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Wendell Phillips quotes, 150 years old and still timely

Given my depression and disillusionment over recent events, I took a look at some inspirational quotes. The quotes below are all from the American abolitionist Wendell Phillips. He said these words more than 150 years ago. Yet, the words are eerily prophetic and timely for supporters of liberty, so I thought I'd share:

"What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better."

"Revolutions never go backwards."

"Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people."

"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few."

And I am not so sure this last one is true:

"You can always get the truth from an American statesman after he has turned seventy, or given up all hope of the Presidency."

Maybe it was because the average lifespan was shorter then.

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