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Abolition Quotes:

The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.

Mahatma Gandhi

I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition, as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a method of settling international disputes.

Ernest Hemingway

The leaders of the world face no greater task than that of avoiding nuclear war. While preserving the cause of freedom, we must seek abolition of war through programs of general and complete disarmament. The Test-Ban Treaty of 1963 represents a significant beginning in this immense undertaking.

Robert Kennedy

I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a plan adopted for the abolition of it – but there is only one proper and effectual mode by which it can be accomplished, and that is by Legislative authority: and this, as far as my suffrage will go, shall never be wanting.

George Washington

The brutalities of a fight with bare hands, the crushed nasal bones, maimed lips, and other disfigurements, which call for the utter abolition of boxing in the interests of humanity, at once disappear when the contestants cover their hands with large, soft-leather gloves.

John Boyle O’Reilly

Largely, the people driving abolition did it because of what they believed from the Bible.

Eric Metaxas

The Anarchists answer that the abolition of the State will leave in existence a defensive association, resting no longer on a compulsory but on a voluntary basis, which will restrain invaders by any means that may prove necessary.

Benjamin Tucker

The materialisation of reforms in the form of rollout of the GST, the institution of Indian Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, and the abolition of the Foreign Investment Promotion Board should boost investor and investment confidence.

Urjit Patel

We believe in peace in the settlement of all disputes through peaceful means, in the abolition of war, and, more particularly, nuclear war.

Lal Bahadur Shastri

Many thought that the abolition of slavery, the end of Jim Crow, and the legislative progress of the Civil Rights Era, among other watershed moments, would have fundamentally done away with the racist structures that have long oppressed black people. However, we know that has been far from the case.

Opal Tometi

America is exceptional, it is asserted, because, with the exception of the abolition of slavery, it has been able to extend the promise of liberal reform mostly peacefully, through its democratic institutions.

Greg Grandin

Abolition seemed a fantasy when Frederick Douglass called for all slaves to be released.

Clint Smith

Gender and race got very entwined in the 19th century, as abolition broke out, and then women wanted the right to speak about it.

Sue Monk Kidd

During practically all of my public life, I have been a sincere advocate of an agreement between the leading nations of the world to set up all the necessary international machinery that would bring about a practical abolition of war between civilized nations.

George William Norris

The notion that religion can actually be something… attached to progressivism seems so bizarre. But all you have to say is that Abolition wouldn’t have happened without it. The way in which African Americans managed to achieve a degree of self-determination was through the church.

Simon Schama

But beyond all that, the question that is continually begged is why isn’t America leading the way toward total abolition of nuclear weapons.

Dennis Kucinich

The abolition of slavery was driven by the King James Bible. It gave slaves a common language and purpose.

Melvyn Bragg

Should slavery be abolished there, (and it is an event, which, from these circumstances, we may reasonably expect to be produced in time) let it be remembered, that the Quakers will have had the merit of its abolition.

Thomas Clarkson

The abolition of the double sanction for a foul in the box is a welcome change. There are times that you cannot help but stop your opponent in the box, with your momentum forcing you to make a challenge. Fouls can’t be avoided in that situation but your intention was fair.

Philipp Lahm

Elimination of illiteracy is as serious an issue to our history as the abolition of slavery.

Maya Angelou

As an economist, the only advice I can give the Modi government is to take some steps that will raise the morale of the consumer and investor. That means income tax abolition and reducing the annual interest rate to nine per cent.

Subramanian Swamy

The abolition of the presidential term limit and President Xi Jinping’s concentration of power have come as an unwelcome surprise to many.

Richard N. Haass

The middle of ‘America’s Women’ is about the Civil War, and how women, black and white, confronted slavery and abolition. As in every other period of crisis, the rules of sexual decorum were suspended due to emergency.

Gail Collins

The eradication of the Muslim Brotherhood is nothing less than an abolition of democracy and a guarantee that Arabs will continue living under authoritarian and corrupt regimes.

Jamal Khashoggi

As a long-termist, I acknowledge there are more pressing causes than the abolition of private property.

Ash Sarkar

It is over one hundred years since the abolition of slavery. The Negro people in the United States have taken plenty and they have reached a stage where they have decided that they are not going to take any more.

C. L. R. James

I favor the abolition of all Social Security, Medicare and estate taxes. In their place, we should create a simple income tax system that has no deductions or credits at all.

Ari Fleischer

I believe that in the end the abolition of war, the maintenance of world peace, the adjustment of international questions by pacific means will come through the force of public opinion, which controls nations and peoples.

Frank B. Kellogg

I chose the Republican Party because of the principles the party was founded on. This was the party of freedom. This was the party that sought the abolition of slavery.

Ryan Frazier

The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.

Karl Marx

While we see the course of the final abolition of human slavery is onward, & we give it the aid of our prayers & all justifiable means in our power, we must leave the progress as well as the result in his hands who sees the end; who chooses to work by slow influences; & with whom two thousand years are but as a single day.

Robert E. Lee

I should not regret a fair and full trial of the entire abolition of capital punishment.

James Madison

Abolition didn’t just happen – people made it happen. Women’s suffrage didn’t just happen – people made it happen. Civil Rights legislation didn’t just happen – people made it happen. And marriage equality didn’t just happen, either – people made it happen.

Marianne Williamson

The abolition and suffrage movements progressed when united and were damaged by division; we should remember that.

Gloria Steinem

I shall ask for the abolition for the punishment of death until I have the infallibility of human judgment demonstrated to me.

Marquis de Lafayette

‘Til the infallibility of human judgements shall have been proved to me, I shall demand the abolition of the penalty of death.

Marquis de Sade

I have for some time urged that a nuclear abolition summit to mark the effective end of the nuclear era be convened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 70th anniversary of the bombings of those cities, with the participation of national leaders and representatives of global civil society.

Daisaku Ikeda

I think that each country must protect its own borders, and that is why I’m simply asking for the abolition of Schengen.

Marine Le Pen

I am for socialism, disarmament, and, ultimately, for abolishing the state itself… I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class, and the sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal.

Roger Nash Baldwin

We had to forge an alliance of strength based not on colour but on commitment to the total abolition of apartheid and oppression; we would seek allies, of whatever colour, as long as they were totally agreed on our liberation aims.

Oliver Tambo

Madness is the absolute break with the work of art; it forms the constitutive moment of abolition, which dissolves in time the truth of the work of art.

Michel Foucault

With abolition, it’s necessary to destroy systems of oppression. But it’s equally necessary to put at the forefront our conversations about creation. When we fight for justice, what exactly do we want for our communities?

Patrisse Cullors

Some men say that they should be satisfied with the abolition of untouchability only, leaving the caste system alone. The aim of abolition of untouchability alone without trying to abolish the inequalities inherent in the caste system is a rather low aim.

B. R. Ambedkar

Britain beat us to the abolition of slavery; the Isle of Man, New Zealand, and Finland all decided to give women the vote well before the United States. Eventually, we got smart and borrowed these egalitarian innovations.

Bari Weiss

We Abolition Women are turning the world upside down.

Angelina Grimke

I build no system. I ask an end to privilege, the abolition of slavery, equality of rights, and the reign of law. Justice, nothing else; that is the alpha and omega of my argument: to others I leave the business of governing the world.

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Whether permitted to live to witness the abolition of slavery or not, I felt assured that, as I demanded nothing that was not clearly in accordance with justice and humanity, some time or other, if remembered at all, I should stand vindicated in the eyes of my countrymen.

William Lloyd Garrison

One of the outstanding achievements of the new constructional technique has been the abolition of the separating function of the wall.

Walter Gropius

And here a most heinous charge is made, that the nation has been burdened with unnecessary expenses for the sole purpose of preventing the discharge of our debts and the abolition of taxes.

Robert Walpole

I do not want to convince Christians to work for the abolition of war, but rather I want us to live recognizing that in the cross of Christ, war has been abolished.

Stanley Hauerwas

What Is Abolition?

Abolition refers to the statutory act of putting an end to something, and may refer to: