A Quote by Mark Twain on argument, body, feeling, friendship, justice, learning, morality, simplicity, slavery, thought, time, trouble, and work

Huck has just lied to protect his friend, Jim, a runaway slave. With this simple argument Twain demolishes at least two or three of the most commonplace modern approaches to morality. They went off, and I got aboard the raft, feeling bad and low, because I knowed very well I had done wrong, and I see it warn't no use for me to try to learn to do right; a body that don't get started right when he's little, ain't got no show-when the pinch comes there ain't nothing to back him up and keep him to his work, and so he gets beat. Then I thought a minute, and says to myself, hold on,-s'pose you'd a done right and give Jim up; would you felt better than what you do now? No, says I, I'd feel bad-I'd feel just the same way I do now. Well, then, says I, what's the use you learning to do right, when it's troublesome to do right and ain't no trouble to do wrong, and the wages is just the same? I was stuck. I couldn't answer that. So I reckoned I wouldn't bother no more about it, but after this always do whichever come handiest at the time.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

Source: Adventures of Huckelberry Finn, 1885

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A Quote by Mark Twain on ancestry, people, and slavery

My first American ancestor, gentlemen, was an Indian-an early Indian. Your ancestors skinned him alive, and I am an orphan. All those Salem witches were ancestors of mine. Your people made it tropical for them. . . . The first slave brought into New England out of Africa was an ancestor of mine-for I am a mixed breed, an infinitely shaded and exquisite Mongrel.

Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

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A Quote by George Gordon, Lord Byron on bigotry, reason, and slavery

Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.

Lord Byron (1788 - 1824)

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A Quote by Leonardo da Vinci on art, children, cruelty, motherhood, nature, reward, and slavery

O neglectful Nature, wherefore art thou thus partial, becoming to some of thy children a tender and benignant mother, to others a most cruel and ruthless stepmother? I see thy children given into slavery to others without ever receiving any benefit, and in lieu of any reward for the services they have done for them they are repaid by the severest punishments.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)

Source: The Notebooks, 1508–1518

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A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on facts, money, relationships, and slavery

Money is a new form of slavery, and distinguishable from the old simply by the fact that it is impersonal-that there is no human relationship between master and slave.

Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

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A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on change, death, despair, dreams, failure, feeling, freedom, hope, ideas, laughter, learning, life, love, risk, sentimentality, slavery, sorrow, and suffering

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk being called sentimental. To reach out to another is to risk involvement. To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk being called naive. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk despair, and to try is to risk failure. But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live. Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave, he's forfeited his freedom. Only the person who risks is truly free.

Leo Buscaglia

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A Quote by Laurence Sterne on art, bitterness, and slavery

"Disguise thyself as thou wilt, still, Slavery," said I, "still thou art a bitter draught."

Laurence Sterne (1713 - 1768)

Source: The Passport. The Hotel at Paris.

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A Quote by Klopstock on slavery


He who has an opinion of his own, but depends on the opinion and tastes of others is a slave.


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A Quote by Ketzel Levine on beauty, darkness, garden, slavery, and writing

Garden writing is often very tame, a real waste when you think how opinionated, inquisitive, irreverent and lascivious gardeners themselves tend to be. Nobody talks much about the muscular limbs, dark, swollen buds, strip-tease trees and unholy beauty that have made us all slaves of the Goddess Flora.

Ketzel Levine

Source: Ketzel Levine's Talking Plants

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A Quote by Karl Barth on business, competition, economics, passion, slavery, spirit, tyranny, war, and world

We have before us the fiendishness of business competition and the world war, passion and wrongdoing, antagonism between classes and moral depravity within them, economic tyranny above and the slave spirit below.

Karl Barth (1886 - 1968)

Source: The Word of God and the Word of Man, 1957

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