If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves? as they must be if the being subjected to the inconsistent, uncertain, unknown, arbitrary will of men, be the perfect condition of slavery? and if the essence of freedom consists, as our masters say it does, in having a standing rule to live by? And why is slavery so much condemnedandstroveagainst inonecase, andsohighly applauded, and held so necessary and so sacred in another? Mary Astell
Some Reflections upon MarriageOccasion'd by the Duke and Duchess of Mazarine's Case which is also consider'd, preface (1706 edn).
But when a man who sees the world one way becomes Barker theslave of a manwho interpretstheworld inexactly the opposite way, the result is, to my mind, the worst possible kind of slavery. Jones
Blues People, ch.1.
Slavery they can have anywhere. It is a weed that grows in every soil. Edmund Burke
On Conciliation with America.
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
'Bruce's Address at Bannockburn', stanza1.
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
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.
No man can point to any law in the U.S. by which slavery was originally established. Men first make slaves and then make laws. Washington Bailey
Speech, Bethel Literary and Historical Association, Washington DC, Apr.
That state is a state of Slavery in which a man does what he likes to do in his spare time and in his working time that which is required of him. (Arthur) Eric Rowton Gill
Art-nonsense and Other Essays,'Slavery and Freedom'.
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
Sappho, act 2, sc.4.
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
De l'EŁ ducation des femmes.
'Slavery's a thing thet depends on complexion, It's God's law thet fetters on black skins don't chafe; Ef brains wuz to settle it (horrid reflection!) Wich of our onnable body'd be safe?' James Russell Lowell
'The Debate in the Sennit', in the Boston Courier, 3 May, collected in The Biglow Papers: First Series (1848), no. 5.
Slavery broke the world in half, it broke it in every way. It broke Europe.It madethem intosomething else, it made themslave masters, it madethem crazy.You can't dothat for hundreds of years and it not take a toll. They had to dehumanize, not just the slaves but themselves. Toni Chloe Anthony ne e Wofford Morrison
Quoted in Paul Gilroy Small Acts (1993),'Living memory: a meeting with Toni Morrison'.
I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern. Ana|« s Nin
Under a Glass Bell,'Birth'.
Let usnever toleratetheslightest inroad onthe discipline of our holy Church. Let us never consent that she should be made the hireling of the Ministry. Our forefathers would have diednay, perished in hopeless slaveryrather than consent to such degradation. Daniel known as the Liberator O'Connell
Speech, Dublin, 23 Feb.
War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. George pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair Orwell
Nineteen Eighty-Four, pt.1, ch.1.
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).
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
Du contrat social (The Social Contract), bk.1, ch.2 (translated by M Cranston).
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. Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell
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
UncleTom's Cabin, ch.1.
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
Fourth letter toIreland, written under the pseudonym of 'M B Drapier'.
Look at me! Look at myarm! I have plowed, and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head meand ar'n't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man (when I could get it), and bear de lash as welland ar'n't I a woman? I have borne thirteenchilernandseen'emmos'allsoldoff intoslavery, and when I cried out with a mother's grief, none but Jesus heardand ar'n't I a woman? Sojourner ne e Isabella Truth
Women's Rights Convention, Akron, Ohio. Quoted in Narrative of SojournerTruth (1875), pt.2,'Book of Life'.
Facts are generally overesteemed. For most practical purposes, a thing is what men think it is.When they judged the earth flat, it was flat. As long as men thought slavery tolerable, it was tolerable.We live down here among shadows, shadows among shadows. John Hoyer Updike
Buchanan. Buchanan Dying, act1.
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 Malsenior WalkerSearch Quotes Webster's New World Dictionary of Quotations Copyright © 2010 by Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Published by Wiley, Hoboken, NJ. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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