"Always it gave me a pang that my children had no lawful claim to a name."
"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."Harriet Ann Jacobs on George Washington
"The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children."Harriet Ann Jacobs on Jessica Lange
"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."Harriet Ann Jacobs on Mark Twain
"Men are what their mothers made them."Harriet Ann Jacobs on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso."Harriet Ann Jacobs on Pablo Picasso
"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."
"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."
"There is a great difference between Christianity and religion at the south. If a man goes to the communion table, and pays money into the treasury of the church, no matter if it be the price of blood, he is called religious."
"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."
"The beautiful spring came and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also."