The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.

— Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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A government is just only when the whole people share equally in its protection and advantages.


The best protection any woman can have... is courage.


We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.


The heyday of woman's life is the shady side of fifty.


The whole tone of Church teaching in regard to women is, to the last degree, contemptuous and degrading.


When we consider that women are treated as property it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit.


Because man and woman are the complement of one another, we need woman's thought in national affairs to make a safe and stable government.


I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives but as nouns.


A man in love will jump to pick up a glove or a bouquet for a silly girl of sixteen, whilst at home he will permit his aged mother to carry pails of water and armfuls of wood, or his wife to lug a twenty-pound baby, hour after hour, without ever offe


They who say that women do not desire the right of suffrage, that they prefer masculine domination to self-government, falsify every page of history, every fact in human experience. It has taken the whole power of the civil and canon law to hold woman in the subordinate position which it is said she willingly accepts.


Progress is the victory of a new thought over old superstitions.


Nothing strengthens the judgement and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility.


About Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Quotes 199 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Activist
Birthday October 16

Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another.


The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation.


Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.


Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility.


Our 'pathway' is straight to the ballot box, with no variableness nor shadow of turning.


Come, come, my conservative friend, wipe the dew off your spectacles, and see that the world is moving.


In her present ignorance, woman's religion, instead of making her noble and free, by the wrong application of great principles ofright and justice, has made her bondage but more certain and lasting, her degradation more hopeless and complete.


When women understand that governments and religions are human inventions;

that Bibles, prayer-books, catechisms, and encyclical letters are all emanations from the brains of man, they will no longer be oppressed by the injunctions that come to them with the divine authority of *Thus sayeth the Lord.*


Words cannot describe the indignation a proud woman feels for her sex in disfranchisement.


While women were tortured, drowned and burned by the thousands, scarce one wizard to a hundred was ever condemned ... The same distinction of sex appears in our own day. One code of morals for men, another for women.


The prolonged slavery of woman is the darkest page in human history.


The religious superstitions of women perpetuate their bondage more than all other adverse influences.


Out of the doctrine of original sin grew the crimes and miseries of asceticism, celibacy and witchcraft; woman becoming the helpless victim of all these delusions.


[On women's role in the home:] Every wife, mother and housekeeper feels at present that there is some screw loose in the household situation.


The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality.


You who have read the history of nations, from Moses down to our last election, where have you ever seen one class looking after the interests of another?


Woman's degradation is in mans idea of his sexual rights.

Our religion, laws, customs, are all founded on the belief that woman was made for man.


To deny political equality is to rob the ostracised of all self-respect;

of credit in the market place; of recompense in the world of work; of a voice among those who make and administer the law; a choice in the jury before whom they are tried, and in the judge who decides their punishment.


Love is the vital essence that pervades and permeates, from the center to the circumference, the graduating circles of all thought and action. Love is the talisman of human weal and woe -the open sesame to every soul.


The more complete the despotism, the more smoothly all things move on the surface.


That only a few, under any circumstances, protest against the injustice of long-established laws and customs, does not disprove the fact of the oppressions, while the satisfaction of the many, if real only proves their apathy and deeper degradation.


The first step in the elevation of women under all systems of religion is to convince them that the great Spirit of the Universe is in no way responsible for any of these absurdities.


To develop our real selves, we need time alone for thought and meditation.

To be always giving out and never pumping in, the well runs dry.


Woman's discontent increases in exact proportion to her development.


There is a solitude, which each and every one of us has always carried with him, more inaccessible than the ice-cold mountains, more profound than the midnight sea; the solitude of self. Our inner being, which we call ourself, no eye nor touch of man or angel has ever pierced.


Truth is the only safe ground to stand on.


Throughout this protracted and disgraceful assault on American womanhood, the clergy baptized each new insult and act of injustice in the name of the Christian religion, and uniformly asked God's blessing on proceedings that would have put to shame an assembly of Hottentots.


Religious superstitions more than all other influences put together cripple & enslave woman, but so long as women themselves do not see it & hug their chains, we have a great educational work to do.


Social science affirms that a woman's place in society marks the level of civilization.


One remarkable fact stands out in the history of witchcraft;

and that is, its victims were chiefly women. Scarce one wizard to a hundred witches was ever burned or tortured.


To refuse political equality is to rob the ostracized of all self-respect.


The isolation of every human soul and the necessity of self- dependence must give each individual the right to choose his own surroundings.


I view it as one of the greatest crimes to shadow the minds of the young with these gloomy superstitions, and with fears of the unknown and the unknowable to poison all their joy in life.


... not only dowomen sufferindignities in daily life, but the literature of the world proclaims their inferiority and divinely decreed subjection in all history, sacred and profane, in science, philosophy, poetry, and song.


I think all these reverend gentlemen who insist on the word 'obey' in the marriage service should be removed for a clear violation of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Federal Constitution, which says there shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude within the United States.


Nature, like a loving mother, is ever trying to keep land and sea, mountain and valley, each in its place, to hush the angry winds and waves, balance the extremes of heat and cold, of rain and drought, that peace, harmony and beauty may reign supreme.


Human beings lose their logic in their vindictiveness.