anna garlin spencer

It is fair to assume that when women in the past have achieved even a second or third place in the ranks of genius they have shown far more native ability than men have needed to reach the same eminence. Not excused from the more general duties that constitute the cement of society, most women of talent have had but one hand free with which to work out their ideal conceptions.
—  Anna Garlin Spencer
The essence of democracy is its assurance that every human being should so respect himself and should be so respected in his own personality that he should have opportunity equal to that of every other human being to show what he was meant to become.
—  Anna Garlin Spencer (Unitarian, minister, educator, reformer)
But however these two great principles of life – gratitude for the present and trust for the future, and the reformer’s impatience at existing ills and haste to meet them, – however these two great principles may at times clash in the interpretation of human history, in the conduct of the single life they need strike no discord.
—  Anna Garlin Spencer, Bell Street Chapel Discourses, 1889-1899 p.32 (Unitarian, minister, reformer)