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Each of us has been endowed with the perfect power to be free. Slavery is a state of mind that fails to acknowledge the slave's own power.
Where there is a man who does not labor because another is compelled to work for him, there slavery is.
Slavery does not merely mean a legalised form of subjection.
It means a state of society in which some men are forced to accept from others the purposes which control their conduct.
A slave has not the freedom even to do the right thing.
When one person is enslaved, we're all enslaved.
Slavery was not a bad day on the job. It was not your boss yelling at you. It was not hard work for little pay. This was a full system of human subjugation.
Slavery is dead, but the spirit which animated it still lives.
Talk of the abuses of slavery! Humbug! The thing itself is the essence of all abuse!
There are cases where the slave does not know his servitude and where it is necessary to bring the seed of his liberation to him from the outside: his submission is not enough to justify the tyranny which is imposed upon him.
All people are enslaved by something.
Slavery received, but the prejudice to which it has given birth remains stationary.
Slavery stands as an affront to human dignity.
The biggest form of slavery is the slavery to fear
There is a fine line between freedom and slavery.
This is what it means to be a slave; to be abused and bear it; compelled by violence to suffer wrong.
For the past five thousand years, people have been largely enslaved by a few select masters who understood how violence, religion, communication, debt, and class warfare all work together to subjugate a large group of people.
I could not comprehend the justice of that law, or that religion, which upholds or recognizes the principle of slavery;
There is no slave but the creature that wills against its Creator.
Yet few slaveholders seem to be aware of the widespread moral ruin occasioned by this wicked system. Their talk is of blighted cotton crops
not of the blight on their children's souls.
Slavery as we know today is about the mind not the body.
What the slave wants but can never have is not only freedom from the chains but also from their memory.
Tell a man what he may not sing and he is still half free; even all free, if he never wanted to sing it. But tell him what he must sing, take up his time with it so that his true voice cannot sound even in secret
there, I have seen is slavery.
Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.
Ignorance is the worst form of slavery. (Paraphrased)
If any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly, those who desire it for others
The best slave is the one who thinks he is free.
If you want to be fully convinced of the abominations of slavery, go on a southern plantation, and call yourself a negro trader. Then there will be no concealment; and you will see and hear things that will seem to you impossible among human beings with immortal souls.
This was done to you by men and women whose only desire was to enslave you; they have succeeded so well that you are proud of your slavery.
Freedom comes with a price while bondage takes hold without notice
Slavery is more mental than anything
We must free the slaves or be ourselves subdued.
Slaves lose everything in their chains, even the desire of escaping from them.
The slave child had no thought for the morrow; but there came that blight, which too surely waits on every human being born to be a chattel.
Now a slave is not 'held' by any legal contract, obligation, duty, or authority, which the laws will enforce. He is 'held' only by brute force. One person beats another until the latter will obey him, work for him, if he require it, or do nothing if he require it.
When you live your life seeking the opinion and approval of others, you become a slave in your mind and soul to others. This is the worst form of slavery.
There is no slavery but ignorance. Liberty is the child of intelligence.
The bondage of the Negro brought captive from Africa is one of the greatest dramas in history, and the writer who merely sees in that ordeal something to approve or condemn fails to understand the evolution of the human race.
Fear is the passion of slaves.
The distinguishing sign of slavery is to have a price, and to be bought for it.
Time was made for slaves.
The dearest ambition of a slave is not liberty, but to have a slave of his own.
Either be wholly slaves or wholly free.
This is a world of compensations; and he who would be no slave, must consent to have no slave.
Many slaves on this continent are oppressed, and their cries have reached the ears of the Most High. Such are the purity and certainty of his judgments, that he cannot be partial in our favor.
Employment is world slavery
In slave times the Negro was kept subservient and submissive by the frequency and severity of the scourging, but, with freedom, a new system of intimidation came into vogue; the Negro was not only whipped and scourged; he was killed.
Slavery is the great and foul stain upon the North American Union.
Slavery is a long slow process of dulling.
In nothing was slavery so savage and relentless as in its attempted destruction of the family instincts of the Negro race in America. Individuals, not families; shelters, not homes; herding, not marriages, were the cardinal sins in that system of horrors.
We hear often of the distress of the negro servants, on the loss of a kind master; and with good reason, for no creature on God's earth is left more utterly unprotected and desolate than the slave in these circumstances.
Slavery is a condition imposed upon individuals or races not sufficiently able to protect or defend themselves, and so long as a race or people expose themselves to the danger of being weak, no one can tell when they will be reduced to slavery.
The free worker receives a wage; the slave an education, food, care, clothing; the money that the master spends to keep the slave is drained little by little and in detail; one hardly perceives it.1
All religion is slavery.
African slavery, as it exists in the United States, is a moral, a social, and a political blessing.
It is among the evils of slavery that it taints the very sources of moral principle. It establishes false estimates of virtue and vice: for what can be more false and heartless than this doctrine which makes the first and holiest rights of humanity to depend upon the color of the skin?
Slaves, slaves to anything or anyone, despite how much they abhor it, will often cling to that slavery out of fear the alternative would be insufferable.
However you disguise slavery, it is slavery still. Its chains, though wreathed with roses, not only fasten on the body but rivet on the mind.
You look back in time to when there was slavery and you think 'how did people even remotely believe that this was a good idea?'.
It's incomprehensible for us to think of what the mindset was 100 or 200 years ago. I hope to make the present as incomprehensible to the future as the past is to us.
Slavery is an obscenity. It is not just stealing someone's labor; it is the theft of an entire life.
Detention turned out to be code for slavery.
Death is better than slavery.
It may, perhaps, be fairly questioned, whether any other portion of the population of the earth could have endured the privations, sufferings and horrors of slavery, without having become more degraded in the scale of humanity than the slaves of African descent.
Life as a commodity, people as possessions. Enslavement had been part of the culture of those parts for thousands of years. The
Every man knows that slavery is a curse. Whoever denies this, his lips libel his heart.
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.
Was it not enough punishment and suffering in history that we were uprooted and made helpless slaves not only in new colonial outposts but also domestically.
In 2009, at the Vancouver Peace Summit, I met a supporter of Free the Slaves, an NGO dedicated to eradicating modern-day slavery; weeks later, I flew down to Los Angeles and met with the director of Free the Slaves; thus began my journey into exploring modern-day slavery.
Slavery holds few men fast; the greater number hold fast their slavery.
The worst thing about slavery is that the slaves eventually get to like it.
The every day activity of slaves reproduces slavery
Do you not enslave people now?" asks the man. "Chains are forged of many strange metals. Poverty is one. Fear, another. Ritual and custom are yet more. All actions are forms of slavery, methods of forcing people to do what they deeply wish not to do.
When we'd had slaves, we'd purchased people's labor - not their bodies! We never thought we owned someone's arms, legs, feet, heart. How was that possible? How much does an arm cost? A leg? Feet? Hands? How
Slavery to monarchs and ministers, which the world will be long freeing itself from, and whose deadly grasp stops the progress of the human mind, is not yet abolished.
And there's no state of slavery more disgraceful than one which is self-imposed.
Slavery, no matter who was the master, held unknown terrors of helplessness.
Slavery is the first step towards civilization. In order to develop it is necessary that things should be much better for some and much worse for others, then those who are better off can develop at the expense of others.
Slavery remains rife, the shackles are just different. Labels and desires have replaced the cuffs and chains.
Gifts make slaves.
wage-labor contracts in the ancient world were primarily a matter of the rental of slaves - a
Slavery is a memory of something we cannot remember, and yet we cannot forget.
Who is the descendant of the slavemasters a descendant of slaves to fight other people in thier own country?
The blunting effects of slavery upon the slaveholder's moral perceptions are known and conceded the world over; and a priveleged class, an aristocracy, is but a band of slaveholders under another name.
What is Freedom? ye can tell That which slavery is, too well For its very name has grown To an echo of your own.
The essence of all slavery consists in taking the product of another's labor by force. It is immaterial whether this force be founded upon ownership of the slave or ownership of the money that he must get to live.
We've got some new ways to make slaves here.
Slaves. though we be enrolled
Minds are never to be sold.
Slavery is something that is all too often swept under the carpet.
Emancipate yourself from mental slavery
I believe that no people ever yet groaned under the heavy yoke of slavery but when they deserved it.
According to the London-based Anti-Slavery International (ASI), the world's oldest human rights organization, there are at least 27 million people in some form of slavery around the world today. And remarkably, the U.S. contributes enormously to this sad state of the global society.
North as well as South, the Negroes have emerged from slavery into a serfdom of poverty and restricted rights.
If you look at slavery across all human history, and you sort of strip away the packaging, whether it's racialized or religious-based, and you look at the actual core of the slavery, it's one person completely controlling another one.
No blessing, no good, can follow in the path trodden by slavery.
12 Years a Slave
Only by acknowledging the full extent of slavery's full grip on U.S. Society - its intimate connections to present day wealth and power, the depth of its injury to black Americans, the shocking nearness in time of its true end - can we reconcile the paradoxes of current American life.
Let's give our slave a big dream. A big future.
Hard, dangerous, unhealthy work was better performed by slaves than those who were free. Or who thought themselves so.
We become slaves the moment we hand the keys to the definition of reality entirely over to someone else, whether it is a business, an economic theory, a political party, the White House, Newsworld or CNN.
The slave may be happy, but happiness is not enough.
There must be sophistry in all this; but the condition of a slave confuses all principles of morality, and, in fact, renders the practice of them impossible.