Wendell Phillips
Quotations


Immoral laws are doubtless void, and should not be obeyed.

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.

One on God's side is a majority.

It is easy to be independent when all behind you agree with you, but the difficulty comes when nine hundred and ninety-nine of your friends think you are wrong.

We live under a government of men and morning newspapers.

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.

Every government is always growing corrupt.

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

What the Puritans gave the world was not thought, but action.

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

The best use of laws is to teach men to trample bad laws under their feet.

Truth is one forever absolute, but opinion is truth filtered through the moods, the blood, the disposition of the spectator.

There is nothing stronger than human prejudice.

No class is safe unless government is so arranged that each class has in its hands the means of protecting itself. That is the idea of republics.

Freedom to preach was first gained, dragging in its train freedom to print.

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

Every man meets his Waterloo at last.

The reformer is careless with numbers, disregards popularity, and deals only with ideas, conscience, and common sense.

Never forgive at the ballot box!

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

Whether in chains or in laurels, Liberty knows nothing but victories.

You can always get the truth from an American statesman after he has turned seventy, or given up all hopes of the Presidency.

Insurrection of thought always precedes insurrection of arms.

Revolutions never go backward.



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