We are all bound up together in one great bundle of humanity, and society cannot trample on the weakest and feeblest of its members without receiving the curse in its own soul.

— Frances Harper

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Slavery is dead, but the spirit which animated it still lives.


I find, by close observation, that the mothers are the levers which move in education. The men talk about it . . . but the women work most for it.


So close is the bond between man and woman that you can not raise one without lifting the other. The world can not move ahead without woman's sharing in the movement, and to help give a right impetus to that movement is woman's highest privilege.


Apparent failure may hold in its rough shell the germs of a success that will blossom in time, and bear fruit throughout eternity.


The true aim of female education should be, not a development of one or two, but all the faculties of the human soul, because no perfect womanhood is developed by imperfect culture.


As the saffron tints and crimson flushes of morn herald the coming day, so the social and political advancement which woman has already gained bears the promise of the rising of the full-orbed sun of emancipation. The result will be not to make home less happy, but society more holy.


I do not think the mere extension of the ballot a panacea for all the ills of our national life. What we need to-day is not simplymore voters, but better voters.


Every mother should endeavor to be a true artist.


True politeness is to social life what oil is to machinery, a thing to oil the ruts and grooves of existence. False politeness can shine without warming and glitter without vivifying.


Intense love is often akin to intense suffering.


a towering intellect, grand in its achievements, and glorious in its possibilities, may, with the moral and spiritual faculties held in abeyance, be one of the most dangerous and mischievous forces in the world.


No man can feel the iron which enters another man's soul.


About Frances Harper

Quotes 26 sayings
Profession Poet
Birthday September 24, 1825

I like the character of Moses. He is the first disunionist we read of in the Jewish Scriptures.


I belong to this race, and when it is down I belong to a down race;

when it is up I belong to a risen race.


If we have had no past, it is well for us to look hopefully to the future - for the shadows bear the promise of a brighter coming day.


A room to myself is a luxury that I do not always enjoy.


The respect that is only bought by gold is not worth much.


But two things are wanting in American civilization - a keener and deeper, broader and tenderer sense of justice - a sense of humanity, which shall crystallize into the life of a nation the sentiment that justice, simple justice, is the right, not simply of the strong and powerful, but of the weakest and feeblest of all God's children.


My hands were weak, but I reached them out To feebler ones than mine, and over the shadow of my life Stole the light of a peace divine.


Amid ancient lore the Word of God stands unique and pre-eminent.

Wonderful in its construction, admirable in its adaptation, it contains truths that a child may comprehend, and mysteries into which angels desire to look.


I envy neither the heart nor the head of any legislator who has been born to an inheritance of privileges, who has behind him agesof education, dominion, civilization, and Christianity, if he stands opposed to the passage of a national education bill, whose purpose is to secure education to the children of those who were born under the shadow of institutions which made it a crime to read.


One needs both leisure and money to make a successful book.


There is material among us for the broadest comedies and the deepest tragedies, but, besides money and leisure, it needs patience, perseverance, courage, and the hand of an artist to weave it into the literature of the country.


A government which can protect and defend its citizens from wrong and outrage and does not is vicious. A government which would do it and cannot is weak; and where human life is insecure through either weakness or viciousness in the administration of law, there must be a lack of justice and where this is wanting, nothing can make up the deficiency.


Oh, could slavery exist long if it did not sit on a commercial throne?