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In thinking of America, I sometimes find myself admiring her bright blue sky-her grand old woods-her fertile fields-her beautiful rivers-her mighty lakes and star-crowned mountains. But my rapture is soon checked when I remember that all is cursed with the infernal spirit of slave-holding and wrong; When I remember that with the waters of her noblest rivers, the tears of my brethren are borne to the ocean, disregarded and forgotten; That her most fertile fields drink daily of the warm blood of my outraged sisters, I am filled with unutterable loathing.

Frederick Douglass Quotes

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Cotton is King.

James H. Hammond Quotes , Source: a phrase used in the U.S. Senate

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I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.

Abraham Lincoln Quotes , Source: in a speech

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The air of England has long been too pure for a slave, and every man is free who breathes it.

Sir James Mansfield Quotes , Source: said in the case of a black man, James Somerset, carried from Africa to Jamaica and sold

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And ne'er shall the sons of Columbia be slaves, While the earth bears a plant, or the sea rolls its waves.

Robert Treat Paine Quotes , Source: Ode--Adams and Liberty

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Base is the slave that pays.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Life of King Henry the Fifth (Pistol at II, i)

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I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted

Frederick Douglass Quotes

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Better to starve free than be a fat slave

Aesop Quotes

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Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs Receive our air, that moment they are free; They touch our country, and their shackles fall.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Task (bk. II, l. 40)

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In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free,--honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve.

Abraham Lincoln Quotes , Source: Annual Message to Congress

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The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. Freedom and slavery are mental states.

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes

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Consenting to slavery is a sacrilegious breach of trust, as offensive in the sight of God as it is derogatory from our own honor or interest of happiness

John Adams Quotes

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The very mudsills of society. . . . We call them slaves. . . . But I will not characterize that class at the North with that term; but you have it. It is there, it is everywhere, it is eternal.

James H. Hammond Quotes , Source: in a speech in the U.S. Senate

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When we abolish the slavery of half of humanity, together with the whole system of hypocrisy it implies, then the "division" of humanity will reveal its genuine significance and the human couple will find its true form.

Simone de Beauvoir Quotes

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If any man ascribes anything of salvation, even the very least thing, to the free will of man, he knows nothing of grace, and he has not learned Jesus Christ rightly

Martin Luther Quotes

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Execrable son! so to aspire Above his brethren, to himself assuming Authority usurp'd, from God not given. He gave us only over beast, fish, fowl, Dominion absolute; that right we hold By his donation; but man over men He made not lord; such title to himself Reserving, human left from human free.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Paradise Lost (bk. XII, l. 64)

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Life without the courage for death is slavery

Seneca Quotes

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For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.

Jonathan Swift Quotes

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Before complaining that you are a slave to another, be sure that you are not a slave to self. Look within;...You will find there, perchance, slavish thoughts, slavish desires, and in your daily life and conduct slavish habits. Conquer these; cease to be a slave to self, and no man will have the power to enslave you.

James Allen Quotes

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Foreign slaves, as soon as they come within the limits of Gaul, that moment they are free. [Lat., Servi peregrini, ut primum Galliae fines penetraverint eodem momento liberi sunt.]

Jean Bodinus (Bodin) Quotes , Source: bk. I, ch. V

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Lord Mansfield first established the grand doctrine that the air of England is too pure to be breathed by a slave.

Lord John Campbell, first Baron Campbell Quotes , Source: Lives of Chief Justices (vol. II, p. 418)

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No more slave States and no more slave territory. - Salmon Portland Chase,

Salmon Portland Chase Quotes , Source: Resolutions Adopted at the Free-Soil National Convention

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Cotton is king; or slavery in the Light of Political Economy.

David Christy Quotes , Source: Title of Book, pub. 1855

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It [Chinese Labour in South Africa] could not, in the opinion of His Majesty's Government, be classified as slavery in the extreme acceptance of the word without some risk of terminological inexactitude.

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (3) Quotes , Source: in the British House of Commons

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Excessive liberty leads both nations and individuals into excessive slavery. [Lat., Nimia libertas et populis et privatis in nimiam servitutem cadit.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: De Republica (I, 44)

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