William Lloyd Garrison

William Lloyd Garrison
William Lloyd Garrison
  • Born: December 10, 1805
  • Died: May 24, 1879
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Abolitionist, Journalist

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William Lloyd Garrison was a prominent American abolitionist, journalist, suffragist, and social reformer. He is best known as the editor of the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator, which he founded with Isaac Knapp in 1831 and published in Massachusetts until slavery was abolished by Constitutional amendment after the American Civil War. He was one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society, and promoted "immediate emancipation" of slaves in the United States.

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...A Covenant with Death and an Agreement with Hell. So perish all compromises with tyranny. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
… a misguided, wild and apparently insane act Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
… by the logic of Concord, Lexington, and Bunker Hill, and by the principles enforced by this nation in its boasted Declaration of Independence, Capt. Brown was a hero, struggling against fearful odds, not for his own advantage, but to redeem others from a horrible bondage, to be justified in all that he aimed to achieve, however lacking in sound discretion. And by the same logic and the same principles, every slave-holder has forfeited his right to live, if his destruction be necessary to enable his victims to break the yoke of bondage; and they, and all who are disposed to aid them by force and arms, are fully warranted in carrying rebellion to any extent, and securing freedom at whatever cost. Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
… the father of all us Abolitionists Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
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 moldering 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 defense 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!". Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Every slave is a stolen man. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
God never made a tyrant, or a slave. Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
He who opposes the public liberty overthrows his own. Freedom & Liberty
I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or to speak, or write, with moderation. No! no! 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. I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse — I will not retreat a single inch — AND I WILL BE HEARD. Oratory, Discussion & Debate ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
I am willing to be persecuted, imprisoned and bound for advocating African rights and I should deserve to be a slave myself if I shirked from that duty of danger. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
I have not come here with reference to any flag but that of freedom. If your Union does not symbolize universal emancipation, it brings no Union for me. If your Constitution does not guarantee freedom for all, it is not a Constitution I can ascribe to. If your flag is stained by the blood of a brother held in bondage, I repudiate it in the name of God. I came here to witness the unfurling of a flag under which every human being is to be recognized as entitled to his freedom. Therefore, with a clear conscience, without any compromise of principles, I accepted the invitation of the Government of the United States to be present and witness the ceremonies that have taken place today. Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
I will not be a liar, a poltroon, or a hypocrite, to accommodate any party, to gratify any sect, to escape any odium or peril, to save any interest, to preserve any institution, or to promote any object. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
If he is 6 feet 4 inches high, he is only a dwarf in mind. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If our Constitution does not guarantee freedom for all, it is not a Constitution I can subscribe to. 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, for ever. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
If the State cannot survive the anti-slavery agitation, then let the State perish. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
It would have been far better for thee to have died beneath the knife of the assassin. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Let Southern oppressors tremble — let their secret abettors tremble — let their Northern apologists tremble — let all the enemies of the persecuted blacks tremble. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Let Southern oppressors tremble. Let their Northern apologists tremble. Media, Journalism & The Press ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Liberty for each, for all, and forever! Freedom & Liberty
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. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Man above all institutions! Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
No man known or suspected to be hostile to "the Compromise Measures, including the Fugitive Slave Law," is allowed to hope for any office under the present Administration. Management & Managing Government ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
On this subject [slavery] I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! No! 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. Oratory, Discussion & Debate ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Our country is the world — our countrymen are all mankind Citizenship & Patriotism
Our country is the world—our countrymen are all mankind. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Our natural, God-given right of free-speech, though constitutionally recognized as sacred in every part of the country, can be exercised in the slaveholding States only at the peril of our lives. Slavery cannot bear one ray of light, or the slightest criticism. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Our representatives are betrayers of the people. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Political action is not moral action, any more than a box on the ear is an argument. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Since the creation of the world there has been no tyrant like Intemperance, and no slaves so cruelly treated as his. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Since the creation of this world there has been no tyrant like Intemperance, and no slaves so cruelly treated as his. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Texas is the rendezvous of absconding villainy, desperate adventure, and lawless ruffianism—the ark of safety to swindlers, gamblers, robbers and rogues of every size and degree. Its distinguishing characteristic is unmitigated depravity. Miscellaneous
That crack-brained harlequin and semi-lunatic, George Francis Train! He is as destitute of principle as he is of sense, and is fast gravitating toward a lunatic asylum. He may be of use in drawing an audience; but so would a kangaroo, a gorilla, or a hippopotamus. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
That which is not just is not law. Justice & Injustice ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The apologist for oppression becomes himself the oppressor. To palliate crime is to be guilty of its perpetuation. Freedom & Liberty
The compact which exists between the North and the South is a convent with death and an agreement with hell. States. Nations & Nationhood ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
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 Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
The issue [slavery] is clear, explicit, determinate. The parties understand each other, and are drawn in battle array. They can never be reconciled--never walk together--never consent to a truce--never deal in honeyed phrases--never worship at the same altar-never acknowledge the same God. Between them there is an impassable gulf. In manners, in morals, in philosophy, in religion, in ideas of justice, in notions of law, in theories of government, in valuations or men, they are totally dissimilar. War & Peace ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
The party or sect that will suffer by the triumph of injustice cannot exist with safety to mankind. Political Parties & Machines
The right to be free is a truth planted in the hearts of men, and acknowledged to be so by all that have harkened to the voice of nature. Freedom & Liberty
The success of any great moral enterprise does not depend upon numbers. Success ;Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
There is no safety where there is no strength. Defense & National Security
There shall be no neutrals. Men shall either like or dislike me. Media, Journalism & The Press ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
These are solemn times. It is not a struggle for national salvation; for the nation, as such, seems doomed beyond recovery. The reason why the South rules, and the North falls prostrate in servile terror, is simply this: With the South, the preservation of Slavery is paramount to all other considerations--above party success, denominational unity, pecuniary interest, legal integrity, and constitutional obligation. With the North, the preservation of the Union is placed above all other things--above honor, justice, freedom, integrity of soul, the Decalogue and the Golden Rule--the Infinite God himself. All these she is ready to discard for the Union. War & Peace ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Truth no more relies for success on ballot boxes than it does on cartridge boxes. Miscellaneous
We may be personally defeated, but our principles never. Human Nature
Whatever may be the guilt of the South, the North is still more responsible for the existence, growth and extension of Slavery. In her hand has been the destiny of the Republic from the beginning. She could have emancipated every slave, long ere this, had she been upright in heart and free in spirit …. the sin .of this nation is not geographical--is not specially Southern--bus deep-seated and universal Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion. Minorities & Women
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. Oratory, Discussion & Debate ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependant upon popular opinion?
Enslave the liberty of but one human being and the liberties of the world are put in peril. Freedom & Liberty
I am in earnest - I will not equivocate - I will not excuse - I will not retreat a single inch - and I will be heard!
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. Truth
My country is the world; my countrymen are mankind.
The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal and hasten the resurrection of the dead.
The compact which exists between the North and the South is a covenant with death and an agreement with hell. Death
We are the friends of reform; but that is not reform, which, in curing one evil, threatens to inflict a thousand others.
We may be personally defeated, but our principles never! Failure
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. Power ;Government