15 Best Carrie Nation Quotes from the Hatchet Granny

Carrie Amelia Nation, born November 25, 1846, was a prominent figure in pre-Prohibition America’s temperance movement.

She was known for her direct actions against saloons using a hatchet, Nation’s fight against liquor was triggered by her first marriage to an alcoholic.

She later married David Nation and adopted the name Carry A. Nation for its slogan value.

Born into a plantation-owning family, she turned to teaching and boarding after her first husband’s death.


After remarrying, she and David moved to Kansas where she became a local Women’s Christian Temperance Union leader, speaking against alcohol, tobacco and immodest dress.

Guided by religious convictions, she started her saloon-smashing campaign in 1900, gaining notoriety and often facing arrest.

Her efforts enforced prohibition laws and spread her message.

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After her death, her home was declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark, symbolizing her enduring influence on the prohibition movement.

I have compiled a list of the famous quotes by Carrie Nation in this article.

Top 5 Carrie Nation Quotes


I want all hellions to quit puffing that hell fume in God’s clean air. ~ Carrie Nation.


God is a politician; so is the devil. ~ Carrie Nation.


I believe in being everlastingly on the warpath. ~ Carrie Nation.


Men are nicotine soaked, beer besmirched, whiskey greased, red-eyed devils. ~ Carrie Nation.


Faithful to the cause of Prohibition – She hath done what she could. ~ Carrie Nation.

Best Carrie Nation Quotes

No man who drank or smoked could ever come nearer to me than the telephone. I’d say, I won’t let you – you nicotine-soaked, beer-besmeared, whiskey-greased, red-eyed devil – talk to me face to face. ~ Carrie Nation.

It is not possible to make a bad law. If it is bad, it is not a law. ~ Carrie Nation.


Destroyer of the works of the Devil by the direct order of God. ~ Carrie Nation.

A Pittsburgh factory is making me a lot of hatchets on which will be the words: ‘Carry Nation’s Loving Home Defenders. Smash the Saloon and build up the home.’ ~ Carrie Nation.


Washington’s capitol is a reproach to common decency, this government like a fish, ‘stinks worse at the head.’ ~ Carrie Nation.

Famous Carrie Nation Quotes


What a shame for a man to dress like a saint and smell like a devil! ~ Carrie Nation.

I felt invincible. My strength was that of a giant. God was certainly standing by me. I smashed five saloons with rocks before I ever took a hatchet. ~ Carrie Nation.


The success of life, the formation of character, is in proportion to the courage one has to say to one’s ownself: Thou shalt not. ~ Carrie Nation.

So these were the 15 top quotes about Carrie Nation.

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