Our View: Words from the wise on women’s history

On occasion, we like to use this space to share words from some wise people of now and then regarding any number of topics.

This month is recognized at Women’s History Month, a time to acknowledge the many impactful things women have done to bring us to this point in history and to honor the work that continues today.

We hope these quotes will inspire you as they have us.

Until we get equality in education, we won’t have an equal society.

—Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice

“Cautious, careful people, always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation.”

— Susan B. Anthony, civil rights leader

“Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.”

—Mae Jemison, first African American female astronaut

“Having family responsibilities and concerns just has to make you a more understanding person.”

—Sandra Day O’Connor, first female US Supreme Court justice

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”

—Maya Angelou, poet

“Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”

—Mother Teresa, Saint and Roman Catholic nun

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily difference we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”

—Marian Wright Edelman, activist

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

—Michelle Obama, former First Lady of the United States

“Parents can only give good advice or put them [children] on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”

—Anne Frank, Holocaust victim

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

—Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady of the United States