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Emmeline Pankhurst Quotes

Emmeline Pankhurst quotes were everything but boring. A straight hitter with her words, she proved to be a very astute political leader. She championed for women to be granted voting rights in Britain, mostly through the British Suffragette movement. She was born on 15th July 1858 in Manchester, United Kingdom. She was the author of the book “Suffragette: My Own Story”. Her ground breaking quotes came when she spoke passionately about the city of Manchester in a political sense. She believed that many of its citizens were protectors of free speech and would accommodate liberty of opinion. She is a role model for women.

Emmeline Pankhurst Quotes

  • We are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers.

  •  Men make the moral code and they expect women to accept it. They have decided that it is entirely right and proper for men to fight for their liberties and their rights, but that it is not right and proper for women to fight for theirs.Emmeline Pankhurst Quotes

  •  If it is right for men to fight for their freedom, and God knows what the human race would be like today if men had not, since time began, fought for their freedom, then it is right for women to fight for their freedom and the freedom of the children they bear.

  •  Manchester is a city which has witnessed a great many stirring episodes, especially of a political character. Generally speaking, its citizens have been liberal in their sentiments, defenders of free speech and liberty of opinion.

  •  I have not personally suffered from the deprivations, the bitterness and sorrow which bring so many men and women to a realisation of social injustice.Emmeline Pankhurst Quotes

  •  One baby is a patient baby, and waits indefinitely until its mother is ready to feed it. The other baby is an impatient baby and cries lustily, screams and kicks and makes everybody unpleasant until it is fed. Well, we know perfectly well which baby is attended to first. That is the whole history of politics.

  •  Often I have heard the taunt that suffragists are women who have failed to find any normal outlet for their emotions, and are therefore soured and disappointed beings. This is probably not true of any suffragist, and it is most certainly not true of me. My home life and relations have been as nearly ideal as possible in this imperfect world.

  •  You must make women count as much as men; you must have an equal standard of morals; and the only way to enforce that is through giving women political power so that you can get that equal moral standard registered in the laws of the country. It is the only way.

  •  Justice and judgment lie often a world apart.Emmeline Pankhurst Quotes

  •  My childhood was protected by love and a comfortable home. Yet, while still a very young child, I began instinctively to feel that there was something lacking, even in my own home, some false conception of family relations, some incomplete ideal.

  •  From infancy, I had been accustomed to hear pro and con discussions of slavery and the American Civil War. Although the British government finally decided not to recognise the Confederacy, public opinion in England was sharply divided on the questions both of slavery and of secession.Emmeline Pankhurst Quotes

  •  I was fourteen years old when I went to my first suffrage meeting. Returning from school one day, I met my mother just setting out for the meeting, and I begged her to let me go along.

  •  Not by the forces of civil war can you govern the very weakest woman. You can kill that woman, but she escapes you then; you cannot govern her. No power on earth can govern a human being, however feeble, who withholds his or her consent.

  •  Window-breaking, when Englishmen do it, is regarded as honest expression of political opinion. Window-breaking, when Englishwomen do it, is treated as a crime.

  •  Those men and women are fortunate who are born at a time when a great struggle for human freedom is in progress. It is an added good fortune to have parents who take a personal part in the great movements of their time. I am glad and thankful that this was my case.Emmeline Pankhurst Quotes

  •  Every principle of liberty enunciated in any civilized country on earth, with very few exceptions, was intended entirely for men, and when women tried to force the putting into practice of these principles, for women, then they discovered they had come into a very, very unpleasant situation indeed.

  •  When you have warfare, things happen; people suffer; the noncombatants suffer as well as the combatants. And so it happens in civil war.

  •  The whole argument with the anti-suffragists, or even the critical suffragist man, is this: that you can govern human beings without their consent.

  •  Solitary confinement is too terrible a punishment to inflict on any human being, no matter what his crime. Hardened criminals in the men’s prisons, it is said, often beg for the lash instead.

  •  I have never advised the destruction of life, but of property, yes.Emmeline Pankhurst Quotes

  •  The argument of the broken window pane is the most valuable argument in modern politics.

  •  I have made speeches urging women to adopt methods of rebellion such as have been adopted by men in every revolution.

  •  It is perfectly evident to any logical mind that when you have got the vote, by the proper use of the vote in sufficient numbers, by combination, you can get out of any legislature whatever you want, or, if you cannot get it, you can send them about their business and choose other people who will be more attentive to your demands.

  •  There is something that Governments care for far more than human life, and that is the security of property, and so it is through property that we shall strike the enemy. Be militant each in your own way. I incite this meeting to rebellion.

  •  The militancy of men, through all the centuries, has drenched the world with blood. The militancy of women has harmed no human life save the lives of those who fought the battle of righteousness.

  •  Holloway Prison is a very old place, and it has the disadvantages of old places which have never known enough air and sunshine. It reeks with the odours of generations of bad ventilation, and it contrives to be at once the stuffiest and the draughtiest building I have ever been in.

  •  I suppose I had always been an unconscious suffragist. With my temperament and my surroundings, I could scarcely have been otherwise.Emmeline Pankhurst Quotes

  •  One does not expect to be comfortable in prison. As a matter of fact, one’s mental suffering is so much greater than any common physical distress that the latter is almost forgotten.

  •  The English prison system is altogether mediaeval and outworn. In some of its details, the system has improved since they began to send the Suffragettes to Holloway. I may say that we, by our public denunciation of the system, have forced these slight improvements.

  •  Trust in God – she will provide.

  •  My parents, especially my father, discussed the question of my brothers’ education as a matter of real importance. My education and that of my sister were scarcely discussed at all.

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