1. 10

    Lives that flash in sunshine, and lives that are born in tears, receive their hue from circumstances.

  2. 9

    I would rather drudge out my life on a cotton plantation, till the grave opened to give me rest, than to live with an unprincipled master and a jealous mistress.

  3. 8

    Hot weather brings out snakes and slaveholders, and I like one class of the venomous creatures as little as I do the other.

  4. 7

    The degradation, the wrongs, the vices, that grow out of slavery, are more than I can describe. They are greater than you would willingly believe.

  5. 6

    No pen can give an adequate description of the all-pervading corruption produced by slavery.

  6. 5

    My master had power and law on his side; I had a determined will. There is might in each.

  7. 4

    Could you have seen that mother clinging to her child, when they fastened the irons upon his wrists; could you have heard her heart-rending groans, and seen her bloodshot eyes wander wildly from face to face, vainly pleading for mercy; could you have witnessed that scene as I saw it, you would exclaim, Slavery is damnable!

  8. 3

    When they told me my new-born babe was a girl, my heart was heavier than it had ever been before. Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women.

  9. 2

    Cruelty is contagious in uncivilized communities.

  10. 1

    The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.

  11. Last Update: 5 December 2021

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