Wendell Phillips

Wendell
Phillips
1811
1884

American Orator, Abolitionist, Reformer, Advocate for Native Americans and Lawyer

Author Quotes

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.

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

Law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm, living public opinion.

Revolutions never go backward.

The slowest of us cannot but admit that the world moves.

When Infinite Wisdom established the rule of right and honesty, He saw to it that justice should be always the highest expediency.

And I am not so sure this last one is true:

Give to the masses nothing to do, and they will topple down thrones and cut throats; give them the government here, and they will make pulpits useless, and colleges an impertinence.

Let me make the newspapers, and I care not what is preached in the pulpit or what is enacted in Congress

Right is the eternal sun; the world cannot delay its coming.

There is no Canaan in politics. - 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.

When Marmontel was regretting the excesses of the period, Chamfort asked: “Do you think that revolutions are made with rose-water?”

Aristocracy is always cruel

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

Let us always remember that he does not really believe his own opinion, who dares not give free scope to his opponent.

Seldom ever was any knowledge given to keep, but to impart; the grace of this rich jewel is lost in concealment.

There is no republican road to safety but in constant distrust.

With us, law is nothing unless close, behind it stands a warm, living public opinion. Let that die or grow indifferent, and statutes was waste paper, lacking all executive force.

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.

Government arrogates to itself that it alone forms men. Everybody knows that government never began anything. It is the whole world that thinks and governs.

Liberty knows nothing but victories. Soldiers call Bunker Hill a defeat; but liberty dates from it though Warren lay dead on the field.

Sin is not taken out of man, as Eve was out of Adam, by putting him to sleep.

To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship.

Write on my gravestone: Infidel, Traitor. --infidel to every church that compromises with wrong; traitor to every government that oppresses the people.

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

Author Picture
First Name
Wendell
Last Name
Phillips
Birth Date
1811
Death Date
1884
Bio

American Orator, Abolitionist, Reformer, Advocate for Native Americans and Lawyer