Slavery quotes

138 slavery quotes, film quotes, movie lines, taglines
  • “No one is more enslaved than a slave who doesn't think they're enslaved.”
    Kate Beckinsale
    [Tag:self-knowledge, slavery]
  • “- Etta Candy: I'm introducing myself. It's Etta Candy. I'm Steve Trevor's secretary.
    - Diana Prince: What is a secretary?
    - Etta Candy: Oh, well, I do everything. I go where he tells me to go, I do what he tells me to do.
    - Diana Prince: Well, where I'm from that's called slavery.
    - Etta Candy: I really like her.”

    Lucy Davis - Etta
    Gal Gadot - Diana
    [Tag:job, slavery]
  • Jefferson's an American saint because he wrote the words, "All men are created equal." Words he clearly didn't believe, since he allowed his own children to live in slavery. He was a richwine snob who was sick of paying taxes to the Brits. So yeah, he wrote some lovely words and aroused the rabble, and they went out and died for those words,... (continue)(continue reading)
    Brad Pitt - Jackie
    [Tag:presidency, quotations, slavery]
  • “Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave.”
    Rutger Hauer - Roy Batty
    [Tag:fear, living, slavery]
  • “Once you familiarize yourself with the chains of bondage you prepare your own limbs to wear them. Fuckin' Abraham Lincoln said it, and I fuckin' believe it, so you have got to get me the fuck out! Now!”
    Paul Giamatti - Rudy
    [Tag:habit, slavery]
  • “This country was built on genocide and slavery. We killed all the black guys over here and then we shipped in new black guys of our own. And then we brought in Jesus like a bar of soap.”
    Giovanni Ribisi - Moberg
    [Tag:country, genocide, slavery]
  • “We are here for something new, this has not happened much, in the history of the world. We are an army out to set other men free. America should be free ground, all of it, not divided by a line between slave states and free - all the way from here to the PacificOcean. No man has to bow. No man born to royalty. Here we judge you by what you do,...” (continue)(continue reading)

    Jeff Daniels - Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
    [Tag:army, purpose, slavery]
  • - Clarence Hill: You know I can't go to the Green Room with every little thing. I'be got to wait for something big, or a bunch of little things. Now we can't let our power be dissipated by the, by the plant...
    - Zeke Brown: Plant my ass, man! That's all you talk about, "the plant"! Everybody know what "the plant" is. "The plant" just short for... (continue)
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    Lane Smith - Clarence Hill
    Richard Pryor - Zeke
    [Tag:racism, slavery]
  • “For 14 years I've been a whore for the advertising industry. The only way I could save myself now is if I start firebombing.”

    Kevin Spacey - Lester Burnham
    [Tag:safety, slavery, working]
  • “We got a whole hat philosophy, you know what I'm saying? Back in the days when there was slaves and stuff, they would work in the hot sun all day, with the sun beating down them. Hatless. Not even a babushka. So by the time they got back to the plantation from being in all the heat, they was too tired to rebel against their masters, right? So...” (continue)(continue reading)

    Rusty Cundieff - Ice Cold
    [Tag:rebellion, slavery, weakness]
  • “In England, there's no acknowledgement the invention of slavery came from Britain.”
    Chiwetel Ejiofor
    [Tag:england, slavery]
  • Iqbal, that great Muslim poet, was right when he wrote, "The moment you recognize what is beautiful in this world, you stop being a slave.''
    Adarsh Gourav - Balram
    [Tag:beauty, poetry, slavery]
  • “Suppose there’s a snake coiled at your feet, and it shoots up to bite you. Folks get scared and send for a doctor to cut out the bite. But the snake, he roll up there. And while the doctor cutting, he bites you again, in a new place this time. Finally you realize the snake ain’t going to stop till someone kills it. Slavery is still alive. Those...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Cynthia Erivo - Harriet
    [Tag:fighting, freedom, slavery]
  • “John Tubman-Why you back here? It ain’t safe.
    Harriet Tubman-I come to get you, bring you to freedom. I got you a suit. I’ve been living free in Philadelphia, but I can’t live without you. Ain’t you happy to see me?
    John Tubman-I heard you were drowned, Minty. Never thought I’d see you again.”

    Cynthia Erivo - Harriet
    Zackary Momoh - John Tubman
    [Tag:family, freedom, slavery]
  • “William Still-Harriet, I can’t have you risking your life, or this network, because you’re lonely. Rescuing slaves requires skill and careful planning. It requires reading, Harriet! Can you read a sign or a map? Can you read at all?
    Harriet Tubman-I put my attention on trying to hear God’s voice more clearly.”

    Cynthia Erivo - Harriet
    Leslie Odom Jr. - William Still
    [Tag:faith, god, slavery]
  • “I made up my mind, I’m going back. Without my husband and my family, I’m just a stranger in a strange land. If I’m free, they should be too. I’m going to go get them, one by one, starting with my husband.”
    Cynthia Erivo - Harriet
    [Tag:family, freedom, slavery]
  • “William Still-Who’d you make the journey with?
    Harriet Tubman-I left my husband and family. It was just me and the Lord.
    William Still-Well, I don’t know if you know how extraordinary this is, but by some miraculous means, you have made it one hundred miles to freedom, all by yourself. Would you like to pick a new name to mark your freedom? Most...” (continue)
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    Leslie Odom Jr. - William Still
    Cynthia Erivo - Harriet
    [Tag:freedom, slavery]
  • “We want our babies born free like they supposed to be.”
    Cynthia Erivo - Harriet
    [Tag:babyhood, freedom, slavery]
  • “- Spartacus: All men lose when they die and all men die. But a slave and a free man lose different things.
    - Tigranes Levantus: They both lose life.
    - Spartacus: When a free man dies, he loses the pleasure of life. A slave loses his pain. Death is the only freedom a slave knows. That's why he's not afraid of it. That's why we'll win.”

    Kirk Douglas - Spartacus
    Herbert Lom - Tigranes Levantus
    [Tag:death, freedom, losing, slavery]
  • “Slavery is something that is all too often swept under the carpet. The shame doesn't even belong to us, but we still experience it because we're a part of the African race. If it happened to one, it happened to all. We carry that burden.”
    Lupita Nyong'o
    [Tag:ethnicity, slavery]
  • “Better a madman than a slave.”
    Brendan Gleeson - Donald Horner
    [Tag:madness, slavery]
  • “They became alert to the concept of slavery. And, as their numbers grew, to slavery's antidote which, of course, is unity. At first, they began assembling in small groups. They learned the art of corporate and militant action. They learned to refuse. At first, they just grunted their refusal. But then, on an historic day, which is commemorated...” (continue)(continue reading)

    Roddy McDowall - Cornelius
    [Tag:rebellion, slavery, unity]
  • “As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery of religion.”
    Butterfly McQueen
    [Tag:freedom, religion, slavery]
  • “If you want to survive, do and say as little as possible. Tell no one who you really are and tell no one that you can read and write. Unless you want to be a dead nigger.”
    Chris Chalk - Clemens
    [Tag:lies, slavery, survival]
  • “In the skull of the African here, the area associated with submissiveness is larger than any human or other sub-human species on planet Earth. If you examine this piece of skull here, you'll notice three distinct dimples. Here, here and here. Now if I was holding a skull of a... of an Isaac Newton or Galileo, these three dimples would be in the...” (continue)(continue reading)

    Leonardo DiCaprio - Calvin Candie
    [Tag:brain, slavery]
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