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I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery. ⏤ Thomas Jefferson

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I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.

Thomas Jefferson, president

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.

Bob Marley, singer songwriter

Whenever I hear any one, arguing for slavery I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

Abraham Lincoln, president

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.

George Orwell, author

If you are living out of a sense of obligation you are slave.

Wayne Dyer, psychologist

Slavery has never been abolished from America's way of thinking.

Nina Simone, musician

I cannot be fired. Slaves have to be sold.


There're two people in the world that are not likeable: a master and a slave.

Nikki Giovanni, poet

The sin of slavery is one of which it may be said that without the shedding of blood there is no remission.

James A. Garfield, president

Slavery is an institution for converting men into monkeys.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

Socialism means slavery.

Lord Acton, historian

A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.

Rita Mae Brown, writer

And so tyranny naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme form of liberty.

Plato, philosopher

Captivity is the greatest of all evils that can befall one.

Miguel de Cervantes, novelist

Men would rather be starving and free than fed in bonds.

Pearl Buck,

The art of being a slave is to rule one's master.

Diogenes, philosopher

Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery.

Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer

Slavery takes hold of few, but many take hold of slavery.

Marcus Annaeus Seneca Seneca The Elder, rhetorician

Slaves lose everything in their chains, even the desire of escaping from them.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, philosopher

No slavery can be abolished without a double emancipation, and the master will benefit by freedom more than the freed-man.

Thomas Huxley, scientist

What a revolting contrast exists in England between the slavery of women and the intellectual superiority of women writers.

Flora Tristan, activist

Most people seek after what they do not possess and are enslaved by the very things they want to acquire.

Anwar ElSadat,

I pity them greatly, but I must be mum, for how could we do without sugar and rum?

William Cowper, poet

Farming with live animals is a 7 day a week, legal form of slavery.

George Segal, actor

Progress and reaction have both turned out to be swindles. Seemingly, there is nothing left but quietism -- robbing reality of its terrors by simply submitting to it.

George Orwell, author

A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.

Lysander Spooner, philosopher

No power can rule this head, who is ready to be separated from its body in the name of freedom and the good of all humanity. / Няма власт над оная глава, която е готова да се отдели от плещите си в името на свободата и за благото на цялото човечество.

Hristo Botev, revolutionary

It does not matter what the whip is; it is none the less a whip, because you have cut thongs for it out of your own souls.

John Ruskin, writer

The flag that was the symbol of slavery on the high seas for a long time was not the Confederate battle flag, it was sadly the Stars and Stripes.

Alan Keyes, politician

Congress would exclude slavery from any territory that in the future might be acquired from Mexico.

David Wilmot, activist

Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition.

John Ruskin, writer

Today the large organization is lord and master, and most of its employees have been desensitized much as were the medieval peasants who never knew they were serfs.

Ralph Nader, lawyer

Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.

Edmund Burke, statesman

The distinguishing sign of slavery is to have a price, and to be bought for it.

John Ruskin, writer

Racism, xenophobia and unfair discrimination have spawned slavery, when human beings have bought and sold and owned and branded fellow human beings as if they were so many beasts of burden.

Desmond Tutu, cleric

There is not a man beneath the canopy of Heaven who does not know that slavery is wrong for him.

Frederick Douglass, author

Now I've been free, I know what a dreadful condition slavery is. I have seen hundreds of escaped slaves, but I never saw one who was willing to go back and be a slave.

Harriet Tubman, activist

I've heard 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' read, and I tell you Mrs. Stowe's pen hasn't begun to paint what slavery is as I have seen it at the far South. I've seen de real thing, and I don't want to see it on no stage or in no theater.

Harriet Tubman, activist

The Israelites' slavery in Egypt is the equivalent of our slavery to sin. God sent Moses to deliver them from bondage, and He sent Jesus Christ to set us free.

Joyce Meyer, author

The real names of our people were destroyed during slavery. The last name of my forefathers was taken from them when they were brought to America and made slaves, and then the name of the slave master was given, which we refuse, we reject that name today and refuse it. I never acknowledge it whatsoever.

Malcolm X, activist

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!

Marcus Garvey, publisher

To some extent I liken slavery to death.

Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman

Some people try to get you out of slavery for you to be their slave.

Mike Tyson, athlete

The state of slavery is in its own nature bad.

Montesquieu, philosopher

Slavery, properly so called, is the establishment of a right which gives to one man such a power over another as renders him absolute master of his life and fortune.

Montesquieu, philosopher

The perpetuation of slavery, the exile and extermination of American Indians, and the passage of Jim Crow laws weren't carried out at the bidding of a few malefactors of great wealth.

P. J. O'Rourke, comedian

Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.

Plato, philosopher

Record contracts are just like - I'm gonna say the word - slavery. I would tell any young artist... don't sign.

Prince, musician

I think we must get rid of slavery, or we must get rid of freedom.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet

The people made worse off by slavery were those who were enslaved. Their descendants would have been worse off today if born in Africa instead of America. Put differently, the terrible fate of their ancestors benefitted them.

Thomas Sowell, economist

The black family survived centuries of slavery and generations of Jim Crow, but it has disintegrated in the wake of the liberals' expansion of the welfare state.

Thomas Sowell, economist

From the very first, it has been the educated and intelligent of the Negro people that have led and elevated the mass, and the sole obstacles that nullified and retarded their efforts were slavery and race prejudice; for what is slavery but the legalized survival of the unfit and the nullification of the work of natural internal leadership?

W. E. B. Du Bois, writer

Most men today cannot conceive of a freedom that does not involve somebody's slavery.

W. E. B. Du Bois, writer

The power of the ballot we need in sheer defense, else what shall save us from a second slavery?

W. E. B. Du Bois, writer

North as well as South, the Negroes have emerged from slavery into a serfdom of poverty and restricted rights.

W. E. B. Du Bois, writer

The slavery of Negroes in the South was not usually a deliberately cruel and oppressive system. It did not mean systematic starvation or murder.

W. E. B. Du Bois, writer

No pope ever condemned slavery.

Joseph McCabe, writer

The Soul of man is made an article of merchandize by his fellow man and can such a land be happy? No! Happyness does not dwell in any land that is scard by the blighting curse of Slavery.

Ezra Cornell, businessman

I would have the Constitution torn in shreds and scattered to the four winds of heaven. Let us destroy the Constitution and build on its ruins the temple of liberty. I have brothers in slavery. I have seen chains placed on their limbs and beheld them captive.

William Wells Brown, activist

It is difficult to say today whether the Battle of Kosovo was a defeat or a victory for the Serbian people, whether thanks to it we fell into slavery or we survived in this slavery.

Slobodan Milosevic, president

Slavery is not the only question which comes up in this controversy. There is a far more important one to you, and that is, what shall be done with the free negro?

Stephen Douglas, politician

All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.

Noah Webster, writer

Each man has an equal social right to multiply his power of motion by all the social factors of civilization. Private property in any of these factors is inconsistent with this fundamental right; it must, obviously, prove a source of economic despotism and industrial slavery.

Daniel De Leon, activist

Injustice, poverty, slavery, ignorance - these may be cured by reform or revolution. But men do not live only by fighting evils. They live by positive goals, individual and collective, a vast variety of them, seldom predictable, at times incompatible.

Isaiah Berlin, philosopher

No nation ever yet found any inconvenience from too close an inspection into the conduct of its officers, but many have been brought to ruin and reduced to slavery by suffering gradual impositions and abuses.

Edward Livingston, judge

Slavery to monarchs and ministers, which the world will be long freeing itself from, and whose deadly grasp stops the progress of the human mind, is not yet abolished.

Mary Wollstonecraft, writer

In the nineteenth century, slavery was the greatest wrong, and government never stood so tall as when it was redressing that wrong.

William Weld, politician

Slavery and freedom cannot exist together.

Ernestine L. Rose,

If you allow one single germ, one single seed of slavery to remain in the soil of America... that germ will spring up, that noxious weed will thrive, and again stifle the growth, wither the leaves, blast the flowers and poison the fair fruits of freedom.

Ernestine L. Rose,

Any unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment.

Huey Newton, activist

The whole story of the comfort women, the system of forced sexual slavery, the medical experiments of Unit 731, is not something that is in the US psyche. That is changing because many books are coming out.

Iris Chang, historian

Slavery is but half abolished, emancipation is but half completed, while millions of freeman with votes in their hands are left without education.

Robert Charles Winthrop, politician

If the flag of an armed enemy of the U.S. is allowed to fly over government buildings, then it implies that slavery, or at least the threat of slavery, is sanctioned by that government and can still legally exist.

Amiri Baraka, poet

If Liberia has failed, then, it is no evidence of the failure of the Negro in government. It is merely evidence of the failure of slavery.

Carter G. Woodson, historian

And who is responsible for this appalling child slavery? Everyone.

Mary Harris Jones, union organizer

To depend upon the Will of a Man is Slavery.

Algernon Sidney, politician

The genius of any slave system is found in the dynamics which isolate slaves from each other, obscure the reality of a common condition, and make united rebellion against the oppressor inconceivable.

Andrea Dworkin, critic

Among the expected glories of the Constitution, next to the abolition of Slavery was that of Rum.

George Clymer, politician

It the British System is the most gigantic system of slavery the world has yet seen, and therefore it is that freedom gradually disappears from every country over which England is enabled to obtain control.

Henry Charles Carey, economist

In this country protection has always, to some extent, existed; but at some times it has been efficient, and at others not; and our tendency toward freedom or slavery has always been in the direct ratio of its efficiency or inefficiency.

Henry Charles Carey, economist

When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery.

Maxim Gorky, novelist

We must continue to judge of slavery by what it is, and not by what you tell us it will, or may be.

Gerrit Smith, politician

Slavery discourages arts and manufactures.

George Mason, statesman

I need say no more, to prove that slavery is entirely unlike the servitude in the patriarchal families.

Gerrit Smith, politician

It, sometimes, suits the slaveholders to claim, that their slavery is an exclusively State concern; and that the North has, therefore, nothing to do with it.

Gerrit Smith, politician

Our concern, however, is with slavery as it is, and not with any theory of it.

Gerrit Smith, politician

The poor North has much to do with slavery. It staggers under its load and smarts under its lash.

Gerrit Smith, politician

True, permanent peace can never be restored, until slavery, the occasion of the war, has ceased.

Gerrit Smith, politician

When a good man lends himself to the advocacy of slavery, he must, at least for a time, feel himself to be any where but at home, amongst his new thoughts, doctrines, and modes of reasoning.

Gerrit Smith, politician

Since the days of slavery, if you were a good singer or dancer, it was your job to perform for the master after dinner.

Spike Lee, director

Carry out the republican principle of universal suffrage, or strike it from your banners and substitute 'Freedom and Power to one half of society, and Submission and Slavery to the other.'

Ernestine Rose, activist

Marriage is an institution fits in perfect harmony with the laws of nature; whereas systems of slavery and segregation were designed to brutally oppress people and thereby violated the laws of nature.

Jack Kingston, politician

Not to discontinue our allegiance, in this case, would be to join with the sovereign in promoting the slavery and misery of that society, the welfare of which, we ourselves, as well as our sovereign, are indispensably obliged to secure and promote, as far as in us lies.

Jonathan Mayhew, clergyman

But if you want to continue to be slaves of the banks and pay the cost of your own slavery, then let bankers continue to create money and control credit.

Josiah Stamp, businessman

Every where the years bring to all enough of sin and sorrow; but in slavery the very dawn of life is darkened by these shadows.

Harriet Ann Jacobs, writer

The secrets of slavery are concealed like those of the Inquisition.

Harriet Ann Jacobs, writer

No pen can give an adequate description of the all-pervading corruption produced by slavery.

Harriet Ann Jacobs, writer

If you want to be fully convinced of the abominations of slavery, go on a southern plantation, and call yourself a negro trader. Then there will be no concealment; and you will see and hear things that will seem to you impossible among human beings with immortal souls.

Harriet Ann Jacobs, writer

Death is better than slavery.

Harriet Ann Jacobs, writer

When they told me my new-born babe was a girl, my heart was heavier than it had ever been before. Slavery is terrible for men; but it is far more terrible for women.

Harriet Ann Jacobs, writer

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