Memorable Quotes from Lucretia Mott

Any great change must expect opposition because it shakes the very foundation of privilege.

The world has never yet seen a truly great and virtuous nation, because in the degradation of women, the very fountains of life are poisoned at their source.

The true republic: men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less.

In whatever society, there must be some germ of equality, that men should so generally join me in advocating the rights of all.

The world has surely opened other avenues to women besides that of suffering and doing good.

We want rights. The flour-merchant, the house-builder, and the postman charge us no less on account of our sex; but when we endeavor to earn money to pay all these, then, indeed, we find the difference.

Theologic revelation asserts itself not in propositions, but in moral actions.

It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives.

I have no idea of submitting tamely to injustice inflicted either on me or on the slave.

The slave’s rights and the women’s rights are identical; and so are their wrongs.

When we do not appropriate what God gives us, we disown him.

The law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free.

No fixed property in man! This at least is certain; whatever other property he may have individually or collectively.

In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.

It is time to wake up and to be broad-minded and fair.

Looking back, it seems to me that there have always been women actively concerned in good works.

If our principles are correct, why should we be cowards?

I would much rather have men ask why I have no statue than why I have one.

Revolution, like charity, begins at home.

The strongest barrier against the influence of those customs which degrade women is education.

Whatever the hour, we must do no wrong and see that no wrong is done to anyone.

We want women’s suffrage to stop war and violence.

No power in this country can make us do more than the human soul can do.

As individuals, men believe in women’s rights but as members of society, they say no.

We must give our best strength and energy to lifting the lowly.

Men must be either the slaves or the true equals of women.

If we were the mothers of the world we would not allow our children to be trained in ignorance and vice.

There is no stronger power than that of patient perseverance.

The laws which govern men do not touch the freest of God’s creatures.

I have worked and toiled and preached for the cause since I could labor or preach at all.

I am an advocate of nonviolence, but I am also an advocate of active nonviolent resistance.

We cannot reform the world without reforming education.

Women should no longer wait for men to grant us our rights; we must take them ourselves.

The strongest bulwark of vice in our country is the immorality of public men.

When men cannot freely share their opinions, honest dialogues become impossible.

It is not enough to be shocked and sorry when terrible things happen; we must take action.

Our country stands in need of bold and persistent action to promote equal rights for all.

The remedy for our social problems can only be found in the education of our children.

There is no greater cause for celebration than the achievement of equality for all people.

The only lasting solution to prejudice and bigotry is the recognition of our shared humanity.

The time has come to put an end to the oppression of women and minorities.

It is our duty as citizens to fight for justice and equality, regardless of the obstacles.

We must learn to respect and embrace the diversity that makes our society strong and vibrant.

The fight for civil rights is not over; it is ongoing and requires the participation of all.

Let us never forget that the pursuit of justice is the highest calling of a civilized society.

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