On the Campaign for Divorce Law Reform” (1860)
Added on 8-Jul-09 | Last updated 3-May-21
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , , , , , ,
More quotes by Anthony, Susan B.

I tell them I have worked 40 years to make the W.S. platform broad enough for Atheists and Agnostics to stand upon, and now if need be I will fight the next 40 to keep it Catholic enough to permit the straightest Orthodox religionist to speak or pray and count her beads upon.

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) American reformer, aboltionist, sufferagist
(Attributed)
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 1-Feb-04
Link to this post | No comments
More quotes by Anthony, Susan B.

Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these.

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) American reformer, aboltionist, sufferagist
(Attributed)
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 1-Feb-04
Link to this post | No comments
More quotes by Anthony, Susan B.

The religious persecution of the ages has been done under what was claimed to be the command of God. I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice that it always coincides with their own desires.

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) American reformer, aboltionist, sufferagist
Address to National American Woman Suffrage Association, Washington (23-28 Jan 1896)
    (Source)
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 21-Dec-20
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , ,
More quotes by Anthony, Susan B.

What you should say to outsiders is that a Christian has neither more nor less rights in our Association than an atheist. When our platform becomes too narrow for people of all creeds and of no creeds, I myself shall not stand upon it.

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) American reformer, aboltionist, sufferagist
Address to National American Woman Suffrage Association, Washington (23 Jan 1896)

Quoted in Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper, History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, ch. 16 (1902).
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 1-Feb-04
Link to this post | No comments
More quotes by Anthony, Susan B.

It has always been thought perfectly womanly to be a scrub-woman in the Legislature and to take care of the spittoons; that is entirely within the charmed circle of woman’s sphere; but for women to occupy any of those official seats would be degrading.

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) American reformer, aboltionist, sufferagist
Address to National Woman Suffrage Association, Atlanta (31 Jan 1895)

Regarding the argument that women's involvement in politics would "degrade" them. Quoted in Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper, History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, ch. 15 (1902).
Added on 29-Feb-08 | Last updated 29-Feb-08
Link to this post | No comments
More quotes by Anthony, Susan B.

I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel. It gives her a feeling of freedom, self-reliance and independence. The moment she takes her seat she knows she can’t get into harm while she is on her bicycle, and away she goes, the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) American reformer, aboltionist, sufferagist
Letter to the editor of “Sidepath” magazine (1898)
Added on 30-Jan-15 | Last updated 30-Jan-15
Link to this post | No comments
Topics: , , , , , ,
More quotes by Anthony, Susan B.

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

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) American reformer, aboltionist, sufferagist
Motto of Revolution (newspaper) (1868)
Added on 26-Mar-10 | Last updated 26-Mar-10
Link to this post | No comments
More quotes by Anthony, Susan B.