Quotations from Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Toms Cabin and other novels and books. Learn more: Harriet Beecher Stowe Biography
• The past, the present and the future are really one: they are today.
• If women want any rights they had better take them, and say nothing about it
• Women are the real architects of society.
• So long as the law considers all these human beings, with beating hearts and living affections, only as so many things belonging to the master -- so long as the failure, or misfortune, or imprudence, or death of the kindest owner, may cause them any day to exchange a life of kind protection and indulgence for one of hopeless misery and toil -- so long it is impossible to make anything beautiful or desirable in the best regulated administration of slavery.
• I no more thought of style or literary excellence than the mother who rushes into the street and cries for help to save her children from a burning house thinks of the teachings of the rhetorician or the elocutionist
• I did not write it. God wrote it. I merely did his dictation.
• When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you till it seems you could not hold on a minute longer, never give up then for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
• So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why doesnt somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?
• Common sense is seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be.
• The truth is the kindest thing we can give folks in the end.
• Friendships are discovered rather than made.
• Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.
• Although mothers bodily presence disappeared from our circle, I think that her memory and example had more influence in molding her family, in deterring from evil and exciting to good, than the living presence of many mothers.
It was a memory that met us everywhere; for every person in the town seemed to have been so impressed by her character and life that they constantly reflected some portion of it back