Quotations From TENNESSEE CLAFLIN


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  • ... the absolute freedom of woman will be the dawn of the day of man's regeneration. In raising her he will elevate himself.
    Tennessee Claflin (1846-1923), U.S. journalist, lecturer, and social reform advocate; relocated to England. Talks and Essays, vol. 1, ch. 4 (1897).

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  • ... it is as true in morals as in physics that all force is imperishable; therefore the consequences of a human action never cease.
    Tennessee Claflin (1846-1923), U.S. journalist, lecturer, and social reform advocate; relocated to England. Talks and Essays, vol. 1, ch. 7 (1897).
  • We hope the day will soon come when every girl will be a member of a great Union of Unmarried Women, pledged to refuse an offer of marriage from any man who is not an advocate of their emancipation.
    Tennessee Claflin (1846-1923), U.S. journalist, lecturer, and social reform advocate; relocated to England. Talks and Essays, vol. 1, ch. 11 (1897).

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  • ... no community where more than one-half of the adults are disfranchised and otherwise incapacitated by law and custom, can be free from great vices. Purity is inconsistent with slavery.
    Tennessee Claflin (1846-1923), U.S. journalist, lecturer, and social reform advocate; relocated to England. Talks and Essays, vol. 1, ch. 11 (1897). Referring primarily to women's exclusion from voting.
  • ... men of highest genius have been too frequently of extremely shaky morals.
    Tennessee Claflin (1846-1923), U.S. journalist, lecturer, and social reform advocate; relocated to England. Talks and Essays, vol. 3, ch. 9 (1897).
  • Criminality should be exterminated by disabling all notorious and irreclaimable criminals.
    Tennessee Claflin (1846-1923), U.S. journalist, lecturer, and social reform advocate; relocated to England. Talks and Essays, vol. 1, ch. 7 (1897). This book was actually published under Claflin's second married name, Lady Cook. Her second husband was Francis Cook, an Englishman who became a baronet in 1886.
  • With all her masculine vigour and glory, Greece fell, gradually atrophied, because one half of her had been, of set purpose, intellectually and politically paralyzed.
    Tennessee Claflin (1846-1923), U.S. journalist, lecturer, and social reform advocate; relocated to England. Talks and Essays, vol. 4, ch. 7 (1897). Hypothesizing that the Greek Empire fell because of the subordination of its women.
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