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I will not dip my hands in blood by choosing unnecessary violence. Ali Fethi Okyar
You charge that we stir up insurrections among your slaves. We deny it; and what is your proof? … you have failed to implicate a single Republican … If any member of our party is guilty in that matter, you know it or you do not know it. If you do know it, you are inexcusable for not designating the man and proving the fact. If you do not know it, you are inexcusable for asserting it, and especially for persisting in the assertion after you have tried and failed to make the proof. You need to be told that persisting in a charge which one does not know to be true, is simply malicious slander. Abraham Lincoln
We do not support rebellion against our rulers even if they are unjust. We do not make supplications against them and do not set any revolution against them. Abu Jafar Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Al-Azdi; Imam Al-Tahawi
Politicians tend to fear their militaries, which often crave foreign enemies and will overthrow civilian governments that do not share their goals. John M. Owens IV
Liberty of public association; or the security with which malcontents may communicate their sentiments, concert their plans, and practice every mode of opposition short of actual revolt, before the executive power can be legally justified in disturbing them Jeremy Bentham
Mass action [demonstrations and general strikes] is the instinctive action of the proletariat, gradually developing more conscious and organized forms …. It is extra-parliamentary in method, although political in purpose and result…. Mass action is the proletariat itself in action, dispensing with bureaucrats and intellectuals, acting through its own initiative; precisely this … horrifies the soul of petty bourgeois Socialism. Louis C. Fraina; Lewis Corey
The government of a revolted state which has not yet been recognized, sometimes sends out diplomatic agents, who, although not invested with the representative character, nor entitled to diplomatic honors, may be clothed with the powers and enjoy the immunities of ministers. James Kent
Friends and fellow-soldiers! These are our country's gods, and these we honor with a worship derived from our remotest ancestors. But he who leads the army now opposed to us has proved false to the religion of his forefathers, and adopted atheistic sentiments, honoring in his infatuation some strange and unheard-of Deity, with whose despicable standard he now disgraces his army, and confiding in whose aid he has taken up arms, and is now advancing, not so much against us as against those very gods whom he has forsaken. Flavius Galerius Valerius Licinianus Licinius
We of the South are emphatically surrounded by a dangerous class of beings--degraded, stupid savages--who, if they could but once entertain the idea that immediate and unconditional death would not be their portion, would re-enact the St. Domingo tragedy. But the consciousness, with all their stupidity, that a tenfold force, superior in discipline, if not in barbarity, would gather from the four corners of the United States and slaughter them, keeps them in subjection. But, to the non-slaveholding States, particularly, we are indebted for a permanent safeguard against insurrection. Without their assistance, the white population of the South would be too weak to quiet that insane desire for liberty which is ever ready to act itself out with every rational creature Marysville Tennessee Intelligencer
Send out of our state, never again to return, all free persons of color They form a third class in our society, enjoying more privileges than the slaves, and yet possessing few of the rights of the master; a class of persons having and exercising the right of moving unrestrained over every part of the state; of acquiring property, of amassing wealth to an unlimited extent, of procuring information on every subject, and of uniting themselves in associations or societies—yet, still a class, deprived of all political rights, subjected equally with the slaves to the police regulations for persons of color …. Restraints are always irksome The free persons of color must be discontented with their situation. The hopes of the free negroes will increase with their numbers South Carolina Charlestown
Slaves are bound by their love of justice to RISE AT ONCE, en masse, and THROW OFF THEIR FETTERS Charles Lenox Remond
We, indeed, are not so stupid as not to perceive how desirable it is to avoid public tumults, nor so savage as not to be touched, and even to shudder in our inmost soul, on beholding the troubled condition in which the church now is. But with what fairness is the blame of existing commotions imputed to us, when they have not been, in the least degree, excited by us? John Calvin
Suppose we were to revolt from Great-Britain, declare ourselves Independent, and set up a Republic of our own-what would be the consequence? - I stand aghast at the prospect - my blood runs chill when I think of the calamities, the complicated evils that must ensue, and may be clearly foreseen. Charles Inglis
Trade is the natural enemy of all violent passions. Trade loves moderation, delights in compromise, and is most careful to avoid anger. It is patient, supple, and insinuating, only resorting to extreme measures in cases of absolute necessity. Trade makes men independent of one another and gives them a high idea of their personal importance: it leads them to want to manage their own affairs and teaches them to succeed therein. Hence it makes them inclined to liberty but disinclined to revolution. Alexis de Tocqueville
The slave system is one of constant danger, distrust, suspicion, and watchfulness. It debases those whose toil alone can produce wealth and resources for defense, to the lowest degree of which human nature is capable, to guard against mutiny and insurrection, and thus wastes energies which otherwise might be employed in national development and aggrandizement. William H. Seward
Americans have a tendency to exalt the concept of a popular uprising. Nathaniel Philbrick
Actually, the United States has been deeply involved in the fate of Vietnam since 1949 when the decision was made to subsidize the continuation of French rule against the Communist Vietminh rebellion Homer Bigart
The outlook is rather that within a few years India will be given up as Egypt has been given up. The British democracy will not try to retain her by force. Of that we may be sure. The enormous benefits that England has conferred on the country and its swarming millions will count for nothing in retaining their allegiance. The jealousies, rivalries and hatreds of race and creed among the many different peoples, though they may make trouble enough hereafter, have not proved capable of preventing them from combining against their British masters. Archibald Cary Coolidge
I will not rest until I have torn the epaulettes off every nigger in the colonies Napoleon BonaparteII