Elizabeth Keckley

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Elizabeth Keckley

Nobody has a right to whip me but my own master, and nobody shall do so if I can prevent itMore Elizabeth Keckley [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
For an act may be wrong judged purely by itself, but when the motive that prompted the act is understood, it is construed differently. I lay it down as an axiom, that only that is criminal in the sight of God where crime is meditated.More Elizabeth Keckley [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
None of us are perfect, for which reason we should heed the voice of charity when it whispers in our ears, "Do not magnify the imperfections of others.More Elizabeth Keckley [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I was born a slave-was the child of slave parents-therefore I came upon the earth free in God-like thought, but fettered in action.More Elizabeth Keckley [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Notwithstanding all the wrongs that slavery heaped upon me, I can bless it for one thing-youth's important lesson of self-reliance.More Elizabeth Keckley [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We who are crushed to earth with heavy chains, who travel a weary, rugged, thorny road, groping through midnight darkness on earth, earn our right to enjoy the sunshine in the great hereafter. At the grave, at least, we should be permitted to lay our burdens down, that a new world, a world of brightness, may open to us. The light that is denied us here should grow into a flood of effulgence beyond the dark, mysterious shadows of death.More Elizabeth Keckley [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Free, free! what a glorious ring to the word. Free! the bitter heart-struggle was over. Free! the soul could go out to heaven and to God with no chains to clog its flight or pull it down. Free! the earth wore a brighter look, and the very stars seemed to sing with joy. Yes, free! free by the laws of man and the smile of God-and Heaven bless them who made me so!More Elizabeth Keckley [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Poor dusky children of slavery, men and women of my own race-the transition from slavery to freedom was too sudden for you! The bright dreams were too rudely dispelled; you were not prepared for the new life that opened before you, and the great masses of the North learned to look upon your helplessness with indifference-learned to speak of you as an idle, dependent race. Reason should have prompted kinder thoughts. Charity is ever kind.More Elizabeth Keckley [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Mr. Lincoln was generous by nature, and though his whole heart was in the war, he could not but respect the valor of those opposed to him. His soul was too great for the narrow, selfish views of partisanship. Brave by nature himself, he honored bravery in others, even his foes.More Elizabeth Keckley [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When I heard the words, I felt as if the blood had been frozen in my veins, and that my lungs must collapse for the want of air. Mr. Lincoln shot!More Elizabeth Keckley [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I lifted the white cloth from the white face of the man that I had worshipped as an idol-looked upon as a demi-god. Notwithstanding the violence of the death of the President, there was something beautiful as well as grandly solemn in the expression of the placid face. There lurked the sweetness and gentleness of childhood, and the stately grandeur of godlike intellect. I gazed long at the face, and turned away with tears in my eyes and a choking sensation in my throat. Ah! never was man so widely mourned before. The wMore Elizabeth Keckley [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Friends are a recompense for all the woes of the darkest pages of life.More Elizabeth Keckley [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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