So long as the law considers all these human beings, with beating heartsand living affections,onlyassomany things belonging tothemasterso long asthefailure, or misfortune, or imprudence, or death of the kindest owner, may cause them any day to exchange a life of kind protection and indulgence for one of hopeless miseryand toilso long is it impossible to make anything beautiful or desirable in the best-regulated administration of slavery.Harriet (Elizabeth) ne e Beecher Stowe: 1852 UncleTom's Cabin, ch.1.
Machines are worshipped because theyare beautiful, and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous, and loathed because they impose slavery.Russell, Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl: 1928 Sceptical Essays.
Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled, Scots, wham Bruce has aften led, Welcome to your gory bed, Or to victorie! Now's the day, and now's the hour; See the front o' battle lour; See approach proud Edward's power, Chains and Slaverie!Robert Burns: 1793 'Bruce's Address at Bannockburn', stanza1.
Es binden Sklavenfesseln nur die H a« nde, Der Sinn, er macht den Freien und den Knecht. The chains of slavery can only bind the hands. The mind makes us either free or enslaved.Franz Grillparzer: 1818 Sappho, act 2, sc.4.
La force a fait les premiers esclaves, leur la" chete les a perpe tue s. Force made the first slaves; their cowardice perpetuated slavery.JeanJacques Rousseau: 1762 Du contrat social (The Social Contract), bk.1, ch.2 (translated by M Cranston).
Indeed the arguments on both sides were invincible; for in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery; but in fact eleven men well armed will certainly subdue one single man in his shirt.jonathan swift: 1724 Fourth letter toIreland, written under the pseudonym of 'M B Drapier'.
Apprenez qu'on ne sort de l'esclavage que par une grande re volution. Learn that one never escapes slavery except by a great revolution.Pierre-Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos: 1785 De l'EŁ ducation des femmes.
Extreme freedom can't be expected to lead to anything but a change to extreme slavery, whether for a private individual or for a city.Plato: Republic, bk.8, 564a (translated by G M A Grube, revised by C D C Reeve).
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.George pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair Orwell: 1949 Nineteen Eighty-Four, pt.1, ch.1.
We have counted the cost of this contest, and find nothing so dreadful as voluntary slavery Our cause is just, our union is perfect.john dickinson: 1775 Declaration of reasons for taking up arms against Britain, 8 Jul, presented to Congress. Quoted in C J Stille The Life and Times of John Dickinson (1891), ch.5.