Gerrit Smith

Gerrit Smith
Gerrit Smith
  • Born: March 6, 1797
  • Died: December 28, 1874
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Social Reformer, Abolitionist, Politician, Philanthropist









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Christians, even in enlightened and gospelized lands, may be blind to the great wickedness of certain customs and institutions Religion & God ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Criminality is not always obvious, in proportion to its extent. The sin of the traffic in intoxicating liquors, was, until the last few years almost universally unfelt and unperceived. But now, we meet with men, who, though it was “in all good conscience,” that they were once engaged in it, would not resume it for worlds; and who see more criminality, in taking money from a fellow man, in exchange for the liquor which intoxicates him, than in simple theft. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Do Southern masters accord religious privileges and impart religious instruction equally to their slaves and their children? Your laws, which visit with stripes [whipping], imprisonment, and death, the attempt to teach slaves to read the Bible, show but too certainly, that the Southern master, who should undertake to place "his children and his household” on the same level, in respect to their religious advantages, as it is probable that Abraham did (Gen. 18: 19), would soon find himself in the midst of enemies, not to his reputation only, but to his life also. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Will the American People Never Cease to Oppress and Torture the Helpless poor? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
As this is the first time I have had the floor, it may be well for me now to confess, that I am in the habit of freely imputing errors to my fellow-men. Time
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.
But I love honesty, and, therefore; do I make great account of facts. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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.
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. Power ;Religion & God
I am a plain man, and I care and know comparatively little about rhetoric.
I believe that government is for the use of the people, and not the people for the use of the government. Government
I do not object to the construction of rail roads and canals.
I do not subscribe to the doctrine that the people are the slaves and property of their government. I believe that government is for the use of the people, and not the people for the use of the government. Government
I need say no more, to prove that slavery is entirely unlike the servitude in the patriarchal families.
I prefer, in a word, the republican system, because it comes up more nearly to God's system. Religion & God
I trust, that your readers will not construe my words to mean, that I would not have gone to a 3 o'clock in the morning session, for the sake of defeating the Nebraska bill. Morning ;Trust
I welcomed the organization of the Anti-slavery Society. Society
It is manifestly vital to the success of the anti-slavery cause, that the authority and influence of proslavery, especially of slaveholding, ministers should be destroyed. Success
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. War & Peace
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.
Let the poor man count as his enemy, and his worst enemy, every invader of the right of free discussion.
Let us tell our legislators in advance, that this is a right, restraints on which, we will not, cannot bear; and that every attempt to restrain it is a palpable wrong on God and man. Religion & God
My rights all spring front an infinitely nobler source - from favor and grace of God. Religion & God
Our concern, however, is with slavery as it is, and not with any theory of it.
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.
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. Respect
The poor North has much to do with slavery. It staggers under its load and smarts under its lash.
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. Respect ;Religion & God ;Families, Children & Parenting
There is one class of men, whom it especially behoves to be tenacious of the right of free discussion. I mean the poor.
There is room in our ranks for the old and decrepit, as well as the young and vigorous.
To no human charter am I indebted for my rights.
To say, that Capt. Ingraham violated the rights of Turkey, is nonsense.
True, permanent peace can never be restored, until slavery, the occasion of the war, has ceased. War & Peace
Truth and mercy require the exertion - never the suppression, of man's noble rights and powers. Truth
We must continue to judge of slavery by what it is, and not by what you tell us it will, or may be.
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. Time