We must continue to judge of slavery by what it is, and not by what you tell us it will, or may be.
But I love honesty, and, therefore; do I make great account of facts.
True liberty acknowledges and defends the equal rights of all men, and all nations.
True, permanent peace can never be restored, until slavery, the occasion of the war, has ceased.
Our political and constitutional rights, so called, are but the natural and inherent rights of man, asserted, carried out, and secured by modes of human contrivance.
Our concern, however, is with slavery as it is, and not with any theory of it.
I welcomed the organization of the Anti-slavery Society.
To say, that Capt. Ingraham violated the rights of Turkey, is nonsense.
I believe that government is for the use of the people, and not the people for the use of the government.
The Southern slave would obey God in respect to marriage, and also to the reading and studying of His word. But this, as we have seen, is forbidden him.
The only ground on which a neutral State can claim respect at the hands of belligerents is, that, so far as she is concerned, their rights are protected.
I prefer, in a word, the republican system, because it comes up more nearly to God's system.
God cannot approve of a system of servitude, in which the master is guilty of assuming absolute power - of assuming God's place and relation towards his fellow-men.
I do not object to the construction of rail roads and canals.
I am a plain man, and I care and know comparatively little about rhetoric.
My rights all spring front an infinitely nobler source - from favor and grace of God.
But, although America cannot be justly charged with violating the rights of Turkey, Turkey nevertheless can be justly charged with violating the rights of America.
To no human charter am I indebted for my rights.
It, sometimes, suits the slaveholders to claim, that their slavery is an exclusively State concern; and that the North has, therefore, nothing to do with it.
There is room in our ranks for the old and decrepit, as well as the young and vigorous.
There is one class of men, whom it especially behoves to be tenacious of the right of free discussion. I mean the poor.
It is not to be disguised, that a war has broken out between the North and the South. - Political and commercial men are industriously striving to restore peace: but the peace, which they would effect, is superficial, false, and temporary.
But as well may you, when urging a man up-hill with a heavy load upon his back, and with your lash also upon his back, tell him, that be has nothing to do either with the load or the lash.
When a good man lends himself to the advocacy of slavery, he must, at least for a time, feel himself to be any where but at home, amongst his new thoughts, doctrines, and modes of reasoning.
Truth and mercy require the exertion - never the suppression, of man's noble rights and powers.
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