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    slavery Quotes

    Security without freedom means slavery.
    — Zygmunt Bauman
    tags: freedom  slavery 
    I think slavery was an awful, awful period in our history, but when I look at what's become of black culture since emancipation, I think you have to admit, maybe the Confederacy was on to something
    — Zach Braff
    tags: culture  slavery  black 
    I excavate history. I look at lives buried under too much silence. Periods of time, like slavery, have to be revisited, reimagined, so we can move through them.
    — Yusef Komunyakaa
    tags: time  live  silence  slavery 
    Many heroic things happened during slavery. And remember that there was a national movement away from it even at the time. The era of Reconstruction and then the subsequent dismantling of Reconstruction sent us in a tailspin. Then we had the Civil Rights movement. Now we have our first non-white president. We have a pattern of moving apart and then coming back together throughout the history of this country. Each time, we come closer.
    — Wynton Marsalis
    tags: time  right  slavery 
    I remember when I wrote a piece, "Blood on the Fields," it was a while ago, it was about slavery and about two characters, and I studied so much of music, I would always go back to the original documents, and as much as I can get original chants and slave chants and different type of beats and rhythms and ring shout.
    — Wynton Marsalis
    tags: character  slavery  music 
    If you didn't have the amalgam of Blacks and African-type sensibility and European sensibility, you wouldn't have jazz. Even in the negative and in the positive ways - if there was no slavery and the abolition of slavery, there would be no jazz.
    — Wynton Marsalis
    tags: slavery  positive  black 
    My definition of slavery is the deprivation of human volition, any form of relationship between two peoples which is based on the deprivation of volition of one side.
    — Wole Soyinka
    I would have the Constitution torn in shreds and scattered to the four winds of heaven. Let us destroy the Constitution and build on its ruins the temple of liberty. I have brothers in slavery. I have seen chains placed on their limbs and beheld them captive.
    — William Wells Brown
    tags: slavery  liberty  heaven 
    Though slavery is thought, by some, to be mild in Missouri, when compared with the cotton, sugar and rice growing states, yet no part of our slave-holding country is more noted for the barbarity of its inhabitants than St. Louis.
    — William Wells Brown
    tags: thoughts  slavery 
    In the nineteenth century, slavery was the greatest wrong, and government never stood so tall as when it was redressing that wrong.
    — William Weld
    Freedom is best, I tell thee true, of all things to be won. Then never live within the Bond of Slavery.
    — William Wallace
    tags: freedom  live  true  slavery 
    I felt the exultancy of a man just released from slavery and ready to set the universe on fire.
    — William Styron
    tags: men  fire  slavery  universe 
    In reality, there are no biblical literalists, only selective literalists. By abolishing slavery and ordaining women, millions of Protestants have gone far beyond biblical literalism. It's time we did the same for homophobia.
    — William Sloane Coffin
    tags: time  women  reality  slavery  gone 
    There is a mythic view of the South that's symbolized by the film "Gone With The Wind" that looks back fondly at slavery as a time when everything was happily in place - in place for whites.
    — William R. Ferris
    tags: time  slavery  film 
    I think the ties to slavery and the terrible tragedy that followed the Civil War with Jim Crow and racial violence is closely linked to the Confederate flag.
    — William R. Ferris
    tags: violence  tragedy  slavery  war 
    Slavery has become so engrafted into the policy of the Southern States, that it cannot be eradicated without tearing up by the roots their happiness, tranquillity, and prosperity.
    — William Loughton Smith
    tags: happiness  slavery 
    It [slavery] has exercised absolute mastery over the American Church. . . . With the Bible in their hands, her priesthood have attempted to prove that slavery came down from God out of heaven. They have become slaveholders and dealers in human flesh.
    — William Lloyd Garrison
    My crime is that I will not go with the multitude to do evil. My singularity is that when I say that freedom is of God and slavery is of the devil, I mean just what I say. My fanaticism is that I insist on the American people abolishing slavery, or ceasing to prate on the rights of man.
    — William Lloyd Garrison
    There must be no compromise with slavery - none whatever. Nothing is gained, everything is lost, by subordinating principle to expedience.
    — William Lloyd Garrison
    tags: lost  slavery 
    Slavery will not be overthrown without excitement, a most tremendous excitement.
    — William Lloyd Garrison
    tags: slavery 
    It appears that the present-day form of African American English is not the inheritance of the period of slavery, but the creation of the second half of the 20th century.
    — William Labov
    Sir, there is no Christian nation, thus free to choose as we are, which would establish slavery.
    — William H. Seward
    tags: slavery  christian 
    It is the maintenance of slavery by law in a state, not parallels of latitude, that makes its a southern state; and the absence of this, that makes it a northern state.
    — William H. Seward
    tags: law  slavery 
    We show our sympathy with slavery by emancipating slaves where we cannot reach them, and holding them in bondage where we can set them free.
    — William H. Seward
    tags: slavery 
    I speak on due consideration because Britain, France, and Mexico, have abolished slavery, and all other European states are preparing to abolish it as speedily as they can.
    — William H. Seward
    tags: slavery 
    There is not only no free state which would now establish it, but there is no slave state, which, if it had had the free alternative as we now have, would have founded slavery.
    — William H. Seward
    tags: slavery 
    The unweary, unostentatious, and inglorious crusade of England against slavery may probably be regarded as among the three or four perfectly virtuous pages comprised in the history of nations.
    — William Edward Hartpole Lecky
    tags: slavery  england 
    The wrecks of slavery are fast growing a fungus crop of sentiment.
    — William Dean Howells
    tags: slavery 
    Before I dismiss this affair of eating and drinking, let me beseech you to resolve to free yourselves from the slavery of the tea and coffee and other slop-kettle, if, unhappily, you have been bred up in such slavery.
    — William Cobbett
    tags: slavery  drinking 
    Can anything be imagined more abhorrent to every sentiment of generosity and justice, than the law which arms the rich with the legal right to fix, by assize, the wages of the poor? If this is not slavery, we have forgotten its definition. Strike the right of associating for the sale of labor from the privileges of a freeman, and you may as well bind him to a master, or ascribe him to the soil.
    — William C. Bryant
    The experience of the past lives little doubt that every economic system must sooner or later rely upon some form of the profit motive to stir individuals and groups to productivity. Substitutes like slavery, police supervision, or ideological enthusiasm prove too unproductive, too expensive, or too transient.
    — Will Durant
    Chess is not for the faint-hearted; it absorbs a person entirely. To get to the bottom of this game, he has to give himself up into slavery. Chess is difficult, it demands work, serious reflection and zealous research.
    — Wilhelm Steinitz
    Centuries from now our great-great-great-grandchildren will look back at us with amazement at how we could allow such a precious achievement of human culture as the telling of a story to be shattered into smithereens by commercials, the same amazement we feel today when we look at our ancestors for whom slavery, capital punishment, burning of witches, and the inquisition were acceptable everyday events.
    — Werner Herzog
    Monsanto doesn't care about feeding the world. We have to think about the wage slavery of migrant workers and salary slavery of those who are desperately unhappy.
    — Wendell Berry
    tags: world  slavery  care 
    In order to spend out our time (life) we sell some of this time. We work for someone, we labour. In freedom we do slavery.
    — Wasif Ali Wasif
    tags: time  work  freedom  slavery  sell 
    How does something immoral, when done privately, become moral when it is done collectively? Furthermore, does legality establish morality? Slavery was legal; apartheid is legal; Stalinist, Nazi, and Maoist purges were legal. Clearly, the fact of legality does not justify these crimes. Legality, alone, cannot be the talisman of moral people.
    — Walter E. Williams
    Most of what Congress does fits the description of forcing one American to serve the purposes of another American. That description differs only in degree, but not in kind, from slavery.
    — Walter E. Williams
    Legality alone is no guide for a moral people. There are many things in this world that have been, or are, legal but clearly immoral. Slavery was legal. Did that make it moral? South Africa's apartheid, Nazi persecution of Jews, and Stalinist and Maoist purges were all legal, but did that make them moral?
    — Walter E. Williams
    I refused to teach Sunday school. When Archdeacon Henry Phillips, my last rector, died, I flatly refused again to join any church or sign any church creed. From my 30th year on I have increasingly regarded the church as an institution which defended such evils as slavery, color caste, exploitation of labor and war.
    — W. E. B. Du Bois
    tags: evil  slavery  church  war  school  year 
    Harriet Tubman fought American slavery single handed and was a pioneer in that organized effort known as the Underground Railroad.
    — W. E. B. Du Bois
    tags: slavery  american 
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