Not all of these quotes are specifically directed towards the abolition of slavery, but they have inspired me in the abolitionist cause. If you have any other great quotes, please share them in the comments section below.
United States Declaration of Independence
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. "
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
(1929 - 1968) Doctor, Reverend, Civil Rights Leader
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
"Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."
(1818 - 1895) Former Slave, Abolitionist Leader
"They would not call it slavery, but some other name. Slavery has been fruitful in giving herself names ... and it will call itself by yet another name; and you and I and all of us had better wait and see what new form this old monster will assume, in what new skin this old snake will come forth."
"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."
"Money is the measure of morality, and the success or failure of slavery as a money-making system, determines with many whether...it should be maintained or abolished."
(1809 - 1865) 16th President of the United States
"Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally."
"And by virtue of the power, and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free; and that the Executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons. "
(1971 -1978) Author, Anthropologist
" Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
(1759 - 1833) British Politician, Abolitionist
“If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.”
“So enormous, so dreadful, so irremediable did the Trade's wickedness appear that my own mind was completely made up for Abolition. Let the consequences be what they would, I from this time determined that I would never rest until I had effected its abolition.”
Booker T. Washington
(1856 - 1915) Emancipated Slave, Education Reformer
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
"I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him."
"There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up. "
(1942 - 1970) Musician, Poet
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."
(1928 - ) Poet, Author, Civil Rights Activist
"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."
(1811 - 1892) Pastor, Educator, Abolitionist
The slave-holder's rule contradicts this fundamental truth of God's word, that "God has made of one blood all the nations of emn," and if of one blood, they are of equal blood."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803 -1882) Author, Poet, Philosopher
"When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers."
(1703-1791) Pastor, Abolitionist
"Let me do all the good I can, to all the people I can, as often as I can, for I shall not pass this way again."
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." - Proverbs 31:8-9
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners." -Isaiah 61:1
“[Christ] inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile.” - 2 Nephi 26:33