80+ 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 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

Wherever women gather together failure is impossible. – 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

We shall someday 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

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

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

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

Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry. – 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

Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less. – 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

Liberty, Humanity, Justice, Equality – 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

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

Women should have equal pay for equal work and they should be considered equally eligible to the offices of principal and superintendent, professor and president. So you must insist that qualifications, not sex, shall govern appointments and salaries. – Susan B. Anthony

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

The day will come when men will recognize woman as his peer, not only at the fireside, but in councils of the nation. Then, and not until then, will there be the perfect comradeship, the ideal union between the sexes that shall result in the highest development of the race. – Susan B. Anthony

Nothing is hopeless that is right. – 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

it is only through a wholesome discontent with things as they are, that we ever try to make them any better. – Susan B. Anthony

We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever. – Susan B. Anthony

I deplore the horrible crime as child murder….no matter what the motive, love of ease, or desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent,the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed…but oh, thrice guilty is he who drove her to the desperation which compelled her to the crime. – Susan B. Anthony

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

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

Every woman should have a purse of her own. – 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

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

The women of this nation in 1876, have greater cause for discontent, rebellion and revolution than the men of 1776. – 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

Independence is happiness. – 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

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

Wherever, on the face of the globe or on the page of history, you show me a disfranchised class, I will show you a degraded class of labor. – Susan B. Anthony

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

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

I beg you to speak of Woman as you do of the Negro, speak of her as a human being, as a citizen of the United States, as a half of the people in whose hands lies the destiny of this Nation. – Susan B. Anthony

For every betrayed woman, there is always the betrayer, man. – Susan B. Anthony

Woman must have a purse of her own, and how can this be so long as the law denies to the wife all right to both the individual and the joint earnings? – Susan B. Anthony

I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel. – 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

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

We throw to the winds the old dogma that governments can give rights. Before governments were organized, no one denies that each individual possessed the right to protect his own life, liberty and property. – Susan B. Anthony

The only question left to be settled now is: Are women persons? And I hardly believe any of our opponents will have the hardihood to say they are not. – 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

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

To think, I have had more than 60 years of hard struggle for a little liberty, and then to die without it seems so cruel. – 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

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

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

I have given my life and all I am to it, and now I want my last act to be to give it all I have, to the last cent. – Susan B. Anthony

I do not consider divorce an evil by any means. It is just as much a refuge for women married to brutal men as Canada was to the slaves of brutal masters. – 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

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

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

Suffrage is the pivotal right. – 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

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

No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent. – 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

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

Trust me that as I ignore all law to help the slave, so will I ignore it all to protect an enslaved woman. – 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

I have encountered riotous mobs and have been hung in effigy, but my motto is: Men’s rights are nothing more. Women’s rights are nothing less. – Susan B. Anthony

I will cut off this right arm of mine before I will ask for the ballot for the Negro and not for the woman. – Susan B. Anthony

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

She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life. – Susan B. Anthony

The principle of self-government cannot be violated with impunity. The individual’s right to it is sacred – regardless of class, caste, race, color, sex or any other accident or incident of birth. – 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

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

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

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

No one can doubt that the sufferings of the sober, virtuous woman, in legal subjection to the mastership of a drunken, immoral husband and father over herself and children, not only from physical abuse, but from spiritual shame and humiliation, must be such as the man himself cannot possibly comprehend. – 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

The true republic: men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less. – 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

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

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