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Harriet Ann Jacobs Quotes and Sayings

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Always it gave me a pang that my children had no lawful claim to a name.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

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DURING the first years of my service in Dr. Flint's
family, I was accustomed to share some indulgences
with the children of my mistress.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

I WAS born a slave; but I never knew it till six years
of happy childhood had passed away.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

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.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

 

The secrets of slavery are concealed like those of the Inquisition.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

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 Jacobs

Cruelty is contagious in uncivilized communities.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

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There is something akin to freedom in having a lover
who has no control over you,
except that which he gains by kindness and attachment.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

Death is better than slavery.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

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 Jacobs

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 Jacobs

When I was nearly twelve years old, my kind mistress sickened and died.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

The slave girl is reared in an atmosphere of licentiousness and fear.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

When my babe was born, they said it was premature.
It weighed only four pounds; but God let it live.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

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 Jacobs

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 Jacobs

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 Jacobs

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

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

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 Jacobs

There is a great difference between Christianity and religion at the south.
If a man goes to the communion table,
and pays money into the treasury of the church,
no matter if it be the price of blood,
he is called religious.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

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 Jacobs

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 Jacobs

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 Jacobs

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up.
- Thomas Edison

I had forgotten how much light there is in the world,
'til you gave it back to me.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Friends are the siblings God never gave us.
- Mencius

No person was ever honored for what he received.
Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
- Calvin Coolidge

Revenge... is like a rolling stone,
which, when a man hath forced up a hill,
will return upon him with a greater violence,
and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.
- Albert Schweitzer

Part of our essential humanity is paying respect to what God gave us
and what will be here a long time after we're gone.
- William J. Clinton

She generally gave herself very good advice,
(though she very seldom followed it).
- Lewis Carroll

Our creator is the same and never changes
despite the names given Him by people here
and in all parts of the world.
Even if we gave Him no name at all,
He would still be there, within us,
waiting to give us good on this earth.
- George Washington Carver

Anthropology was the science that gave her the platform from which she surveyed,
scolded and beamed at the world.
- Jane Howard

I was raised by free-spirited people,
though my father gave me a very strong work ethic.
- Diane Lane

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person,
he believed in me.
- Jim Valvano

I've said it before, but it's absolutely true:
My mother gave me my drive,
but my father gave me my dreams.
Thanks to him, I could see a future.
- Liza Minelli

The poem is the point at which our strength gave out.
- Richard Rosen

I gave my beauty and my youth to men.
I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.
- Brigitte Bardot

My doctor gave me six months to live,
but when I couldn't pay the bill he gave me six months more.
- Walter Matthau

If a friend of mine gave a feast, and did not invite me to it,
I should not mind a bit.
but if a friend of mine had a sorrow
and refused to allow me to share it,
I should feel it most bitterly.
If he shut the doors of the house of mourning against me,
I would move back again and again and beg to be admitted
so that I might share in what I was entitled to share.
If he thought me unworthy, unfit to weep with him,
I should feel it as the most poignant humiliation.
- Oscar Wilde

My hope is that 10 years from now, after I've been
across the street at work for a while,
they'll all be glad they gave me that wonderful vote.
- Sandra Day O'Connor

The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities
and the responsibility that we all had.
It wasn't the answer.
It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.
- John Lennon

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give
ourselves the gift of living well.
- Voltaire

God gave me a great body and it's my duty to take care of my physical temple.
- Jean Claude Van Damme

After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her,
and after half an hour
I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse.
- the movie Take the Money and Run (1969)

I told my doctor I get very tired when I go on a diet,
so he gave me pep pills.
Know what happened? I ate faster.
- Joe E. Lewis

As I have discovered by examining my past,
I started out as a child.
Coincidentally, so did my brother.
My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket,
so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell,
who taught me what was meant by "survival of the fittest."
- Bill Cosby

Yeah I called her up. She gave me a bunch of ...
about me not listening to her, or something.
I don't know, I wasn't really paying attention.
- the movie Dumb & Dumber (1994)

If we gave up eating beef we would have roughly 20
to 30 times more land for food than we have now.
- James Lovelock

When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.
- Erma Bombeck

I feel so very grateful to have the voice God gave me.
It takes a lot of rest and training to sing,
and I was lucky that I found a great teacher when I first moved to New York.
- Judy Collins

The same Source that gave you the idea,
will give you the means to see it through.
- Alan Cohen

For example, after developing a sound similar to an elephant trumpeting,
I wrote the song Elephant Talk which gave my elephant
sound an appropriate place to live.
- Adrian Belew

The press gave me a voice too quickly,
and that could have unsettled a man who had every right
to feel he should be in control of the thing he had created.
- Alison Moyet

I had a great first year and Mr. MacDonald was my biggest supporter.
He gave me the encouragement I needed that first year
to get my career started on a positive note.
- Jim Evans

I liked playing in Chicago, and I gave them everything I had,
but I knew in my heart I was a Red Wing.
- Ted Lindsay

The Lord gave us two ends - one to sit on and the other to think with.
Success depends on which one we use the most.
- Ann Landers

God gave women intuition and femininity.
Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain
of any man I've ever met.
- Farrah Fawcett

I haven't been to a movie since somebody gave me free tickets to Star Wars,
which I went to.
- Jack Vance

Roger Corman exploited all of the young people who worked for him,
but he really gave you responsibility and opportunity.
So it was kind of a fair deal.
- Francis Ford Coppola

There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave.
The one you practiced, the one you gave,
and the one you wish you gave.
- Dale Carnegie

I gave everything in my career so I have no regrets at all.
- Michel Patini

When we were together, I loved you deeply and you gave
me so much happiness I can never repay you.
- Arthur Ashe

These martyrs of patriotism gave their lives for an idea.
- Schuyler Colfax

And then I got into sports and gave my guitar to my
brother Jeff who was just a little kid at that time.
- Beau Bridges

My son gave me the permission to accept my success.
- Gary Burghoff

I used to take five or six books away and bring five or six books back.
Nobody gave me direction or advice and I read much
in the way that a boy might watch television.
- John McGahern

I gave up on the big screen.
The Witching Hour was at Warner Bros.
for 10 years and it just didn't work out.
- Anne Rice

I've always been able to decide what was more important
at different points in my life,
but I never gave up personal things to work,
never.
- Catherine Deneuve

My dad gave me my first bike at 16.
I soon fell off and was in a wheelchair for weeks.
I haven't fallen since.
- Hugh Laurie

Whereas my producer literally worked on this thing
for 10 years and because I gave that presenter credit to David Lynch,
she to this day never gets credit.
It really kills me.
- Terry Zwigoff


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