Quoteworthy: Harriet Beecher Stowe on the Changing Tide of Life


Harriet Beecher Stowe was an American abolitionist, author and humanitarian.

She is most famously known for her monumental novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which was translated into 23 languages and forever changed America’s attitude toward slavery. Experiencing the brutality of slavery first-hand, Stowe’s example of anti-slavery literature became on overnight sensation in both the US and Europe.

The impact that Uncle Tom’s Cabin had on the American public was so influential that President Lincoln, upon meeting Stowe, is reported to have said, “You’re the little lady who started this great war.”

There are all sorts of situations that arise in our lives that make us want to just simply give up. Sometimes, even before we begin something new, we deem ourselves unworthy of achieving success and turn back around.

Sadly, when we give up, it’s usually right before making a breakthrough.

It’s important to understand that most successes are not achieved overnight. Even if you feel like nothing you are doing is working and you can’t handle the pressure, hang in there! Don’t quit on your dreams. Believe me, you are stronger than you think.

Be a living inspiration for others. At times, the struggle of our life direction and purpose (which, by the way, is the most important struggle in our lives) is just too complicated to contemplate, but remember: oak trees grow strong in rough winds and diamonds are made under pressure.

Longing for a life without difficulties is mere fantasy.

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you until it seems that you cannot hold on for a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time when the tide will turn.”  – Harriet Beecher Stowe