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How great would be our peril if our slaves began to number us!
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Mechanic slaves
  With greasy aprons, rules, and hammers, shall
    Uplift us to the view.
      - William Shakespeare

Thou art a slave, whom fortune's tender arm
  With favour never clasp'd; but bred a dog.
      - William Shakespeare

Base is the slave that pays.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Pistol at II, i)

You have among you many a purchased slave,
  Which like your asses and your dogs and mules
    You use is abject and in slavish parts,
      Because you bought them.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Shylock at IV, i)

Englishmen never will be slaves: they are free to do whatever the Government and public opinion allow them to do.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

Disguise thyself as thou wilt, still,
  Slavery! said I--still thou art a bitter draught.
      - Laurence Sterne,
        Sentimental Journey--The Passport--The Hotel at Paris

The slave power dares anything, and it can be conquered only by the united masses of the people. From Congress to the people, I appeal.
      - Charles Sumner

Where Slavery is there Liberty cannot be; and where Liberty is there Slavery can be.
      - Charles Sumner, Slavery and the Rebellion,
        a speech before the New York Young Men's Republican Union, Nov. 5, 1864

By the Law of Slavery, man, created in the image of God, is divested of the human character, and declared to be a mere chattel.
      - Charles Sumner,
        The Anti-Slavery Enterprise,
        address at New York, May 9, 1859

They [the Blacks] had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.
      - Justice Roger Brooke Taney,
        The Dred Scot Case,
        see Howard's Reports, vol. XIX, p. 407

Ill-fated race! the softening arts of peace,
  Whate'er the humanizing muses teach;
    The godlike wisdom of the tempered breast;
      Progressive truth, the patient force of thought;
        Investigation calm, whose silent powers
          Command the world; the light that leads to heaven;
            Kind equal rule, the government of laws,
              And all-protecting freedom, which alone
                Sustains the name and dignity of man:
                  These are not theirs.
      - James Thomson (1)

Slavery is also as ancient as war, and was as human nature.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Philosophical Dictionary--Slaves

I never mean, unless some particular circumstances should compel me to do it, to possess another slave by purchase, it being among my first wishes to see some plan adopted by which slavery in this country may be abolished by law.
      - George Washington, in his farewell address

There is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.
      - George Washington

That execrable sum of all villanies commonly called the Slave-trade.
      - John Wesley, Journal

A Christian! Going, gone!
  Who bids for God's own image?--for His grace,
    Which that poor victim of the marketplace
      Hath in her suffering won?
      - John Greenleaf Whittier

What! mothers from their children riven!
  What! God's own image bought and sold!
    Americans to market driven,
      And bartered as the brute for gold!
      - John Greenleaf Whittier, Voice of Freedom

Our fellow-countrymen in chains!
  Slaves--in a land of light and law!
    Slaves--crouching on the very plains
      Where rolled the storm of Freedom's war!
      - John Greenleaf Whittier,
        Voices of Freedom--Stanzas

A Christian! gong, gone!
  Who bids for God's own image?--for his grace,
    Which that poor victim of the market-place
      Hath in her suffering won?
      - John Greenleaf Whittier,
        Voices of Freedom--The Christian Slave

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