Quotes and Sayings about Slavery



"Where annual elections end where slavery begins."
- John Quincy Adams
(Related: Elections, End, Slavery)

"Is America truly a democracy? Has America ever been a democracy with the institution of slavery?"
- Tatyana Ali
(Related: America, Democracy, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Slavery)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Government, Virtue, Laws, Nothing, Order, Slavery, states, Wrong)

"If there is a State, then there is domination, and in turn, there is slavery."
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Related: Slavery, State)

"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
(Related: Government, Enemy, Slavery)

"I do not weep: I loathe tears, for they are a sign of slavery."
- Max Beckmann
(Related: Slavery, Tears)

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

"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
(Related: Funny, Law, Republican, Republicans, Slavery)

"Slavery is malignantly aristocratic."
- Antoinette Brown Blackwell
(Related: Slavery)

"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
(Related: Virtue, Hate, Liberty, Race, Slavery, World)

"The power of the ballot we need in sheer defense, else what shall save us from a second slavery?"
- W. E. B. Du Bois
(Related: Power, Defense, Slavery)

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

"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
(Related: Life, Action, Fight, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Temple, Brothers, Constitution, Heaven, Liberty, Slavery)

"Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil."
- Edmund Burke
(Related: Slavery)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Control, Country, EnglFreedom, Slavery, World)

"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
(Related: Country, Efficiency, Freedom, Inefficiency, Protection, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Feeling, State, Trade)

"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
(Related: Medical, Women, Books, Comfort, Slavery)

"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
(Related: People, Character, Nation, Slavery)

"To some extent I liken slavery to death."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Death, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Circumstances, May, Merit, Quakers, Slavery, Will)

"Among the expected glories of the Constitution, next to the abolition of Slavery was that of Rum."
- George Clymer
(Related: Constitution, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Christian, Slavery, Suffering, Want)

"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
(Related: Soul, Land, Man, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Arguments, Debate, Slavery)

"The proceedings of this House in 1790, in reference to petitions on the matter of the slave trade, and of slavery in the States, have been cited. It has been said that those petitions were not received."
- Caleb Cushing
(Related: Slavery, states, Trade)

"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
(Related: Time, Protest, Question, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Constitution, Crime, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Death, America, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Controversy, Question, Slavery)

"Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery."
- Wayne Dyer
(Related: Life, Freedom, Living, Slavery)

"But when you see personal artifacts relating to - by genealogy at least - a living human being, it was just more impressive to me than just about anything I've ever read about slavery before."
- Bob Edwards
(Related: Being, Living, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Genius, Being, Man, May, Slavery)

"This is slavery, not to speak one's thought."
- Euripides
(Related: Thought, Slavery)

"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
(Related: History, End, Future, Past, Slavery, states, Understanding, United)

"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
(Related: Character, America, Fact, Ideals, Meaning, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Blood, May, Sin, Slavery)

"When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery."
- Maxim Gorky
(Related: Life, Work, Duty, Pleasure, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Children, Friends, Horror, Questions, Slavery, Wrong)

"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
(Related: Christian, Influence, Slavery)

"Stardom can be a gilded slavery."
- Helen Hayes
(Related: Slavery)

"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
(Related: Life, Peace, Liberty, May, Slavery)

"Wealth is a tool of freedom, but the pursuit of wealth is the way to slavery."
- Frank Herbert
(Related: Wealth, Freedom, Pursuit, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Civilization, First, Order, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Morality, Corruption, Obedience, Slavery, Violence, Will)

"However, I am willing to hear what you can produce from Scripture in favor of any kind of slavery."
- Samuel Hopkins
(Related: Scripture, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Slavery, Word)

"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
(Related: Consideration, Liberty, Slavery)

"We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Women, Civilization, Name, Now, Prostitution, Slavery)

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

"Religion can never reform mankind because religion is slavery."
- Robert Green Ingersoll
(Related: Religion, Mankind, Reform, Slavery)

"There is no slavery but ignorance."
- Robert Green Ingersoll
(Related: Ignorance, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Women, Heart, Slavery)

"The secrets of slavery are concealed like those of the Inquisition."
- Harriet Ann Jacobs
(Related: Secrets, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Life, Dawn, Shadows, Sin, Slavery, Sorrow, Years)

"No pen can give an adequate description of the all-pervading corruption produced by slavery."
- Harriet Ann Jacobs
(Related: Corruption, Pen, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Slavery, Want, Will)

"Death is better than slavery."
- Harriet Ann Jacobs
(Related: Death, Slavery)

"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
(Related: People, Slavery, states, United, Years)

"Slavery exists. It is black in the South, and white in the North."
- Andrew Johnson
(Related: Slavery)

"And who is responsible for this appalling child slavery? Everyone."
- Mary Harris Jones
(Related: Slavery)

"Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery."
- Franz Kafka
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Time, Battle, Slavery, Stars, Symbol)

"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
(Related: Marriage, Nature, People, Harmony, Laws, Slavery)

"I went back and researched the history of gospel; where it came from, slavery times, communicating with each other without their master knowing what they are saying, and that gospel artists view themselves differently."
- Boris Kodjoe
(Related: History, Artists, Saying, Slavery)

"The house of Austria has publicly used every effort to deprive the country of its legitimate Independence and Constitution, designing to reduce it to a level with the other provinces long since deprived of all freedom, and to unite all in a common sink of slavery."
- Lajos Kossuth
(Related: Constitution, Country, Effort, Freedom, Independence, Slavery)

"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
(Related: African, American, Creation, English, Inheritance, Present, Slavery)

"This war is not about slavery."
- Robert E. Lee
(Related: War, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Job, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Power, Civilization, Man, Property, Right, Slavery)

"Long live the liberation of the workers off all countries from the infernal chasm of war, exploitation and slavery!"
- Karl Liebknecht
(Related: War, Countries, Exploitation, Workers)

"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Slavery)

"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
(Related: Nation, Ruin, Slavery, Suffering)

"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!"
- Bob Marley
(Related: Slavery)

"Slavery was regarded by Aristotle as an ordinance of nature, and so probably was it by the slaves themselves in olden time."
- Alfred Marshall
(Related: Time, Nature, Slavery)

"Slavery discourages arts and manufactures."
- George Mason
(Related: Slavery)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Society, Lies, Misery, Slavery, Welfare)

"No pope ever condemned slavery."
- Joseph McCabe
(Related: Slavery)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Time, First, Rome, Slavery, United)

"Any unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment."
- Huey Newton
(Related: People, Slavery)

"I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern."
- Anais Nin
(Related: Time, Father, Slavery)

"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength."
- George Orwell
(Related: War, Peace, Strength, Freedom, Ignorance, Slavery)

"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
(Related: God, Day, Dying, Slavery, Villainy, Will)

"We can constitutionally extirpate slavery at this time."
- Robert Dale Owen
(Related: Time, Slavery)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Challenge, Freedom, Man, Nationalism, Reality, Slavery, Temptation, Today)

"Blood is a cleansing and sanctifying thing, and the nation that regards it as the final horror has lost its manhood... there are many things more horrible than bloodshed, and slavery is one of them!"
- Padraic Pearse
(Related: Blood, Horror, Nation, Slavery)

"Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty."
- Plato
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Man, Memory, Slavery, Study)

"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
(Related: Bigotry, Right, Slavery)

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

"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
(Related: Change, Success, Government, Character, Constitution, Rights, Respect, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Giving, Importance, Leaders, Mission, Party, Slavery)

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

"Slavery and freedom cannot exist together."
- Ernestine L. Rose
(Related: Freedom, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Power, Society, Republican, Slavery)

"The distinguishing sign of slavery is to have a price, and to be bought for it."
- John Ruskin
(Related: Slavery)

"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
(Related: Power, Machines, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Life, Power, Fortune, Man, Right, Slavery)

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

"Farming with live animals is a 7 day a week, legal form of slavery."
- George Segal
(Related: Legal, Animals, Day, Slavery)

"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
(Related: War, Time, Constitution, Law, Slavery)

"Slavery takes hold of few, but many take hold of slavery."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Slavery)

"A great fortune is a great slavery."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(Related: Fortune, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Absurdity, Majority, Minority, Slavery, states)

"Sir, there is no Christian nation, thus free to choose as we are, which would establish slavery."
- William H. Seward
(Related: Christian, Nation, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Now, Slavery, State)

"If slavery, limited as it yet is, now threatens to subvert the Constitution, how can we as wise and prudent statesmen, enlarge its boundaries and increase its influence, and thus increase already impending dangers?"
- William H. Seward
(Related: Constitution, Influence, Now, Slavery)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Absence, Law, Slavery, State)

"There's no question that Stalin broke the agreements made at Yalta completely about elections that were supposed to be held immediately in Poland, and Eastern Europe was plunged into slavery as a consequence."
- Mark Shields
(Related: Elections, Europe, Question, Slavery)

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

"For months it seemed that a revolution was certain. But instead, slavery seems more likely now. The working class no longer has the physical resistance for a revolution, and the Entente is too strong, and Russia is too weak."
- Agnes Smedley
(Related: Class, Revolution, Months, Now, Russia, Slavery)

"True, permanent peace can never be restored, until slavery, the occasion of the war, has ceased."
- Gerrit Smith
(Related: Peace, War, Slavery)

"I need say no more, to prove that slavery is entirely unlike the servitude in the patriarchal families."
- Gerrit Smith
(Related: Slavery)

"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
(Related: May, Slavery, Will)

"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
(Related: Home, Time, Thoughts, Man, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Success, Authority, Cause, Influence)

"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
(Related: Concern, Nothing, Slavery, State)

"The poor North has much to do with slavery. It staggers under its load and smarts under its lash."
- Gerrit Smith
(Related: Poor, Slavery)

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

"I welcomed the organization of the Anti-slavery Society."
- Gerrit Smith
(Related: Society)

"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
(Related: People, America, Fate, Slavery, Today)

"All socialism involves slavery."
- Herbert Spencer
(Related: Slavery, Socialism)

"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
(Related: Money, Control, Banks, Credit, Slavery, Want)

"The prolonged slavery of women is the darkest page in human history."
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton
(Related: History, Women, Slavery)

"Every emancipation has in it the seeds of a new slavery, and every truth easily becomes a lie."
- I. F. Stone
(Related: Truth, Lie, Slavery)

"For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery."
- Jonathan Swift
(Related: Government, Reason, Slavery)

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

"The Anti-Slavery public have generously responded to our appeal, and sent the means to enable us to fit them out well, to pay their passages, supply them with many useful articles and give the Missionaries money to sustain themselves for a while."
- Lewis Tappan
(Related: Money, Missionaries, Public)

"Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Equality, Americans, Freedom, Slavery)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Congress, Slavery, states)

"When we acquired California and New- Mexico this party, scorning all compromises and all concessions, demanded that slavery should be forever excluded from them, and all other acquisitions of the Republic, either by purchase or conquest, forever."
- Robert Toombs
(Related: Conquest, Party, Slavery)

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

"Some people try to get you out of slavery for you to be their slave."
- Mike Tyson
(Related: People, Slavery)

"I am amazed at the facility with which some men follow in the wake of slavery."
- Benjamin F. Wade
(Related: Men, Slavery)

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

"Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery."
- Andy Warhol
(Related: Being, Slavery)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Government, Slavery, Wrong)

"Congress would exclude slavery from any territory that in the future might be acquired from Mexico."
- David Wilmot
(Related: Congress, Future, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Education, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Abhorrence, Now, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Business, People, Opinion, Slavery)

"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
(Related: Progress, Mind, Slavery, Will, World)

"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
(Related: Government, Failure, Slavery)

"To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of slavery than to depend upon a father."
- Virginia Woolf
(Related: Father, Profession, Slavery)