Slavery

William Wallace Page

“My Son, Freedom is best, I tell thee true, of all things to be won. Then never live within the Bond of Slavery.”

- William Wallace

Source/Notes: In Latin: "Dico Tibi Verum, Libertas Optima Rerum: Nunquam Servili Sub Nexu Vivito, Fili" - As quoted in: "William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland" (1948) by Sir James Fergusson, p. 4
Bob Marley Page

“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind. Have no fear for atomic energy, 'cause none of them can stop the time.”

- Bob Marley

Source/Notes: Redemption Song, from the album Uprising (1979) - Song Lyrics
Abraham Lincoln Page

“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.”

- Abraham Lincoln

Source/Notes: Letter to Albert G. Hodges, 4 April 1864
Alexander Berkman Page

“Man's inhumanity to man is not the last word. The truth lies deeper. It is economic slavery, the savage struggle for a crumb, that has converted mankind into wolves and sheep.”

- Alexander Berkman

Source/Notes: Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist (1912), Ch. 18: The Solitary
Huey Newton Page

“Any unarmed people are slaves, or are subject to slavery at any given moment.”

- Huey Newton

Source/Notes: In Defense of Self-Defense (20 June 1967)

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George Orwell Page

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

- George Orwell

Tacitus Page

“Because they didn't know better, they called it 'civilization,' when it was part of their slavery.”

- Tacitus

Source/Notes: Agricola (98)
Bob Marley Page

“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery None but ourselves can free our minds.”

- Bob Marley

Source/Notes: Redemption Song, from the album Uprising (1979) - Song Lyrics
Mahatma Gandhi Page

“The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. He frees himself and shows the way to others. Freedom and slavery are mental states.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

Sojourner Truth Page

“That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?”

- Sojourner Truth

Source/Notes: Women's Convention, Akron Ohio, 1851

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Alexis de Tocqueville Page

“Socialism is a new form of slavery.”

- Alexis de Tocqueville

Source/Notes: Notes for a Speech on Socialism (1848)
Franklin D. Roosevelt Page

“Out of this modern civilization economic royalists carved new dynasties.... The royalists of the economic order have conceded that political freedom was the business of the Government, but they have maintained that economic slavery was nobody's business.”

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Source/Notes: Speech accepting renomination as president, Philadelphia, Pa., 27 June 1936
Abraham Lincoln Page

“Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.”

- Abraham Lincoln

Source/Notes: Wit and wisdom of Abraham Lincoln (1999 edition), Gramercy
Nassim Nicholas Taleb Page

“Those who do not think that employment is systemic slavery are either blind or employed.”

- Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Source/Notes: The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms (2010)
Abraham Lincoln Page

“Where slavery is, there liberty cannot be; and where liberty is, there slavery cannot be.”

- Abraham Lincoln

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Bob Marley Page

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds!”

- Bob Marley

Source/Notes: Redemption Song (1980)
Alexis de Tocqueville Page

“Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.”

- Alexis de Tocqueville

Source/Notes: Paraphrase. Democracy in America, Volume I (1835), Ch. III, Part 1