What have I to do with plows? I cut another furrow than you see.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 54, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
Them old masters, when they got mad, had no mercy on a niggerthey'd cut a nigger all up in a hurrycut 'em all up into strings, just leave the life, that's all. I've seen 'em do it, many a time.
(Sylvia Dubois (1788?-1889), African American slave and hog breeder. As quoted in Silvia Dubois, a Biografy of the Slav Who Whipt Her Mistres and Gand Her Fredom, interview dated January 27, 1883, by C. W. Larison (1883).
Remembering her days as a slave in New Jersey.)
I say to myself that I mustn't let myself be cut off in there, and yet the moment I enter my bag is taken out of my hand, I'm pushed in, shepherded, nursed and above all cut off, alone. Whitehall envelops me.
(Richard Crossman (1907-1974), British Labour politician. diary entry, Oct. 22, 1964.
After his first week in the Cabinet.)