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Wendell Phillips Quotes

An American abolitionist, Native American advocate and orator.
(1811 - 1884)

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Agitation is the atmosphere of the brains.

Agitation is the method that plants the school by the side of the ballot box.

Agitation prevents rebellion, keeps the peace, and secures progress. Every step she gains is gained forever. Muskets are the weapons of animals. Agitation is the atmosphere of the brains.

Aristocracy is always cruel.

As health lies in labor, and there is no royal road to it but through toil, so there is no republican road to safety but in constant distrust.

As the Greek said, "Many men know how to flatter, few men know how to praise."

Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism.

Christianity is a battle not a dream.

Common sense does not ask an impossible chessboard, but takes the one before it and plays the game.

Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people.

Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics.

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few.

Every man meets his Waterloo at last.

Every step of progress the world has made has been from scaffold to scaffold, and from stake to stake.

Exigencies create the necessary ability to meet and conquer them.

Experience is a safe light to walk by, and he is not a rash man who expects success in the future by the same means which secured it in the past.

God gives manhood but one clue to success, utter and exact justice; that, he guarantees, shall be always expediency.

Government is only a necessary evil, like other go-carts, and crutches. The need of it shows exactly how far we are still children. - All overmuch governing kills the self-help and energy of the governed.

Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection - they have many friends and few enemies.

Great political questions stir the deepest nature of one half the nation, but they pass far above and over the heads of the other half.

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