Quotes by Rebecca Harding Davis

"Well, what was it to be a thief? He met the question at last, face to face, wiping the clammy drops of sweat from his forehead. God made this money - the fresh air, too - for his children's use. He never made the difference between poor and rich."

"The note is the same, I fancy, be the octave high or low."

"Lost? There is a curious point for you to settle, my friend, who study psychology in a lazy, dilettante way. Stop a moment. I am going to be honest. This is what I want you to do. I want you to hide your disgust, take no heed to your clean clothes, and come right down with me,—here, into the thickest of the fog and mud and foul effluvia. I want you to hear this story. There is a secret down here, in this nightmare fog, that has lain dumb for centuries; I want to make it a real thing to you. You, Egoist, or Pantheist, or Arminian, busy in making straight paths for your feet on the hills, do not see it clearly,—this terrible question which men here have gone mad and died trying to answer."


Books by Rebecca Harding Davis

  • Margret Howth
  • 23 ratings
  • January 1st 1993 by The Feminist Press at CUNY

    (first published 1862)

  • Bits of Gossip
  • 10 ratings
  • October 9th 2007 by Charles Press Pubs(PA)

    (first published 1904)

  • A Law Unto Herself
  • 6 ratings
  • January 1st 2015 by University of Nebraska Press

    (first published August 1st 2008)

  • Frances Waldeaux
  • 2 ratings
  • April 11th 2008 by Dodo Press

    (first published 1897)

Rebecca Harding Davis
  • Rebecca Harding Davis

  • Date of birth: June 24, 1831
  • Died: September 29, 1910
  • Born: in Washington, Pennsylvania, The United States.

  • Description: Rebecca Blaine Harding Davis (born Rebecca Blaine Harding) was an American author and journalist. She is deemed a pioneer of literary realism in American literature. She graduated valedictorian from Washington Female Seminary in Pennsylvania. Her most important literary work is the novella Life in the Iron Mills, published in the April 1861 edition of the Atlantic Monthly which quickly made her an established female writer. Throughout her lifetime, Davis sought to effect social change for blacks, women, Native Americans, immigrants, and the working class, by intentionally writing about the plight of these marginalized groups in the 19th century.(from Wikipedia)