A Quote by James Russell Lowell on fear, slavery, and weakness

They are slaves who fear to speak For the fallen and the weak. . . . . . . They are slaves who dare not be In the right with two or three.

James Lowell (1819 - 1891)

Source: Stanzas on Freedom.

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A Quote by James Keller on art, custom, glory, mortality, and slavery

When conquering proconsuls returned to pagan Rome to celebrate their triumph, custom was to assign each of them a slave whose only function was to remind the conqueror that the greatest human glory passes quickly. This slave would crouch in the victorious warrior's chariot, whispering as the conqueror rode along triumphantly: "Remember . . . remember thou art mortal.

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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A Quote by James Baldwin on fulfillment, god, prophets, slavery, songs, time, and water

If we do not now dare everything, the fulfillment of that prophecy, re-created from the Bible in song by a slave, is upon us: God gave Noah the rainbow sign. No more water, fire next time.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

Source: The Fire Next Time, 1963

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A Quote by Imamu Amiri Baraka on force, ideas, slavery, violence, and world

The African, because of the violent differences between what was native and what he was forced to in slavery, developed some of the most complex and complicated ideas about the world imaginable.

Imamu Amiri Baraka (1934 -)

Source: Famous Black Quotations, ed. Janet Cheatham Bell, 1995.

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A Quote by Quintus Horatius Flaccus Horace on slavery


He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little.

Horatius (65 - 8 BC)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on curiosity, desires, dogs, good, ideas, injustice, men, motives, science, secrets, service, slavery, value, and world

The value the world sets upon motives is often grossly unjust and inaccurate. Consider, for example, two of them: mere insatiable curiosity and the desire to do good. The latter is put high above the former, and yet it is the former that moves one of the most useful men the human race has yet produced: the scientific investigator. What actually urges him on is not some brummagem idea of Service, but a boundless, almost pathological thirst to penetrate the unknown, to uncover the secret, to find out what has not been found out before. His prototype is not the liberator releasing slaves, the good Samaritan lifting up the fallen, but a dog sniffing tremendously at an infinite series of rat-holes.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Source: Reprinted in A Mencken Crestomathy,Vintage Books,NY,’82, 1st in Smart Set Aug’19

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A Quote by Heraclitus on fatherhood, men, slavery, and war

War is the father and king of all: some he has made gods, and some men; some slaves and some free.

Heraclitus (c.540 - c.475 BC)

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A Quote by Henry Havelock Ellis on civilization, machines, men, slavery, and present

The greatest task before civilization at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men.

Henry Ellis (1859 - 1939)

Source: Little Essays of Love and Virtue, 1922, ch. 7

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on disobedience, liberty, obedience, and slavery

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by George Orwell on freedom, ignorance, peace, slavery, strength, and war

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

George Orwell (1903 - 1950)

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