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A chain is a serial assembly of connected pieces, called links, typically made of metal, with an overall character similar to that of a rope in that it is flexible and curved in compression but linear, rigid, and load-bearing in tension.


  • No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.
    • Frederick Douglass, Speech at Civil Rights Mass Meeting, Washington, D.C. (22 October 1883).
  • I am free! I have burst through my heavy chain,
    The life of young eagles is mine again!
  • Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!
    • Atributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made to the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775. The speech was not published until The Port Folio printed a version of it in 1816. The version of the speech that is known today first appeared in print in Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry, a biography of Henry by William Wirt in 1817. There is debate among historians as to whether and to what extent Henry or Wirt should be credited with authorship of the speech and its famous closing words.
  • At times we see and struggle with our chain,
    And dream that somewhat we are freed, in vain;
    The mighty fetters close on us again.
  • If there breathe on earth a slave,
    Are ye truly free and brave?
    If ye do not feel the chain,
    When it works a brother's pain,
    Are ye not base slaves indeed,
    Slaves unworthy to be freed?
  • True freedom is to share
    All the chains our brothers wear.
  • Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage and you are preparing your own limbs to wear them.
  • [T]o be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
  • Der Mensch ist frei geschaffen, ist frei
    Und würd' er in Ketten geboren.
    • Man is created free, and is free, even though born in chains.
    • Friedrich Schiller, Die Worte des Glaubens, Stanza 2

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