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Quotes from "Uncle Toms Cabin" - 2021

Study Guide

  • The roots of 'Uncle Toms Cabin'

Quotes

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe is as famous as it is controversial. The book helped instill feelings for the slaves in the south, but some of the stereotypes have not been appreciated by some readers in recent years. Whatever you think of Stowe's romantic novel, the work is a class in American literature. Here are a few quotes from the book.

  • "Yes, Eliza, it's all misery, misery, misery! My life is bitter as wormwood; life is burning from me. I'm a poor, miserable, abandoned fool. I'll just tear you down with me, that's all that's good it when we try to do something, to know something, to be something? What use is it to live? I wish I were dead! "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Toms Hütte, CH. 2
  • "This is God's curse on slavery! - a bitter, bitter, most cursed thing! - a curse for the master and a curse for the slave! I was an idiot to think I could make good of such a deadly evil . "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Toms Hütte, CH. 5
  • "If I have to be sold, or all the people in the square, and everything breaks, why, let me be sold. I think I can do it as well as anyone."- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Toms Hütte, CH. 5
  • "The huge green piece of ice she was stretching out on creaked and creaked as her weight fell on it, but she didn't stop for a moment. With wild screams and desperate energy, she jumped to another and another cake; - stumble - jump - -slipping - jumping up again! Her shoes are gone - her stocking is cut from her feet - while the blood has marked every step, but she has seen nothing, felt nothing until it is somber, like in a dream the side of Ohio and a man who helps her in the bank. "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Toms Hütte, CH. 7th
  • "You should be ashamed of yourself, John! Poor, homeless, homeless creatures! It's a shameful, wicked, vile law, and I will break it the first time I get a chance; and I hope I get one to have." Coincidence i do! Things have come to a fine pass when a woman cannot give the poor starved creatures a hot dinner and bed just because they are slaves and have been abused and oppressed all their lives, poor things! "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Toms Hütte, CH. 9
  • "I lost two in a row - they were buried there when I was gone; and I only had this one left. I never slept a night without it; it was all I had. It was my comfort and my pride Day and night, and they wanted to take him away from me to sell him, to sell him south, alone to go alone, a baby that had never been away from his mother in his life! "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Toms Hütte, CH. 9
  • “Her shape was the perfection of childlike beauty, without the usual plumpness and squareness of the outlines. There was an undulating and airy grace above it, such as one could dream of a mythical and allegorical being. Her face was less remarkable for its perfect face beauty of traits as having a unique and dreamy seriousness of expression that made the ideal start when they looked at her and that literally impressed the most boring and literal without knowing exactly why. "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Toms Hütte, CH. 14th
  • We don't belong to your laws, we don't belong to your country; we stand here as free as you are under God's heaven; and through the great God who created us, we fight for our freedom until we come to die. "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Toms Hütte, CH. 17th
  • "I look like heaven in heaven, and not where white people are Gwine? Should they have me? I'd rather go to agony and escape Mas'r and Missis. I had it."- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Toms Hütte, CH. 18th
  • When I've been cruising up and down our boats or driving around on my collecting tours, thinking that every brutal, disgusting, vicious guy I've met was allowed, under our laws, to become the absolute despot of as many men, women and children, how he could cheat, steal, or gamble money to buy enough, having seen such men in possession of helpless children, young girls, and women - I was ready to curse my country for the human race to curse! "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Toms Hütte, CH. 19th
  • "One thing is for sure - there is a gathering among the masses all over the world; and sooner or later there will be illness. The same works in Europe, in England and in this country. My mother told me about a millennium that was coming would when Christ was to rule and all people should be free and happy, and she taught me when I was a boy to pray, “Your kingdom come.” Sometimes I think all the sighing and groaning and stirring underneath the dry bones foretells what she used to tell me would come. But who can keep the day of its appearance? "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Toms Hütte, CH. 19th
  • "I'm going there, to the spirits, Tom; I'll be going shortly."- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Toms Hütte, CH. 22nd
  • "There, you rude dog! Now you will learn not to answer when I speak to you? Take the horse back and clean it properly. I'll teach you your place!"- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Toms Hütte, CH. 23
  • "It is a pity that Miss Eva wants to stay here. She has the mark of the Lord on her forehead."- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 24
  • "Oh, that worries me, Papa. You want me to live so happily and never get pain - never suffer anything - not even hear a sad story when other poor creatures only have pain and grief. Your whole life - it seems selfish, I should know such things, I should think about them! Such things are always sunk in my heart, they sank deep; I've thought about it and thought about it. Papa, isn 'there is a way everyone To release slaves? "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 24
  • "I told you, cousin, that you would find out that these creatures could not be brought up without severity. If I had my way now, I would send the child out and have it whipped thoroughly. I would let them whip until they fail can stand! "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 25th
  • "No, she can't stop me because I'm a nigger! - She'd be touching a toad soon! Nobody can love niggers and niggers can't do anything! I don't care."- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 25th
  • "O Topsy, poor child, I love you! I love you because you have no father, mother or friends; - because you were a poor, abused child! I love you and I I want you to be fine, I'm very miserable, Topsy, and I don't think I'm going to live a great time, and I'm really sorry for your being so naughty, I wish you would try to be good all of me; it's just a little one A while until I'll be with you. "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 25th
  • "Topsy, you poor child, don't give up! I can love you even though I'm not like this dear child. I hope I learned something of the love of Christ from her. I can love you, I can do it and I'll try to help you become a good Christian girl. "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 27
  • "Delicacy! A beautiful word for her like her! I will teach her with all her wishes that she is no better than the ragged black girl who walks the streets! She won't take any more air with her!"- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 29
  • "Well, I am definitely against emancipation. Keep a negro under the care of a master and he does it well enough and is respectable; but set them free and they get lazy and don't work. And take a drink and go." Down all of them for being mean, worthless fellows. I've tried hundreds of times. It's no favor to free them. "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 29
  • "I am your church now!"- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 31
  • "Here, you rascal, do you think you are so pious - have you never heard from your Bible:" Servant, obey your masters "? Not me, my master? Didn't I pay twelve? Hundred dollars, real money for everything, what's in your old black shell? And not mine, now body and soul? "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 33
  • "Poor Critturs! What made her cruel? - and if I give in, I'll get used to it and gradually grow, just like her! No, no, missis! I've lost everything wife and children and home and a kind of mas 'r, and he would have set me free if he had lived just a week longer, I've lost everything in this world and it's clean forever - and now I can't lose heaven either; no, I can't be angry except everyone! "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 34
  • "When I was a girl I thought I was religious; I used to love God and prayer. Now I am a lost soul persecuted by devils who torment me day and night; they keep pushing me on - and I'll do it some of these days too! I'll send him where he belongs - even a short way - one of those nights if they'll burn me alive for it! "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 34
  • "You're scared of me, Simon, and you have a reason to be. But watch out, because I've got the devil in me!"- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 35
  • "How long Tom lay there, he didn't know. When he came to, the fire was out, his clothes were soaked with cold and wet dew; but the dreaded mental crisis was over and in the joy that filled him he no longer felt it Hunger, cold, humiliation, disappointment, misery. "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 38
  • "From his deepest soul, this hour detached and separated from all hope in the life that is now, and offered his own will an unreserved sacrifice for the infinite. Tom looked at the silent, ever-living stars - types of the heavenly hosts who ever look down on man, and the loneliness of the night rang with the triumphant words of a song he had often sung in happier days, but never with such a feeling as now. "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 38
  • "No, it was time when I wanted it, but the Lord gave me a job among these poor souls, and I will stay with them and bear my cross with them to the end. It is different with you, it is one Sling yourself - there is more, and you can stand - and you'd better walk if you can. "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 38
  • "Hark 'e, Tom! - do you think, because I let go of you before, I don't mean what I'm saying; but this time I've made up my mind and counted the costs. You I've always asserted myself: I'll conquer you or kill - one or the other. I count every drop of blood that is in you and take them one by one until you give up! "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 40
  • "Mas'r, if you were sick or in trouble or dying and I could save you, I would give you my heart's blood; and if you took every drop of blood in that poor old body, it would be your precious soul I would set them free as the Lord gave me. O Mas'r! Don't bring this great sin upon your soul! It will hurt you more than I will! Do the worst you can, mine Problems will soon be over, but if you don't regret yours will never end! "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 40
  • "You can't do more! I forgive you, with all my soul!"- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 40
  • "Tell us, who is Jesus anyway? Jesus, that stood you like that all night! - Who is he?"- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 40
  • "Don't call me poor chap! I've been poor chap; but this is all over now and now it's gone. I'm right in the door and I'm going into glory! O, Mas'r George! Heaven has come! I have the victory - the Lord Jesus gave it to me! Glory to his name! "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 41
  • "I don't sell dead niggers. Feel free to bury him where and when you want."- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 41
  • "Testify, Eternal God! Oh, testify that from this hour I will do everything I can to drive this curse of slavery out of my country!"- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 41
  • "It was at his grave, my friends, that I resolved before God never to have another slave while it was possible to free him; that no one would ever risk being separated from home through me friends and die on a lonely plantation when he died. So when you rejoice in your freedom, think you owe it to the good old soul and pay it kindly to his wife and children. Think of your freedom , every time you see UNCLE TOMS CABIN, and let it prove to be a memorial for all of you to see to follow on his steps and be as honest and faithful and Christian as he was. "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 44
  • "One day of grace is still to come. Both the north and the south were guilty before God; and the Christian church has a difficult task to answer. Not by combining, to protect injustice and cruelty and create a common capital sin this union can be saved - but through repentance, justice and mercy, because the eternal law by which the millstone sinks into the sea is no more certain than the stronger law by which injustice and cruelty will hit the peoples - the wrath of Almighty God! "- Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin, CH. 45