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Julia Ward Howe

  • Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord: / He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored ...

    • Julia Ward Howe,
    • "Battle Hymn of the Republic," in The Atlantic ()
  • Arise then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or of tears! Say firmly, 'We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking of carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.' From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own, it says, 'Disarm! Disarm!'

    • Julia Ward Howe,
    • "Mother's Day Proclamation" ()
  • The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor nor violence indicate possession.

    • Julia Ward Howe,
    • "Mother's Day Proclamation" ()
  • Life is like a cup of tea, the sugar is all at the bottom!

    • Julia Ward Howe,
    • in Maud Howe Elliott, The Eleventh Hour in the Life of Julia Ward Howe ()
  • It is always legitimate to wish to rise above one's self, never above others.

    • Julia Ward Howe,
    • in Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards, Maud Howe Elliott, and Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, vol. 1 ()
  • Much of the work of every life is done in the dark.

    • Julia Ward Howe,
    • in Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards, Maud Howe Elliott, and Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, vol. 1 ()
  • Every fallen woman represents a man as guilty as herself, who escapes human detection, but whose soul lies open before God.

    • Julia Ward Howe,
    • in Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards, Maud Howe Elliott, and Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, vol. 1 ()
  • I have never known my husband to approve any act of mine which I myself valued.

    • Julia Ward Howe,
    • in Leta W. Clark, ed., Women Women Women ()
  • It is not good for beauty that it should be a profession.

    • Julia Ward Howe,
    • in Lilian Whiting, Women Who Have Ennobled Life ()

Julia Ward Howe, U.S. poet, philanthropist

(1819 - 1910)