To be innocent is natural, but to die pure of heartthat's a gift.
(Adele Comandini. Edward Sutherland. George Melton (Harry Carey), Beyond Tomorrow, to his partner who, though dead, still retains his faith in the goodness of human nature (1940).
Original story by Mildred Cram and Adele Comandini.)
One who is a slaveholder at heart never recognizes a human being in a slave.
(Angelina Grimké (1805-1879), U.S. abolitionist. As quoted in American Slavery As It Is, by Theodore D. Weld (1839).
Said on April 6, 1839. The daughters of a South Carolina slaveholding family, Angelina and her sister Sarah had moved north to escape the presence of the slave system and become active abolitionists.)
The heart has its reasons which reason does not know.
(Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French mathematician, scientist, philosopher. Pensées, no. 423, p. 259, Selections, ed. R.H. Popkin, Macmillan, New York (1989).
The Pensées are diverse writings and notes that Pascal left at the time of his death. They are the classic presentation of his ideas.)
Southern women are ... all at heart abolitionists.
(Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, U.S. diarist. As quoted in Divided Houses, ch. 1, by Leeann Whites (1992).
In a journal entry dated January 2, 1858, referring to women of the "planter class," who chafed at their husbands' flagrant sex with slave women.)