Quotes by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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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, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was also active in the anti-slavery Abolitionist movement. Stanton had a strong friendship with abolitionist and former slave Frederick Douglass. more

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

… 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.
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.
To think that all in me of which my father would have felt a proper pride had I been a man, is deeply mortifying to him because I am a woman.
But the love of offspring … tender and beautiful as it is, can not as a sentiment rank with conjugal love.
Declaration of Sentiments: Resolved: That the same amount of virtue, delicacy, and refinement of behavior that is required of woman in the social station, should also be required of man, and the same transgressions should be visited with equal severity on both man and woman.
It is impossible for one class to appreciate the wrongs of another.
It requires philosophy and heroism to rise above the opinion of the wise men of all nations and races ….
… 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.
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.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal …. // The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her.
Reformers who are always compromising, have not yet grasped the idea that truth is the only safe ground to stand upon.
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.

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