François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture, also known as Toussaint L’Ouverture or Toussaint Bréda, was a French general and best-known leader of the Haitian Revolution. He was a leader of the growing resistance. He was a former Haitian slave who led the only successful slave revolt in modern history. Louverture fought to end slavery and gain Haiti’s independence from France and Spain.
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Most Famous Toussaint Louverture Quotes
Whatever defamation of character my enemies are spreading about me, I do not feel the need to justify myself toward them. While discretion obliges me to remain silent, my duty compels me to prevent them from doing any more harm. – Toussaint Louverture
I was born a slave, but nature gave me a soul of a free man. – Toussaint Louverture
It is easy to cut down the tree of liberty, but not so easy to restore it to life. – Toussaint Louverture
Unite; for combination is stronger than witchcraft. – Toussaint Louverture
My decision to destroy the authority of the blacks in Saint Domingue (Haiti) is not so much based on considerations of commerce and money, as on the need to block for ever the march of the blacks in the world. – Napoleon Bonaparte
In overthrowing me, you have done no more than cut down the tree trunk of the Black Liberty in St. Domingue it will spring back from the roots, for they are numerous and deep. – Toussaint Louverture
I am faithfully devoted to the Republic but will not serve it at my conscious and my honor. – Toussaint Louverture
Avoid Sloth the mother of all vices. – Toussaint Louverture
The Spanish offered me their protection and liberty to those who would fight for the Kings. I accepted their offers, seeing myself entirely abandoned by my brethren the French. – Toussaint Louverture
Toussaint is a Negro and in the jargon of war has been called a brigand. But according to all accounts he is a Negro born to vindicate the claims of this species and to show that the character of men is independent of color. – London Gazette
I have undertaken vengeance. I want Liberty and Equality to reign in Saint Domingue. I have work to bring them into existence. Unite yourselves to us, brothers and fight for the same cause. – Toussaint Louverture
I have taken my flight in the regions of eagles. When I aalight, it must be at a rock and that rock must be a constitutional government of which I shall be the head so long as I shall be among men. – Toussaint Louverture
But the prejudice of race alone blinded the American people for the debt they owed to the desperate courage of 500,000 Haitian Negroes who would not be enslaved. – Henry Adams
We went to labor in the fields my wife and I hand in hand scarcely were we conscious of the fatigues of the day. Heaven always blessed our toil. – Toussaint Louverture
One of the most remarkable men in an age rich with remarkable men, Toussaint Louverture’s political performance was such that, in a wider sphere, Napoleon appears to have imitated him. – Beauchamp
Toussaint was a giant. He had an array of talents equaled by few men. He had intelligence intuition and vision.
Toussaint had a driving vision to create a society in which people of all races would be equal before the law and could rise according to their abilities.
Toussaint’s vision for Haiti projected a society embracing equal opportunity for all with social leveling through education and hard work.
I took up arms for the freedom of my color It is our own we will defend it or perish. – Toussaint Louverture