Uncle Tom's Cabin: Top Ten Quotes

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  1. "And I lays it all to my management, sir; and humanity, sir, I may say is the great pillar of my management." Pg. 5 Mr. Haley tells Mr. Shelby when talking about how to deal with taking African children away from their parents.  Haley's way is to just take them while the parents are busy with something else, and this is what he calls humane.  It's a very important line in the story because it shows traders feelings about themselves and their business. 
  2. "I won't be taken Eliza; I'll diefirst! I'll be free or I'll die!" pg. 16 George Harris tells his wife and shows how passionate he is about freedom. 
  3. "Now, John, I don't know anything about politics, but I can read my Bible; and there I see that I must feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and comfort the desolate; and that Bible I mean to follow." Pg. 69 Mrs. Bird tells her politician husband her views on the fugitive slave law that forbids citizens to help runaway slaves.  This statement is meant to illustrate how unchristian the law is. 
  4. "But as to putting them on any sort of equality with us, you know, as if we could be compared, why, it' impossible! Now, St. Clare rally has talked to me as if keeping Mammy from her husband was like keeping me from mine.  There's no comparing in this way.  Mammy couldn't have the feelings that I should.  It's a different thing altogether, - of course, it is, - and yet St. Clare pretends not to see it.  And just as if Mammy could lover her little dirty babies as much as I love Eva!" Pg 151 Marie St. Clare stating that her slaves could not have the same feelings as she does as a white woman. 
  5. " 'He hath made everything beautiful in its season' and he showed how all the orders and distinctions in society came from God, and that if it was so appropriate, you know, and beautiful, that some should be high and some low, and that some were born to rule and some to serve, and all that, you know; and he applied it so well to all this ridiculous fuss that is made about slavery, and he proved distinctly that the Bible was on our side, and supported all our institutions so convincingly.  I only wish you'd heard him." Pg 158 Marie St. Clare a popular southern view at the time "proving" by using the Bible that slavery was just. 
  6. "It's jest no use tryin' to keep Miss Eva here.she's got the Lord's mark in her forehead." Pg. 240 Eva is Stowes perfect image of a loving Christian.  She loves all creatures, and will do anything to help them.  The people around her, as this statement shows, are touched by her faith and commitment to the Lord.
  7. "I've always had a prejudice against negroes.and it's a fact, I never could bear to have that child touch me; but, I didn't think she knew it." Pg 246 Miss Ophelia expressing her views about the child Topsy to St. Clare.  Like many northerners of this period, she did not support the institution of slavery, but was just as or more prejudice than southern slave owners. 
  8. "Well, I'll soon have that out of you.  I have none o' yer bawling, praying singeing niggers on my place; so remember.  Now, mind yourself,' he said with a stamp and a fierce glance of his gray eye, directed at Tom, 'I'myour church now! You understand,- you've got to be as I say.'"pg 293 Legree tells Tom and it shows that slave owners thought that they could control every aspect of their slaves lives, from their work to their religion. 
  9. "Mas'r Legree, as ye bought me, I'll be a true and faithful servant to ye.  I'll give ye all the work of my hands, all my time, all my strength; but my soul I won't give up to mortal man.  I will hold on to the Lord, and put his commands before all,-die or live; you may be sure on 't. Mas'r Legree, I an't a grain afeard to die.  I'd as soon die as not.  Ye may whip me, starve me, burn me,-it'll only send me sooner where I want to go." Pg 330.  Tom speaking to Legree after he is punished for refusing to beat another slave.  The passage shows Tom's devotion to any owner he has, even evil ones, but no one can be stronger to the devotion he has for the Lord. 
  10. "My sympathies are not for my father's race, but for my mothers.  To him I was no more than a fine dog or horse: to my poor heart-broken mother I was a child; and, though I never saw her, after the cruel sale that separated us, till sehh she died, yet I knowshe always loved me dearly.  I know it by my own heart.  Whine I think of all she suffered, of my own early sufferings, of the distresses and struggles of my heroic wife, of my sister, sold in the New Oreleans slave-market,- though I hope to have no unchristian sentiments, yet I may be excused for saying, I have no wish to pass for an American, or to identify myself with them.  It is with the oppressed, enslaved African race that I cast in my lot; and, if I wished anything, I would wish myself two shades darker, rather than one lighter." Pg 374 A letter written by George Harris telling his friends why he has no desire to ever be an American.  Even though he has fair enough skin to "pass" as a white person, he wants to be identified with this African nationality because he is proud of who he is and who his family is. 

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