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Bass: Laws change. Social systems crumble. Universal truths are constant. It is a fact – it is a plain fact that what is true and right is true and right for all. White and black alike.~~~~12 Years a Slave

Solomon Northup: I am Solomon Northup. I am a free man; a resident of Saratoga, New York. The residence also of my wife and children who are equally free. I have papers. You have no right whatsoever to detain me…~~~~12 Years a Slave

Tibeats: You will not live to see another day!~~~~12 Years a Slave

Solomon Northup: I will not fall into despair! I will keep myself hardy until freedom is opportune!~~~~12 Years a Slave

Solomon Northrup: I don’t want to survive. I want to live.~~~~12 Years a Slave

Ford: What is the price for the ones Platt and Eliza?
Freeman: A thousand for Platt; he is a nigger of talent. Seven hundred for Eliza. My fairest price.
Ford: You will accept a note?
Freeman: Always from you, Mr. Ford.~~~~12 Years a Slave

Ford: I believe Tibbets is skulkin’ about the premises somewhere. He wants you dead, and he will attempt to have you so. It’s no longer safe for you here. And I don’t believe you will remain passive if Tibbets attacks. I have transferred my debt to Edwin Epps. He will take charge of you.
Solomon Northrup: Master Ford, you must know; I am not a slave.
Ford: I cannot hear that.
Solomon Northrup: Before I came to you I was a free man.
Ford: I am trying to save your life! And… I have a debt to be mindful of. That, now, is to Edwin Epps. He is a hard man. Prides himself on being a “nigger breaker.” But truthfully I could find no others who would have you. You’ve made a reputation of yourself. Whatever your circumstances, you are an exceptional nigger, Platt. I fear no good will come of it.~~~~12 Years a Slave

Edwin Epps: A man is free to do as he pleases with his property.~~~~12 Years a Slave

Edwin Epps: And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
Edwin Epps: And that servant which knew his lord’s will and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.~~~~12 Years a Slave

Solomon Northrup: [Upon meeting his family again after 12 years] I apologize for my appearance. But I have had a difficult time these past several years.
Solomon Northrup: I apologize for my appearance, but I have had a difficult time these past several years.~~~~12 Years a Slave

Bass: You’re well traveled for a slave
Bass: You’re well traveled for a slave.~~~~12 Years a Slave

Freeman: My sympathies extend the length of a coin.~~~~12 Years a Slave

 

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This movie shows you can’t study if your skin color is black. Also you can’t get your hands on different types of work. The movie shows how a black man worked for 12 years as a servant. It remains to be seen how he spent twelve years hiding his identity.

Solomon Northup: I survive. I will not fall into despair. I will offer up my talents to Master Ford. I will keep myself hardy till freedom is opportune.
Eliza: So you settle into your role as Platt then?
Solomon Northup: My back is thick with scars for protesting my freedom.~~~~12 Years a Slave

Clemens: Survival is not about certain death. It’s about keeping your head down.
Solomon Northrup: Days ago I was with my family, in my home. Now you’re telling me all that’s lost? Tell no one who I am, that’s the way to survive? Well, I don’t want to survive. I want to live.~~~~12 Years a Slave

Edwin Epps: You’re not a free man, you’re not more than a Georgia runaway.~~~~12 Years a Slave

Edwin Epps: Sin? There is no sin. Man does how he pleases with his property.~~~~12 Years a Slave

Solomon Northup: I don’t want to survive. I want to live.~~~~12 Years a Slave

Solomon Northrup: I’m a free man!~~~~12 Years a Slave

“What difference is there in the color of the soul?”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~~12 Years a Slave

“Life is dear to every living thing; the worm that crawls upon the ground will struggle for it.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~~12 Years a Slave

 

“There may be humane masters, as there certainly are inhuman ones – there may be slaves well-clothed, well-fed, and happy, as there surely are those half-clad, half-starved and miserable; nevertheless, the institution that tolerates such wrong and inhumanity as I have witnessed, is a cruel, unjust, and barbarous one. Men may write fictions portraying lowly life as it is, or as it is not – may expatiate with owlish gravity upon the bliss of ignorance – discourse flippantly from arm chairs of the pleasures of slave life; but let them toil with him in the field – sleep with him in the cabin – feed with him on husks; let them behold him scourged, hunted, trampled on, and they will come back with another story in their mouths. Let them know the heart of the poor slave – learn his secret thoughts – thoughts he dare not utter in the hearing of the white man; let them sit by him in the silent watches of the night – converse with him in trustful confidence, of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” and they will find that ninety-nine out of every hundred are intelligent enough to understand their situation, and to cherish in their bosoms the love of freedom, as passionately as themselves.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~~12 Years a Slave

“At such times, the heart of man turns instinctively towards his Maker. In prosperity, and whenever there is nothing to injure or make him afraid, he remembers Him not, and is ready to defy Him; but place him in the midst of dangers, cut him off from human aid, let the grave open before him, then it is, in the time of his tribulation, that the scoffer and unbelieving man turns to God for help, feeling there is no other hope, or refuge, or safety, save in his protecting arm.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~~12 Years a Slave

“I could not comprehend the justice of that law, or that religion, which upholds or recognizes the principle of slavery;”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~~12 Years a Slave

“…So we passed, handcuffed and in silence, through the streets of Washington, through the Capital of a nation, whose theory of government, we are told, rests on the foundation of man’s inalienable right to life, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of happiness! Hail! Columbia, happy land, indeed!”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~~12 Years a Slave

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Solomon did not get rid of the servant’s work despite various attempts. Various attempts in vain, also endured the torture on another servant in front of the eyes. He has also been sold in various places. Solomon also laid hands on the owner to save his life. And that’s why he had to hang himself all day. And whoever leaves will also be hanged, so no one comes forward. All of these scenes are quotes that you can use.

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“Really, it was difficult to determine which I had most reason to fear—dogs, alligators or men!”
― Solomon Northup,~~~~12 Years a Slave

“I ask no paradise on high, With cares on earth oppressed,
The only heaven for which I sigh, Is rest, eternal rest.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~~12 Years a Slave

“And what difference is there in the color of the soul?”
― Solomon Northup,~~~~12 Years a Slave

“My sufferings I can compare to nothing else than the burning agonies of hell!”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~~12 Years a Slave

“Credit leads a man into temptation. Cash down is the only thing that will deliver him from evil.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~~12 Years a Slave

“Eliza, stop crying, You let sorrow take over you; you will drown in it”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~~12 Years a Slave

“There’s a sin, a fearful sin, resting on this nation, that will not go unpunished forever. There will be reckoning yet … it may be sooner or it may be later, but it’s a coming as sure as the Lord is just”
― Solomon Northup,~~~~12 Years a Slave

“Alas! I had not then learned the measure of “man’s inhumanity to man,” nor to what limitless extent of wickedness he will go for the love of gain”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~~12 Years a Slave

“I had not then learned the measure of “man’s inhumanity to man,” nor to what limitless extent of wickedness he will go for the love of gain.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~~12 Years a Slave

“Ten years I toiled for that man without reward. Ten years of my incessant labor has contributed to increase the bulk of his possessions. Ten years I was compelled to address him with downcast eyes and uncovered head—in the attitude and language of a slave. I am indebted to him for nothing, save undeserved abuse and stripes.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~~12 Years a Slave

“It is not the fault of the slaveholder that he is cruel, so much as it is the fault of the system under which he lives. He cannot withstand the influence of habit and associations that surround him. Taught from earliest childhood, by all that he sees and hears that the rod is for the slave’s back, he will not be apt to change his opinions in maturer years.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~~12 Years a Slave

“Of course you did ; the law says you have the right to hold a nigger, but begging the law’s pardon, it lies. Yes, Epps, when the law says that it’s a liar, and the truth is not in it. Is every thing right because the law allows it ? Suppose they’d pass a law taking away your liberty and making you a slave?”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~~12 Years a Slave

 

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Solomon had to remain silent despite knowing he was not a servant. Though he thought of the days when he left his family, he had nothing to do. When he was taken to another place by ship, he tried hard but was not released. Because another man decides to run away to escape. But that is not possible. He died before he could escape. After seeing all these incidents, the thought of Solomon running away disappeared.

“My narrative is at an end. I have no comments to make upon the subject of Slavery. Those who read this book may form their own opinions of the “peculiar institution.” What it may be in other States, I do not profess to know; what it is in the region of Red River, is truly and faithfully delineated in these pages. This is no fiction, no exaggeration. If I have failed in anything, it has been in presenting to the reader too prominently the bright side of the picture. I doubt not hundreds have been as unfortunate as myself; that hundreds of free citizens have been kidnapped and sold into slavery, and are at this moment wearing out their lives on plantations in Texas and Louisiana. But I forbear. Chastened and subdued in spirit by the sufferings I have borne, and thankful to that good Being through whose mercy I have been restored to happiness and liberty, I hope henceforward to lead an upright though lowly life, and rest at last in the church yard where my father sleeps.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~~12 Years a Slave

“Blessed be sleep! It visited all alike, descending as the dews of heaven on the bond and free.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~~12 Years a Slave

“Alas! I had not then learned the measure of “man’s inhumanity to man,” nor to what limitless extent of wickedness he will go for the love of gain.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~~12 Years a Slave

“On the way, a great many demanded it, read it, and passed on. Those having the air and appearance of gentlemen, whose dress indicated the possession of wealth, frequently took no notice of me whatever; but a shabby fellow, an unmistakable loafer, never failed to hail me, and to scrutinize and examine me in the most thorough manner. Catching runaways is sometimes a money-making business.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~~12 Years a Slave

“The existence of Slavery in its most cruel form among them, has a tendency to brutalize the humane and finer feelings of their nature. Daily witnesses of human suffering—listening to the agonizing screeches of the slave—beholding him writhing beneath the merciless lash—bitten and torn by dogs—dying without attention, and buried without shroud or coffin—it cannot otherwise be expected,”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~~12 Years a Slave

“It is not the fault of the slaveholder that he is cruel, so much as it is the fault of the system under which he lives. He cannot withstand the influence of habit and associations that surround him. Taught from earliest childhood, by all that he sees and hears, that the rod is for the slave’s back, he will not be apt to change his opinions in matured years.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~~12 Years a Slave

“They are deceived who flatter themselves that the ignorant and debased slave has no conception of the magnitude of his wrongs. They are deceived who imagine that he arises from his knees, with back lacerated and bleeding, cherishing only a spirit of meekness and forgiveness. A day may come—it will come, if his prayer is heard—a terrible day of vengeance when the master in his turn will cry in vain for mercy.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“Alas! I had not then learned the measure of “man’s inhumanity to man,” nor to what limitless extent of wickedness he will go for the love of gain.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“ever there was a broken heart—one crushed and blighted by the rude grasp of suffering misfortune—it was Patsey’s.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“let them behold him scourged, hunted, trampled on, and they will come back with another story in their mouths. Let them know the heart of the poor slave—learn his secret thoughts—thoughts he dare not utter in the hearing of the white man;”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“They are deceived who imagine that he arises from his knees, with back lacerated and bleeding, cherishing only a spirit of meekness and forgiveness. A day may come—it will come, if his prayer is heard—a terrible day of vengeance when the master in his turn will cry in vain for mercy.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~Twelve Years a Slave

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“They are deceived who flatter themselves that the ignorant and debased slave has no conception of the magnitude of his wrongs. They are deceived who imagine that he arises from his knees, with back lacerated and bleeding, cherishing only a spirit of meek ness and forgiveness. A day may come—it will come, if his prayer is heard—a terrible day of vengeance, when the master in his turn will cry in for mercy.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“Oh! How heavily the weight of slavery pressed upon me then. I must toil day after day, endure abuse and taunts and scoffs, sleep on the hard ground, live on the coarsest fare, and not only this, but live the slave of a blood-seeking wretch, of whom I must stand henceforth in continued fear and dread. Why had I not died in my young years-before God had given me children to love and live for? What unhappiness and suffering and sorrow it would have prevented. I sighed for liberty; but the bondsman’s chain was round me, and could not be shaken off. I could only gaze wistfully towards the North, and think of the thousands of miles that stretched between me and the soil of freedom, over which a black freeman may not pass.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“Soon after he purchased me, Epps asked me if I could write and read, and on being informed that I had received some instruction in those branches of education, he assured me, with emphasis, if he ever caught me with a book, or with pen and ink, he would give me a hundred lashes.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“Brought up with such ideas—in the notion that we stand without the pale of humanity—no wonder the oppressors of my people are a pitiless and unrelenting race.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“Suffice it to say, during the whole long day I came not to the conclusion, even once, that the southern slave, fed, clothed, whipped and protected by his master, is happier than the free colored citizen of the North. To that conclusion I have never since arrived.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“mind”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“passed, hand-cuffed and in silence, through the streets of Washington—through the Capital of a nation, whose theory of government, we were told, rests on the foundation of man’s inalienable right to life, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of happiness! Hail! Columbia, happy land, indeed!”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“you last night”
― Solomon Northup,~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“It is not the fault of the slaveholder that he is cruel, so much as it is the fault of the system under which he lives. He cannot withstand the influence of habit and associations that surround him.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“considerable amount in consideration of his services in”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“There’s a sin, a fearful sin, resting on this nation, that will not go unpunished forever. There will be a reckoning yet—yes, Epps, there’s a day coming that will burn as an oven. It may be sooner or it may be later, but it’s a coming as sure as the Lord is just.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“Strange as it may seem, within plain sight of this same house, looking down from its commanding height upon it, was the Capitol. The voices of patriotic representatives boasting of freedom and equality, and the rattling of the poor slave’s chains, almost commingled. A slave pen within the very shadow of the Capitol!”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“There may be humane masters, as there certainly are inhuman ones—there may be slaves well-clothed, well-fed, and happy, as there surely are those half-clad, half-starved and miserable; nevertheless, the institution that tolerates such wrong and inhumanity as I have witnessed, is a cruel, unjust, and barbarous one. Men may write fictions portraying lowly life as it is, or as it is not—may expatiate with owlish gravity upon the bliss of ignorance—discourse”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~Twelve Years a Slave

 

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“So we passed, hand-cuffed and in silence, through the streets of Washington through the Capital of a nation, whose theory of government, we are told, rests on the foundation of man’s inalienable right to life, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of happiness! Hail! Columbia, happy land, indeed!”
― Solomon Northup,~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“child is father to the man,” and with such training, whatever may be his natural disposition, it cannot well be otherwise than that, on arriving at maturity, the sufferings and miseries of the slave will be looked upon with entire indifference. The influence of the iniquitous system necessarily fosters an unfeeling and cruel spirit, even in the bosoms of those who, among, their equals, are regarded as humane and generous. Young Master Epps possessed some noble qualities, yet no process of reasoning could lead him to comprehend, that in the eye of the Almighty there is no distinction of color. He looked upon the black man simply as an animal, differing in no respect from any other animal, save in the gift of speech and the possession of somewhat higher instincts, and, therefore, the more valuable. To work like his father’s mules— to be whipped and kicked and scourged through life— to address the white man with hat in hand, and eyes bent servilely on the earth, in his mind, was the natural and proper destiny of the slave. Brought up with such ideas—in the notion that we stand without the pale of humanity—no wonder the oppressors of my people are a pitiless and unrelenting race.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“To ask the master for a knife, or skillet, or any small convenience of the kind, would be answered with a kick, or laughed at as a joke. Whatever necessary article of this nature is found in a cabin has been purchased with Sunday money.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“¿Acaso es correcto, o siquiera razonable, que un hombre de materia igual a la de otro, tan compuesto de lo mismo y en misma variedad, cuya locura e impudicia comparte con los esclavos a los que gobierna, se erija en déspota absoluto y diga quién es libre y quién no en su tierra?”
― Solomon Northup, Doce años de esclavitud

“under other circumstances and other influences,”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“adroitly that there was”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“in”
― Solomon Northup,~~~Twelve Years a Slave

“Let not those who have never been placed in like circumstances, judge me harshly. Until they have been chained and beaten—until they find themselves in the situation I was, borne away from home and family towards a land of bondage—let them refrain from saying what they would not do for liberty. How”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“In prosperity, and when there is nothing to injure or make him afraid, he remembers Him not, and is ready to defy Him; but place him in the midst of dangers, cut him off from human aid, let the grave open before him—then it is, in the time of his tribulation, that the scoffer and unbelieving man turns to God for help, feeling there is no other hope, or refuge, or safety, save in his protecting arm.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“The existence of Slavery in its most cruel form among them has a tendency to brutalize the humane and finer feelings of their nature. Daily witnesses of human suffering—listening to the agonizing screeches of the slave—beholding him writhing beneath the merciless lash—bitten and torn by dogs—dying without attention, and buried without shroud or coffin—it cannot otherwise be expected, than that they should become brutified and reckless of human life.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

 

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“woollyheads and silvergrays, and am unable to understand”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“How often since that time has the recollection of his paternal counsels occured to me, while lying in a slave hut in the distant and sickly regions of Louisiana, smarting with the undeserved wounds which an inhuman master had inflicted, and longing only for the grave which had covered him, to shield me also from the lash of the oppressor.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~12 Years A Slave

“whether”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“Men may write fictions portraying lowly life as it is, or as it is not—may expatiate with owlish gravity upon the bliss of ignorance—discourse flippantly from arm chairs of the pleasures of slave life; but let them toil with him in the field—sleep with him in the cabin—feed with him on husks; let them behold him scourged, hunted, trampled on, and they will come back with another story in their mouths.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“one knee, with a groan, I released my hold upon his throat,”
― Solomon Northup,~~~12 Years A Slave

“Indian Creek, in its whole length, flows through a magnificent forest. There dwells on its shore a tribe of Indians, a remnant of the Chickasaws or Chickopees, if I remember rightly. They live in simple huts, ten or twelve feet square, constructed of pine poles and covered with bark. They subsist principally on the flesh of the deer, the coon, and opossum, all of which are plenty in these woods. Sometimes they exchange venison for a little corn and whisky with the planters on the bayous. Their usual dress is buckskin breeches and calico hunting shirts of fantastic colors, buttoned from belt to chin. They wear brass rings on their wrists, and in their ears and noses. The dress of the squaws is very similar.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~12 Years A Slave

“The influence of the iniquitous system necessarily fosters an unfeeling and cruel spirit, even in the bosoms of those who, among their equals, are regarded as humane and generous.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“The best dancer appeared to be considered the one who could whoop the loudest, jump the farthest, and utter the most excruciating noise.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“A man with a particle of mercy in his soul would not have beaten even a dog so cruelly.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“The terrible lesson Burch taught me, impressed indelibly upon my mind the danger and uselessness of asserting I was a freeman. There was no possibility of any slave being able to assist me, while, on the other hand, there was a possibility of his exposing me.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“So we passed, hand-cuffed and in silence, through the streets of Washington—through the Capital of a nation, whose theory of government, we are told, rests on the foundation of man’s inalienable right to life, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of happiness ! Hail ! Columbia, happy land, indeed”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“So we passed, handcuffed and in silence, through the streets of Washington—through the Capital of a nation, whose theory of government, we are told, rests on the foundation of man’s inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! Hail! Columbia, happy land, indeed!”
― Solomon Northup,~~~12 Years A Slave

 

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“It is the literal, unvarnished truth, that the crack of the lash, and the shrieking of the slaves, can be heard from dark till bed time, on Epps’ plantation, any day almost during the entire period of the cotton-picking season.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~12 Years A Slave

“doubt not he understood then better than I did, the danger and the penalty of selling a free man into slavery. He felt the necessity of closing my mouth against the crime he knew he was committing.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“my situation, however, the more I became”
― Solomon Northup,~~~12 Years A Slave

“In prosperity, and when there is nothing to injure or make him afraid, he remembers Him not, and is ready to defy Him; but place him in the midst of dangers, cut him off from human aid, let the grave open before him-then it is, in the time of his tribulation, that the scoffer and unbelieving man turns to God for help, feeling there is no other hope, or refuge, or safety, save in his protecting arm.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~12 Years A Slave

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― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“There may be humane masters, as there certainly are inhuman ones—there may be slaves well-clothed, well-fed, and happy, as there surely are those half-clad, half-starved and miserable; nevertheless, the institution that tolerates such wrong and inhumanity as I have witnessed, is a cruel, unjust, and barbarous one. Men may write fictions portraying lowly life as it is, or as it is not—may expatiate with owlish gravity upon the bliss of ignorance—discourse flippantly from arm chairs of the pleasures of slave life; but let them toil with him in the field—sleep with him in the cabin—feed with him on husks; let them behold him scourged, hunted, trampled on, and they will come back with another story in their mouths. Let them know the heart of the poor slave—learn his secret thoughts—thoughts he dare not utter in the hearing of the white man; let them sit by him in the silent watches of the night—converse with him in trustful confidence, of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” and they will find that ninety-nine out of every hundred are intelligent enough to understand their situation, and to cherish in their bosoms the love of freedom, as passionately as themselves.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

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― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

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― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“Oh! how heavily the weight of slavery pressed upon me then. I must toil day after day, endure abuse and taunts and scoffs, sleep on the hard ground, live on the coarsest fare, and not only this, but live the slave of a blood-seeking wretch, of whom I must stand henceforth in continued fear and dread.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“The first Sunday after my coming to the plantation, he called them together, and began to read the twelfth chapter of Luke. When he came to the 47th verse, he looked deliberately around him, and continued—“And that servant which knew his lord’s will,”—here he paused, looking around more deliberately than before, and again proceeded—“which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself”—here was another pause—“prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.” “D’ye hear that?” demanded Peter, emphatically. “Stripes,” he repeated, slowly and distinctly, taking off his spectacles, preparatory to making a few remarks. “That nigger that don’t take care—that don’t obey his lord—that’s his master—d’ye see?—that ‘ere nigger shall be beaten with many stripes. Now, ‘many’ signifies a great many—forty, a hundred, a hundred and fifty lashes. That’s Scripter!”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“yet no process of reasoning could lead him to comprehend, that in the eye of the Almighty there is no distinction of color. He looked upon the black man simply as an animal,”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“Among them was one to whom I owe an immeasurable debt of gratitude. Only for him, in all probability, I should have ended my days in slavery. He was my deliverer—a man whose true heart overflowed with noble and generous emotions. To the last moment of my existence I shall remember him with feelings of thankfulness. His name was Bass, and at that time he resided in Marksville. It will be difficult to convey a correct impression of his appearance or character. He was a large man, between forty and fifty years old, of light complexion and light hair. He was very cool and self-possessed, fond of argument, but always speaking with extreme deliberation. He was that kind of person whose peculiarity of manner was such that nothing he uttered ever gave offence.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~12 Years A Slave

“discretion is the better part of valor,”
― Solomon Northup,~~~12 Years A Slave

 

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“It is a mistaken opinion that prevails in some quarters that the slave does not understand the term – does not comprehend the idea of freedom. Even on Bayou Boeuf, where I conceive slavery exists in its most abject and cruel form – where it exhibits features altogether unknown in more northern States – the most ignorant of them generally know full well its meaning. They understand the privileges and exemptions that belong to it – that it would bestow upon them the fruits of their own labors, and that it would secure to them the enjoyment of domestic happiness. They do not fail to observe the difference between their own condition and the meanest white man’s, and to realize the injustice of the laws which place it in his power not only to appropriate the profits of their industry, but to subject them to unmerited and unprovoked punishment, without remedy, or the right to resist or to remonstrate.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“So we passed, hand-cuffed and in silence, through the streets of Washington through the Capital of a nation, whose theory of government, we are told, rests on the foundation of man’s inalienable right to life, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of happiness! Hail! Columbia, happy land, indeed!”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“drawn up and signed by the proper parties, wherein Epps acknowledged he”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“You have books and papers, and can go where you please, and gather intelligence in a thousand ways. But your slaves have no privileges. You’d whip one of them if caught reading a book. They are held in bondage, generation after generation, deprived of mental improvement, and who can expect them to possess much knowledge? If they are not brought down to a level with the brute creation, you slaveholders would never be blamed for it. If they are baboons, or stand no higher in the scale of intelligence than such animals, you and men like you will have to answer for it. There’s a sin, a fearful sin, resting on this nation, that will not go unpunished forever. There will be a reckoning yet, Epps, there’s a day coming that will burn as an oven. It may be sooner or it may be later, but it’s a coming as sure as the Lord is just.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“children listen to superstitious tales, the story goes, that that spot, in the heart of the “Big Cane,” is a haunted place. For more than a quarter of a century, human voices had rarely, if ever, disturbed the silence of the clearing. Rank and noxious weeds had overspread the once cultivated field—serpents sunned themselves on the doorway of the crumbling cabin. It was indeed a dreary picture”
― Solomon Northup,~~~12 Years A Slave Narrative of Solomon Northup

“The child is father to the man,” and with such training, whatever may be his natural disposition, it cannot well be otherwise than that, on arriving at maturity, the sufferings and miseries of the slave will be looked upon with entire indifference.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“prosperity, and when there is nothing to injure or make him afraid, he remembers Him not, and is ready to defy Him; but place him in the midst of dangers, cut him off from human aid, let the grave open before him—then it is, in the time of his tribulation, that the scoffer and unbelieving man turns to God for help, feeling there is no other hope, or refuge, or safety, save in his protecting arm.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“The flesh of the coon is palatable, but verily there is nothing in all butcherdom so delicious as a roasted ‘possum.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“name I bear. To this fact may be attributed the persevering”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“Such a hard, cruel, unjust man is Edwin Epps. There was but one greater savage on Bayou Bœuf than he. Jim Burns”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“legerdemain.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~12 Years A Slave

“There’s a sin, a fearful sin, resting on this nation, that will not go unpunished forever.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“rescued in the month of January, 1853,”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“– they would deliver me from thraldom. Alas! I had not then learned the measure of “man’s inhumanity to man,” nor to what limitless extent of wickedness he will go for the love of gain.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“Let not those who have never been placed in like circumstances judge me harshly”
― Solomon Northup,~~~12 Years A Slave

 

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“Death was far less terrible than the living prospect that was before us”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“He thought that all men, great and small, bond and free, were sinners in the sight of God; that they were, by nature, rebels against His government; and that they must repent of their sins, and be reconciled to God, through Christ. I cannot say that I had a very distinct notion of what was required of me; but one thing I knew very well—I was wretched, and had no means of making myself otherwise. Moreover, I knew that I could pray for light.”
― Solomon Northup, 12 Years a Slave Gold Collection: The Essential 12 Years a Slave Collection, Includes Twelve Years a Slave, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Life of Fredrick Douglass, The Life of Lincoln and more

“Is every thing right because the law allows it ? Suppose they’d pass a law taking away your liberty and making you a slave?”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“course of long observance”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“On a dry day fire is set to this combustible refuse, which sweeps over the field, leaving it bare and clean, and ready for the hoes. The earth is loosened about the roots of the old stubble, and in process of time another crop springs up from the last year’s seed. It is the same the year following; but the third year the seed has exhausted its strength, and the field must be ploughed and planted again. The second year the cane is sweeter and yields more than the first, and the third year more than the second.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave A True Story

“He, however, lost nothing by his kindness”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“There may be humane masters, as there certainly are inhuman ones—there may be slaves well-clothed, well-fed, and happy, as there surely are those half-clad, half-starved and miserable; nevertheless, the institution that tolerates such wrong and inhumanity as I have witnessed, is a cruel, unjust, and barbarous one.”
― Solomon Northup,~~~12 Years A Slave

“There have been hours in my unhappy life, many of them, when the contemplation of death as the end of earthly sorrow – of the grave as a resting place for the tired and worn out body – has been pleasant to dwell upon. But such contemplations vanish in the hour of peril. No man, in his full strength, can stand undismayed, in the presence of the “king of terrors.” Life is dear to every living thing; the worm that crawls upon the ground will struggle for it.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“Such dupes are men to custom, and so prone To reverence what is ancient, and can plead A course of long observance for its use, That even servitude, the worst of ills, Because delivered down from sire to son, Is kept and guarded as a sacred thing. But is it fit, or can it bear the shock Of rational discussion, that a man Compounded and made up, like other men, Of elements tumultuous, in whom lust And folly in as ample measure meet, As in the bosom of the slave he rules, Should be a despot absolute, and boast Himself the only freeman of his land?”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“The influences and associations that had always surrounded him, blinded him to the inherent wrong at the bottom of the system of Slavery. He never doubted the moral right of one man holding another in subjection. Looking through the same medium with his fathers before him, he saw things in the same light. Brought up under other circumstances and other influences, his notions would undoubtedly have been different. Nevertheless, he was a model master, walking uprightly, according to the light of his understanding, and fortunate was the slave who came to his possession.”
― Solomon Northup, ~~~12 Years A Slave

“It is not the fault of the slaveholder that he is cruel, so much as it is the fault of the system under which he lives. He cannot withstand the influence of habit and associations that surround him. Taught from earliest childhood, by all that he sees and hears, that the rod is for the slave’s back, he will not be apt to change his opinions in maturer years.”
― Waxkeep Publishing, ~~~12 Years A Slave Narrative of Solomon Northup

 

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