The Quotable Nerdy Chick: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Did you know that Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) wrote over thirty books? I didn’t. I knew only of one of her titles: Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It is said that when Abraham Lincoln met her, he said, “”So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.”  Uncle Tom’s Cabin was, of course, the little book. If you visit the website for The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, you will find out many interesting things you may not have known about this woman whose most famous book was published in 1851 and who continued working to fight social injustice for over four decades following its publication. The first quote below explains her rationale for writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin. I think it’s a beautiful statement.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Quotes

  • I wrote what I did because as a woman, as a mother, I was oppressed and broken-hearted with the sorrows and injustice I saw, because as a Christian I felt the dishonor to Christianity – because as a lover of my county, I trembled at the coming day of wrath.
  • A woman’s health is her capital.
  • Any mind that is capable of real sorrow is capable of good.
  • Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.
  • So much has been said and sung of beautiful young girls, why don’t somebody wake up to the beauty of old women?
  • Women are the real architects of society.

4 comments on “The Quotable Nerdy Chick: Harriet Beecher Stowe

  1. Elizabeth Stevens Omlor says:

    This post has warmed my heart. Thank you for this great series!

    • kamikinard says:

      Thanks so much! You may have noticed that I posted late last night… yesterday was a loooonnnnngggg day, and I considered not posting, but decided to stay on track. Getting your comment makes me happy I did!

  2. Terrie Sternberg says:

    Wonderful words. Thank you for sharing them, Kami.

  3. Wonderful words. Thank you for sharing them with us, Kami!

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