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American statesman and abolitionist
(1811 - 1874)

A nation cannot afford to do a mean thing.
      - [Meanness]

Give me the centralism of liberty; give me the imperialism of equal rights.
      - [Liberty]

Moral excellence is the bright consummate flower of all progress.
      - [Progress]

Nothing from man's hands, nor law, nor constitution, can be final. Truth alone is final.
      - [Truth]

The age of chivalry has gone; the age of humanity has come.
      - [Humanity]

The appointing power of the Pope is treated as a public trust, and not as a personal perquisite.
      - [Trust]

The highest greatness, surviving time and stone, is that which proceeds from the soul of man. Monarchs and cabinets, generals and admirals, with the pomp of court and the circumstance of war, in the lapse of time disappear from sight; but the pioneers of truth, though poor and lowly, especially those whose example elevates human nature, and teaches the rights of man, so that "a government of the people, by the people, for the people, may not perish from the earth;" such a harbinger can never be forgotten, and their renown spreads co-extensive with the cause they served so well.
      - [Fame]

The phrase "public office is a public trust," has of last become common property.
      - in a speech in the United States Senate
        [Public Trust]

The press, watchful with more than the hundred eyes of Argus, strong with more than the hundred arms of Briareus, not only guards all the conquests of civilization, but leads the way to future triumphs.
      - [Printing]

The slave power dares anything, and it can be conquered only by the united masses of the people. From Congress to the people, I appeal.
      - [Slavery]

The true grandeur of humanity is in moral elevation, sustained, enlightened, and decorated by the intellect of man.
      - [Morality]

There are two sorts of pity: one is a balm and the other a poison; the first is realized by our friends, the last by our enemies.
      - [Pity]

Whatever may be the temporary applause of men, or the expressions of public opinion, it may be asserted without fear of contradiction, that no true and permanent fame can be founded, except in labors which promote the happiness of mankind.
      - [Fame]

Without knowledge there can be no sure progress. Vice and barbarism are the inseparable companions of ignorance. Nor is it too much to say that, except in rare instances, the highest virtue is attained only through intelligence.
      - [Ignorance]

No true and permanent Fame can be founded except in labors which promote the happiness of mankind.
      - Fame and Glory,
        an address before the Literary Societies of Amherst College

Let the bugles sound the "Truce of God" to the whole world forever.
      - Oration on the True Grandeur of Nations

The true greatness of nations is in those qualities which constitute the greatness of the individual.
      - Oration on the True Grandeur of Nations

Where Slavery is there Liberty cannot be; and where Liberty is there Slavery can be.
      - Slavery and the Rebellion,
        a speech before the New York Young Men's Republican Union, Nov. 5, 1864

In this surrender--if such it may be called--the National Government does not even stoop to conquer. It simply lifts itself to the height of its original principle. The early efforts of its best negotiators, the patriotic trial of its solders . . . may at least prevail.
      - Sustaining President Lincoln in the U.S. Senate in the Trent Affair

By the Law of Slavery, man, created in the image of God, is divested of the human character, and declared to be a mere chattel.
      - The Anti-Slavery Enterprise,
        address at New York, May 9, 1859

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