I think the first duty of society is justice.

— Wendell Phillips

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What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.

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Physical bravery is an animal instinct; moral bravery is much higher and truer courage.

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What is fanaticism today is the fashionable creed tomorrow, and trite as the multiplication table a week after.

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Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities.

The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies.

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Every man meets his Waterloo at last.

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Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few.

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What the Puritans gave the world was not thought, but action.

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The labor movement means just this: It is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth.

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The heart is the best reflective thinker.

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The heritage of the past is the seed that brings forth the harvest of the future.

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Let me make the newspapers, and I care not what is preached in the pulpit or what is enacted in Congress

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Revolutions are not made: they come. A revolution is as natural a growth as an oak. It comes out of the past. Its foundations are laid far back.

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About Wendell Phillips

Quotes 116 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Activist
Birthday November 29, 1811

How prudently most men creep into nameless graves, while now and then one or two forget themselves into immortality.

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No free people can lose their liberties while they are jealous of liberty.

But the liberties of the freest people are in danger when they set up symbols of liberty as fetishes, worshipping the symbol instead of the principle it represents.

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Revolutions never go backward.

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Many know how to flatter, few know how to praise.

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To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship

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There is nothing stronger than human prejudice.

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The best education in the world is that got by struggling to get a living.

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The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.

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Liberty knows nothing but victories. Soldiers call Bunker Hill a defeat; but liberty dates from it though Warren lay dead on the field.

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My advice to a young man seeking deathless fame would be to espouse an unpopular cause and devote his life to it.

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The work resembles a breech delivery-one which is expressed in rhythmic lurches, stabs of phrase and vocal ornamentation designed to express agitation rather than decorative grace.

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Law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm, living public opinion.

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Today it is not big business that we have to fear. It is big government.

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Agitation prevents rebellion, keeps the peace, and secures progress.

Every step she gains is gained forever. Muskets are the weapons of animals. Agitation is the atmosphere of the brains.

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Health lies in labor, and there is no royal road to it but through toil.

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Truth is one forever absolute, but opinion is truth filtered through the moods, the blood, the disposition of the spectator.

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Statutes are mere milestone, telling how far yesterday's thought had traveled;

and the talk of the sidewalk today is the law of the land. With us, law in nothing unless close behind it stands a warm, living public opinion.

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To hear some men talk of the government, you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation, and kept the planets in their places.

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Aristocracy is always cruel.

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The penny-papers of New York do more to govern this country than the White House at Washington.

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One on God's side is a majority.

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We measure genius by quality, not by quantity.

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Christianity is a battle not a dream.

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To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship.

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What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better.

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Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people.

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Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism.

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Responsibility educates.

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If there is anything in the universe that can't stand discussion, let it crack.

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Revolutions are not made, they come.

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There is nothing stronger than human prejudice.

A crazy sentimentalism, like that of Peter the Hermit, hurled half of Europe upon Asia, and changed the destinies of kingdoms.

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If you want to be an orator, first get your great cause.

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Exigencies create the necessary ability to meet and conquer them.

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Experience is a safe light to walk by, and he is not a rash man who expects to succeed in future from the same means which have secured it in times past.

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Baron Grimm declared that, as a rule, it was easy for little minds to attain splendid positions, because they devoted all their ability to the one object.

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Popular opinion is oftenest, what Carlyle pronounced it to be, a lie!

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The man who, for party, forsakes righteousness, goes down;

and the armed battalions of God march over him.

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