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William Wells Brown Quotes and Sayings

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Despotism increases in severity with the number of despots;
the responsibility is more divided,
and the claims are more numerous.
- William Wells Brown

The last struggle for our rights, the battle for our civilization,
is entirely with ourselves.
- William Wells Brown

People don't follow titles, they follow courage.
- William Wells Brown

All I demand for the black man is, that the white people
shall take their heels off his neck,
and let him have a chance to rise by his own efforts.
- William Wells Brown

 

When this boy was brought to Dr. Young, his name being
William, the same as mine,
my mother was ordered to change mine to something else.
This, at the time, I thought to be one of the most
cruel acts that could be committed upon my rights.
- William Wells Brown

I would have the Constitution torn in shreds and scattered
to the four winds of heaven.
Let us destroy the Constitution and build on its ruins the temple of liberty.
I have brothers in slavery.
I have seen chains placed on their limbs and beheld them captive.
- William Wells Brown

Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.
- Michel Foucault

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The strength and power of despotism
consists wholly in the fear of resistance.
- Thomas Paine

To add to our misery and despair, a bloated aristocracy has sent to China -
the greatest and oldest despotism in the world -
for a cheap working slave.
- Denis Kearney

Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews,
as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart.
- Honore de Balzac

Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.
- Mary McCarthy

Their poverty secured their freedom,
since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism.
- Edward Gibbon

Democracy passes into despotism.
- Plato

Religions are the cradles of despotism.
- Marquis de Sade

Despotism is the only form of government which may with safety to itself,
neglect the education of its infant poor.
- Samuel Horsley

So long as war is the main business of nations,
temporary despotism - despotism during the campaign -
is indispensable.
- Walter Bagehot

Whatever crushes individuality is despotism,
by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes
to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.
- John Stuart Mill

We are not to expect to be translated from
despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
- Thomas Jefferson

Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.
- Thomas Jefferson

Whatever government is not a government of laws,
is a despotism, let it be called what it may.
- Daniel Webster

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism
to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
- Thomas Jefferson

The despotism of custom is everywhere the standing
hindrance to human advancement.
- John Stuart Mill

The more complete the despotism, the more smoothly
all things move on the surface.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Have any of our friends got off the Island with their families,
or what must they submit to? Despotism or destruction,
I fear, is their fate.
- William Floyd

Despotism can only exist in darkness,
and there are too many lights now in the political
firmament to permit it to remain anywhere,
as it has heretofore done, almost everywhere.
- James Madison

Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it,
leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences;
wrongly understood,
as it has been so tragically in our time,
it leads first to conformity and then to despotism.
- Barry Goldwater

Universal suffrage is the only guarantee against despotism.
- May Wright Sewall

The revolutionary government is the despotism of liberty against tyranny.
- Georg Buchner

The chains of military despotism, once fastened upon a nation,
ages might pass away before they could be shaken off.
- William Henry Harrison

Each man has an equal social right to multiply his
power of motion by all the social factors of civilization.
Private property in any of these factors is inconsistent
with this fundamental right;
it must,
obviously, prove a source of economic despotism and industrial slavery.
- Daniel De Leon

The doctrine of blind obedience and unqualified submission to any human power,
whether civil or ecclesiastical, is the doctrine of despotism,
and ought to have no place among Republicans and Christians.
- Angelina Grimke

Man is insatiable for power; he is infantile in his desires and,
always discontented with what he has,
loves only what he has not.
People complain of the despotism of princes;
they ought to complain of the despotism of man.
- Joseph de Maistre

The whole commerce between master and slave
is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions,
the most unremitting despotism on the one part,
and degrading submissions on the other.
Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit
which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men,
in all lands, everywhere.
Destroy this spirit and you have planted
the seeds of despotism around your own doors.
- Abraham Lincoln

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
- John F. Kennedy

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Freedom is not worth having if it
does not connote freedom to err.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Freedom is the right to live as we wish.
- Epictetus

The Divine Plan is one of Freedom.
The inherent nature of man is ever seeking
to express itself in terms of freedom,
because freedom is the birthright of every living soul.
- Ernest Holmes

The only way to deal with an unfree world
is to become so absolutely free
that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Albert Camus

To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Our loved ones -
whether by blood, by marriage, or by choice -
are delicate treasures.
If we hold them too close, they break -
as a butterfly would.
By honoring and enjoying
the freedom of our loved ones,
we gain our own freedom.
Have the courage to trust that
the beautiful butterflies of your life
will return - or not - as life intends.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You cannot build character and courage by
taking away a man's initiative and independence.
- Abraham Lincoln

Freedom from desire leads to inner peace.
- Lao-Tzu

Free-Will is the key to the prison of the mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know how to free oneself is nothing;
the arduous thing is to know what to do with one's freedom.
- Andre Gide

Freedom lies in being bold.
- Robert Frost

No one can give you freedom but you.
- Byron Katie

Is freedom anything else than the right
to live as we wish? Nothing else.
- Epictetus

The freedom we are looking for
is the freedom to be ourselves,
to express ourselves. But if we look at our lives
we will see that most of the time
we do things just to please others ...
The worst part is that most of us
are not even aware that we are not free.
-Don Miguel Ruiz

All the great things are simple,
and many can be expressed in a single word:
freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Winston Churchill

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The best road to progress is freedom's road.
- John F. Kennedy

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free
and there was nothing to break the light of the sun.
I was born where there were no enclosures.
- Geronimo

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
- Edward R. Murrow

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Lend your voices only to sounds of freedom,
no longer lend your strength to that
which you wish to be free from.
Fill your life with love and bravery,
and you shall live a life uncommon.
- Jewel

Ultimately we know deeply that the other side
of every fear is a freedom.
- Marilyn Ferguson

The price of freedom for a nation is lives and money.
Often, the price of freedom for an individual
is challenging the closed minds of family and friend.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love allows your beloved the freedom to be unlike you.
Attachment asks for conformity to your needs and desires.
Love imposes no demands.
Attachment expresses an overwhelming demand - "Make me feel whole."
Love expands beyond the limits of two people.
Attachment tries to exclude everything but two people.
- Deepak Chopra in The Path to Love

Freedom is from within.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The revelation of thought takes men
out of servitude into freedom.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains,
but to live in a way that respects
and enhances the freedom of others.
- Nelson Mandela

Freedom is never dear at any price.
It is the breath of life.
What would a man not pay for living?
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make,
both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control
the process of choosing, you can take control
of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom
that comes from being in charge of yourself.
- Robert Foster Bennett

We are free only if we face the challenge of freedom,
do the work of freedom, fight the fight of freedom
and die the death for freedom.
- Charles G. Adams

When you become centered, suddenly there is great freedom
because you know you are not the mind and you are not the body.
- Osho

The man form is higher than the angel form;
of all forms it is the highest.
Man is the highest being in creation,
because he aspires to freedom.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life
in which chance has placed us,
but is always the result of a good conscience,
good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
- Thomas Jefferson

Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience,
independent will and creative imagination.
These give us the ultimate human freedom...
The power to choose, to respond, to change.
- Stephen Covey


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