Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility. Nothing adds such dignity to character as the recognition of one's self-sovereignty; the right to an equal place, everywhere conceded—a place earned by personal merit, not an artificial attainment by inheritance, wealth, family and position.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902), U.S. suffragist, social reformer, and author. The Solitude of Self (February 20, 1894).
From a famous speech delivered before a Senate committee which was considering arguments in favor of woman suffrage. Printed in the Congressional Record and reprinted in the Women's Tribune, the speech was remarkable for its refusal to engage the usual practical and democratic pro-suffrage arguments.