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    When I was nearly twelve years old, my kind mistress sickened and died.
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    tags: year 
     
    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
    tags: young  sad  master  girls  year 
     
    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
    The war of my life had begun; and though one of God's most powerless creatures, I resolved never to be conquered.
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    tags: god  war 
     
    No pen can give an adequate description of the all-pervading corruption produced by slavery.
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    tags: slavery 
     
    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
    tags: master  mind  childhood  year 
     
    Notwithstanding my grandmother's long and faithful service to her owners, not one of her children escaped the auction block. These God-breathing machines are no more, in the sight of their masters, than the cotton they plant, or the horses they tend.
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    The slave girl is reared in an atmosphere of licentiousness and fear.
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    tags: fear  girls 
     
    The degradation, the wrongs, the vices, that grow out of slavery, are more than I can describe. They are greater than you would willingly believe.
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    tags: believe  slavery  wrong 
     
    Could you have seen that mother clinging to her child, when they fastened the irons upon his wrists; could you have heard her heart-rending groans, and seen her bloodshot eyes wander wildly from face to face, vainly pleading for mercy; could you have witnessed that scene as I saw it, you would exclaim, Slavery is damnable!
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    tags: children  eyes  slavery  child  mother 
     
    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
    My master had power and law on his side; I had a determined will. There is might in each.
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    tags: power  master  law 
     
    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
    tags: live  master 
     
    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
    tags: children  sorrow  wishes  child  die  mother  year 
     
    The slave child had no thought for the morrow; but there came that blight, which too surely waits on every human being born to be a chattel.
    — 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
    tags: women  heart  girls  slavery 
     
    Cruelty is contagious in uncivilized communities.
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    tags: community  cruelty 
     
    I can testify, from my own experience and observation, that slavery is a curse to the whites as well as to the blacks. It makes the white fathers cruel and sensual; the sons violent and licentious; it contaminates the daughters, and makes the wives wretched. And as for the colored race, it needs an abler pen than mine to describe the extremity of their sufferings, the depth of their degradation.
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    tags: nature  beautiful  human  soul 
     
    There are wrongs which even the grave does not bury.
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    tags: wrong 
     
    There are no bonds so strong as those which are formed by suffering together
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    tags: suffering  strong 
     
    There must be sophistry in all this; but the condition of a slave confuses all principles of morality, and, in fact, renders the practice of them impossible.
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    Always it gave me a pang that my children had no lawful claim to a name.
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    tags: children  child 
     
    The secrets of slavery are concealed like those of the Inquisition.
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    tags: secret  slavery 
     
    Death is better than slavery.
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    tags: death  slavery 
     
    Hot weather brings out snakes and slaveholders, and I like one class of the venomous creatures as little as I do the other.
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    Lives that flash in sunshine, and lives that are born in tears, receive their hue from circumstances.
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    tags: live  tears 
     
    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
    tags: crimes  power 
     
    I WAS born a slave; but I never knew it till six years of happy childhood had passed away
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    tags: childhood  year 
     
    When my babe was born, they said it was premature. It weighed only four pounds; but God let it live.
    — Harriet Ann Jacobs
    tags: live  god 
     
    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
    tags: slavery  sin  year 
     
    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
    tags: time  mother  year 
     
    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
    tags: children  service  child  shares  year 
     
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    harriet ann jacobs
    Birth    : February 11, 1813
    Death  : March 7, 1897
    Occupation  : Writer

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