John Brown Quotes


Here, before God, in the presence of these witnesses, from this time, I consecrate my life to the destruction of slavery!
“Caution, Sir! I am eternally tired of hearing that word caution. It is nothing but the word of cowardice!”
It is not a case we are treating; it is a living, palpitating, alas, too often suffering fellow creature.
The same eye cannot both look up to heaven and down to earth.
“The intent and not the deed Is in our power; and, therefore, who dares greatly Does greatly.”
Caution, Sir! I am eternally tired of hearing that word caution. It is nothing but the word of cowardice!
Now let us thank th’ eternal power, convinced That Heaven but tries our virtue by affliction: That oft the cloud that wraps the present hour Serves but to brighten all our future days.
Tis mean for empty praise of wit to write, As fopplings grin to show their teeth are white.”
I am gaining in health slowly, and am quite cheerful in view of my approaching end, – being fully persuaded that I am worth inconceivably more to hang than any other purpose.
“I don’t think the people of the slave states will ever consider the subject of slavery in its true light till some other argument is resorted to other than moral persuasion.”
There is a shrine in the temple of age, where lie forever embalmed the memories of such as have deserved well of their country and their race.
Symptoms are the body’s mother tongue; signs are in a foreign language.
Holiness does not consist in mystic speculations, enthusiastic fervours, or uncommanded austerities; it consists in thinking as God thinks, and willing as God wills.
The angels are ministering spirits; they are not governing spirits.
The intent and not the deed
Is in our power; and, therefore, who dares greatly
Does greatly.
“These men are all talk; What is needed is action – action!”
I never wanted to fight against the Union, but could not turn my back on Virginia.
Tis mean for empty praise of wit to write,
As fopplings grin to show their teeth are white.
I am worth inconceivably more to hang than for any other purpose.”
So far as I ever observed God’s dealings with my soul, the flights of preachers sometimes entertained me, but it was Scripture expressions which did penetrate my heart, and in a way peculiar to themselves.
I was shot down by a fifth ball, which struck me squarely in the face, and passed out.
it is not a case we are treating; it is a living, palpitating, alas, too often suffering fellow creature.”
I think every family should have a dog; it is like having a perpetual baby; it is the plaything and crony of the whole house. It keeps them all young.
“Now let us thank th’ eternal power, convinced That Heaven but tries our virtue by affliction: That oft the cloud that wraps the present hour Serves but to brighten all our future days.”
I have been whipped, as the saying is, but I am sure I can recover all the lost capital occasioned by that disaster; by only hanging a few moments by the neck; and I feel quite determined to make the utmost possible out of a defeat.
The United States is a place where the men govern, but the women rule.
Had I so interfered in behalf of the rich, the powerful, the intelligent, the so-called great, or in behalf of any of their friends…every man in this court would have deemed it an act worthy of reward rather than punishment.
“I cannot remember a night so dark as to have hindered the coming day.”
I want you to understand that I respect the rights of the poorest and weakest of colored people, oppressed by the slave system, just as much as I do those of the most wealthy and powerful. That is the idea that has moved me, and that alone.
“I am gaining in health slowly, and am quite cheerful in view of my approaching end, – being fully persuaded that I am worth inconceivably more to hang than any other purpose.”
I don’t think the people of the slave states will ever consider the subject of slavery in its true light till some other argument is resorted to other than moral persuasion.
I will answer anything I can with honor, but not about others.
There is a shrine in the temple of age, where lie forever embalmed the memories of such as have deserved well of their country and their race.”
We’re just chilling at home where it’s cool inside.
I am worth inconceivably more to hang than for any other purpose.
I am yet too young to understand that God is any respecter of persons. I believe that to have interfered as I have done…in behalf of His despised poor, was not wrong, but right. Now, if it is deemed necessary that I should forfeit my life for the furtherance of the ends of justice, and mingle my blood further with the blood of my children, and with the blood of millions in this slave country whose rights are disregarded by wicked, cruel, and unjust enactments, I submit: so let it be done!
“I think every family should have a dog; it is like having a perpetual baby; it is the plaything and crony of the whole house. It keeps them all young.”

I cannot remember a night so dark as to have hindered the coming day.
Whereas, Slavery, throughout its entire existence in the United States is none other than a most barbarous, unprovoked, and unjustifiable War of one portion of its citizens upon another portion; the only conditions of which are perpetual imprisonment, and hopeless servitude or absolute extermination; in utter disregard and violation of those eternal and self-evident truths set forth in our Declaration of Independence.

Be mild with the mild, shrewd with the crafty, confiding to the honest, rough to the ruffian, and a thunderbolt to the liar. But in all this, never be unmindful of your own dignity.

These men are all talk; What is needed is action – action!

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