Quotes from the category Slavery:
- An Enlightened Master is ideal only if your goal is to become a Benighted Slave. permalink
- Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave. permalink
- Englishmen will never be slaves; they are free to do whatever the government and public opinion allow them to do. permalink
- Eratosthenes was the director of the great library of Alexandria, the Centre of science and learning in the ancient world. Aristotle had argued that humanity was divided into Greeks and everybody else, whom he called barbarians and that the Greeks should keep themselves racially pure. He thought it was fitting for the Greeks to enslave other peoples. But Erathosthenes criticized Aristotle for his blind chauvinism, he believed there was good and bad in every nation. permalink
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (TV series, 1990 update)
Episode 13: Who Speaks for Earth?
- For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery. permalink
- I have watched how steadily the general feeling, as shown at elections, has been rising against Slavery. What a proud thing for England if she is the first European nation which utterly abolishes it! I was told before leaving England that after living in slave countries all my opinions would be altered; the only alteration I am aware of is forming a much higher estimate of the negro character. permalink
- I need say hardly anything in favor of the Intellects of the Negroes, or of their capacities for virtue and happiness, although these have been supposed by some to be inferior to those of the inhabitants of Europe. The accounts which travelers give of their ingenuity, humanity and strong attachments to their parents, relations, friends and country, show us that they are equal to the Europeans.... All the vices which are charged upon the Negroes in the southern colonies, and the West Indies, such as Idleness, Treachery, Theft and the like, are the genuine offspring of slavery, and serve as an argument to prove, that they were not intended, by Providence, for it. permalink
On Slavekeeping (1773)
- If you are competing with slaves, then you are a slave yourself. permalink
Voice of Reason (2012)
- Jazz came to America three hundred years ago in chains.
opening line of Jazz, with Mary Margaret McBride (1926)
- None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. permalink
- Removing the [Confederate battle] flag from this state's Capitol would not be an act of political correctness. It would not be an insult to the valor of Confederate soldiers. It would simply be an acknowledgment that the cause for which they fought — the cause of slavery — was wrong. The imposition of Jim Crow after the Civil War, the resistance to civil rights for all people, was wrong. permalink
eulogy for Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney at Charleston, South Carolina (26 June 2015)
- War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. permalink
- When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is a duty, life is slavery. permalink
The Lower Depths (1903)
- While we bestow our earnest disapprobation on the system of slavery, let us not flatter ourselves that we are in reality any better than our brethren of the South. Thanks to our soul and climate, and the early exertions of the Quakers, the form of slavery does not exist among us; but the very spirit of the hateful and mischievous thing is here in all its strength. The manner in which we use what power we have, gives us ample reason to be grateful that the nature of our institutions does not intrust us with more. Our prejudice against colored people is even more inveterate than it is at the south. permalink
An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans (1833)
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