Words of Wisdom
Wisdom for the Day
"I am always glad to welcome every association of women for any good purpose because I know that they will quickly learn the impossibility of accomplishing any substantial end. Women never realize their inability to effect a reform until they attempt it and then they find how closely interwoven with politics are all such matters and how entirely without political power are they themselves. ...Now my good women the best thing this organization will do for you will be to show you how utterly powerless you are to put down the liquor traffic. You never can talk down or sing down or pray down an institution which is voted into existence. You never will be able to lessen this evil until you have votes. Frederick Douglass used to tell how when he was a Maryland slave and a good Methodist he would go into the farthest corner of the tobacco field and pray God to bring him liberty; but God never answered his prayers until he prayed with his heels. And so dear friends He never will answer yours for the suppression of the liquor traffic until you are able to pray with your ballots."