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Harriet Ann Jacobs Quotes

21 of the best book quotes from Harriet Ann Jacobs
  1. #1
    “Whatever slavery might do to me, it could not shackle my children.”
  2. #2
    “I can testify, from my own experience and observation, that slavery is a curse to the whites as well as to the blacks.”
  3. #3
    “The dream of my life is not yet realized. I do not sit with my children in a home of my own.”
  4. #4
    “He tried his utmost to corrupt the pure principles my grandmother had instilled . . . But he was my master. I was compelled to live under the same roof with him.”
  5. #5
    “God alone knows how much I have suffered; and He, I trust, will forgive me. If I am permitted to have my children, I intend to be a good mother, and to live in such a manner that people cannot treat me with contempt.”
  6. #6
    “My master had power and law on his side; I had a determined will. There is might in each.”
  7. #7
    “Reader, it is not to awaken sympathy for myself that I am telling you truthfully what I suffered in slavery. I do it to kindle a flame of compassion in your hearts for my sisters who are still in bondage, suffering as I once suffered.”
  1. #8
    “If slavery had been abolished I too could have married the man of my choice; I could have had a home shielded by the laws.”
  2. #9
    “On no other occasion has it ever been my lot to listen to so fervent a supplication for mercy and protection. It thrilled through my heart, and inspired me with trust in God.”
  3. #10
    “I was born a slave; but I never knew it till six years of happy childhood had passed away.”
  4. #11
    “She may be an ignorant creature, degraded by the system that has brutalized her from her childhood; but she has a mother’s instincts, and is capable of a mother’s agonies.”
  5. #12
    “I thought that if he was my own father, he ought to love me. I was a little girl then, and didn’t know any better.”
  6. #13
    “She was incapable of feeling for the condition of shame and misery in which her unfortunate, helpless slave was placed.”
  7. #14
    “I know I did wrong. No one can feel it more sensibly than I do…Still, in looking back, calmly, on the events of my life, I feel that the slave woman ought not to be judged by the same standard as others.”

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  1. #15
    “Some are too much brutalized by slavery to feel the humiliation of their position; but many slaves feel it most acutely, and shrink from the memory of it.”
  2. #16
    “Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women.”
  3. #17
    “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.”
  4. #18
    “I would ten thousand times rather that my children should be the half-starved paupers of Ireland than to be the most pampered among the slaves of America.”
  5. #19
    “They thought he had spoiled his children, by teaching them to feel that they were human beings. This was blasphemous doctrine for a slave to teach…”
  6. #20
    “We knelt down together, with my child pressed to my heart, and my other arm round the faithful, loving old friend I was about to leave forever.”
  7. #21
    “My story ends with freedom; not in the usual way, with marriage.”
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