... given a choice between hearing my daughter say "I'm pregnant" or "I used a condom," most mothers would get up in the middle of the night and buy them herself.
(Joycelyn Elders (b. 1933), U.S. pediatrician and medical educator; first woman (and second African American) Surgeon General. As quoted in the New York Times, p. 6 (July 24, 1993).
Testifying before the U.S. Senate's Labor and Human Resources Committee following her designation by President Clinton as his candidate for Surgeon General. Elders was explaining her support for sex education in the schools.)
It's a perfect night for mystery and horror. The air itself is filled with monsters.
(William Hurlbut (1883-?), U.S. screenwriter, and James Balderston. James Whale. Mary W. Shelley (Elsa Lanchester), Bride of Frankenstein, in the prologue scene (1935).
Suggested by the original story written in 1816 by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and adapted by William Hurlbut, James Balderston.)
We can travel longer, night and day, without losing our spirits than almost any persons we ever met.
(Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. III, p. 557, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (June 6, 1879).
Called "Rutherford the Rover," Hayes traveled more and publicized his pet policies by speaking to the people than did his predecessors.)
I would rather be known as an advocate of equal suffrage than to speak every night on the best-paying platforms in the United States and ignore it.
(Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919), U.S. suffragist, minister, and speaker; born in England. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5, ch. 1, by Ida Husted Harper (1922).
In an address delivered in 1901 to the thirty-third annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association. She was recalling the advice she had received from a man who told her that if she "would only give up for a time" the causes of woman suffrage and prohibition, she could "earn enough money on the regular lecture platform in a few years to live on for the rest of your life." Shaw, who was a minister, was also one of the suffrage movement's most powerful speakers.)