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Slaves Quotes and Sayings
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We are masters of the unsaid words,
but slaves of those we let slip out.
- Winston Churchill

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Animals, whom we have made our slaves,
we do not like to consider our equal.
- Charles Darwin

We have a choice of how we view the obstacles on our life path.
One choice makes us slaves to circumstance,
while the other empowers us, and motivates us
to follow our dreams - and our happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The danger of the past was that men became slaves.
The danger of the future is that man may become robots.
- Erich Fromm

 

Marriage, n: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master,
a mistress, and two slaves, making in all,
two.
- Ambrose Bierce

John Brown was tried for treason, murder,
and inciting slaves to insurrection.
- John Sergeant Wise

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

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Besides paid white laborers, there was everywhere a
class of white servants bound without wages for a term of years,
and a more miserable class of Negro slaves.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

Then it was that the exports of slaves from Virginia
and the Carolinas was so great that the population
of those States remained almost,
if not quite stationary.
- Henry Charles Carey

Besides all this, if you are idle, and take to bad courses,
you will hurt those of your brethren who are slaves,
and do all in your power to prevent their being free.
- Jupiter Hammon

In Gaul were two orders, the nobility and the priesthood,
while the people, says Caesar, were all slaves.
- John Lothrop Motley

I said I thought female labour of the sort exacted from these slaves,
and corporal chastisement such as they endure,
must be abhorrent to any manly or humane man.
- Fanny Kemble

Soul music is pain - you can hear the slaves,
the beatin' and the hurtin'.
- Link Wray

There can be no tyrants where there are no slaves.
- Jose Rizal

The poor despise labor when performed by slaves.
- George Mason

The Slave Trade, though nominally abolished,
is actively pursued here, eighty-three slaves having
been landed just before my arrival,
and another cargo during my stay.
- George Grey

Jefferson owned slaves.
He did not believe that all were created equal.
He was a racist.
- Stephen Ambrose

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology,
of the phantom of God.
As long as we have a master in heaven,
we will be slaves on earth.
- Mikhail Bakunin

I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves.
I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed.
- Ralph Ellison

Free men have arms; slaves do not.
- William Blackstone

My parents never told us that our great-grandmothers had been slaves.
- Constance Baker Motley

I do not consider divorce an evil by any means.
It is just as much a refuge for women married to brutal
men as Canada was to the slaves of brutal masters.
- Susan B. Anthony

If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves,
I could have freed thousands more.
- Harriet Tubman

And ne'er shall the sons of Columbia be slaves,
while the earth bears a plant, or the sea rolls its waves.
- Robert Treat Paine

That's libertarians for you - anarchists who want police
protection from their slaves.
- Kim Stanley Robinson

The majority of people in Angola were not provided
with any kind of schooling and were completely illiterate,
very badly paid, and treated almost as slaves.
- Louis Leakey

If you love your children, if you love your country,
if you love the God of love, clear your hands from slaves,
burden not your children or your country with them.
- Richard V. Allen

To limit the press is to insult a nation;
to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare
the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.
- Claud-Adrian Helvetius

Nor was it only from the millions of slaves that chains had been removed;
the whole nation had been in bondage;
free speech had been suppressed.
- Matthew Simpson

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

That a majority of women do not wish for any important
change in their social and civil condition,
merely proves that they are the unreflecting slaves of custom.
- Lydia M. Child

I always read all these books about the slaves.
My mother is very educated.
My father would talk to us like we were grown men.
We never knew what he was talking about half the time.
- Wynton Marsalis

Fear is the passion of slaves.
- Patrick Henry

The greatest task before civilization at present is
to make machines what they ought to be,
the slaves, instead of the masters of men.
- Henry Ellis

Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.
- Frederick Douglass

The tyrant grinds down his slaves and they don't turn against him,
they crush those beneath them.
- Emily Bronte

Christians, like slaves and soldiers,
ask no questions.
- Jerry Falwell

Slavery was regarded by Aristotle as an ordinance of nature,
and so probably was it by the slaves themselves in olden time.
- Alfred Marshall

Too many would-be executives are slaves of routine.
- James Cash Penney

With regard to the moral and religious condition of the slaves,
I cannot, either from what I observe,
or from what is told me, consider it in any way gratifying.
- Frederick Law Olmsted

Southern women often marry a man knowing that he is
the father of many little slaves.
They do not trouble themselves about it.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

Wisely used history can give pleasure and provide us with a useful tool;
but we should not become its slaves.
- Douglas Hurd

If we should ever get to Heaven, we shall find nobody
to reproach us for being black,
or for being slaves.
- Jupiter Hammon

Those who will not reason, are bigots,
those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not,
are slaves.
- Lord Byron

Wealthy men, too, like several of those in our neighborhood,
had so many slaves that they were compelled to buy
other plantations on which to employ them.
- John Sergeant Wise

Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals;
love,
an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.
- Oliver Goldsmith

One leader, one people, signifies one master and millions of slaves.
- Albert Camus

Rule, Britannia, rule the waves; Britons never will be slaves.
- James Thomson

When I'm rhyming it's all in my head...
Like the slaves, when they were picking cotton,
they would block out their minds.
They would sing.
- Wyclef Jean

Ambition makes more trusty slaves than need.
- Ben Jonson

If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?
- Mary Astell

I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand
more if only they knew they were slaves.
- Harriet Tubman

The time is near at hand which must determine whether
Americans are to be free men or slaves.
- George Washington

In 1790 we had less than eight hundred thousand slaves.
Under our mild and humane administration of the system
they have increased above four millions.
- Robert Toombs

The slaves of socialism are slaves, but they are no
one's property and therefore no one's loss.
- George Reisman

I don't think anyone has exhausted the range of sound
possible in a conventional rock band,
but people do become slaves to their own easiest techniques.
- Steve Albini

Many attempts had been made by colonial legislatures
to cut off or to tax the importation of slaves.
- Albert Bushnell Hart

Corrupted freemen are the worst of slaves.
- David Garrick

Either be wholly slaves or wholly free.
- John Dryden

Gifts make slaves.
- Levi Strauss

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia,
the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave
owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

In our natural state, we are glorious beings.
In the world of illusion, we are lost and imprisoned,
slaves to our appetites and our will to false power.
- Marianne Williamson

The issue isn't just jobs.
Even slaves had jobs.
The issue is wages.
- Jim Hightower

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty.
The obedient must be slaves.
- Henry David Thoreau

Bastard Freedom waves Her fustian flag in mockery over slaves.
- Thomas Moore

The augmentation of slaves weakens the states;
and such a trade is diabolical in itself,
and disgraceful to mankind.
- George Mason

It is the hour to be drunken!
to escape being the martyred slaves of time,
be ceaselessly drunk.
On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.
- Charles Baudelaire

Washington, not Jefferson, freed his slaves upon his death.
- Stephen Ambrose

The mere holding of slaves, therefore,
is a condition having per se nothing of moral character in it,
any more than the being a parent, or employer,
or ruler.
- Samuel Morse

If we are not represented, we are slaves.
- James Otis


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