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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.

Unknown,

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

Slavery is an institution for converting men into monkeys.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, 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

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

Nikki Giovanni, poet

Socialism means slavery.

Lord Acton, historian

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

Pearl Buck,

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

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

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

Diogenes, philosopher

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

David Wilmot, activist

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

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

William Cowper, poet

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

Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.

Edmund Burke, statesman

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

John Ruskin, writer

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

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

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

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

Anwar ElSadat,

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

George Segal, actor

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

The challenges African-Americans are facing today are rooted in the system of slavery.

Charles Rangel, politician

It is proclaimed by the great leaders of that party, by its political conventions, by its ministers of the Gospel, and by every other means they have of giving currency and importance to the declaration, that it is its mission to abolish slavery in the Union.

John H. Reagan, politician

The success of those doctrines would also subvert the Federal Constitution, change the character of the Federal Government, and destroy our rights in respect to slavery.

John H. Reagan, politician

Can you look forward to the future of our country and imagine any state of things in which, with slavery still existing, we should be assured of permanent peace? I cannot.

Robert Dale Owen, politician

We can constitutionally extirpate slavery at this time.

Robert Dale Owen, politician

It is over one hundred years since the abolition of slavery. The Negro people in the United States have taken plenty and they have reached a stage where they have decided that they are not going to take any more.

C. L. R. James, journalist

In those days, slavery was not looked upon, even in Quaker Philadelphia, with the shudder and abhorrence one feels towards it now.

John Sergeant Wise, author

This and many others only confirmed me in the opinion, planted when I saw the sale of Martha Ann, and growing steadily thereafter, that slavery was an accursed business, and that the sooner my people were relieved of it, the better.

John Sergeant Wise, author

I am amazed at the facility with which some men follow in the wake of slavery.

Benjamin F. Wade, politician

Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery.

Franz Kafka, novelist

The trouble with our people is as soon as they got out of slavery they didn't want to give the white man nothing else. But the fact is, you got to give em something. Either your money, your land, your woman or your ass.

Alice Walker, author

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!

Patrick Henry, politician

For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.

Jonathan Swift, writer

If there is a State, then there is domination, and in turn, there is slavery.

Mikhail Bakunin, revolutionary

Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.

Alexis de Tocqueville, historian

From slavery to segregation, we remember that America did not always live up to its ideals. In fact, we often fell far short of them. But we also learned that fundamental to our national character is the drive to live out the true meaning of our creed.

Bill Frist, politician

I read a funny story about how the Republicans freed the slaves. The Republicans are the ones who created slavery by law in the 1600's. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and he was not a Republican.

Marion Berry, politician

However, I am willing to hear what you can produce from Scripture in favor of any kind of slavery.

Samuel Hopkins, clergyman

In a word, if any kind of slavery can be vindicated by the Holy Scriptures, we are already sure our making and holding the Negroes our slaves, as we do, cannot be vindicated by any thing we can find there, but is condemned by the whole of divine revelation.

Samuel Hopkins, clergyman

These Scriptures, therefore, are infinitely far from justifying the slavery under consideration; for it cannot be made to appear that one in a thousand of these slaves has done any thing to forfeit his own liberty.

Samuel Hopkins, clergyman

Should slavery be abolished there, (and it is an event, which, from these circumstances, we may reasonably expect to be produced in time) let it be remembered, that the Quakers will have had the merit of its abolition.

Thomas Clarkson, activist

The sovereign being is burdened with a servitude that crushes him, and the condition of free men is deliberate servility.

Georges Bataille, writer

Slavery is so intolerable a condition that the slave can hardly escape deluding himself into thinking that he is choosing to obey his master's commands when, in fact, he is obliged to. Most slaves of habit suffer from this delusion and so do some writers, enslaved by an all too personal style.

W. H. Auden, poet

Slavery can only be abolished by raising the character of the people who compose the nation; and that can be done only by showing them a higher one.

Maria Weston Chapman,

Thy treasures of gold Are dim with the blood of the hearts thou hast sold;Thy home may be lovely, but round it I hearThe crack of the whip, and the footsteps of fear.

Lydia Maria Child,

Slavery is no more sinful, by the Christian code, than it is sinful to wear a whole coat, while another is in tatters, to eat a better meal than a neighbor, or otherwise to enjoy ease and plenty, while our fellow creatures are suffering and in want.

James Fenimore Cooper,

Forced from home, and all its pleasures, afric coast I left forlorn; to increase a stranger's treasures, o the raging billows borne. Men from England bought and sold me, paid my price in paltry gold; but, though theirs they have enroll'd me, minds are never to be sold.

William Cowper, poet

It cannot in the opinion of His Majesty's Government be classified as slavery in the extreme acceptance of the word without some risk of terminological inexactitude.

Winston Churchill, politician

There is a sort of subjection which is the peculiar heritage of largeness and of love; and strength is often only another name for willing bondage to irremediable weakness.

George Eliot, author

Slavery is the first step towards civilization. In order to develop it is necessary that things should be much better for some and much worse for others, then those who are better off can develop at the expense of others.

Alexander Herzen, journalist

To relive the relationship between owner and slave we can consider how we treat our cars and dogs -- a dog exercising a somewhat similar leverage on our mercies and an automobile being comparable in value to a slave in those days.

Edward Hoagland, author

You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.

Billie Holiday, musician

The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.

Thomas Jefferson, president

Slavery is founded on the selfishness of man's nature -- opposition to it on his love of justice. These principles are in eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely as slavery extension brings them, shocks and throes and convulsions must ceaselessly follow.

Abraham Lincoln, president

The creation of the spiritual was no accident. It was a creation born of necessity, so that the slave might more adequately adjust himself to the conditions of the New World.

Benjamin Mays,

My reason is not framed to bend or stoop: my knees are.

Michel de Montaigne, philosopher

The slave is doomed to worship time and fate and death, because they are greater than anything he finds in himself, and because all his thoughts are of things which they devour.

Bertrand Russell, philosopher

Nobody had ever instructed him that a slave-ship, with a procession of expectant sharks in its wake, is a missionary institution, by which closely-packed heathen are brought over to enjoy the light of the Gospel.

Harriet Beecher Stowe, author

The blunting effects of slavery upon the slaveholder's moral perceptions are known and conceded the world over; and a priveleged class, an aristocracy, is but a band of slaveholders under another name.

Mark Twain, author

We are like horses who hurt themselves as soon as they pull on their bits -- and we bow our heads. We even lose consciousness of the situation, we just submit. Any re-awakening of thought is then painful.

Simone Weil, philosopher

The fact is, that civilization requires slaves. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends.

Oscar Wilde, dramatist

All religions have based morality on obedience, that is to say, on voluntary slavery. That is why they have always been more pernicious than any political organization. For the latter makes use of violence, the former - of the corruption of the will.

Alexander Herzen, journalist

I appeal to you, my friends, as mothers: are you willing to enslave your children? You stare back with horror and indignation at such questions. But why, if slavery is not wrong to those upon whom it is imposed?

Angelina Grimke, activist

Only let the North exert as much moral influence over the South, as the South has exerted demoralizing influence over the North, and slavery would die amid the flame of Christian remonstrance, and faithful rebuke, and holy indignation.

Angelina Grimke, activist

Why is Slavery so much condemn'd and strove against in one Case, and so highly applauded and held so necessary and so sacred in another?

Mary Astell, writer

When every one of your arguments is characterized an attempt to bring back slavery or resegregate lunch counters, it's a little hard to have any sort of productive debate.

Ann Coulter, journalist

Most of the ancestors that I can trace were born here in the United States of America. And then it goes back to slavery. And I'm sure my ancestors go all the way back to Africa, but I feel more of an affinity for America than I do for Africa. I'm a black man in America.

Herman Cain, businessman

Racism is a way to gain economic advantage at the expense of others. Slavery and plantations may be gone, but racism still allows us to regard those who may keep us from financial gain as less than equals.

Alveda King, clergyman

I think a commission set up to examine slavery and the consequences of it, would probably be a very fruitful, important dialogue for the United States to be involved in.

Bob Matsui, politician

Wealth is a tool of freedom, but the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery.

Frank Herbert, writer

There is no slavery but ignorance.

Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer

We can constitutionally extirpate slavery at this time. But if we fail to do this, then unless we intend hereafter to violate the Constitution, we shall have a fugitive slave law in operation whenever the war is over.

Jay Alan Sekulow, lawyer

Thus again the Netherlands, for the first time since the fall of Rome, were united under one crown imperial. They had already been once united, in their slavery to Rome.

John Lothrop Motley, historian

I do not weep: I loathe tears, for they are a sign of slavery.

Max Beckmann, artist

I declare and protest in advance, that I do not intend, at this time at least; to be drawn or driven into the question of slavery, in either of its subdivisions or forms.

Caleb Cushing, diplomat

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