39+ Best John Brown Quotes: Exclusive Selection

John Brown was an American abolitionist who advocated the use of armed insurrection to overthrow the institution of slavery in the United States. He first gained attention when he led small groups of volunteers during the Bleeding Kansas crisis of 1856. Wise John Brown quotes will remind you of life lessons that bring you wisdom and build your character.

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Most Famous John Brown Quotes

I am quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think vainly, flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done. – John Brown

the people who create it want the most to protect it. – John Brown

Here, before God, in the presence of these witnesses, from this time, I consecrate my life to the destruction of slavery! – John Brown

The angels are ministering spirits; they are not governing spirits. – John Brown

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. – John Brown

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. – John Brown

I was shot down by a fifth ball, which struck me squarely in the face, and passed out. – John Brown

I have only a short time to live, only one death to die, and I will die fighting for this cause. There will be no peace in this land until slavery is done for. – John Brown

I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with Blood. – John Brown

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. – John Brown

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. – John Brown

Tis mean for empty praise of wit to write, as fopplings grin to show their teeth are white. – John Brown

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

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. – John Brown

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. – John Brown

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! – John Brown

I cannot remember a night so dark as to have hindered the coming day. – John Brown

Caution, Sir! I am eternally tired of hearing that word caution. It is nothing but the word of cowardice! – John Brown

The United States is a place where the men govern, but the women rule. – John Brown

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. – John Brown

The intent and not the deed Is in our power; and, therefore, who dares greatly Does greatly. – John Brown

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. – John Brown

Holiness does not consist in mystic speculations, enthusiastic fervors, or uncommanded austerities; it consists in thinking as God thinks, and willing as God wills. – John Brown

I am worth inconceivably more to hang than for any other purpose. – John Brown

The same eye cannot both look up to heaven and down to earth. – John Brown

No man, with a man’s heart in him, gets far on his way without some bitter, soul-searching disappointment. – Happy he who is brave enough to push on another stage of the journey, and rest where there are living springs of water, and three-score and ten palms. – John Brown

I never wanted to fight against the Union but could not turn my back on Virginia. – John Brown

…what we need is action – action! – John Brown

I will answer anything I can with honor, but not about others. – John Brown

It is not a case we are treating; it is a living, palpitating, alas, too often suffering fellow creature. – John Brown

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. – John Brown

Symptoms are the body’s mother tongue; signs are in a foreign language. – John Brown

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. – John Brown

For me, the concept of design is more than object-oriented; it encompasses the design of processes, systems and institutions as well. Increasingly, we need to think about designing the types of institutions we need to get things done in this rapidly accelerating world. – John Brown

It fulfills some of our strategic objectives, particularly in gas. – John Brown

Two-thirds of Gulf of Mexico production and nearly 10 percent of U.S. refining capacity remained shut in. – John Brown

The strong trading environment, together with the benefits of recent integration and restructuring and productivity improvements, has produced an outstanding worldwide result for BP. – John Brown

The act of focusing our mightiest intellectual resources on the elusive goal of goto-less programs has helped us get our minds off all those really tough and possibly unresolvable problems and issues with which today’s professional programmer would otherwise have to grapple. – John Brown

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. – John Brown

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