QUOTES ON LIBERTY AND JUSTICE, TRUTH AND DUTY:
“It is the duty of youths to war against indiscipline and corruption because they are the leaders of tomorrow.”
―Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
“The first freedom is freedom from sin.”
The entire Nation of the Black Slaves very humbly begs your august person to accept its respectful homage and to cast a humanitarian eye on the reflections it takes the liberty of presenting to you.
We are not unaware, Great General, of all the negative things that have been presented to you about us; we are painted in such a foul way that even the most solidly virtuous person would have reason to turn against us; but God, who sooner or later always stops the proud plans of men, this God who is so just knows what is deep inside us; he knows that we have never had any project but to patiently accept the oppression of our persecutors. This eternal God, who could no longer suffer so much persecution, must have given Louis XVI, the greatest of monarchs, the charge of delivering all the miserable Christians oppressed by their unjust fellow men….
We have just learned with extreme desperation that the mulattos, far from taking care of their enslaved mothers, brothers, and sisters, have dared claim that we do not deserve to enjoy, as they do, the benefits that come from peace and liberty and are incapable of continuing the hard work that supports the merchants of the white nation and cannot provide any service to the state. This is a great absurdity, and this vile action must demonstrate to you the baseness of spirit of this proud nation and make you see the hate, the jealousy, and all the horror of the disdain this nation has for us….It is not jealousy that forces us to complain about the mulattos, but the harshness they have shown in creating a plan for liberty for only themselves, when we are all of the same family. We do not know, Great General, if you have received the request of the mulattos, but you will receive it soon, and we are happy if we have the good fortune to have reached you before it….
We end our reflections by declaring to you that the entire Nation of Black Slaves united together has a single wish, a singly desire for independence, and all the slaves with a unanimous voice send out only one cry, one clamor to reclaim the liberty they have gained through centuries of suffering and ignominious servitude.
This is no longer a Nation that is blinded by ignorance and that trembles at the threat of the lightest punishments; its suffering has enlightened it and has determined it to spill to its last drop of blood rather than support the yoke of slavery, a horrible yoke attacked by the laws, by humanity, and by all of nature, by the Divinity and by our good King Louis XVI. We hope it will be condemned by the illustrious [Governor] Viome’nil. Your response, Great General, will decide our destiny and that of the colony. Please send it to the parish priests who will inform us about it at the announcements at the end of mass. We await it with the greatest impatience, but without leaving behind the respect that is due to your dignity, and the Nation asks you to believe it to be, [Great] Grand General, your most humble and obedient servant.
The Entire Nation”
Letter from the Slaves of Martinique, 29 August 1789, Slave Revolution in the Caribbean, 1789-1804: A Brief History with Documents. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s.
“Were the judgments of mankind correct, custom would be regulated by the good. But it is often far otherwise in point of fact; for, whatever the many are seen to do, forthwith obtains the force of custom. But human affairs have scarcely ever been so happily constituted as that the better course pleased the greater number. Hence the private vices of the multitude have generally resulted in public error, or rather that common consent in vice which these worthy men would have to be law.” Institutes of the Christian Religion
“Hatred is something we must fight against.”
-Leslie Meisels, Holocaust Survivor
“At no period of our history were we engaged in a more just and holy effort for the maintenance of liberty and independence than at the present moment.”
-John B. Jones
“What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.”
“Depend upon it—there is no difference between Consolidation and Empire; no difference between Centralism and Imperialism. . . . If the worst is to befall us; if our most serious apprehensions and gloomiest forebodings as to the future, in this respect, are to be realized; if Centralism is ultimately to prevail; if our entire system of free Institutions as established by our common ancestors is to be subverted, and an Empire is to be established in their stead; if that is to be the last scene in the great tragic drama now being enacted: then be assured, that we… will be acquitted, not only in our own consciences, but by the judgment of mankind, of all responsibility for so terrible a catastrophe, and from all the guilt of so great a crime against humanity!”
-A. H. Stephens
“Aim at a high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, nor the second and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally, you’ll hit the Bull’s-Eye of Success.”
“Whatever restraint is larger than the necessary protection of the party, can be of no benefit to either, it can only be oppressive; and if oppressive, it is, in the eye of the law unreasonable.” Horner v. Graves, 1831
-Judge C.J. Tindal
“Our system of government is built on the premise that our liberty cannot depend on the good intentions of those in power; it depends on the law to constrain those in power.” Remarks by the President on Review of Signals Intelligence (17 June 2014) at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
“I trust that if the dust of age and neglect should ever gather on the sacred volume of our Constitution, and there be a descendant of mine on the floor representing the people as I do… he will be able to call upon that musty record a moral power potent enough to shield their liberties, and to resuscitate and bless the condition of society throughout our land.”
-Henry W. Hilliard
“Justice is truth in action.” Speech, Feb. 11, 1851
“I don’t believe in quotas. America was founded on a philosophy of individual rights, not group rights.”
-Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
“A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.”
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.” 1984
“Democracy is good. I say this because other systems are worse.”
“Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.”
“Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”
“We had received this free government from our fathers. Baptized in their blood; we had received from them the sacred injunction to preserve…The heritage of freedom which our fathers left us, we may not be able to bequeath to you.”
“Be with a leader when he is right, stay with him when he is still right, but, leave him when he is wrong.”
“Democracy is the form of government that gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.”
-James Russell Lowell
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