Quotations From SUSAN B ANTHONY

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  • In 1872 I received a request like this and I did register and vote, for which I was arrested, convicted and fined $100. Excuse me if I decline to repeat the experience.
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 3, ch. 62, by Ida Husted Harper (1908). Written to a political committee in 1902 upon receipt of a post card reminding her to register to vote; it had been sent to S. B. Anthony under the erroneous assumption that, as head of household, "S. B." must be a man. Her message was widely reprinted by newspapers, one headlining its front-page story: "Susan B. Anthony Scores One." (Anthony had refused to pay the $100 fine imposed upon her thirty years earlier, because she did not recognize her action as properly illegal.).
  • Now, Mr. President, we don't intend to trouble you during the campaign but after you are elected, then look out for us!
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5, ch. 4, by Ida Husted Harper (1922). Attending the thirty-sixth annual convention (February 1904) of the National Woman Suffrage Association, Anthony was introduced to President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), who was not a woman suffrage advocate. Having succeeded to the Presidency after the assassination of President William McKinley, Roosevelt was now running for election to his second term (first full term). Anthony quoted herself as having said this to him.
  • Oh, yes, I'd do it all again; the spirit is willing yet; I feel the same desire to do the work but the flesh is weak. It's too bad that our bodies wear out while our interests are just as strong as ever.
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 3 ch. 71, by Anna Howard Shaw, to Ida Husted Harper (1908). In March 1906, on her death bed, in answer to the question of her sister suffragist, Rev. Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919): "... as you look back on the past, if you had to live it over again, would you do the same?"

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