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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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Woman’s discontent increases in exact proportion to her development. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The heyday of woman’s life is the shady side of fifty. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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

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

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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

To deny political equality is to rob the ostracized 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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

You may consider me presumptuous, gentlemen, but I claim to be a citizen of the United States, with all the qualifications of a voter. I can read the Constitution, I am possessed of two hundred and fifty dollars, and the last time I looked in the old family Bible I found I was over twenty-one years of age. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Every truth we see is one to give to the world, not to keep to ourselves alone. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Surely the immutable laws of the universe can teach more impressive and exalted lessons than the holy books of all the religions on earth. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I decline to accept Hebrew mythology as a guide to twentieth-century science. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Womanhood is the great fact in her life; wifehood and motherhood are but incidental relations. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

When I first heard from the lips of Lucretia Mott that I had the same right to think for myself that Luther, Calvin, and John Knox had, and the same right to be guided by my own convictions, and would no doubt live a higher, happier life than if guided by theirs, it was like suddenly coming into the rays of the noon-day sun, after wandering with a rushlight in the caves the earth. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

When women can support themselves, have entry to all the trades and professions, with a house of their own over their heads and a bank account, they will own their bodies and be dictators in the social realm. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I am always busy, which is perhaps the chief reason why I am always well. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I do believe that half a dozen commonplace attorneys could so mystify and misconstrue the Ten Commandments, and so confuse Moses’ surroundings on Mount Sinai, that the great law-giver, if he returned to this planet, would doubt his own identity, abjure every one of his deliverances, yea, even commend the very sins he so clearly forbade his people. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Though motherhood is the most important of all the professions – requiring more knowledge than any other department in human affairs – there was no attention given to preparation for this office. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

They tell us sometimes that if we had only kept quiet, all these desirable things would have come about of themselves. I am reminded of the Greek clown who, having seen an archer bring down a flying bird, remarked, sagely: ‘You might have saved your arrow, for the bird would anyway have been killed by the fall.’ – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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

If the Bible teaches the equality of women, why does the church refuse to ordain women to preach the gospel, to fill the offices of deacons and elders, and to administer the Sacraments…? – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The great lesson that nature seems to teach us at all ages is self-dependence, self-protection, self-support. In the hours of our keenest sufferings all are thrown wholly on themselves for consolation. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Where no individual in a community is denied his rights, the mass are the more perfectly protected in theirs; for whenever any class is subject to fraud or injustice, it shows that the spirit of tyranny is at work, and no one can tell where or how or when the infection will spread. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Nothing adds such dignity to character as the recognition of one’s self- sovereignty. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Heavenly Father and Mother, make us thankful for all the blessings of this life, and make us ever mindful of the patient hands that oft in weariness spread our tables and prepare our daily food. For humanity’s sake, Amen. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

My religious superstition gave place to rational ideas based on scientific facts, and in proportion as I looked at everything from a new standpoint, I grew more happy day by day. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The prolonged slavery of woman is the darkest page in human history. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

It is the inalienable right of all to be happy. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Women are afraid. It is unpopular to question the bible. They are creatures of tradition. They fear to question their position in the testament, as they feared to advocate suffrage fifty years ago. Now they are quarreling as to which were among the first to advocate it. You see they are not used to abuse as I am. In Albany, fifty years ago, when I went before the legislature to plead for a married woman’s right to her own property, the women whom I met in society crossed the street rather than speak to me. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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? – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Whatever the theories may be of woman’s dependence on man, in the supreme moments of her life he cannot bear her burdens. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Words cannot describe the indignation a proud woman feels for her sex in disfranchisement. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The more complete the despotism, the more smoothly all things move on the surface. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Oh, the shortcomings and inconsistency of the average human being, especially when this human being is a man trying to manage women’s affairs! – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

How can any woman believe that a loving and merciful God would, in one breath, command Eve to multiply and replenish the earth, and in the next, pronounce a curse upon her maternity? I do not believe that God inspired the Mosaic code or gave out the laws about women which he is accused of doing. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women’s emancipation. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Men as a general rule have very little reverence for trees. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Woman has been the great unpaid laborer of the world. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The Bible contains some of the most sublime passages in English literature, but is also full of contradictions, inconsistencies, and absurdities. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I often saw weary little women coming to the table after most exhausting labors, and large, bumptious husbands spreading out their hands and thanking the Lord for the meals that the dear women had prepared, as if the whole came down like manna from heaven. So, I preached a sermon in the blessing I gave. You will notice that it has three heresies in it: Heavenly Father and Mother, make us thankful for all the blessings of this life, and make us ever mindful of the patient hands that oft in weariness spread our tables and prepare our daily food. For humanity’s sake, Amen. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The best protection any woman can have… is courage. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The strongest reason why we ask for woman a voice in the government under which she lives; in the religion she is asked to believe; equality in social life, where she is the chief factor; a place in the trades and professions, where she may earn her bread, is because of her birthright to self-sovereignty; because, as an individual, she must rely on herself. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Truth is the only safe ground to stand on. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I would have girls regard themselves not as adjectives but as nouns. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The bible teaches that women brought sin and death into the world. I don’t believe that any man ever talked with god. The bible was written by man out of his love of domination. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

With age come the inner, the higher life. Who would be forever young, to dwell always in externals? – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

So long as women are slaves, men will be knaves. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

God, in His wisdom, has so linked the whole human family together that any violence done at one end of the chain is felt throughout its length. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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

Progress is the victory of a new thought over old superstitions. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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

A woman will always be dependent until she holds a purse of her own. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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

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

Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Every man who is not for us in this prolonged struggle for liberty is responsible for the present degradation of the mothers of the race. It is pitiful to see how few men ever have made our cause their own, but while leaving us to fight our battle alone, they have been unsparing in their criticism of every failure. Of all the battles for liberty in the long past, woman only has been left to fight her own, without help and with all the powers of earth and heaven, human and divine, arrayed against her. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

To refuse political equality is to rob the ostracized of all self-respect. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Human beings lose their logic in their vindictiveness. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The woman is uniformly sacrificed to the wife and mother. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

To throw obstacles in the way of a complete education is like putting out the eyes. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The greatest block today in the way of woman’s emancipation is the church, the canon law, the Bible and the priesthood. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The religious superstitions of women perpetuate their bondage more than all other adverse influences. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The memory of my own suffering has prevented me from ever shadowing one young soul with the superstition of the Christian religion. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

We are the only class in history that has been left to fight its battles alone, unaided by the ruling powers. White labor and the freed black men had their champions, but where are ours? – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

It is impossible for one class to appreciate the wrongs of another. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

When lions paint pictures men will not always be represented as conquerors. When women translate laws, constitutions, bibles and philosophies, man will not always be the declared heard of the church, the state, and the home. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Did I not feel that the time has come for the questions of women’s wrongs to be laid before the public? Did I not believe that women herself must do this work, for women alone understand the height, the depth, the breadth of her degradation. – Seneca Falls Convention, 1848 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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

How long will the heathens rage? – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

All the men of the Old Testament were polygamists, and Christ and Paul, the central figures of the New Testament, were celibates, and condemned marriage by both precept and example. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Social science affirms that a woman’s place in society marks the level of civilization. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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

The voice of woman has been silenced in the state, the church, and the home, but man cannot fulfill his destiny alone, he cannot redeem his race unaided. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Put it down in capital letters: SELF-DEVELOPMENT IS A HIGHER DUTY THAN SELF-SACRIFICE. The thing that most retards and militates against women’s self development is self-sacrifice. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

But the love of offspring…tender and beautiful as it is, can not as sentiment rank with conjugal love. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

No matter how much women prefer to lean, to be protected and supported, nor how much men desire to have them do so, they must make the voyage of life alone, and for safety in an emergency they must know something of the laws of navigation. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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

No mortal ever has been, no mortal ever will be like the soul just launched on the sea of life. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The queens in history compare favorably with the kings. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

You may go over the world and you will find that every form of religion which has breathed upon this earth has degraded woman. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I never saw so intelligent a man has so much trouble in getting out a connected sentence. Ever since I have known him, he has desired to have a long talk with me, but he never gets started; and yet each time he meets me with renewed zest for the outpouring. It is like getting congealed liquid from a demijohn; you know the jug is large and full, but getting the contents out is the problem. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

There is a great deal in a name. It often signifies much and may involve a great principle. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

It is in vain to look for the elevation of woman so long as she is degraded in marriage. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I have been into many of the ancient cathedrals – grand, wonderful, mysterious. But I always leave them with a feeling of indignation because of the generations of human beings who have struggled in poverty to build these altars to the unknown god. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Such is the nature of the marriage relation that a breach once made cannot be healed, and it is the height of folly to waste one’s life in vain efforts to make a binary compound of two diverse elements. What would we think of the chemist who should sit twenty years trying to mix oil and water, and insist upon it that his happiness depended upon the result of the experiment? – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

If we buy a plant of a horticulturist we ask him many questions as to its needs, whether it thrives best in sunshine or in shade, whether it needs much or little water, what degrees of heat or cold; but when we hold in our arms for the first time a being of infinite possibilities, in whose wisdom may rest the destiny of a nation, we take it for granted that the laws governing its life, health, and happiness are intuitively understood, that there is nothing new to be learned in regard to it. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Let us remember that all reforms are interdependent, and that whatever is done to establish one principle on a solid base, strengthens all. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

the wrongs of society can be more deeply impressed on a large class of readers in the form of fiction than by essays, sermons, or the facts of science. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I have such an intense pride of sex that the triumphs of women in art, literature, oratory, science, or song rouse my enthusiasm as nothing else can. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

All through the centuries scholars and scientists have been imprisoned, tortured and burned alive for some discovery which seemed to conflict with a petty text of Scripture. Surely the immutable laws of the universe can teach more impressive and exalted lessons than the holy books of all the religions on earth. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The prejudice against color, of which we hear so much, is no stronger than that against sex. It is produced by the same cause and manifested very much in the same way. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

No privileged order ever did see the wrongs of its own victims … – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The women of this country ought be enlightened in regard to the laws under which they live, that they may no longer publish their degradation by declaring themselves satisfied with their present position, nor their ignorance, by asserting that they have all the rights they want. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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 devilfish. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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

I can truly say, after an experience of seventy years, that all the cares and anxieties, the trials and disappointments of my whole life, are light, when balanced with my sufferings in childhood and youth from the theological dogmas which I sincerely believed. . . . The memory of my own suffering has prevented me from ever shadowing one young soul with the superstitions of the Christian religion. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Reformers who are always compromising, have not yet grasped the idea that truth is the only safe ground to stand upon. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

We demand in the Reconstruction suffrage for all the citizens of the Republic. I would not talk of Negroes or women, but of citizens. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

There must be a remedy even for such a crying evil as this [abortion]. But where shall it be found, at least where begin, if not in the complete enfranchisement and elevation of women? – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

American women of wealth, education, virtue and refinement, if you do not wish the lower orders of Chinese, Africans, Germans and Irish, with their low ideas of womanhood, to make laws for you and your daughters awake to the danger of your present position and demand that woman, too, shall be represented in the government! – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

If all those magnificent cathedrals with their valuable lands in Boston, Philadelphia and New York were taxed as they should be, the taxes of women who hold property would be proportionately lightened….I cannot see any good reason why wealthy churches and a certain amount of property of the clergy should be exempt from taxation, while every poor widow in the land, struggling to feed, clothe, and educate a family of children, must be taxed on the narrow lot and humble home. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

All men & women are created equal – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Women have crucified the Mary Wollstonecrafts, the Fanny Wrights, and the George Sands of all ages. Men mock us with the fact and say we are ever cruel to each other… If this present woman must be crucified, let men drive the spikes. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Whether our feet are compressed in iron shoes, our faces hidden with veils and masks; whether yoked with cows to draw the plow through its furrows, or classed with idiots, lunatics and criminals in the laws and constitutions of the State, the principle is the same; for the humiliations of the spirit are as real as the visible badges of servitude. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Thus far women have been the mere echoes of men. Our laws and constitutions, our creeds and codes, and the customs of social life are all of masculine origin. The true woman is as yet a dream of the future. A just government, a humane religion, a pure social life awaits her coming. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Who can sum up all the ills the women of a nation suffer from war? They have all of the misery and none of the glory; nothing to mitigate their weary waiting and watching for the loved ones who return no more. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Dr. Oaks made the remark that, according to the best estimate he could make, there were four hundred murders annually produced by abortion in that county alone…. There must be a remedy for such a crying evil as this. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Only those who have lived all their lives under the dark clouds of vague, undefined fears can appreciate the joy of a doubting soul suddenly born into the kingdom of reason and free thought. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I am weary seeing our laboring classes so wretchedly housed, fed, and clothed, while thousands of dollars are wasted every year over unsightly statues. If these great men must have outdoor memorials, let them be in the form of handsome blocks of buildings for the poor – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

To make laws that man cannot, and will not obey, serves to bring all laws into contempt. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

I shall not grow conservative with age. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Men who can, when they wish to write a document, shut themselves up for days with their thoughts and their books, know little of what difficulties a woman must surmount to get off a tolerable production. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

In youth our most bitter disappointments, our brightest hopes and ambitions, are known only to ourselves. Even our friendship and love we never fully share with another; there is something of every passion, in every situation, we conceal. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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