Quotations by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Born: Friday, June 14, 1811
Died: Wednesday, July 1, 1896 (85 years old)
Profession: Author
Nationality: American


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.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: America, Children, EnglExpectation, Houses, Living, Man)

A woman's health is her capital.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Health, Woman)

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.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Women, Cleanliness, Courtesy, Order)

Any mind that is capable of real sorrow is capable of good.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Mind, Sorrow)

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.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: People, Body, Circumstances, Mind)

Friendships are discovered rather than made.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

Human nature is above all things lazy.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Nature, Human nature)

I did not write it. God wrote it. I merely did his dictation.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: God)

I would not attack the faith of a heathen without being sure I had a better one to put in its place.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Faith, Being)

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.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Life, God, Heart)

It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: People)

Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Mothers)

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Time, Will)

No one is so thoroughly superstitious as the godless man.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Man)

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.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Mediocrity)

Perhaps it is impossible for a person who does no good to do no harm.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Harm)

So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why doesn't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Beauty, Women, Girls, Old)

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Deeds, Tears, Words)

The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinacy of folly and inanity.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Cleverness, Folly, Nothing, Obstinacy, Reason)

The past, the present and the future are really one: they are today.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Future, Past, Present, Today)

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.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Life, Virtue)

To do common things perfectly is far better worth our endeavor than to do uncommon things respectably.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Worth)

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.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Time, Will)

Where painting is weakest, namely, in the expression of the highest moral and spiritual ideas, there music is sublimely strong.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Music, Ideas, Expression, Painting, Spiritual)

Whipping and abuse are like laudanum: you have to double the dose as the sensibilities decline.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
(Keywords: Abuse)







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