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born 1811

New England preacher's daughter Harriet Beecher Stowe won her first essay contest at 7, but it wasn't until her 40s that the mother of 7 earned an international reputation with her pen. The 1851 book that secured Harriet's place in history was Uncle Tom's Cabin ~ a moral appeal to end slavery that became the century's best-selling novel. Not to mention, ignited a public debate that laid the groundwork for the "Emancipation Proclamation."

Harriet's work is proof of the power of literature to create change. She kept tapping that power to weigh in on other pressing social issues of her day ~ from female education to religious interpretation to married women's rights.

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her quotes

all quotes by Harriet Beecher Stowe (14)

"Always keep close to your mother . . . The Lord gives a good many things twice over, but he don't give ye a mother but once."

Uncle Tom's Cabin | 1852

"By what strange law of mind is it that an idea long overlooked, and trodden under foot as a useless stone, suddenly sparkles out in new light, as a discovered diamond?"

Uncle Tom's Cabin | march 1852

"Treat 'em like dogs, and you'll have dogs' works and dogs' actions. Treat 'em like men, and you'll have men's works."

Uncle Tom's Cabin | march 1852

"So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don't somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?"

Uncle Tom's Cabin | march 1852

"Money is a great help everywhere;—can't have too much, if you get it honestly."

Uncle Tom's Cabin | march 1852

"Most mothers are instinctive philosophers."

The Minister's Wooing | january 1859

"The truth is the kindest thing we can give folks in the end."

The Pearl of Orr's Island: A Story of the Coast of Maine | 1862

"A woman's health is her capital."

Household Papers and Stories {under pen name Christopher Crowfield} | january 1864

"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone."

Little Foxes | 1866

"There can be no true home without liberty."

House and Home Papers | 1867

"To do common things perfectly is far better worth our endeavor than to do uncommon things respectably."

House and Home Papers | 1867

"The power to create a HOME ought to be ranked above all creative faculties."

House and Home Papers | 1867

"When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you couldn't hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that's just the place and time that the tide'll turn."

Oldtown Folks | 1869

"Praise is sunshine; it warms, it inspires, it promotes growth: blame and rebuke are rain and hail; they beat down and bedraggle, even though they may at times be necessary."

We and Our Neighbors: Or, The Records of an Unfashionable Street | 1873
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