It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.
No one is truly free, they are a slave to wealth, fortune, the law, or other people restraining them from acting according to their will.
There're two people in the world that are not likeable: a master and a slave.
Slaves lose everything in their chains, even the desire of escaping from them.
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!
We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution.
I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire for themselves, and secondly those who desire it for others. Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
There is no king who has not had a slave among his ancestors, and no slave who has not had a king among his.
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery.
In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.
Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.
This is slavery, not to speak one's thought.
Slavery can only be abolished by raising the character of the people who compose the nation; and that can be done only by showing them a higher one.
He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.
If any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly, those who desire it for others
As legal slavery passed, we entered into a permanent period of unemployment and underemployment from which we have yet to emerge.
This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave.
What I do say is, that no man is good enough to govern another man, without that other's consent. I say this is the leading principle - the sheet anchor of American republicanism.
Slavery is so intolerable a condition that the slave can hardly escape deluding himself into thinking that he is choosing to obey his master's commands when, in fact, he is obliged to. Most slaves of habit suffer from this delusion and so do some writers, enslaved by an all too personal style.
Slavery is an institution for converting men into monkeys.
If we cannot give freedom to every creature, let us do nothing that will impose slavery upon any other creature.
I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than be ignorant.
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 — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
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