Thomas Clarkson quotes

  • Mankind have their local attachments. They have a particular regard for the spot, in which they were born and nurtured.
    -- Thomas Clarkson

    #Attachment #Spots #Born

  • It appears first, that liberty is a natural, and government an adventitious right, because all men were originally free.
    -- Thomas Clarkson

    #Men #Liberty #Firsts

  • Most of the slaves, who were thus unconditionally freed, returned without any solicitation to their former masters, to serve them, at stated wages; as free men. The work, which they now did, was found to better done than before.
    -- Thomas Clarkson

    #Men #Wages #Done

  • We cannot suppose therefore that God has made an order of beings, with such mental qualities and powers, for the sole purpose of being used as beasts, or instruments of labour.
    -- Thomas Clarkson

    #Order #Quality #Purpose

  • When mankind first saw the necessity of government, it is probable that many had conceived the desire of ruling.
    -- Thomas Clarkson

    #Government #Desire #Saws

  • There are few retreats, that can escape the penetrating eye of avarice.
    -- Thomas Clarkson

    #Eye #Retreat #Avarice

  • Neither can men, by the same principles, be considered as lands, goods, or houses, among possessions. It is necessary that all property should be inferiour to its possessor. But how does the slave differ from his master, but by chance?
    -- Thomas Clarkson

    #Men #Land #House

  • As gold purified in a furnace loses its impurities and achieves its own true nature, the mind gets rid of the impurities of the attributes of delusion, attachment and purity through meditation and attains Reality.

  • Some people are afraid of generosity. They feel they will be taken advantage of or oppressed. In cultivating generosity, we are only oppressing our greed and attachment. This allows our true nature to come out and become lighter and freer.

  • I am by heritage a Jew, by citizenship a Swiss, and by makeup a human being, and only a human being, without any special attachment to any state or national entity whatsoever.

  • If you wish to strengthen your confidence in God still more, often recall the loving way in which He has acted toward you, and how mercifully He has tried to bring you out of your sinful life, to break your attachment to the things of earth and draw you to His love.

  • How, then, shall God give himself entirely to that one who, besides his God, loves creatures still?

  • History, like a badly constructed concert hall, has occasional dead spots where the music can't be heard.

  • To live exuberantly, we must be prepared to illuminate the dark spots in ourselves.

  • I was born in India - but never really lived there.

  • Death is easier than a wretched life; and better never to have born than to live and fare badly.

  • With rebellion, awareness is born