30+ 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 cannot remember a night so dark as to have hindered the coming day.

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 will be no peace in this land until slavery is done for.

I have only a short time to live, only one death to die, and I will die fighting for this cause.

I see a book kissed here which I suppose to be the Bible, or at least the New Testament. That teaches me that all things whatsoever I would that men should do to me, I should do even so to them.

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

The intent and not the deed is in our power; and, therefore, who dares greatly does greatly.

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…am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land can 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.

…never be unmindful of your own dignity.

Holiness consists in thinking as God thinks, and willing as God wills.

I acknowledge no master in human form.

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

In the first place, I deny everything but what I have all along admitted, the design on my part to free the slaves.

…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.

Amazing John Brown Quotes

I never did intend murder, or treason, or the destruction of property, or to excite or incite slaves to rebellion, or to make insurrection.

Tis mean for empty praise of wit to write, As fopplings grin to show their teeth are white.

…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…

Holiness does not consist in mystic speculations, enthusiastic fervours, or uncommanded austerities…

Talk, is a national institution, but it does not help the slave.

Be mild with the mild, shrewd with the crafty, confiding to the honest, rough to the ruffian, and a thunderbolt to the liar.

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

I believe that to have interfered as I have done, as I have always freely admitted I have done in behalf of His despised poor, is no wrong, but right.

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

I bring you one of the best and bravest persons on this continent — General Tubman as we call her.

Had I so interfered in behalf of the rich, the powerful, the intelligent, the so-called great… every man in this court would have deemed it an act worthy of reward rather than punishment.

I never had any design against the life of any person, nor any disposition to commit treason, or excite slaves to rebel, or make any general insurrection.

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

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

…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.

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