Phillis Wheatley was a prolific Afro-American poet who also holds the feat of being the first Afro-American published poet. She was enslaved as a child and purchased by Wheatley family when she was transported to North America. The family provided her with schooling and when they saw her talent, they encouraged her to pursue poetry. She gained recognition in both American and English colonies with her ‘Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.’ Her works, thoughts, writings and poems received a lot of appreciation and she was praised by eminent figures like George Washington. We have curated some insightful quotations and sayings by Phillis Wheatley from her writings, thoughts, poems, works and life. We bring to you a collection of interesting quotes and thoughts by Phillis Wheatley who stands as an example of what life can be and how we can change it.
Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain, /May be refin'd and join th' angelic train.
Through thickest gloom look back, immortal shade,
On that confusion which thy death has made.
The world is a severe schoolmaster, for its frowns are less dangerous than its smiles and flatteries, and it is a difficult task to keep in the path of wisdom.
May be refined, and join the angelic train.
Aurora hail, and all the thousand dies,
Which deck thy progress through the vaulted skies:
The morn awakes, and wide extends her rays,
On ev'ry leaf the gentle zephyr plays;
Harmonious lays the feather'd race resume,
Dart the bright eye, and shake the painted plume.