Quotations From MARGARET SANGER

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  • 1.
    It is ... marvellous ... to have a period of apparent fanaticism. No obstacle can discourage you. The single vision of your quest obscures defeat and lifts you over mountainous difficulties.
    Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), U.S. birth control rights activist. My Fight for Birth Control, ch. 5 (1931). On her refusal, in 1914-1915, to abandon her search for a printer for her pamphlet entitled "Family Limitation," which provided birth control information that was illegal to disseminate. Eventually, she found an independent printer who did it anonymously after regular business hours.
  • 2.
    ... the ocean could not be swept back with a broom. The truth was out. It illuminated the world. Motherhood no longer cringed before the relentless laws of fecundity.
    Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), U.S. birth control advocate. My Fight for Birth Control, ch. 21 (1931). On her success, in 1922, in obtaining New York State incorporation for the American Birth Control League. Sanger was President of the League.

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  • 3.
    Very early in my childhood I associated poverty, toil, unemployment, drunkenness, cruelty, quarreling, fighting, debts, jail with large families.
    Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), U.S. birth control advocate. My Fight for Birth Control, ch. 1 (1931). Sanger, one of eleven children in a financially stressed family, became the first prominent advocate of birth control and of the dissemination (then illegal) of birth control information.

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  • 4.
    No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body. No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.
    Margaret Sanger (1883-1966), U.S. pioneer of birth-control movement. quoted in Parade (New York, Dec. 1, 1963).

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  • 5.
    ... it has always been the depth of my belief, my faith, or my love that was the mainspring of my behavior. When once I believed in doing a thing, nothing could prevent my doing it.
    Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), U.S. birth control advocate. My Fight for Birth Control, ch. 1 (1931).

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  • 6.
    Some lives drift here and there like reeds in a stream, depending on changing currents for their activity. Others are like swimmers knowing the depth of the water. Each stroke helps them onward to a definite objective.
    Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), U.S. birth control advocate. My Fight for Birth Control, ch. 1 (1931).

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  • 7.
    Let priests and bishops denounce—let the hierarchy roar! They cannot push the chick back into the shell.
    Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), U.S. birth control advocate. My Fight for Birth Control, ch. 17 (1931). On the futility of the Roman Catholic Church's opposition to birth control and abortion.
  • 8.
    As I look back upon my life, I see that every part of it was a preparation for the next. The most trivial of incidents fits into the larger pattern like a mosaic in a preconceived design.
    Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), U.S. birth control advocate. My Fight for Birth Control, ch. 1 (1931).

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