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Elizabeth Cady Stanton (November 12, 1815 October 26, 1902) was a social activist, and a leading figure of the early women's rights movement in the United States. With her husband, Henry Stanton and cousin, Gerrit Smith, ... more

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

To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law into contempt.
We found nothing grand in the history of the Jews nor in the morals inculcated in the Pentateuch. I know of no other books that so fully teach the subjection and degradation of woman.
I am always busy, which is perhaps the chief reason why I am always well.
The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation.
… the impassable gulf that lies between riches and poverty.
It is a proud moment in a woman’s life to reign supreme within four walls, to be the one to whom all questions of domestic pleasure and economy are referred.
… one of the best gifts of the gods … a good, faithful housekeeper … But for this noble, self-sacrificing woman, much of my public work would have been quite impossible.
Why is it more ridiculous to arraign ecclesiastics for their false teaching and acts of injustice to women, than members of Congress and the House of Commons?
Two pure souls fused into one by an impassioned love--friends, counselors--a mutual support and inspiration to each other amid life's struggles, must know the highest human happiness;--this is marriage; and this is the only cornerstone of an enduring home.
Besides the obstinancy of the nurse, I had the ignorance of the physicians to contend with.
I have no sympathy with the old idea that children owe such immense gratitude to their parents that they can never fulfill their obligations to them. I think the obligation is all on the other side.