Whether permitted to live to witness the abolition of slavery or not, I felt assured that, as I demanded nothing that was not clearly in accordance with justice and humanity, some time or other, if remembered at all, I should stand vindicated in the eyes of my countrymen.
I am accused of using hard language. I admit the charge. I have not been able to find a soft word to describe villainy or to identify the perpetrator of it. The man who makes a chattel of his brother - what is he? The man who keeps back the hire of his laborers by fraud - what is he?
If the State cannot survive the anti-slavery agitation, then let the State perish. If the Church must be cast down by the strugglings of Humanity to be free, then let the Church fall and its fragments be scattered to the four winds of Heaven, never more to curse the earth.
The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal and hasten the resurrection of the dead.
I do not believe that God has created us under this dire necessity to toil, like beasts, to sustain life. I believe it is his will that we should hold absolute mastery over time, so as to devote it mainly to intellectual and moral improvement, domestic enjoyment, and social intercourse.
Let anti-slavery charity boxes stand uppermost among those for missionary, tract and educational purposes. On this subject, Christians have been asleep; let them shake off their slumbers and arm for the holy contest.
You can not possibly have a broader basis for government than that which includes all the people, with all their rights in their hands, and with an equal power to maintain their rights.
The existing governments of the world are the consequence of disobedience to the commands of God. But Christ came to bring men back to obedience by a new and living way.
The compact which exists between the North and the South is a covenant with death and an agreement with hell.
Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion.
Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependant upon popular opinion?
My country is the world; my countrymen are mankind.
We are the friends of reform; but that is not reform, which, in curing one evil, threatens to inflict a thousand others.
If all our agents would abridge their speeches one half, I am satisfied the effect produced would be much greater. The 'art of leaving off' at the right time, and in the right place, is one of the most difficult things to learn.
If nations perish, it is not because of their devotion to liberty, but for their disregard of its requirements.
Every Fourth of July, our Declaration of Independence is produced, with a sublime indignation, to set forth the tyranny of the mother country and to challenge the admiration of the world. But what a pitiful detail of grievances does this document present in comparison with the wrongs which our slaves endure!
Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are put in peril.
With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.
I am in earnest - I will not equivocate - I will not excuse - I will not retreat a single inch - and I will be heard!
Surely, nothing can be more dangerous than the doctrine that the moral obligations of men change with the latitude and longitude of a place.