Susan Brownell Anthony

(1820-1906 / Adams, Massachusetts)

Susan Brownell Anthony Quotes

  • ''Better lose me than lose a state.''
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist, speaker, and editor. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 38, by Ida Husted Harper (1898-1908). Said in 1890, to those who urged her not to undertake, at age 70, what promised to be a physically arduous suffrage campaign through South Dakota.
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  • ''It will be the mistake of your life if you go into print in your own defence [sic]. Your denial will reach a new set of people and start them to talking, while the ones who read the original charges will never see the refutation of them.''
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist, speaker, and editor. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 48, by Ida Husted Harper (1898-1908). Said in 1896 to a colleague who was considering publishing a response to lies that had been printed about her.
  • ''Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.''
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 41, by Ida Husted Harper (1898). Said in 1893.
  • ''I don't want to die as long as I can work; the minute I can not, I want to go.''
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 46, by Ida Husted Harper (1898). Anthony said this in 1896; she would live for ten more years, but would begin to suffer health problems and reduced capacity for work within four years.
  • ''Trust me that as I ignore all law to help the slave, so will I ignore it all to protect an enslaved woman.''
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 1, ch. 12, by Ida Husted Harper (1898). In an 1860 letter to William Lloyd Garrison and Wendell Phillips, defending her decision to assist a woman who had run away, with her child, from an abusive husband. Garrison and Phillips were abolitionists who favored assisting runaway slaves.
  • ''No man is good enough to govern any woman without her consent.''
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 45, by Ida Husted Harper (1898). At an Independence Day celebration in San Francisco on July 4, 1895. Anthony was paraphrasing Abraham Lincoln's antislavery statement, "No man is good enough to govern another man without his consent."
  • ''I beg you to speak of Woman as you do of the Negro—speak of her as a human being, as a citizen of the United States, as a half of the people in whose hands lies the destiny of this Nation.''
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 3, ch. 67, by Ida Husted Harper (1908). Written to President Theodore Roosevelt in 1905, reacting to a stirring speech he had made at the Republican Club of New York City on Lincoln's birthday. The speech, "devoted principally to the race question," argued that the African American man "should be treated with regard to his merits and not his color."
  • ''I do not consider divorce an evil by any means. It is just as much a refuge for women married to brutal men as Canada was to the slaves of brutal masters.''
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, vol. 3, ch. 67, by Ida Husted Harper (1898). Said in March 1905, at a Washington, D.C., meeting of the National Council of Women. She was objecting to a proposal that the Council "cooperate with Church and State to lessen the evil of divorce." Anthony had never married.
  • ''Suffrage is the pivotal right.''
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragette. "The Status of Women, Past, Present and Future," Arena (May 1897).
  • ''Had I represented twenty thousand voters in Michigan, that political editor would not have known nor cared whether I was the oldest or the youngest daughter of Methuselah, or whether my bonnet came from the Ark or from Worth's.''
    Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in Eighty Years and More, ch. 18, by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1898). Anthony said this c. 1873, reacting to an editorial in a Kalamazoo, Michigan, journal which focused on her appearance, ridiculing her age (53) and her style of dress. Methuselah was the oldest man mentioned in the Bible; he died at age 969. Worth's was a store that sold fine clothing.

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