Quotation by Sarah M. Grimke

At sixty I look back on a life of deep disappointments, of withered hopes, of unlooked for suffering, of severe discipline.
Sarah M. Grimke (1792–1873), U.S. abolitionist and feminist. As quoted in The Grimke Sisters from South Carolina, ch. 18, by Gerda Lerner (1969).

In an 1853 letter to her friend, the noted physician Harriot Hunt. With her sister Angelina, Sarah had long been a prominent speaker and writer advocating women's rights and abolition of slavery; the major goals of neither cause had yet been achieved. Sarah had also taught in a school run by Angelina's husband and had helped out in their household. She herself never married.
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