William H. Seward quotes

  • The whole hope of human progress is suspended on the ever-growing influence of the Bible.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Progress #Growing #Influence

  • The constitution regulates our stewardship; the constitution devotes the domain to union, to justice, to defense, to welfare, and to liberty. But there is a higher law than the constitution, which regulates our authority over the domain, and devotes it to the same noble purposes. The territory is a part, no inconsiderable part, of the common heritage of mankind, bestowed upon them by the Creator of the universe. We are his stewards, and must so discharge our trust as to secure in the highest attainable degree their happiness.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Law #Justice #Liberty

  • But there is a higher law than the Constitution, which regulates our authority over the domain, and devotes it to the same noble purposes.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Law #Noble #Purpose

  • It is an irrepressible conflict between opposing and enduring forces.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Conflict #Force #Endure

  • It would be contrary to the spirit of the American Government to use force to subjugate the South.
    -- William H. Seward

    #War #Government #Would Be

  • Whatever policy we adopt, there must be an energetic prosecution of it. For this purpose it must be somebody's business to pursue and direct it incessantly.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Purpose #Energetic #Policy

  • No man will ever be president of the United States who spells Negro with two g's.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Men #Two #President

  • But the Constitution was made not only for southern and northern states, but for states neither northern nor southern, namely, the western states, their coming in being foreseen and provided for.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Southern #Constitution #Made

  • But you answer, that the Constitution recognizes property in slaves. It would be sufficient, then, to reply, that this constitutional recognition must be void, because it is repugnant to the law of nature and of nations.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Law #Would Be #Answers

  • I mean to say that Congress can hereafter decide whether any states, slave or free, can be framed out of Texas. If they should never be framed out of Texas, they never could be admitted.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Mean #Texas #Framed

  • Simultaneously with the establishment of the Constitution, Virginia ceded to the United States her domain, which then extended to the Mississippi, and was even claimed to extend to the Pacific Ocean.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Ocean #Virginia #United States

  • The proposition of an established classification of states as slave states and free states, as insisted on by some, and into northern and southern, as maintained by others, seems to me purely imaginary, and of course the supposed equilibrium of those classes a mere conceit.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Class #Southern #Slave

  • The right to have a slave implies the right in some one to make the slave; that right must be equal and mutual, and this would resolve society into a state of perpetual war.
    -- William H. Seward

    #War #Slave #States

  • A party with one idea; but that is a noble idea ... the idea of equality - the equality of all men before human tribunals and human laws.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Party #Men #Law

  • I know and all the world knows, that revolutions never go backwards.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Revolution #World #Backwards

  • The color of the prisoner's skin, and the form of his features, are not impressed upon the spiritual immortal mind which works beneath. In spite of human pride, he is still your brother, and mine, in form and color accepted and approved by his Father, and yours, and mine, and bears equally with us the proudest inheritance of our race - the image of our Maker. Hold him then to be a Man.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Spiritual #Brother #Father

  • There is no social life outside of Christendom.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Christianity #Social #Christendom

  • I deem it established, then, that the Constitution does not recognize property in man, but leaves that question, as between the states, to the law of nature and of nations.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Men #Law #Doe

  • The United States are a political state, or organized society, whose end is government, for the security, welfare, and happiness of all who live under its protection.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Happiness #Government #Political

  • The circumstances of the world are so variable that an irrevocable purpose or opinion is almost synonymous with a foolish one.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Change #World #Variables

  • The two systems slave and free-labor are incompatible. They have never permanently existed together in one country, and they never can.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Country #War #Two

  • I have learned, by some experience, that virtue and patriotism, vice and selfishness, are found in all parties, and that they differ less in their motives than in the policies they pursue.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Party #Selfishness #Vices

  • It is the maintenance of slavery by law in a state, not parallels of latitude, that makes its a southern state; and the absence of this, that makes it a northern state.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Law #Southern #Maintenance

  • There is not only no free state which would now establish it, but there is no slave state, which, if it had had the free alternative as we now have, would have founded slavery.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Alternatives #Slavery #Slave

  • I speak on due consideration because Britain, France, and Mexico, have abolished slavery, and all other European states are preparing to abolish it as speedily as they can.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Slavery #France #Mexico

  • Sir, there is no Christian nation, thus free to choose as we are, which would establish slavery.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Christian #Slavery

  • There is a higher law than the Constitution.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Law #Constitution #Higher

  • We show our sympathy with slavery by emancipating slaves where we cannot reach them, and holding them in bondage where we can set them free.
    -- William H. Seward

    #War #Slavery #Bondage

  • But assuming the same premises, to wit, that all men are equal by the law of nature and of nations, the right of property in slaves falls to the ground; for one who is equal to another cannot be the owner or property of that other.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Fall #Men #Law

  • But I deny that the Constitution recognizes property in man.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Men #Ethos #Constitution

  • Therefore, states are equal in natural rights.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Hair #Rights #Natural

  • Revolutions never go backward.
    -- William H. Seward

    #Politics #Revolution

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