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Slavery Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Slavery

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Love that does not renew itself every day
becomes a habit and in turn a slavery.
- Khalil Gibran

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

I stopped loving my father a long time ago.
What remained was the slavery to a pattern.
- Anais Nin

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

 

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

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.
- Charles de Secondat

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 W. Chapman

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

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

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

We can constitutionally extirpate slavery at this time.
- Robert Dale Owen

A great fortune is a great slavery.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Where annual elections end where slavery begins.
- John Quincy Adams

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

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

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

Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.
- Edmund Burke

Long live the liberation of the workers off all countries
from the infernal chasm of war,
exploitation and slavery!
- Karl Liebknecht

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

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

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

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

Well for one, the 13th amendment to the constitution
of the US which abolished slavery -
did not abolish slavery for those convicted of a crime.
- Angela Davis

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

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

You may try but you can never imagine what it is to
have a man's form of genius in you,
and to suffer the slavery of being a girl.
- George Eliot

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

No pope ever condemned slavery.
- Joseph McCabe

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

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

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

Socialism means slavery.
- Lord Acton

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

Death is better than slavery.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

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

The state of slavery is in its own nature bad.
- Charles de Secondat

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

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

Slavery is malignantly aristocratic.
- Antoinette Brown Blackwell

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

The power of the ballot we need in sheer defense,
else what shall save us from a second slavery?
- W. E. B. Du Bois

War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.
- George Orwell

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

It is manifestly vital to the success of the anti-slavery cause,
that the authority and influence of proslavery,
especially of slaveholding, ministers should be destroyed.
- Gerrit Smith

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

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

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

To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of
slavery than to depend upon a father.
- Virginia Woolf

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

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

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

Had it not been for slavery, the death penalty would
have likely been abolished in America.
Slavery became a haven for the death penalty.
- Angela Davis

Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful
and valued because they confer power;
they are hated because they are hideous and loathed
because they impose slavery.
- Bertrand Russell

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy,
and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery
out of the most extreme liberty.
- Plato

Sir, there is no Christian nation, thus free to choose as we are,
which would establish slavery.
- William H. Seward

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

Look back, to slavery, to suffrage, to integration and one thing is clear.
Fashions in bigotry come and go.
The right thing lasts.
- Anna Quindlen

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

It appears that the present-day form of African American
English is not the inheritance of the period of slavery,
but the creation of the second half of the 20th century.
- William Labov

The secrets of slavery are concealed like those of the Inquisition.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

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

To some extent I liken slavery to death.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

From that date the abandonment of the older State proceeded
with a rapidity never before known,
and with it grew the domestic slave trade and the pro-slavery feeling.
- Henry Charles Carey

Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery,
I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
- Abraham Lincoln

All socialism involves slavery.
- Herbert Spencer

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

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

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

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

As legal slavery passed, we entered into a permanent
period of unemployment and underemployment from which we have yet to emerge.
- Julian Bond


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