Quotations From SARAH M GRIMKE


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  • The reason why women effect so little and are so shallow is because their aims are low, marriage is the prize for which they strive; if foiled in that they rarely rise above disappointment ... [ellipsis in source]
    Sarah M. Grimke (1792-1873), U.S. abolitionist and feminist. As quoted in The Female Experience, ch. 87, by Gerda Lerner (1977). Written in 1852. Grimke never married.

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  • ... there has been a comparatively greater proportion of good queens, than of good kings.
    Sarah M. Grimke (1792-1873), U.S. abolitionist and feminist. Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Woman, letter #9: dated August 25, 1837 (1838).
  • At sixty I look back on a life of deep disappointments, of withered hopes, of unlooked for suffering, of severe discipline.
    Sarah M. Grimke (1792-1873), U.S. abolitionist and feminist. As quoted in The Grimke Sisters from South Carolina, ch. 18, by Gerda Lerner (1969). In an 1853 letter to her friend, the noted physician Harriot Hunt. With her sister Angelina, Sarah had long been a prominent speaker and writer advocating women's rights and abolition of slavery; the major goals of neither cause had yet been achieved. Sarah had also taught in a school run by Angelina's husband and had helped out in their household. She herself never married.

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  • ...I know nothing of man's rights, or woman's rights; human rights are all that I recognise.
    Sarah M. Grimke (1792-1873), U.S. abolitionist and feminist. Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Woman, letter #15: dated October 20, 1837 (1838).

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  • ...I am persuaded that the rights of woman, like the rights of slaves, need only be examined to be understood and asserted.
    Sarah M. Grimke (1792-1873), U.S. abolitionist and feminist. Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Woman, letter #3: dated July 1837 (1838).

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  • I want my sex to claim nothing from their brethren but what their brethren may justly claim from them ...
    Sarah M. Grimke (1792-1873), U.S. abolitionist and feminist. Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Woman, letter #15: dated October 20, 1837 (1838). Opposing unreciprocated acts of chivalry and deference toward women.
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