William Lloyd Garrison quotes

  • Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are put in peril.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Inspirational #Wisdom #Freedom

  • 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.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Success #Men #Tyrants

  • No man shall rule over me with my consent. I will rule over no man.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Wisdom #Men #Consent

  • I will be as harsh as truth, and uncompromising as justice... I am in earnest, I will not equivocate, I will not excuse, I will not retreat a single inch, and I will be heard.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Justice #Retreat #Excuse

  • Be faithful, be vigilant, be untiring in your efforts to break every yoke, and let the oppressed go free. Come what may - cost what it may - inscribe on the banner which you unfurl to the breeze, as your religious and political motto - "NO COMPROMISE WITH SLAVERY! NO UNION WITH SLAVEHOLDERS
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Religious #Effort #Political

  • Our country is the world, our countrymen are all mankind. We love the land of our nativity, only as we love all other lands. The interests, rights, and liberties of American citizens are no more dear to us than are those of the whole human race. Hence we can allow no appeal to patriotism, to revenge any national insult or injury.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Country #Revenge #Land

  • Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen - but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Mother #Men #Hands

  • We may be personally defeated, but our principles never!
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #May #Principles #Defeated

  • I have a need to be all on fire, for I have mountains of ice about me to melt.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Ice #Fire #Mountain

  • Better to be always in a minority of one with God - branded as madman, incendiary, fanatic, heretic, infidel - frowned upon by "the powers that be," and mobbed by the populace - or consigned ignominiously to the gallows, like him whose "soul is marching on," though his "body lies mouldering in the grave," or burnt to ashes at the stake like Wickliffe, or nailed to the cross like him who "gave himself for the world," - in defence of the RIGHT, than like Herod, having the shouts of a multitude crying, "It is the voice of a god, and not of a man!
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Lying #Men #Voice

  • The success of any great moral enterprise does not depend upon numbers.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Success #Numbers #Doe

  • Little boldness is needed to assail the opinions and practices of notoriously wicked men; but to rebuke great and good men for their conduct, and to impeach their discernment, is the highest effort of moral courage.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Men #Practice #Effort

  • Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependant upon popular opinion?
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Truth #Integrity #Character

  • That which is not just is not law.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Law

  • Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Sex #Rights #Diversity

  • The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal and hasten the resurrection of the dead.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #People #Empathy #Pedestal

  • There must be no compromise with slavery - none whatever. Nothing is gained, everything is lost, by subordinating principle to expedience.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Principles #Slavery #Politics

  • I will be as harsh as truth and as uncompromising as justice.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Truth #Justice #Harsh

  • The Sabbath, as now recognized and enforced, is one of the main pillars of Priestcraft and Superstition, and the stronghold of a merely ceremonial Religion.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Superstitions #Pillars #Sabbath

  • A man's country is the world.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Country #Men #World

  • There is no safety where there is no strength; no strength without Union; no Union without justice; no justice where faith and truth are wanting. The right to be free is a truth planted in the hearts of men.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Heart #Men #Safety

  • I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity?
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Causes #Language

  • What shall be said, then, of those who insist upon ignoring the question of slavery as not involved in this deadly feud, and maintain that the only issue is, the support of the government and the preservation of the Union? Surely, they are "fools and blind"; for it is slaveholders alone who have conspired to seize the one, and overturn the other. As long as the enslavement of a single human being is sanctioned in the land, the curse of God will rest upon it.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Government #Land #Issues

  • And now let me give the sentiment which has been, and ever will be, the governing passion of my soul: 'Liberty for each, for all, and forever!'
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Passion #Giving #Forever

  • To say that everything in the bible is to be believed , simply because it is found in that volume, is equally absurd and pernicious... To discard a portion of scripture is not necessarily to reject the truth, but may be the highest evidence that one can give of his love of truth.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Giving #May #His Love

  • In firing his gun, John Brown has merely told what time of day it is. It is high noon.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #War #Gun #Noon

  • The compact which exists between the North and the South is a covenant with death and an agreement with hell.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Agreement #Covenant #Hell

  • 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.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Government #Hands #Rights

  • Our country is the world-our countrymen are all mankind.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Country #Patriotism #World

  • Let Southern oppressors tremble-let their secret abettors tremble-let their Northern apologists tremble-let all the enemies of the persecuted blacks tremble.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Justice #Southern #Enemy

  • In proportion as we perceive and embrace the truth do we become just, heroic, magnanimous, divine.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Truth #Heroic #Embrace

  • Gradualism in theory is perpetuity in practice.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Practice #Liberty #Theory

  • Since the creation of the world there has been no tyrant like Intemperance, and no slaves so cruelly treated as his.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Wine #Tyrants #World

  • It [slavery] has exercised absolute mastery over the American Church. . . . With the Bible in their hands, her priesthood have attempted to prove that slavery came down from God out of heaven. They have become slaveholders and dealers in human flesh.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Hands #Heaven #Religion

  • The standard of matrimony is erected by affection and purity, and does not depend upon the height, or bulk, or color, or wealth, or poverty of individuals. Water will seek its level; nature will have free course; and heart will answer to heart.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Heart #Color #Water

  • Liberty for each, for all, and forever!
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Forever #Liberty

  • Has not the experience of two centuries shown that gradualism in theory is perpetuity in practice? Is there an instance, in the history of the world, where slaves have been educated for freedom by their task-masters?
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Practice #Two #Tasks

  • It is for us to discharge the high duties that devolve on us, and carry our race onward. To be no better, no wiser, no greater than the past is to be little and foolish and bad; it is to misapply noble means, to sacrifice glorious opportunities for the performance of sublime deeds, to become cumberers of the ground.
    -- William Lloyd Garrison

    #Mean #Sacrifice #Past

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