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William Wells Brown Quotes

"Despotism increases in severity with the number of despots; the responsibility is more divided, and the claims are more numerous."

"We, as individuals, are fast losing our reputation for honest dealing. Our nation is losing its character. The loss of a firm national character, or the degredation of a nation's honour, is the inevitable prelude to her destruction."

"When this boy was brought to Dr. Young, his name being William, the same as mine, my mother was ordered to change mine to something else. This, at the time, I thought to be one of the most cruel acts that could be committed upon my rights."

"All I demand for the black man is, that the white people shall take their heels off his neck, and let him have a chance to rise by his own efforts."

"People don't follow titles, they follow courage."

"The last struggle for our rights, the battle for our civilization, is entirely with ourselves."

"This is called "the land of the free and the home of the brave"; it is called the "asylum of the oppressed," and some have been foolish enough to call it the "Cradle of Liberty." If it is the "Cradle of Liberty," they have rocked the child to death."

"I would have the Constitution torn in shreds and scattered to the four winds of heaven. Let us destroy the Constitution and build on its ruins the temple of liberty. I have brothers in slavery. I have seen chains placed on their limbs and beheld them captive."

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