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.)
I hope there are some who will brave ridicule for the sake of common justice to half the people in the world.
(Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827-1891), British feminist. As quoted in Barbara Bodichon, Introduction, by Candida Lacey (1987).
Written in 1849, shen she was twenty-two. Bodichon was a radical activist who formulated the unsuccessful Married Women's Property Bill in England in 1857.)