30 Slavery Quotes on the Continuous Fight for Freedom


Slavery is one of history’s darkest sides. Taking away people’s freedom and subjecting them to cruelty and abuse will always be wrong. It was these cries of injustice that fueled many to fight back, and through agonizing movements and revolutions, slavery was finally abolished. However, racial prejudice continues to exist up to this day.

Other forms of enslavement have also found ways to persist, set in motion by those whose actions and intentions are riddled with greed and corruption. Therefore, the fight against such inhumanity isn’t over. And, so we must remain vigilant on matters of fairness. One of the things we can do is to continue spreading ideas of freedom and equality.

These 30 slavery quotes encapsulate everyone’s right to be free.

Although slavery may have been abolished, the crippling poison of racism still persists, and the struggle still continues. – Harry Belafonte

To be given dominion over another is a hard thing; to wrest dominion over another is a wrong thing; to give dominion of yourself to another is a wicked thing. – Toni Morrison

I refuse to accept that the shackles of slavery can ever be stronger than the quest for freedom. – Kailash Satyarthi

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You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him. – Booker T. Washington

All sentient beings should have at least one right—the right not to be treated as property. – Gary L. Francione

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Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. – Henry David Thoreau

You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know. – William Wilberforce

Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves. – Abraham Lincoln

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Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. – Abraham Lincoln

Today as always, men fall into two groups: slaves and free men. Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, an official, or a scholar. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves. – Lord Byron

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The difference between technology and slavery is that slaves are fully aware that they are not free. – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery. – Plato

Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave. – Frederick Douglass

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We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, for though others may free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is our only ruler; sovereign. – Marcus Garvey

Slavery is a sin when whites were put to the yoke, but not the African. All men are created equal, unless we decide you are not a man. – Colson Whitehead

Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper. – Martin Luther King Jr.

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Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom. – Alexis de Tocqueville

The prolonged slavery of women is the darkest page in human history. – Elizabeth Cady Stanton

But there’s no such thing as free. There are only different and more horrible ways to be enslaved. – Lauren DeStefano

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Slavery was our nation’s original sin. – William Barr

For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery. – Jonathan Swift

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Slavery has never been abolished from America’s way of thinking. – Nina Simone

I think slavery is the next thing to hell. If a person would send another into bondage, he would, it appears to me, be bad enough to send him into hell if he could. – Harriet Tubman

You can’t regulate child labor. You can’t regulate slavery. Some things are just wrong. – Michael Moore

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Slavery didn’t end in 1865; it just evolved. – Bryan Stevenson

It is all around us, hidden in plain sight. It is walking our streets, supplying shops and supermarkets, working in fields, factories or nail bars, trapped in brothels or cowering behind the curtains in an ordinary street: slavery. – Theresa May

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Slavery is something that is all too often swept under the carpet. The shame doesn’t even belong to us, but we still experience it because we’re a part of the African race. If it happened to one, it happened to all. We carry that burden. – Lupita Nyong’o

The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots. – Erich Fromm

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