Ernestine Rose quotes

  • Do you tell me that the Bible is against our rights? Then I say that our claims do not rest upon a book written no one knows when, or by whom. Do you tell me what Paul or Peter says on the subject? Then again I reply that our claims do not rest on the opinions of any one, not even on those of Paul and Peter, . . . Books and opinions, no matter from whom they came, if they are in opposition to human rights, are nothing but dead letters.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Book #Rights #Letters

  • If you allow one single germ, one single seed of slavery to remain in the soil of America... that germ will spring up, that noxious weed will thrive, and again stifle the growth, wither the leaves, blast the flowers and poison the fair fruits of freedom.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Weed #Spring #Flower

  • It is an interesting and demonstrable fact that all children are atheists and were not religion inculcated in their minds, they would remain so.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Atheist #Children #Interesting

  • But say some, would you expose woman to the contact of rough, rude, drinking, swearing, fighting men at the ballot box? What a humiliating confession lies in this plea for keeping woman in the background!
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Lying #Drinking #Fighting

  • But it will be said that the husband provides for the wife, or in other words, he feeds, clothes and shelters her! I wish I had the power to make every one before me fully realize the degradation contained in that idea.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Husband #Aggravation #Ideas

  • The mass of the people commence life with no other capital than the union of head, hearts and hands. To the benefit of this best of capital the wife has no right.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Heart #Hands #Wife

  • If any difference should be made by law between husband and wife, reason, justice and humanity, if their voices were heard, would dictate that it should be in her favor.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Husband #Law #Voice

  • Fathers like to have children good-natured, well-behaved, and comfortable, but how to put them in that desirable condition is out of their philosophy.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Children #Father #Philosophy

  • Do you not yet understand what has made woman what she is? Then see what the sickly taste and perverted judgment of man now admires in woman.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Men #Taste #Made

  • The few bright meteors in man's intellectual horizon could well be matched by women, were she allowed to occupy the same elevated position.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Men #Intellectual #Horizon

  • Why should women not be a martyr for her cause?
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Causes #Should #Martyr

  • Away with that folly that her rights would be detrimental to her character - that if she were recognized as the equal to a man she would cease to be a woman!
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Character #Men #Rights

  • What rights have women? ... [they are] punished for breaking laws which they have no voice in making. All avenues to enterprise and honors are closed against them. If poor, they must drudge for a mere pittance if of the wealthy classes, they must be dressed dolls of fashion parlor puppets...
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Fashion #Rights #Law

  • Ignorance is the evil - knowledge will be the remedy. Knowledge not of what sort of beings we shall be hereafter, or what is beyond the skies, but a knowledge pertaining to terra firma, and we may have all the power, goodness and love that we have been taught belongs to God himself.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Ignorance #Sky #Evil

  • And when your minister asks you for money for missionary purposes, tell him there are higher, and holier, and nobler missions to be performed at home. When he asks for colleges to educate ministers, tell him you must educate woman, that she may do away with the necessity of ministers, so that they may be able to go to some useful employment.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Home #College #Atheism

  • Much is said about the burdens and responsibilities of married men. Responsibilities indeed there are, if they but felt them: but as to burdens what are they?
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Responsibility #Men #Married

  • The main cause is a pernicious falsehood propagated against her being, namely that she is inferior by her nature. Inferior in what? What has man ever done that woman, under the same advantages could not do?
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Men #Done #Causes

  • It is high time to compel man by the might of right to give woman her political, legal and social rights. She will find her own sphere in accordance with her capacities, powers and tastes; and yet she will be woman still.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Men #Rights #Giving

  • Carry out the republican principle of universal suffrage, or strike it from your banners and substitute 'Freedom and Power to one half of society, and Submission and Slavery to the other.'
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Principles #Half #Slavery

  • Again, I shall be told that the law presumes the husband to be kind, affectionate, and ready to provide for and protect his wife. But what right, I ask, has the law to presume at all on the subject?
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Husband #Law #Wife

  • When a man comes to me and tries to convince me that he is not a thief, then I take care of my coppers.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Men #Trying #Thieves

  • For here lies the corner stone of all the injustices done woman, the wrong idea from which all other wrongs proceed. She is not acknowledged as mistress of herself. For her cradle to her grave she is another's. We do indeed need and demand the other rights of which I have spoken, but let us first obtain OURSELVES.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Lying #Rights #Ideas

  • There is no reason against woman's elevation, but prejudices.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Prejudice #Reason

  • If they are unsuccessful in married life, who suffers more the bitter consequences of poverty than the wife? But if successful, she has not a dollar to call her own.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Successful #Wife #Suffering

  • I know that some endeavor to throw the mantle of romance over the subject and treat woman like some ideal existence, not liable to the ills of life. Let those deal in fancy who have nothing better to deal in; we have to do with sober, sad realities, with stubborn facts.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Reality #Romance #Stubborn

  • Books and opinions, no matter from whom they came, if they are in opposition to human rights, are nothing but dead letters.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Book #Rights #Letters

  • From the cradle to the grave she is subject to the power and control of man. Father, guardian, or husband, one conveys her like some piece of merchandise over to the other.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Husband #Father #Men

  • No! on Human Rights and Freedom, on a subject that is as self-evident as that two and two make four, there is no need of any written authority.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Rights #Self #Two

  • Emancipation from every kind of bondage is my principle. I go for recognition of human rights, without distinction of sect, party, sex, or color.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Sex #Party #Rights

  • Slavery and freedom cannot exist together.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Together #Slavery

  • We have hardly an adequate idea how all-powerful law is in forming public opinion, in giving tone and character to the mass of society.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Powerful #Character #Law

  • Blind submission in women is considered a virtue, while submission to wrong is itself wrong, and resistance to wrong is virtue alike in women as in man.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Men #Resistance #Blind

  • Agitate! Agitate! Ought to be the motto of every reformer. Agitation is the opposite of stagnation - the one is life, the other death.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Opposites #Agitation #Motto

  • All that I can tell you is, that I used my humble powers to the uttermost, and raised my voice in behalf of Human Rights in general, and the elevation and Rights of Woman in particular, nearly all my life.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Humble #Rights #Voice

  • I asked God if it was a sin and He didn't say anything.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Say Anything #Sin

  • If God is pleased in making you sick and unhappy, I hate God.
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Hate #Sick #Unhappy

  • In case of separation, why should the children be taken from the protecting care of the mother? Who has a better right to them than she? How much do fathers generally do toward bringing them up?
    -- Ernestine Rose

    #Mother #Children #Father