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Foreign slaves, as soon as they come within the limits of Gaul, that moment they are free.
  [Lat., Servi peregrini, ut primum Galliae fines penetraverint eodem momento liberi sunt.]
      - Jean Bodinus (Bodin) bk. I, ch. V

A crowd of shivering slaves of every nation,
  And age, and sex, were in the market rang'd;
    Each bevy with the merchant in his station:
      Poor creatures! their good looks were sadly chang'd;
        All save the blacks seem'd jaded with vexation,
          From friends, and home, and freedom far estrang'd.
            The negroes more philosophy display'd,--
              Used to it, no doubt, as eels are to be flay'd.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

The hearts within thy valleys bred,
  The fiery souls that might have led
    Thy sons to deeds sublime,
      Now crawl from cradle to the grave,
        Slaves--nay, the bondsmen of a slave,
          And callous, save to crime.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Lord Mansfield first established the grand doctrine that the air of England is too pure to be breathed by a slave.
      - Lord John Campbell, 1st Baron Campbell,
        Lives of Chief Justices
         (vol. II, p. 418)

No more slave States and no more slave territory.
      - Salmon Portland Chase,
        Resolutions Adopted at the Free-Soil National Convention

Cotton is king; or slavery in the Light of Political Economy.
      - David Christy, Title of Book, pub. 1855

It [Chinese Labour in South Africa] could not, in the opinion of His Majesty's Government, be classified as slavery in the extreme acceptance of the word without some risk of terminological inexactitude.
      - Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (3),
        in the British House of Commons

Excessive liberty leads both nations and individuals into excessive slavery.
  [Lat., Nimia libertas et populis et privatis in nimiam servitutem cadit.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Republica (I, 44)

He is sometimes slave who should be master; and sometimes master who should be slave.
  [Lat., Fit in dominatu servitus, in servitute dominatus.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Oratio Pro Rege Deiotaro (XI)

He finds his fellow guilty of a skin
  Not color'd like his own, and having pow'r
    T' enforce the wrong, for such a worthy cause
      Dooms and devotes him as his lawful prey.
      - William Cowper

I would not have a slave to till my ground,
  To carry me, to fan me while I sleep,
    And tremble when I wake, for all the wealth
      That sinews bought and sold have ever earn'd.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. II, l. 29)

Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs
  Receive our air, that moment they are free;
    They touch our country, and their shackles fall.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. II, l. 40)

No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.
      - Frederick Douglass

Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work.
      - Frederick Douglass

The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.
      - Frederick Douglass

While it is true that an inherently free and scrupulous person may be destroyed, such an individual can never be enslaved or used as a blind tool.
      - Albert Einstein

Slavery is no scholar, no improver; it does not love the whistle of the railroad; it does not love the newspaper, the mailbag, a college, a book or a preacher who has the absurd whim of saying what he thinks; it does not increase the white population; it does not improve the soil; everything goes to decay.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Slavery it is that makes slavery; freedom, freedom. The slavery of women happened when the men were slaves of kings.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I do not see how a barbarous community and a civilized community can constitute a state. I think we must get rid of slavery or we must get rid of freedom.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        The Assault upon Mr. Sumner's Speech

Sharp penury afflicts these wretched isles!
  There hope ne'er dawns, and pleasure never smiles.
    The vassal wretch contented drags his chain.
      And hears his famish'd babes lament in vain.
      - William Falconer

Corrupted freemen are the worst of slaves.
      - David Garrick,
        Prologue to Edward Moore's Gamesters

Resolved, That the compact which exists between the North and the South is a covenant with death and an agreement with hell; involving both parties in atrocious criminality, and should be immediately annulled.
      - William Lloyd Garrison,
        adopted by the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society at Fanueil Hall

The man who gives me employment, which I must have or suffer, that man is my master, let me call him what I will.
      - Henry George, Social Problems (ch. V)

Not angles but angels.
  [Lat., Non Angli sed anglei.]
      - Gregory I, the Great (Saint Gregory),

Cotton is King.
      - James Henry Hammond,
        a phrase used in the U.S. Senate

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