Angelina Grimké Quotes

Some Quotations from Early Anti-Racist and Celebrated Feminist

Angelina Grimke, circa 1820s
Angelina Grimke, circa 1820s. Fotosearch / Getty Images

Angelina Grimké and her older sister Sarah Moore Grimké were born to a slaveholding family in America's South. They became Quakers, and then became antislavery and women's rights speakers and activists.

Selected Angelina Grimké Quotations

  • "I recognize no rights but human rights -- I know nothing of men's rights and women's rights; for in Christ Jesus there is neither male nor female. It is my solemn conviction that, until this principal of equality is recognized and embodied in practice, the church can do nothing effectual for the permanent reformation of the world."
  • "Women ought to feel a particular sympathy in the colored man's wrong, for, like him, she has been accused of mental inferiority, and denied the privileges of a liberal education."
  • "...thou art blind to the danger of marrying a woman who feels and acts out the principle of equal rights..."
  • "Hitherto, instead of being a help meet to man, in the highest, noblest sense of the term, as a companion, a co-worker, an equal; she has been a mere appendage of his being, an instrument of his convenience and pleasure, the pretty toy with which he whiled away his leisure moments, or the pet animal whom he humored into playfulness and submission."
  • "Abolitionists never sought place or power. All they asked was freedom; all they wanted was that the white man should take his foot off the negro's neck."
  • "Slavery always has, and always will, produce insurrections wherever it exists, because it is a violation of the natural order of things."
  • "My friends, it is a fact that the South has incorporated slavery into her religion; that is the most fearful thing in this rebellion. They are fighting, verily believing that they are doing God service."
  • "I know you do not make the laws, but I also know that you are the wives and mothers, the sisters and daughters, of those who do."
  • "If a law commands me to sin I will break it; if it calls me to suffer, I will let it take its course unresistingly."

About These Quotes

Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.