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Quotes About Slavery

Revealing quotes about slavery are inspirational in that they give us an explanation of what it means to be free from slavery or what it means to be enslaved even in modern times. Slavery isn't dead; unfortunately, it still reins its ugly head throughout most societies although in different forms.

"If you put a chain around the neck of a slave, the other end fastens itself around your own." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.... If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the people, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security." Samuel Adams
"Intellectual slavery, of whatever nature it may be, will always have as a natural result both political and social slavery." Mikhail A. Bakunin
"I have often sung to drown my sorrow, but seldom to express my happiness. Crying for joy, and singing for joy, were alike uncommon to me while in the jaws of slavery. The singing of a man cast away upon a desolate island might be as appropriately considered as evidence of contentment and happiness, as the singing of a slave; the songs of the one and of the other are prompted by the same emotion." Frederick Douglass
"The fact is, that civilisation requires slaves. The Greeks were quite right there. Unless there are slaves to do the ugly, horrible, uninteresting work, culture and contemplation become almost impossible. Human slavery is wrong, insecure, and demoralizing. On mechanical slavery, on the slavery of the machine, the future of the world depends. Oscar Wilde
"Corrupted freemen are the worst slaves." David Garrick
"Englishmen never will be slaves; they are free to do whatever the Government and public opinion allow them to do." George Bernard Shaw
"Not only do I pray for it, on the score of human dignity, but I can clearly forsee that nothing but the rooting out of slavery can perpetuate the existence of our union, by consolidating it in a common bond of principle. George Washington
"Talk about slavery! It is not the peculiar institution of the South. It exists wherever men are bought and sold, wherever a man allows himself to be made a mere thing or a tool, and surrenders his inalienable rights of reason and conscience. Indeed, this slavery is more complete than that which enslaves the body alone.... I never yet met with, or heard of, a judge who was not a slave of this kind, and so the finest and most unfailing weapon of injustice. He fetches a slightly higher price than the black men only because he is a more valuable slave." Henry David Thoreau



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