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Quotes by Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • American author
  • Born June 14, 1811
  • Died July 1, 1896

Harriet Elisabeth Beecher Stowe (; June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896) was an American abolitionist and author. She came from the Beecher family, a famous religious family, and is best known for her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852), which depicts the harsh conditions for enslaved African Americans. The book reached millions as a novel and play, and became influential in the United States and Great Britain, energizing anti-slavery forces in the American North, while provoking widespread anger in the South.

Where painting is weakest, namely, in the expression of the highest moral and spiritual ideas, there music is sublimely strong.

Everyone confesses that exertion which brings out all the powers of body and mind is the best thing for us; but most people do all they can to get rid of it, and as a general rule nobody does much more than circumstances drive them to do.

The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinacy of folly and inanity.

Whipping and abuse are like laudanum: you have to double the dose as the sensibilities decline.

A man builds a house in England with the expectation of living in it and leaving it to his children; we shed our houses in America as easily as a snail does his shell.

No one is so thoroughly superstitious as the godless man.

Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.

It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.

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.

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Perhaps it is impossible for a person who does no good to do no harm.

Human nature is above all things lazy.

To do common things perfectly is far better worth our endeavor than to do uncommon things respectably.

A woman's health is her capital.

Any mind that is capable of real sorrow is capable of good.

So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why doesn't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women.

One would like to be grand and heroic, if one could; but if not, why try at all? One wants to be very something, very great, very heroic; or if not that, then at least very stylish and very fashionable. It is this everlasting mediocrity that bores me.

Friendships are discovered rather than made.

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

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.

In all ranks of life the human heart yearns for the beautiful; and the beautiful things that God makes are his gift to all alike.

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

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