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Wendell Phillips Quotes



    • Revolutions are not made; they come. A revolution is as natural a growth as an oak. It comes out of the past. Its foundations are laid far back.
    • The best use of laws is to teach men to trample bad laws under their feet.
    • Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
    • What the Puritans gave the world was not thought, but action.
    • One on God's side is a majority.
    • Every man meets his Waterloo at last.
    • Whether in chains or in laurels, Liberty knows nothing but victories.
    • Truth is one forever absolute, but opinion is truth filtered through the moods, the blood, the disposition of the spectator.
    • Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics.
    • Revolutions never go backward.
    • Aristocracy is always cruel.
    • Take the whole range of imaginative literature, and we are all wholesale borrowers. In every matter that relates to invention, to use, or beauty or form, we are borrowers.
    • Christianity is a battle not a dream.
    • Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies.
    • If you want to be an orator, first get your great cause.
    • Insurrection of thought always precedes insurrection of arms.
    • It is only liquid currents of thought that move men and the world.
    • Many know how to flatter, few know how to praise.
    • Politics is but the common pulse-beat, of which revolution is the fever-spasm.
    • Seldom ever was any knowledge given to keep, but to impart; the grace of this rich jewel is lost in concealment.
    • The best education in the world is that got by struggling to get a living.
    • The heart is the best reflective thinker.
    • To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship.
    • To hear some men talk of the government, you would suppose that Congress was the law of gravitation, and kept the planets in their places.
    • Today it is not big business that we have to fear. It is big government.
    • 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.
    • We live under a government of men and morning newspapers.
    • What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.
    • What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better.
    • Write on my gravestone: 'Infidel, Traitor.', infidel to every church that compromises with wrong; traitor to every government that oppresses the people.
    • 'It's just what Wendell Phillips said,' she declared. ''The Puritan's idea of hell is a place where everybody has to mind his own business.'' Mrs. Ware in Chapter II of the novel The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic, 1896.
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