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I was a tried seaman when, for the first time,
by John Sergeant Wise

I was a tried seaman when, for the first time,
I set foot upon the soil of my country,
and took up my residence where my people had lived
for over two hundred years.
- John Sergeant Wise

However the Southern man may have been master of the negro,
there were compensatory processes whereby certain negroes
were masters of their masters' children.
- John Sergeant Wise

THE autumn of 1850 brought an event freighted with deep significance to me.
My mother died.
- John Sergeant Wise

It is true, there was no public-school system,
and the reason for it was very plain.
The wealth of the upper classes enabled them to have private tutors.
- John Sergeant Wise

 

As early as the autumn of 1862, I was made very happy by being sent to school.
- John Sergeant Wise

The attack of John Brown upon Harper's Ferry came upon
Virginia like a clap of thunder out of a clear sky.
- John Sergeant Wise

My mother was a Northern woman, daughter of Hon.
John Sergeant, a distinguished lawyer,
and for many years representative in Congress from Philadelphia.
- John Sergeant Wise

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America is good enough for us.
- John Sergeant Wise

In such a condition of affairs, the practical difference
between the abolitionist and the sympathizer,
to the man who lost his slave and could not recover it,
was very nebulous.
- John Sergeant Wise

In those days, slavery was not looked upon,
even in Quaker Philadelphia, with the shudder and abhorrence
one feels towards it now.
- John Sergeant Wise

John Brown was tried for treason, murder,
and inciting slaves to insurrection.
- John Sergeant Wise

When I first concluded to print the book,
I made an honest effort to construct it in the third person.
- John Sergeant Wise

Wealthy men, too, like several of those in our neighborhood,
had so many slaves that they were compelled to buy
other plantations on which to employ them.
- John Sergeant Wise

Of private differences personal to himself,
my brother had none.
- John Sergeant Wise

The first American ancestor of our name was a younger
son of these old Devonshire people,
and came to the Virginia colony in the reign of Charles the First.
- John Sergeant Wise

In the year 1857, passing through Washington on our
return from the annual visit to Philadelphia,
I had the distinguished honor of visiting a President for the first time.
- John Sergeant Wise

Virginians were no more angels or philanthropists than
people to the north or to the south of them.
They were moved by their affections,
their interest,
and their resentments, just as humanity is moved to-day.
- John Sergeant Wise

This and many others only confirmed me in the opinion,
planted when I saw the sale of Martha Ann,
and growing steadily thereafter, that slavery was an accursed business,
and that the sooner my people were relieved of it,
the better.
- John Sergeant Wise

IN all her history, from the formation of the federal
government until the hour of secession,
no year stands out more prominently than the year 1858
as evidencing the national patriotism of Virginia.
- John Sergeant Wise

That settled Abraham Lincoln with me.
I was thoroughly satisfied that no such man ought to be President;
but I could not yet conceive it possible that such
a monster would be the choice of a majority of the people for President.
- John Sergeant Wise

Even if my mother had no qualms of conscience concerning ownership of negroes,
her sense of duty carried her far beyond the mere supplying of their physical needs,
or requiring that they render faithful service.
- John Sergeant Wise

And let me tell you, you boys of America,
that there is no higher inspiration to any man to be a good man,
a good citizen, and a good son, brother,
or father, than the knowledge that you come from honest blood.
- John Sergeant Wise

Father had notions about manhood suffrage,
public schools, the education and the elevation of the masses,
and the gradual emancipation of the slaves,
that did not suit the uncompromising views of people in places like Richmond.
- John Sergeant Wise

I never had a policy;
I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

Anyone who has never made a mistake,
has never tried anything new.
- Albert Einstein

Women must try to do things as men have tried.
When they fail their failure must be
but a challenge to others.
- Amelia Earhart

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams.
Think not about your frustrations,
but about your unfulfilled potential.
Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in,
but with what it is still possible for you to do.
- Pope John XXIII

A person who never made a mistake
never tried anything new.
- Albert Einstein

I tried to remember how to exhale.
I had to look away before it came back to me.
- Bella, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

I started dieting.
I dieted, dieted, dieted and tried all the diets and
I would lose and then I would go back to normal eating
and would put it on and then some.
- Suzanne Somers

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
- Mae West

Today, try something you have never tried before.
Perhaps just a food that is new to you -
perhaps a whole new way of living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I auditioned on my own.
I tried to make a mark for myself without anybody's help,
not even Mom's.
- Kate Hudson

I have tried lately to read Shakespeare,
and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me.
- Charles Darwin

I have tried to know absolutely nothing about a great many things,
and I have succeeded fairly well.
- Robert Benchley

I have tried to lift France out of the mud.
But she will return to her errors and vomitings.
I cannot prevent the French from being French.
- Charles de Gaulle

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few,
and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
- George Washington

Defeat is not the worst of failures.
Not to have tried is the true failure.
- George Edward Woodberry

I've tried word processors, but I think I'm too old a dog to use one.
- Dee Brown

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere
in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
- Bill Watterson

There is a fine line between perseverance and insanity.
At what point have you tried your best,
and it's time to do something different?
It's a balance - a paradox.
If you get in the habit of giving up
as soon as something gets difficult,
your life won't work,
but if you keep tilting at windmills -
madly trying the same thing again and again,
your life also won't work.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My wife and I tried two or three times in the last 40 years
to have breakfast together,
but it was so disagreeable we had to stop.
- Winston Churchill

It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as
it does to have tried and succeeded.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct,
not tried it.
- Donald Knuth

I have tried to talk about the issues in this campaign...
and this has sometimes been a lonely road,
because I never meet anybody coming the other way.
- Adlai E. Stevenson

A lawyer's dream of heaven: every man reclaimed his
property at the resurrection,
and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers.
- Samuel Butler

People who write about spring training not being necessary
have never tried to throw a baseball.
- Sandy Koufax

Grace tried is better than grace, and more than grace;
it is glory in its infancy.
- Samuel Rutherford

As a singer I tried on all these hats,
these voices, these clothes, and eventually out came me.
- Carly Simon

A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed -
I well know.
For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself.
- Georges Clemenceau

From there, I tried out for a community theatre play,
joined an improv group...
it all started opening up.
- Kevin James

I mean I tried to transform myself through characters throughout my career.
- Charlize Theron

I've never tried to learn the art of acting.
I have been in the business for years but I still can't
tell what acting is or how it's done.
- Paul Muni

And like the old soldier in that ballad,
I now close my military career and just fade away,
an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave
him the sight to see that duty.
- Douglas MacArthur

My femininity is always something I've tried to preserve
in this dog-eat-dog world.
- Margaret Smith Court

I can't even remember how many times I tried to kill myself.
- Patty Duke

If a war be undertaken...
before the resources of peace have been tried and proved vain to secure it,
that war has no defense, it is a national crime.
- Charles Eliot Norton

I had some friends that tried it down there,
and I went to a couple of open mics,
and I just kind of got this...
this sick urge to try it instead of just watching it.
- Todd Barry

I tried to draw people more realistically,
but the figure I neglected to update was myself.
- Joe Sacco

I have tried to explore the little talent I have for writing.
- Cyril Cusack

The challenge for me has first been to see things as they are,
whether a portrait, a city street, or a bouncing ball.
In a word, I have tried to be objective.
- Berenice Abbott

I also tried to avoid doing obvious dance records.
- Boy George

I have tried, in all the ways I can,
to make timeless music.
- Judy Collins

I think I did very well against everyone who tried to defend me.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I saw a drummer play once when I was a kid and I thought,
that's really cool.
You know, you're moving.
You're using your arms and fingers.
So I tried it and I loved it.
- Bill Kreutzmann

I only did my duty to my country when I tried to oppose
the criminal folly of Hitler.
- Wilhelm Canaris

For gold is tried in the fire and acceptable men in
the furnace of adversity.
- George Santayana

I have often tried to tell the story of a place through people there.
- Nicholas D. Kristof

I was on dialysis for 18 months before the transplant,
so it was important I tried to look ahead to days like
my comeback this Saturday.
You need those big goals to drive you on.
- Jonah Lomu

I've tried to lead a straight, clean life,
not set any kind of a bad example.
- Elvis Presley

Jaws was still a handsome, big guy.
He got the girl.
He was my favorite villain.
I tried to make this guy endearing somewhat because
all he wanted to do was unite his country.
- Rick Yune


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