Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896) was an American author and abolitionist, whose novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) attacked the cruelty of slavery; it reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential, even in Britain. It made the political issues of the 1850s regarding slavery tangible to millions, energizing anti-slavery forces in the American North.
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No one is so thoroughly superstitious as the godless man.
The past, the present and the future are really one: they are today.
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hand on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
All places where women are excluded tend downward to barbarism;
but the moment she is introduced, there come in with her courtesy, cleanliness, sobriety, and order.
Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
I would not attack the faith of a heathen without being sure I had a better one to put in its place.
A little reflection will enable any person to detect in himself that setness in trifles which is the result of the unwatched instinct of self-will and to establish over himself a jealous guardianship.
Perhaps it is impossible for a person who does no good to do no harm.
What makes saintliness in my view, as distinguished from ordinary goodness, is a certain quality of magnanimity and greatness of soul that brings life within the circle of the heroic.
People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them that Benjamin Franklin said it first. Perhaps it is impossible for a person who does no good to do no harm.
The hand of benevolence is everywhere stretched out, searching into abuses, righting wrongs, alleviating distresses, and bringing to the knowledge and sympathies of the world the lowly, the oppressed, and the forgotten.
To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.
I never thought my book would turn so many people against slavery.
To do common things perfectly is far better worth our endeavor than to do uncommon things respectably.
How, then, shall a Christian bear fruit? By efforts and struggles to obtain that which is freely given; by meditations on watchfulness, on prayer, on action, on temptation, and on dangers? No, there must be a full concentration of the thoughts and affections on Christ; a complete surrender of the whole being to him; a constant looking to him for grace.
Home is a place not only of strong affections, but of entire unreserve;
it is life's undress rehearsal, its backroom, its dressing room.
I feel now that the time is come when even a woman or a child who can speak a word for freedom and humanity is bound to speak... I hope every woman who can write will not be silent.
in America, far too large a portion of the diet consists of animal food.
As a nation, the Americans are proverbial for the gross and luxurious diet with which they load their tables; and there can be no doubt that the general health of the nation would be increased by a change in our customs in this respect.
O, because I have had only that kind of benevolence which consists in lying on a sofa, and cursing the church and clergy for not being martyrs and confessors. One can see, you know, very easily, how others ought to be martyrs.
the delicacy that respects a friend's silence is one of the charms of life.
So we go, so little knowing what we touch and what touches us as we talk! We drop out a common piece of news, "Mr. So-and-so is dead, Miss Such-a-one is married, such a ship has sailed," and lo, on our right hand or on our left, some heart has sunk under the news silently - gone down in the great ocean of Fate, without even a bubble rising to tell its drowning pang. And this - God help us! - is what we call living!
Cathedrals do not seem to me to have been built.
They seem, rather, stupendous growths of nature, like crystals, or cliffs of basalt.
The world has been busy for some centuries in shutting and locking every door through which a woman could step into wealth, except the door of marriage.
Now, if the principle of toleration were once admitted into classical education --if it were admitted that the great object is to read and enjoy a language, and the stress of the teaching were placed on the few things absolutely essential to this result, if the tortoise were allowed time to creep, and the bird permitted to fly, and the fish to swim, towards the enchanted and divine sources of Helicon --all might in their own way arrive there, and rejoice in its flowers, its beauty, and its coolness.
There are in this world two kinds of natures, - those that have wings, and those that have feet, - the winged and the walking spirits. The walking are the logicians; the winged are the instinctive and poetic.
intemperance in eating is one of the most fruitful of all causes of disease and death.
One of the greatest reforms that could be, in these reforming days .
.. would be to have women architects. The mischief with the houses built to rent is that they are all male contrivances.
Religion! Is what you hear at church religion? Is that which can bend and turn, and descend and ascend, to fit every crooked phase of selfish, worldly society, religion? Is that religion which is less scrupulous, less generous, less just, less considerate for man, than even my own ungodly, worldly, blinded nature? No! When I look for religion, I must look for something above me, and not something beneath.
If I am to write, I must have a room to myself, which shall be my room.
A ship is a beauty and a mystery wherever we see it.
Midnight,--strange mystic hour,--when the veil between the frail present and the eternal future grows thin.
Children will grow up substantially what they are by nature--and only that.
the temperaments of children are often as oddly unsuited to parents as if capricious fairies had been filling cradles with changelings.
My vocation to preach on paper.
I make no manner of doubt that you threw a very diamond of truth at me, though you see it hit me so directly in the face that it wasn't exactly appreciated, at first.
Half the misery in the world comes of want of courage to speak and to hear the truth plainly and in a spirit of love.
I long to put the experience of fifty years at once into your young lives, to give you at once the key of that treasure chamber every gem of which has cost me tears and struggles and prayers, but you must work for these inward treasures yourself.
In the gates of eternity the black hand and the white hand hold each other with equal clasp.
Let us resolve: First, to attain the grace of silence;
second, to deem all fault finding that does no good a sin; third, to practice the grade and virtue of praise.
The greater the interest involved in a truth the more careful, self-distrustful, and patient should be the inquiry.I would not attack the faith of a heathen without being sure I had a better one to put in its place, because, such as it is, it is better than nothing.
We hear often of the distress of the negro servants, on the loss of a kind master; and with good reason, for no creature on God's earth is left more utterly unprotected and desolate than the slave in these circumstances.
I wrote what I did because as a woman, as a mother, I was oppressed and broken-hearted with the sorrows and injustice I saw, because as a Christian I felt the dishonor to Christianity - because as a lover of my county, I trembled at the coming day of wrath.
Just so sure as one puts on any old rag, and thinks nobody will come, company is sure to call.
The same quickness which makes a mind buoyant in gladness often makes it gentlest and most sympathetic in sorrow.
Friendships are discovered rather than made.
There is more done with pens than with swords.
If women want any rights they had better take them, and say nothing about it.
I don't know as I am fit for anything and I have thought that I could wish to die young and let the remembrance of me and my faults perish in the grave rather than live, as I fear I do, a trouble to everyone.... Sometimes I could not sleep and have groaned and cried till midnight.
It is one mark of a superior mind to understand and be influenced by the superiority of others.