Quotations on Slavery

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What we call soul has been around a long time. It comes out of a particular culture that is African in origin, but influenced by 250 years of slavery, as well as other forms of racial oppression.
- Roy Ayers
(Keywords: Time, Soul, African, Culture, Oppression, Slavery, Years)

If that form of government, that system of social order is not wrong - if those laws of the Southern States, by virtue of which slavery exists there, and is what it is, are not wrong - nothing is wrong.
- Leonard Bacon
(Keywords: Government, Virtue, Laws, Nothing, Order, Slavery, states, Wrong)

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
(Keywords: Men, Goals, Positive, Fighting, Revolution, Ignorance, Injustice, May, Poverty, Reform, Slavery, Variety)

You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue, and you cannot have Moral Virtue without the slavery of that half of the human race who hate what you call Moral Virtue.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Virtue, Hate, Liberty, Race, Slavery, World)

As legal slavery passed, we entered into a permanent period of unemployment and underemployment from which we have yet to emerge.
- Julian Bond
(Keywords: Legal, Slavery, Unemployment)

I wasn't trying to work out my own ancestry. I was trying to get people to feel slavery. I was trying to get across the kind of emotional and psychological stones that slavery threw at people.
- Octavia Butler
(Keywords: Work, People, Ancestry, Slavery, Trying)

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
(Keywords: Control, Country, EnglFreedom, Slavery, World)

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
(Keywords: Circumstances, May, Merit, Quakers, Slavery, Will)

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 F. Cooper
(Keywords: Christian, Slavery, Suffering, Want)

It states, History should be regarded as a means for understanding the past and solving the challenges of the future. It also suggests that this celebration of the end of slavery is an important and enriching part of the history and heritage of the United States.
- Mark Foley
(Keywords: History, End, Future, Past, Slavery, states, Understanding, United)

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
(Keywords: Children, Friends, Horror, Questions, Slavery, Wrong)

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
(Keywords: Morality, Corruption, Obedience, Slavery, Violence, Will)

No slavery can be abolished without a double emancipation, and the master will benefit by freedom more than the freed-man.
- Thomas Huxley
(Keywords: Freedom, Slavery, Will)

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
(Keywords: Life, Dawn, Shadows, Sin, Slavery, Sorrow, Years)

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
(Keywords: People, Slavery, states, United, Years)

Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery.
- Franz Kafka
(Keywords: Parents, Selfishness, Slavery, Tyranny)

I think the Irish woman was freed from slavery by bingo. They can go out now, dressed up, with their handbags and have a drink and play bingo. And they deserve it.
- John B. Keane
(Keywords: Irish, Now, Play, Slavery, Woman)

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
(Keywords: Time, Battle, Slavery, Stars, Symbol)

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
(Keywords: Nation, Ruin, Slavery, Suffering)

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
(Keywords: Consequences, Slavery, states, United)

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
(Keywords: Society, Lies, Misery, Slavery, Welfare)

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
(Keywords: People, Victory, Battle, Defeat, Slavery, Today)

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
(Keywords: Time, First, Rome, Slavery, United)

I will to my dying day oppose, with all the powers and faculties God has given me, all such instruments of slavery on the one hand and villainy on the other as this Writ of Assistance is.
- James Otis
(Keywords: God, Day, Dying, Slavery, Villainy, Will)

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
(Keywords: Peace, Country, Future, Slavery, State)

Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion on man today in many different forms and with an aggressiveness that spares no one. The challenge that is already with us is the temptation to accept as true freedom what in reality is only a new form of slavery.
- Pope John Paul II
(Keywords: Challenge, Freedom, Man, Nationalism, Reality, Slavery, Temptation, Today)

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
- Plato
(Keywords: Democracy, Dictatorship, Extreme, Liberty, Slavery, Tyranny)

Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery.
- Plato
(Keywords: Excess, Liberty, Lies, Slavery, State)

No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
- Plato
(Keywords: Man, Memory, Slavery, Study)

The challenges African-Americans are facing today are rooted in the system of slavery.
- Charles Rangel
(Keywords: African, Slavery, Today)

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
(Keywords: Growth, America, Flowers, Freedom, Poison, Slavery, Spring, Will)

The state of slavery is in its own nature bad.
- Charles de Secondat
(Keywords: Nature, Slavery, State)

To reduce this claim of slavery to an absurdity, it is only necessary to add that there are only two states in which slaves are a majority, and not one in which the slaveholders are not a very disproportionate minority.
- William H. Seward
(Keywords: Absurdity, Majority, Minority, Slavery, states)

There is not only no free state which would now establish it, but there is no slave state, which, if it had had the free alternative as we now have, would have founded slavery.
- William H. Seward
(Keywords: Now, Slavery, State)

I speak on due consideration because Britain, France, and Mexico, have abolished slavery, and all other European states are preparing to abolish it as speedily as they can.
- William H. Seward
(Keywords: Consideration, France, Slavery, states)

It is the maintenance of slavery by law in a state, not parallels of latitude, that makes its a southern state; and the absence of this, that makes it a northern state.
- William H. Seward
(Keywords: Absence, Law, Slavery, State)

Slavery has never been abolished from America's way of thinking.
- Nina Simone
(Keywords: America, Slavery, Thinking)

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
(Keywords: May, Slavery, Will)

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
(Keywords: Concern, Nothing, Slavery, State)

Our concern, however, is with slavery as it is, and not with any theory of it.
- Gerrit Smith
(Keywords: Concern, Slavery, Theory)

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
(Keywords: People, America, Fate, Slavery, Today)

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
(Keywords: Money, Control, Banks, Credit, Slavery, Want)

To depend upon the Will of a Man is Slavery.
- Algernon Sydney
(Keywords: Man, Slavery, Will)

The North understand it better - they have told us for twenty years that their object was to pen up slavery within its present limits - surround it with a border of free States, and like the scorpion surrounded with fire, they will make it sting itself to death.
- Robert Toombs
(Keywords: Death, Fire, Limits, Pen, Present, Slavery, states, Will, Years)

They all agree, they are all unanimous in Congress, in the States, on the rostrum, in the sanctuary - everywhere they declare that slavery shall not go into the Territories.
- Robert Toombs
(Keywords: Congress, Slavery, states)

What a revolting contrast exists in England between the slavery of women and the intellectual superiority of women writers.
- Flora Tristan
(Keywords: Women, Superiority, Contrast, England, Slavery, Writers)

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
(Keywords: Money, People, Fact, Land, Man, Nothing, Slavery, Trouble, Want, Woman)

I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.
- George Washington
(Keywords: Living, Man, Slavery, Wishes)

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
(Keywords: Men, War, Bible, Ambition, Crime, Injustice, Oppression, Slavery, Vice)

In the nineteenth century, slavery was the greatest wrong, and government never stood so tall as when it was redressing that wrong.
- William Weld
(Keywords: Government, Slavery, Wrong)

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