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Harriet Ann Jacobs Quotes

Harriet Ann Jacobs Quotes & Quotations
Name:
Harriet Ann Jacobs
Type:
Writer
Nationality:
American
Birth year:

  • 1
    But I now entered on my fifteenth year - a sad epoch in the life of a slave girl. My master began to whisper foul words in my ear. Young as I was, I could not remain ignorant of their import. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs
  • 2
    But to the slave mother New Year's day comes laden with peculiar sorrows. She sits on her cold cabin floor, watching the children who may all be torn from her the next morning; and often does she wish that she and they might die before the day dawns. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs
  • 3
    Cruelty is contagious in uncivilized communities. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs
  • 4
    Death is better than slavery. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs
  • 5
    Dr. Flint had sworn that he would make me suffer, to my last day, for this new crime against him, as he called it; and as long as he had me in his power he kept his word. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs
  • 6
    Every where the years bring to all enough of sin and sorrow; but in slavery the very dawn of life is darkened by these shadows. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs
  • 7
    For years, my master had done his utmost to pollute my mind with foul images, and to destroy the pure principles inculcated by my grandmother, and the good mistress of my childhood. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs
  • 8
    I WAS born a slave; but I never knew it till six years of happy childhood had passed away. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs
  • 9
    If a slave is unwilling to go with his new master, he is whipped, or locked up in jail, until he consents to go, and promises not to run away during the year. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs
  • 10
    If you want to be fully convinced of the abominations of slavery, go on a southern plantation, and call yourself a negro trader. Then there will be no concealment; and you will see and hear things that will seem to you impossible among human beings with immortal souls. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs
  • 11
    My mistress was so kind to me that I was always glad to do her bidding, and proud to labor for her as much as my young years would permit. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs
  • 12
    No pen can give an adequate description of the all-pervading corruption produced by slavery. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs
  • 13
    Southern women often marry a man knowing that he is the father of many little slaves. They do not trouble themselves about it. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs
  • 14
    The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs
  • 15
    The slave girl is reared in an atmosphere of licentiousness and fear. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs
  • 16
    When I was nearly twelve years old, my kind mistress sickened and died. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs
  • 17
    When I was six years old, my mother died; and then, for the first time, I learned, by the talk around me, that I was a slave. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs
  • 18
    When my babe was born, they said it was premature. It weighed only four pounds; but God let it live. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs
  • 19
    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. Harriet_Ann_JacobsHarriet Ann Jacobs