On February 15th, Susan B. Anthony was born into a family of 8, who were all very busy with the Civil Rights movement. Of course, Susan was inevitably going to be subject to extreme nurture that reinforced values of freedom, equality, and order.

After teaching for almost 2 decades, Susan took up an interest in issues dealing with temperance. The experience of not being able to speak up at rallies, just because she was a woman, put a spark of independence in her. She began to long for equality between the genders.

In the mid-1800s, only men could vote in the elections. Slavery was prevailing in the United States. Women were being paid one-fourth of what a man would get for the job. Susan just couldn’t settle for these mistreatments. In the 1872 elections, when it was illegal for women to vote, she still went ahead and cast one. For this, she was fined $100, that she refused to pay. With her close friend Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she ran a newspaper called The Revolution and founded the National Women’s Suffrage Association. The campaign’s aim was to bring about a change in the constitution as to allow women the right to vote. Imagine how deviant Susan would’ve been at the time when society was following oppression as a norm.

It was 14 years following her death, that the United States changed her dream into reality. Yet, the world celebrates Susan as one of the worthiest icons of freedom and independence. She became a mascot for every woman that was denied her basic rights. Here are 18 of Susan B. Anthony’s most moving quotes that will make you value freedom even more:

1. “Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.”
2. “Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these.”

3. “The religious persecution of the ages has been done under what was claimed to be the command of God.”
4. “There never will be complete equality until women themselves help to make laws and elect lawmakers.”
5. “Independence is happiness.”
6. “To think, I have had more than 60 years of hard struggle for a little liberty, and then to die without it seems so cruel.”

7. “Our Job is not to make young women grateful. It is to make the ungrateful so they keep going. Gratitude never radicalized anybody.”
8. “Failure is impossible.”

9. “Men – their rights and nothing more; Women – their rights and nothing less.”
10. “Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval.”

11. “I don’t want to die as long as I can work; the minute I can not, I want to go.”
12. “I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.”
13. “I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.”

14. “I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.”
15. “The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball – the further I am rolled the more I gain.”
16. “Trust me that as I ignore all law to help the slave, so will I ignore it all to protect an enslaved woman.”

17. “The rank and file are not philosophers, they are not educated to think for themselves, but simply to accept, unquestioned, whatever comes.”
18. “Modern invention has banished the spinning wheel, and the same law of progress makes the woman of today a different woman from her grandmother.”