Quotations for Daily Use

Prejudice, Devaluing Others, Bias, Hatred

"As the frog said to the boy in the fable, 'It is sport to you; it is death to us." Winston Churchill, (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.

"But as soon as slavery fired upon the flag it was felt, we all felt, even those who did not object to slaves, that slavery must be destroyed. We felt that it was a stain on the Union that men should be bought and sold like cattle." Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant; April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was an American soldier, politician, and international statesman who served as the 18th president of the United States from 1869 to 1877. During the American Civil War, General Grant, with President Abraham Lincoln, led the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy.

"I beg the next generation not to do what people have done for centuries - hate others because of their skin, shape of their eyes, or religious preference. I know what hatred does. I barely escaped what hatred does." Robert Clary, survivor of Buchenwald and other concentration cam

"I wish most sincerely there was not a slave in the province. It always seemed a most iniquitous scheme to me - [to] fight ourselves for what we are daily robbing and plundering from those who have as good a right to freedom as we have." Abigail Adams, November 22, 1744 – October 28, 1818) was the wife of John Adams and the mother of John Quincy Adams.

If God lived on earth, people would break his windows. Old Proverb

"It was not so much the difference in living standards but rather the lack of basic freedom of action and opportunity for advancement that defined the deep and profound discrepancy between enslaved and most free Virginians." Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, author, in A Slave in the White House

"Jennings’s (Paul Jennings) progress through life showcases the oppression at the heart of the American slave system. Jennings was an intelligent man forced to live in the service of others. He developed his talents and character in spite of the society into which he was born. It is proper to highlight his achievements, but it is also important to consider how much further he could have gone if slavery and white supremacy had not blighted his existence. His is a life to marvel at, but one that invites deep and clear-eyed consideration of America’s past." Annette Gordon-Reed (born November 19, 1958, in Livingston, Texas) is an American historian and law professor.

"No doubt the greatest of all evils that afflict humanity." Alexander von Humboldt,14 September 1769 – 6 May 1859) was a Prussian geographer, naturalist, explorer, and influential proponent of romantic philosophy. He made this statement when he observed the institution of slavery in Cuba in 1800

"Often does hatred hurt itself!" Gandalf in The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor

"Permit no man to praise you because you are black, nor wrong you because you are black. Let it be known that you are ready and willing to work out your own material salvation by your own energy, your own worth, your own labor." 20th USA President James A. Garfield

"That hand is not the color of your hand, but if I pierce it I shall feel pain. The blood that will follow from mine will be the same color as yours. The Great Spirit made us both." Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux, an Oglala Lakota chief notable in American history as an Native American author, educator, philosopher, and actor of the twentieth century.

"The elevation of the Negro race from slavery to the full rights of citizenship is the most important political change we have known since the adoption of the Constitution. It has liberated the master as well as the slave from a relation which wronged and enfeebled both." 20th USA Presdient James A. Garfield

"The first principal of nonviolent action is that of noncooperation with everything humiliating." Cesar Chavez (born César Estrada Chávez, ( March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was an American labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union, UFW) in 1962.

"The emancipated race has already made remarkable progress. With unquestioning devotion to the Union with a patience and gentleness not born of fear, they have ‘followed the light as God game them to see the light’ . . . They deserve the generous encouragement of all good men. So far as my authority can lawfully extend they shall enjoy the full and equal protection of the Constitution and the laws." 20th USA President James A. Garfield

"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." Thomas Jefferson, (1743–1826), 3rd president of the US 1801–09

"The world, the flesh, and all the devils in hell are arrayed against any man who now in this North American Union shall dare to join the standard of Almighty God to put down the African slave trade; and what can I, upon the verge of my seventy-fourth birthday, with a shaking hand, a darkening eye, a drowsy brain, and with all my faculties dropping from me one by one, as the teeth are dropping from my head - what can I do for the cause of God and man . . . Yet my conscience presses me on; let me but die upon the breach." an excerpt from John Quincy Adams diary as revealed in Brave Companions by David McCullough

"Then we'll find them proper mothers who deserve to have children." a sister in the abbey in Ireland that took care of children out of wedlock as described in Philomena written by Martin Sixsmith

"There are persons whom in my heart I despise, others I abhor. Yet I am not obliged to inform the one of my contempt, nor the other of my detestation. This kind of dissimulation . . . is a necessary branch of wisdom, and so far from being immoral . . . that it is a duty and a virtue." John Adams, (1735–1826), 2nd president of the US 1797–1801.

"There is no horizontal stratification of society in this country like the rocks in the earth, that hold one class down below forevermore, and let another come to the surface to stay there forever. Our stratification is like the ocean, where every individual drop is free to move, and where from the sternest depths of the mighty deep any drop may come up to glitter on the highest wave that rolls." 20th USA President James A. Garfield

"Throughout history, the powers of single black men flash, here and there, like falling stars, and die sometimes before the world has rightly gauged their brightness." W.E.B. DuBois

"Washington, the seat of government of a free people, is disgraced by slavery. While the orators in Congress are rounding periods about liberty in one part of the city, proclaiming, alto voce, that all men are equal, and that ‘resistance to tyrants is obedience to God,” the auctioneer is exposing human flesh to sale in another!" Edward Coles

"You were not made free merely to be allowed to vote, but in order to enjoy an equality of opportunity in the race of life." 20th USA President James A. Garfield

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