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Harriet Beecher Stowe Quotes

Quotations from Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom"s Cabin and other novels and books. Learn more: Harriet Beecher Stowe Biography 

• The past, the present and the future are really one: they are today.

• If women want any rights they had better take them, and say nothing about it

• Women are the real architects of society.

• So long as the law considers all these human beings, with beating hearts and living affections, only as so many things belonging to the master -- so long as the failure, or misfortune, or imprudence, or death of the kindest owner, may cause them any day to exchange a life of kind protection and indulgence for one of hopeless misery and toil -- so long it is impossible to make anything beautiful or desirable in the best regulated administration of slavery.

• I no more thought of style or literary excellence than the mother who rushes into the street and cries for help to save her children from a burning house thinks of the teachings of the rhetorician or the elocutionist

• I did not write it. God wrote it. I merely did his dictation.

• When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you till it seems you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

• So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why doesn"t somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?

• Common sense is seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be.

• The truth is the kindest thing we can give folks in the end.

• Friendships are discovered rather than made.

• Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.

• Although mother"s bodily presence disappeared from our circle, I think that her memory and example had more influence in molding her family, in deterring from evil and exciting to good, than the living presence of many mothers.

It was a memory that met us everywhere; for every person in the town seemed to have been so impressed by her character and life that they constantly reflected some portion of it back


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