Wendell Phillips

Wendell
Phillips
1811
1884

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

Author Quotes

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

Health lies in labor, and there is no royal road to it but through toil.

Opinionated assurance.

The heart is the best reflective thinker.

Two kinds of men generally best succeed in political life; men of no principle, but of great talent; and men of no talent, but of one principle - that of obedience to their superiors.

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

Hearts are stronger than swords.

Our self-made men are the glory of our institutions.

The keener the want the lustier the growth

War and Niagara thunder to a music of their own.

Defeat is nothing but education, nothing but the first step to something better.

How prudently we proud men compete for nameless graves, while now and then some starveling of late forgets himself into immortality

Peace, if possible, but justice at any rate.

The labor movement means just this: It is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth.

We declare war with the wages system, which demoralizes alike the hirer and the hired, cheats both, and enslaves the workingman.

Do not take the yardstick of your ignorance to measure what the ancients knew, and call everything which you do not know lies. Do not call things untrue because they are marvelous, but give them a fair consideration.

If there is anything in the universe that can't stand discussion, let it crack

Physical bravery is an animal instinct; moral bravery is a much higher and truer courage.

The manna of popular liberty must be gathered each day, or it is rotten. The living sap of to-day outgrows the dead rind of yesterday. The hand intrusted with power becomes, either from human depravity or esprit de corps, the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continual oversight can a Democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot; only by unintermitted agitation can a people be kept sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity.

We live under a government of men and morning newspapers.

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty power is ever stealing from the many to the few. The hand entrusted with power becomes the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continual oversight can the democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot: only by unintermtited agitation can a people be kept sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity.

If you want to be an orator, first get your great cause.

Political convulsions, like geological upheavings, usher in new epochs of the world's progress.

The old Hindoo saw, in his dream, the human race led out to its various fortunes. - First, men were in chains that went back to an iron hand - then he saw them led by threads from the brain, which went upward to an unseen hand. The first was despotism, iron, and ruling by force. - The last was civilization, ruling by ideas.

We measure genius by quality, not by quantity.

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