William Lloyd Garrison
My country is the world. My countrymen are all mankind.
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 case 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!
You cannot possibly have a broader basis for any government than that which includes all the people, with all their rights in their hands, and with an equal power to maintain their rights.
Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion.
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.
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