Phillis Wheatley Quotes on the Severe Schoolmaster

“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.”

~ Phillis Wheatley


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Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley, also spelled Phyllis and Wheatly was the first published African-American female poet. Born in West Africa, she was sold into slavery at the age of seven or eight and transported to North America. Born: 8 May 1753, Died: 5 December 1784.

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