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A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years.
~ Lysander Spooner

 

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Captivity is the greatest of all evils that can befall one.
~ Miguel De Cervantes

 

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Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.
~ Vincent Van Gogh

 

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Forced from home, and all its pleasures, afric coast I left forlorn; to increase a stranger's treasures, o the raging billows borne. Men from England bought and sold me, paid my price in paltry gold; but, though theirs they have enroll'd me, minds are never to be sold.
~ William Cowper

 

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I cannot be fired. Slaves have to be sold.
~ Anonymous

 

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I pity them greatly, but I must be mum, for how could we do without sugar and rum?
~ William Cowper

 

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If you are living out of a sense of obligation you are slave.
~ Wayne Dyer

 

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In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free -- honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve.
~ Abraham Lincoln

 

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Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!
~ Patrick Henry

 

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It cannot 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.
~ Winston Churchill

 

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Men would rather be starving and free than fed in bonds.
~ Pearl S. Buck

 

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Most people seek after what they do not possess and are enslaved by the very things they want to acquire.
~ Anwar El-Sadat

 

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Nobody had ever instructed him that a slave-ship, with a procession of expectant sharks in its wake, is a missionary institution, by which closely-packed heathen are brought over to enjoy the light of the Gospel.
~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

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Slavery can only be abolished by raising the character of the people who compose the nation; and that can be done only by showing them a higher one.
~ Maria Weston Chapman

 

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Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.
~ Edmund Burke

 

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Slavery is an institution for converting men into monkeys.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Slavery is founded on the selfishness of man's nature -- opposition to it on his love of justice. These principles are in eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely as slavery extension brings them, shocks and throes and convulsions must ceaselessly follow.
~ Abraham Lincoln

 

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Slavery is no more sinful, by the Christian code, than it is sinful to wear a whole coat, while another is in tatters, to eat a better meal than a neighbor, or otherwise to enjoy ease and plenty, while our fellow creatures are suffering and in want.
~ James F. Cooper

 

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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

 

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Slavery is the first step towards civilization. In order to develop it is necessary that things should be much better for some and much worse for others, then those who are better off can develop at the expense of others.
~ Alexander Herzen

 

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