81+ Best Susan B. Anthony Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Susan B. Anthony was an American social reformer, anti-slavery activist and women’s rights advocate who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement. She was a leading figure in the women’s voting rights movement. Inspirational Susan B. Anthony quotes will make you treasure your freedom and independence while motivating you to change the world.

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Famous Susan B. Anthony Quotes

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. Susan B. Anthony

Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these. Susan B. Anthony

No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent. Susan B. Anthony

Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a Wheel the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood. Susan B. Anthony

There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers. Susan B. Anthony

I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet. Susan B. Anthony

The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball the further I am rolled the more I gain. Susan B. Anthony

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. Susan B. Anthony

I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet. Susan B. Anthony

Woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself. Susan B. Anthony

I shall earnestly and persistently continue to urge all women to the practical recognition of the old Revolutionary maxim. Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God. Susan B. Anthony

Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval. Susan B. Anthony

It is downright mockery to talk to women of their enjoyment of the blessings of liberty while they are denied the use of the only means of securing them provided by this democratic republican government: the ballot. Susan B. Anthony

Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less. Susan B. Anthony

Join the union, girls, and together say Equal Pay for Equal Work. Susan B. Anthony

I was born a heretic. I always distrusted people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows. Susan B. Anthony

Modern invention has banished the spinning wheel, and the same law of progress makes the woman of today a different woman from her grandmother. Susan B. Anthony

I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand. Susan B. Anthony

Suffrage is the pivotal right. Susan B. Anthony

There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers. Susan B. Anthony

An oligarchy of race, where the Saxon rules the African, might be endured; but this oligarchy of sex which makes father, brothers, husband, sons, the oligarchs over the mother and sisters, the wife and daughters of every household carries discord and rebellion into every home of the nation. Susan B. Anthony

Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and their advocates, and bear the consequences. Susan B. Anthony

Marriage, to women as to men, must be a luxury, not a necessity; an incident of life, not all of it. Susan B. Anthony

Failure is Impossible. Susan B. Anthony

Women, we might as well be dogs baying the moon as petitioners without the right to vote! Susan B. Anthony

I pray every single moment of my life; not on my knees but with my work. My prayer is to lift women to equality with men. Work and worship are one with me. Susan B. Anthony

Whoever controls work and wages, controls morals. Susan B. Anthony

Our Job is not to make young women grateful. It is to make the ungrateful so they keep going. Gratitude never radicalized anybody. Susan B. Anthony

Being persons, then, women are citizens; and no state has a right to make any new law, or to enforce any old law, that shall abridge their privileges or immunities. Susan B. Anthony

There shall never be another season of silence until women have the same rights men have on this green earth. Susan B. Anthony

The work of woman is not to lessen the severity or the certainty of the penalty for the violation of the moral law, but to prevent this violation by the removal of the causes which lead to it. Susan B. Anthony

When a man says to me, Let us work together in the great cause you have undertaken, and let me be your companion and aid, for I admire you more than I have ever admired any other woman, then I shall say, I am yours truly; but he must ask me to be his equal, not his slave. Susan B. Anthony

If all the rich and all of the church people should send their children to the public schools they would feel bound to concentrate their money on improving these schools until they met the highest ideals. Susan B. Anthony

Every woman should have a purse of her own. Susan B. Anthony

Here, in this very first paragraph of the Declaration, is the assertion of the natural right of all to the ballot; for how can the consent of the governed be given if the right to vote be denied? Susan B. Anthony

The true republic men, their rights and nothing more women, their rights and nothing less. Susan B. Anthony

Independence is happiness. Susan B. Anthony

It would be ridiculous to talk of male and female atmospheres, male and female springs or rains, male and female sunshine how much more ridiculous is it in relation to mind, to soul, to thought, where there is as undeniably no such thing as sex, to talk of male and female education and of male and female schools. Susan B. Anthony

No self respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party who ignores her sex. Susan B. Anthony

Resistance to tyranny ius obedience to God. Susan B. Anthony

Failure is impossible. Susan B. Anthony

The one distinct feature of our Association has been the right of the individual opinion for every member. We have been beset at every step with the cry that somebody was injuring the cause by the expression of some sentiments that differed with those held by the majority of mankind. The religious persecution of the ages has been done under what was claimed to be the command of God. I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do to their fellows, because it always coincides with their own desires. Susan B. Anthony

The day may be approaching when the whole world will recognize woman as the equal of man. Susan B. Anthony

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. Susan B. Anthony

I do not demand equal pay for any women save those who do equal work in value. Scorn to be coddled by your employers; make them understand that you are in their service as workers, not as women. Susan B. Anthony

No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent. Susan B. Anthony

Oh, if I could but live another century and see the fruition of all the work for women! There is so much yet to be done. Susan B. Anthony

Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel. Susan B. Anthony

I don’t want to die as long as I can work; the minute I can not, I want to go. Susan B. Anthony

There is not a woman born who desires to eat the bread of dependence, no matter whether it be from the hand of father, husband, or brother; for anyone who does so eat her bread places herself in the power of the person from whom she takes it. Susan B. Anthony

The worst enemy women have is in the pulpit. Susan B. Anthony

I don’t want to die as long as I can work; the minute I can not, I want to go. Susan B. Anthony

The Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the constitutions of the several states, and the organic laws of the territories all alike propose to protect the people in the exercise of their God given rights. Not one of them pretends to bestow rights. Susan B. Anthony

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less. Susan B. Anthony

You would better educate ten women into the practice of liberal principles than to organize a thousand on a platform of intolerance and bigotry. Susan B. Anthony

Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval. Susan B. Anthony

If women will not accept marriage with subjection, nor men proffer it without, there is, there can be, no alternative. The women who will not be ruled must live without marriage. And during this transition period single women make comfortable and attractive homes for themselves. Susan B. Anthony

I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand. Susan B. Anthony

What you should do is to say to outsiders that a Christian has neither more nor less rights in our association than an atheist. Susan B. Anthony

We shall some day be heeded, and when we shall have our amendment to the Constitution of the United States, everybody will think it was always so, just exactly as many young people believe that all the privileges, all the freedom, all the enjoyments which woman now possesses always were hers. They have no idea of how every single inch of ground that she stands upon today has been gained by the hard work of some little handful of women of the past. Susan B. Anthony

There is not a woman born who desires to eat the bread of dependence. Susan B. Anthony

I look for the day when the only criterion of excellence or position shall be the ability and character of the individual; and this time will come. Susan B. Anthony

Resolved, that the women of this nation in 1876, have greater cause for discontent, rebellion and revolution than the men of 1776. Susan B. Anthony

Nothing is hopeless that is right. Susan B. Anthony

I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows. Susan B. Anthony

Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less. Susan B. Anthony

It is poor rule that won’t work more ways than one. Susan B. Anthony

I do not assume that woman is better than man. I do assume that she has a different way of looking at things. Susan B. Anthony

White men have always controlled their wives wages. Colored men were not able to do so until they themselves became free. Then they owned both their wives and their wages. Susan B. Anthony

Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry. Susan B. Anthony

This is rather different from the receptions I used to get fifty years ago. They threw things at me then but they were not roses. Susan B. Anthony

There shall never be another season of silence until women have the same rights men have on this green earth. Susan B. Anthony

Are you going to cater to the whims and prejudices of people? We draw out from other people our own thought. If, when you go out to organize, you go with a broad spirit, you will create and call out breadth and toleration. You had better organize one woman on a broad platform than 10,000 on a narrow platform of intolerance and bigotry. Susan B. Anthony

Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these. Susan B. Anthony

Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less. Susan B. Anthony

Liberty, Humanity, Justice, Equality. Susan B. Anthony

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. And we formed it, not to give the blessings of liberty, but to secure them; not to the half of ourselves and the half of our posterity, but to the whole people women as well as men. Susan B. Anthony

I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do, because I notice it always coincides with their own desires. Susan B. Anthony

I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand. Susan B. Anthony