50+ Best Elizabeth Cady Stanton Quotes: Exclusive

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an American suffragist, social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure of the early women’s rights movement. Profoundly inspirational Elizabeth Cady Stanton quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Elizabeth Cady Stanton Quotes

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 ourselves, no eye nor touch of man or angel has ever pierced.

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

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.

To think that all in me of which my father would have felt proper pride had I been a man, is deeply mortifying to him because I am a woman.

We come into this world alone, unlike all who have gone before us…Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another.

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

Think of the inconvenience of vanishing as if it were from your friends and correspondents three times in one’s natural life.

There would be more sense in insisting on man’s limitations because he cannot be a mother than on a woman’s because she can be.

So long as women are slaves, men will be knaves.

The woman is uniformly sacrificed to the wife and mother.

Truth is the only safe ground to stand upon.

Men think that self-sacrifice is the most charming of all the cardinal virtues for women, and in order to keep it in healthy working order, they make opportunities for its illustration as often as possible.

We are, as a sex, infinitely superior to men, and if we were free and developed, healthy in body and mind, as we should be under natural conditions, our motherhood would be our glory. That function gives women such wisdom and power as no male can possess.

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.

The best protection any woman can have… is courage.

The happiest people I have known have been those who gave themselves no concern about their own souls, but did their utmost to mitigate the miseries of others.

Inspirational Elizabeth Cady Stanton Quotes

One would think that potential motherhood should make women as a class as sacred as the priesthood. In common parlance we have much fine-spun theorizing on the exalted office of the mother, her immense influence in molding the character of her sons; the hand that rocks the cradle moves the world.

No privileged order ever did see the wrongs of its own victims …

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

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

I poured out the torrent of my long-standing discontent and I challenged them to do and dare anything.


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

Dress loose, take a great deal of exercise, and be particular about your diet and sleep sound enough, the body has a great effect on the mind.

The strongest reason for giving women all the opportunities for higher education, for the full development of her faculties, her forces of mind and body… is the solitude and personal responsibility of her own individual life.

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

In a word, I am always busy, which is perhaps the chief reason why I am always well.

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

The more I think on the present condition of women, the more I am oppressed with the reality of their degradation.

Women of all classes are awakening to the necessity of self-support, but few are willing to do the ordinary useful work for which they are fitted.

It requires philosophy and heroism to rise above the opinion of the wise men of all nations and races.

To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all law into contempt.

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.

I thought that the chief thing to be done in order to equal boys was to be learned and courageous. So I decided to study Greek and learn to manage a horse.

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. Every truth we see is ours to give the world, not to keep for ourselves alone, for in so doing we cheat humanity out of their rights and check our own development.

Human beings lose their logic in their vindictiveness.

It was just so in the American Revolution, in 1776, the first delicacy the men threw overboard in Boston harbor was the tea, woman’s favorite beverage. The tobacco and whiskey, though heavily taxed, they clung to with the tenacity of the devil-fish.

To-day the woman is Mrs. Richard Roe, to-morrow Mrs. John Doe, and again Mrs. James Smith accordingly as she changes masters, and she has so little self-respect that she does not see the insult of the custom.

To throw obstacles in the way of a complete education is like putting out the eyes; to deny the rights of property is like cutting off the hands. To refuse political equality is to rob the ostracized of all self-respect, of credit in the marketplace, of recompense in the world of work, of a voice in choosing 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.

Whatever the theories may be of woman’s dependence on man, in the supreme moments of her life, he cannot bear her burdens. In the tragedies and triumphs of human experience, each mortal stands alone.

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

With age comes the inner, the higher life. Who would be forever young, to dwell always in externals?

We cannot accept any code or creed that uniformly defrauds woman of all her natural rights.

Woman will always be dependent until she holds a purse of her own.

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

To live for a principle, for the triumph of some reform by which all mankind are to be lifted up—to be wedded to an idea—may be, after all, the holiest and happiest of marriages.

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

Women degradation is in man’s idea of his sexual rights. Our religion, laws, customs, are all founded on the belief that woman was made for man.

It is impossible for one class to appreciate the wrongs of another.

The right is ours. Have it we must. Use it we will.

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