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Anna Julia Cooper, American Educator ( August 10, 1858 - February 27, 1964 )

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The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class-it is the cause of human kind, the very birthright of humanity.~Anna Julia Cooper


Freedom Humanity Party

Life must be something more than dilettante speculation.~Anna Julia Cooper


Life Something Must

The old, subjective, stagnant, indolent and wretched life for woman has gone. She has as many resources as men, as many activities beckon her on. As large possibilities swell and inspire her heart.~Anna Julia Cooper


Life Woman Heart

If our vaunted rule of the people does not breed nobler men and women than monarchies have done it must and will inevitably give place to something better.~Anna Julia Cooper


Women Men People

Bullies are always cowards at heart and may be credited with a pretty safe instinct in scenting their prey.~Anna Julia Cooper


Heart May Cowards

I constantly felt (as I suppose many an ambitious girl has felt) a thumping from within unanswered by any beckoning from without.~Anna Julia Cooper


Girl Within Without

Nothing natural can be wholly unworthy.~Anna Julia Cooper


Nothing Natural Wholly

It is not the intelligent woman v. the ignorant woman; nor the white woman v. the black, the brown, and the red, it is not even the cause of woman v. man. Nay, tis woman's strongest vindication for speaking that the world needs to hear her voice.~Anna Julia Cooper


Woman Man World

One needs occasionally to stand aside from the hum and rush of human interests and passions to hear the voices of God.~Anna Julia Cooper


God Stand Human

A race cannot be purified from without.~Anna Julia Cooper


Race Without Cannot

Agnosticism has nothing to impart. Its sermons are the exhortations of one who convinces you he stands on nothing and urges you to stand there too.~Anna Julia Cooper


Stand Nothing You

Each is under the most sacred obligation not to squander the material committed to him, not to sap his strength in folly and vice, and to see at the least that he delivers a product worthy the labor and cost which have been expended on him.~Anna Julia Cooper


Strength Product Him