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If there is anything in the universe that can't stand discussion, let it crack.
Wendell Phillips
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.
Wendell Phillips
The labor movement means just this: it is the last noble protest of the American people against the power of incorporated wealth.
Wendell Phillips
Power is every stealing from the many to the few.
Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people.
Wendell Phillips
Christianity is a battle not a dream.
Responsibility educates.
Difference of religion breeds more quarrels than difference of politics.
One on God's side is a majority.
Governments exist to protect the rights of minorities. The loved and the rich need no protection: they have many friends and few enemies.
Wendell Phillips
Physical bravery is an animal instinct; moral bravery is much higher and truer courage.
Wendell Phillips
Seldom ever was any knowledge given to keep, but to impart; the grace of this rich jewel is lost in concealment.
Wendell Phillips
The keener the want the lustier the growth.

If you want to be an orator, first get your great cause.
What gunpowder did for war the printing press has done for the mind.
Today it is not big business that we have to fear. It is big government.
We live under a government of men and morning newspapers.
Every step of progress the world has made has been from scaffold to scaffold, and from stake to stake.
Wendell Phillips
Let me make the newspapers, and I care not what is preached in the pulpit or what is enacted in Congress.
Wendell Phillips
Truth is one forever absolute, but opinion is truth filtered through the moods, the blood, the disposition of the spectator.
Wendell Phillips
Whether in chains or in laurels, liberty knows nothing but victories.
Law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm, living public opinion.
Wendell Phillips
If you want to be an orator, first get your great cause.
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.
Wendell Phillips
You can always get the truth from an American statesman after he has turned seventy, or given up all hope of the Presidency.
Wendell Phillips
Agitation is the atmosphere of the brains.
What the Puritans gave the world was not thought, but action.
Many know how to flatter, few know how to praise.
Exigencies create the necessary ability to meet and conquer them.
What is fanaticism today is the fashionable creed tomorrow, and trite as the multiplication table a week after.
Wendell Phillips
To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship.
Wendell Phillips
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few.
Wendell Phillips
Aristocracy is always cruel.
The best education in the world is that got by struggling to get a living.
Boredom, after all, is a form of criticism.
Insurrection of thought always precedes insurrection of arms.
The heart is the best reflective thinker.
What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better.
Wendell Phillips