31 Frances Harper Inspirational Quotes You Must Know

31 Frances Harper Inspirational Quotes You Must Know

Frances Ellen was born on September 24, 1825, in Baltimore, Maryland, United States and she died February 22, 1911, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was an American abolitionist, suffragist, poet, teacher, public speaker, and writer. Beginning in 1845, she was one of the first African-American women to be published in the United States.


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  1. We are all bound up together in one great bundle of humanity, and society cannot trample on the weakest and feeblest of its members without receiving the curse in its own soul.
  2. Slavery is dead, but the spirit which animated it still lives.
  3. So close is the bond between man and woman that you can not raise one without lifting the other.
  4. The world cannot move ahead without woman’s sharing in the movement, and to help give a right impetus to that movement is woman’s highest privilege.
  5. If we have had no past, it is well for us to look hopefully to the future – for the shadows bear the promise of a brighter coming day.
  6. The respect that is only bought by gold is not worth much.
  7. My hands were weak, but I reached them out To feebler ones than mine, and over the shadow of my life Stole the light of a peace divine.
  8. A government which can protect and defend its citizens from wrong and outrage and does not is vicious.
  9. A government which would do it and cannot is weak; and where human life is insecure through either weakness or viciousness in the administration of law, there must be a lack of justice and where this is wanting, nothing can make up the deficiency.
  10. I find, by close observation, that the mothers are the levers which move in education. The men talk about it . . . but the women work most for it.
  11. But two things are wanting in American civilization – a keener and deeper, broader and tenderer sense of justice.
  12. Apparent failure may hold in its rough shell the germs of a success that will blossom in time, and bear fruit throughout eternity.
  13. I belong to this race, and when it is down I belong to a down race; when it is up I belong to a risen race.
  14. Oh, could slavery exist long if it did not sit on a commercial throne?
  15. I do not think the mere extension of the ballot a panacea for all the ills of our national life.
  16. What we need today is not simply more voters, but better voters.
  17. The true aim of female education should be, not a development of one or two, but all the faculties of the human soul, because no perfect womanhood is developed by imperfect culture.
  18. It is said that the Negro is ignorant. But why is he ignorant?
  19. It comes with ill grace from a man who has put out my eyes to make a parade of my blindness
  20. If he is poor, what has become of the money he has been earning for the last two hundred and fifty years?
  21. The Negro helped build up that great cotton power in the South, and in the North his sigh was in the whir of its machinery, and his blood and tears upon the warp and woof of its manufactures.
  22. I envy neither the heart nor the head of any legislator who has been born to an inheritance of privileges, who has behind him ages of education, dominion, civilization, and Christianity if he stands opposed to the passage of a national education bill, whose purpose is to secure education to the children of those who were born under the shadow of institutions which made it a crime to read.
  23. Intense love is often akin to intense suffering.
  24. Every mother should endeavor to be a true artist.
  25. As the saffron tints and crimson flushes of morn herald the coming day, so the social and political advancement which woman has already gained bears the promise of the rising of the full-orbed sun of emancipation. The result will be not to make home less happy, but society more holy.
  26. a towering intellect, grand in its achievements, and glorious in its possibilities, may, with the moral and spiritual faculties held in abeyance, be one of the most dangerous and mischievous forces in the world.
  27. A room to myself is a luxury that I do not always enjoy.
  28. No man can feel the iron which enters another man’s soul.
  29. True politeness is to social life what oil is to machinery, a thing to oil the ruts and grooves of existence. False politeness can shine without warming and glitter without vivifying.
  30. Amid ancient lore, the Word of God stands unique and pre-eminent. Wonderful in its construction, admirable in its adaptation, it contains truths that a child may comprehend and mysteries into which angels desire to look.
  31. There is material among us for the broadest comedies and the deepest tragedies, but, besides money and leisure, it needs patience, perseverance, courage, and the hand of an artist to weave it into the literature of the country.

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