Slavery In America Quotes by Abraham Lincoln, Gerry Spence, Patrick Henry, H. Allen Smith, George Washington, Frederick Douglass and many others.
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.
I am naturally anti-slavery. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. I can not remember when I did not so think, and feel. And yet I have never understood that the Presidency conferred upon me an unrestricted right to act officially upon this judgment and feeling.
We all declare for liberty, but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.
The world has never had a good definition
of the word liberty
of the word liberty
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
If any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly, those who desire it for others
No man is good enough to govern another man without the other’s consent.
Once slavery in America was not seen as radical. It became, instead, a revolutionary idea that slaves should be freed. When we have lived under a pernicious power long enough, no matter how oppressive, we grow so accustomed to the yoke that its removal seems frightening, even wrong.
It is the eternal struggle between these two principles – right and wrong. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time and will ever continue to struggle. It is the same spirit that says, “You work and toil and earn bread, and I’ll eat it.”
Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
Without slavery the rebellion could never have existed; without slavery it could not continue.
If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved вЂ” I do not expect the house to fall вЂ” but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.
On Monday mornings I am dedicated to the proposition that all men are created jerks.
The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope.