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.
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,
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
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
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
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 Sceptical Essays.
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 Walker Pa.The Color Purple.