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Wendell Phillips

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

Wendell Phillips (29 November 18112 February 1884), born in Boston, Massachusetts, was an American abolitionist, Native American advocate and orator.

QuotesEdit

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.
  • He who stifles free discussion, secretly doubts whether what he professes to believe is really true.
    • Oration delivered at Daniel O'Connell celebration, Boston (6 August 1870), published in Wendell Phillips: The Agitator (1890) by William Carlos Martyn, p. 563
  • 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.
    • Lecture: The Lost Arts, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

Quotes about PhillipsEdit

  • "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.'"

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