Wendell Phillips

Wendell Phillips
Wendell Phillips
  • Born: November 29, 1811
  • Died: February 2, 1884
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Attorney









Quote Topics Cited
… the first duty of society is justice. Justice & Injustice
Aristocracy is always cruel. Miscellaneous
Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics. Religion & God ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It they do not succeed with the Constitution, then they must succeed without it. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
One, on God’s side, is a majority. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Public opinion, fast hastening on the downward course, must be arrested. Public Opinion & Polling
Revolutions are not made, they come. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Revolutions never go backward. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The best use of laws is to teach men to trample bad laws under their feet. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The history of our Union is lesson enough, for every candid mind, of the fatal effects of every, the least, compromise with evil. The experience of the fifty years passed under it, shows us the slaves trebling in numbers;--slaveholders monopolizing the offices and dictating the policy of the Government;--prostituting the strength and influence of the Nation to the support of slavery here and elsewhere;--trampling on the rights of the free States, and making the courts of the country their tools. To continue this disastrous alliance longer is madness. The trial of fifty years only proves that it is impossible for free and slave States to unite on any terms, without all becoming partners in the guilt and responsible for the sin of slavery. Why prolong the experiment? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
'The Puritan's idea of hell is a place where everybody has to mind his own business. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
What the Puritans gave the world was not thought, but action. Management & Managing Government ;Miscellaneous
Agitation is the atmosphere of the brains.
Christianity is a battle not a dream.
Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people.
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few. Power
Every step of progress the world has made has been from scaffold to scaffold, and from stake to stake.
Exigencies create the necessary ability to meet and conquer them.
Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies.
Insurrection of thought always precedes insurrection of arms.
Law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm, living public opinion.
Let me make the newspapers, and I care not what is preached in the pulpit or what is enacted in Congress.
Many know how to flatter, few know how to praise.
One on God's side is a majority. Religion & God
Physical bravery is an animal instinct; moral bravery is much higher and truer courage.
Power is every stealing from the many to the few. Power
Responsibility educates. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Seldom ever was any knowledge given to keep, but to impart; the grace of this rich jewel is lost in concealment. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The best education in the world is that got by struggling to get a living. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The heart is the best reflective thinker.
The keener the want the lustier the growth.
The labor movement means just this: it is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth. Power
To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship. Families, Children & Parenting
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. Government
Today it is not big business that we have to fear. It is big government. Government ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Truth is one forever absolute, but opinion is truth filtered through the moods, the blood, the disposition of the spectator. Truth
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. Life
We live under a government of men and morning newspapers. Morning ;Government
What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind. War & Peace
What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
What is fanaticism today is the fashionable creed tomorrow, and trite as the multiplication table a week after.
Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories. Freedom & Liberty
You can always get the truth from an American statesman after he has turned seventy, or given up all hope of the Presidency. Truth ;Hope