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WENDELL PHILLIPS
American orator and abolitionist
(1811 - 1884)
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Agitation is the atmosphere of the brains.
      - [Agitation]

Aristocracy is always cruel.
      - [Aristocracy]

As health lies in labor, and there is no royal road to it but through toil, so there is no republican road to safety but in constant distrust.
      - [Distrust]

As the Greek said, "Many men know how to flatter, few men know how to praise."
      - [Praise]

Baron Grimm declared that, as a rule, it was easy for little minds to attain splendid positions, because they devoted all their ability to the one object.
      - [Position]

Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism.
      - [Boredom]

Brains and character rule the world. The most distinguished Frenchman of the last century said: "Men succeed less by their talents than their character." There were scores of men a hundred years ago who had more intellect than Washington. He outlives and overrides them all by the influence of his character.
      - [Character]

Christianity is a battle, not a dream.
      - [Christianity]

Civil war is a momentous evil. * * * Civil war needs momentous and solemn justification.
      - [War]

Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people.
      - [Debt]

Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics.
      - [Politics : Religion]

Do not take the yardstick of your ignorance to measure what the ancients knew, and call everything which you do not know lies. Do not call things untrue because they are marvelous, but give them a fair consideration.
      - [Ignorance]

Every step of progress which the world has made has been from scaffold to scaffold, and from stake to stake.
      - [Progress]

Example acquires tenfold authority when it speaks from the grave.
      - [Example]

Exigencies create the necessary ability to meet and to conquer them.
      - [Ability]

Experience is a safe light to walk by, and he is not a rash man who expects to succeed in future from the same means which have secured it in times past.
      - [Experience]

Give it only the fulcrum of Plymouth Rock, an idea will upheave the continent.
      - in a speech at New York [America]

God gives manhood but one clew to success,--utter and exact justice; that he guarantees shall be always expediency.
      - [Justice]

Government arrogates to itself that it alone forms men. * * * Everybody knows that government never began anything. It is the whole world that thinks and governs.
      - [Government]

Government began in tyranny and force, began in the feudalism of the soldier and bigotry of the priest; and the ideas of justice and humanity have been fighting their way, like a thunderstorm, against the organized selfishness of human nature.
      - [Government]

Government is only a necessary evil, like other go-carts and crutches. Our need of it shows exactly how far we are still children. All governing overmuch kills the self-help and energy of the governed.
      - [Government]

Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection,--they have many friends and few enemies.
      - [Government]

Great political questions stir the deepest nature of one-half the nation; but they pass far above and over the heads of the other half.
      - [Politics]

Health lies in labor, and there is no royal road to it but through toil.
      - [Health]

Hearts are stronger than swords.
      - [Heart]


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