American Literature Mid-term exam quotes
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"I am obnoxious to each carping tongue/Who says in my hand a needle better fits/ A poet's pen all scorn I should thus wrong/For such despite they cast on female wits/If what I do prove well, it won't advance/ They'll say it's stol'n, or else it was by chance."
The Prologue by Anne Bradstreet
"It [North America] is not composed, as in Europe, of great lords who possess every thing, and a herd of people who have nothing. Here are no aristocratical families, no courts, no kings, no bishops, no ecclesiastical dominion, no invisible power giving to a few very visible one; no great manufacturers employing thousands, no great refinements of luxury. The rich and the poor are not so far removed from each other as they are in Europe."
Letters from an American Farmer by J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur
"The politeness of these savages in conversation is indeed carried to excess, since it does not permit them to contradict or deny the truth of what is asserted in their presence. By this means they indeed avoid disputes; but then it becomes difficult to know their minds or what impression you make upon them. The missionaries who have attempted to convert them to Christianity, all complain of this as one of the great difficulties of their mission. The Indians hear with patience the truths of the Gospel explained to them, and given their usual tokens of assent and approbation; you would think they were convinced. No such matter. It is mere civility."
Remarks Concerning the Savages by Ben Franklin
"...any by the way in the new Code of Laws which I suppose it will be necessary for you to make I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the Husbands. Remember all Men would be tyrants if they could. If perticuliar care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebelion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation."
Letters by Abigail Adams
"he looked like the darkly engraved portraits which we see prefixed to old volumes of sermons; and he had no more right than one of those portraits would have, to step forth as he now did, and meddle with a question of human guilt, passion, and anguish.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
"Vengeance on a dumb brute! Cried Starbuck, that simply smote the from blindest instinct! Madness! To be enraged with a dumb thing, Captain Ahab, seems blasphemous."
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
"Prophet" said I, "thing of evil- prophet still if bird or devil.
By that Heaven that bends above us - by that God we both adore-
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
"The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over her. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
Declaration of Rights and Sentiments by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
"I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartanlike as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved mean, why then to get the whole genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion."
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
"What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve you for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in the solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude"
Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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