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

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Politician. President of the United States.

Slavery is an institution for converting men into monkeys.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Slaves lose everything in their chains, even the desire of escaping from them.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) Swiss political philosopher and essayist.

Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British political writer.

Slavery takes hold of few, but many take hold of slavery.

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.


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 (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.

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.

W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.

I cannot be fired. Slaves have to be sold.

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The slave is doomed to worship time and fate and death, because they are greater than anything he finds in himself, and because all his thoughts are of things which they devour.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British logician and philosopher.

Men would rather be starving and free than fed in bonds.

Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) American novelist,