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Slavery Quotes

Edmund Burke once said, “Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil”. Slavery is perhaps one of the biggest impediments of civilization and sadly has a long story to share. The tradition of keeping slaves is as old as history itself. Prehistoric records reveals that slavery had been in vogue even before it reached its peak during colonization and although it has been declared as illegal and even banned by several countries, it continues to exist in most cultures and state. All said and done, exploitation of slaves is the worst forms of human degradation, where the slaves are deprived of the right to live a free life. For more on famous captivity quotations and sayings, explore this write-up.

Alexis de Tocqueville

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

That was the moment I wanted to use bitcoin: when I saw Harriet Tubman on a $20 bill. It's like, when you see all the slave movies, it's like, why you gotta keep reminding us about slavery? Why don't you put Michael Jordan on a $20 bill?

Harriet Tubman

Now I've been free, I know what a dreadful condition slavery is. I have seen hundreds of escaped slaves, but I never saw one who was willing to go back and be a slave.

I've heard 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' read, and I tell you Mrs. Stowe's pen hasn't begun to paint what slavery is as I have seen it at the far South. I've seen de real thing, and I don't want to see it on no stage or in no theater.

We've got to stand up at some point and say, 'We are not gonna pay slavery reparations in the United States Congress.' That war's been fought. That was over a century ago. That debt was paid for in blood, and it was paid for in the blood of a lot of Yankees, especially. And there's no reparations for the blood that paid for the sin of slavery.

Rita Mae Brown

A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.

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Thomas Jefferson

I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.

Chadwick Boseman

Colonialism is the cousin of slavery.

B. R. Ambedkar

Religion and slavery are incompatible.

Steve King

Christian abolitionists gave their lives by the hundreds of thousands to end slavery.

Frederick Douglass

There is not a man beneath the canopy of Heaven who does not know that slavery is wrong for him.

When you look at a corporation, just like when you look at a slave owner, you want to distinguish between the institution and the individual. So slavery, for example, or other forms of tyranny, are inherently monstrous. The individuals participating in them may be the nicest guys you can imagine.

Frederick Douglass

Experience demonstrates that there may be a wages of slavery only a little less galling and crushing in its effects than chattel slavery, and that this slavery of wages must go down with the other.

Desmond Tutu

Racism, xenophobia and unfair discrimination have spawned slavery, when human beings have bought and sold and owned and branded fellow human beings as if they were so many beasts of burden.

Mike Tyson

Some people try to get you out of slavery for you to be their slave.

Jamie Foxx

Every two, three years there is a movie about the Holocaust because they want you to remember and they want you to be reminded of what it was. When was the last time you seen a movie about slavery?

Andy Warhol

Being born is like being kidnapped. And then sold into slavery.

Anais Nin

I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern.

With 'Django Unchained,' when you're dealing with slavery, it's like a gymnastics routine with the highest amount of difficulty. Quentin Tarantino is not going to do a movie that's just going to lay there and be safe. There's going to be twists and flips.

Jurnee Smollett

With 'Underground,' we see that the wounds that we all, as a nation, inflicted upon our brothers and sisters during slavery have not been healed.

C. S. Lewis

A dogmatic belief in objective value is necessary to the very idea of a rule which is not tyranny or an obedience which is not slavery.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

In a typical history book, black Americans are mentioned in the context of slavery or civil rights. There's so much more to the story.

Abraham Lincoln

I think that slavery is wrong, morally, socially and politically. I desire that it should be no further spread in these United States, and I should not object if it should gradually terminate in the whole Union.

Jurnee Smollett

There's injustices within our system that we inherited from this time, from slavery, and until we confront our past, we're not going to be able to heal the wounds for our future.

Abraham Lincoln

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

I think, in many people's minds, the Confederate battle flag is not only a memorial to our ancestors, which is perfectly OK, but also a symbol of white superiority and an inclination for people to believe that even slavery would've been OK.

Virginia Woolf

To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of slavery than to depend upon a father.

Jurnee Smollett

Until we really heal the wounds that we dealt with during slavery, I don't think we'll be a fully realized country.


Record contracts are just like - I'm gonna say the word - slavery. I would tell any young artist... don't sign.

John Legend

I studied African American studies, and I read these slave narratives and the escape narratives of people that were able to escape slavery and always found those stories intriguing and powerful and inspiring.