1. “If a man has done evil in his life, he must not be complimented in marble.”
— Charles Sumner
2. “The true grandeur of humanity is in moral elevation, sustained, enlightened and decorated by the intellect of man.”
3. “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.”
4. “Give me the centralism of liberty; give me the imperialism of equal rights.”
5. “Without security, civilization is cramped and dwarfed. Without security, there can be no freedom. Nor shall I say too much, when I declare that security, guarded of course by its offspring, freedom, is the true end and aim of government.”
6. “Nothing from man’s hands, nor law, nor constitution, can be final. Truth alone is final.”
7. “I am without religious feeling.”
8. “Give me the money that has been spent in war and I will clothe every man, woman, and child in an attire of which kings and queens will be proud. I will build a schoolhouse in every valley over the whole earth. I will crown every hillside with a place of worship consecrated to peace.”
9. “From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned.”
10. “War crushes with bloody heel all justice, all happiness, all that is Godlike in man. In our age there can be no peace that is not honorable; there can be no war that is not dishonorable.”
11. “The phrase public office is a public trust, has of last become common property.”
12. “The thought of going abroad makes my heart leap.”
13. “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.”
14. “Whether the Union stands or falls, I believe the profession of arms will henceforth be more desirable and more respected than it has been hitherto.”
15. “The age of chivalry has gone; the age of humanity has come.”
16. “Moral excellence is the bright consummate flower of all progress.”
17. “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.”
18. “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.”
19. “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.”
20. “The true greatness of nations is in those qualities which constitute the greatness of the individual.”
21. “A nation cannot afford to do a mean thing.”
22. “Let the bugles sound the Truce of God to the whole world forever.”
23. “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.”
24. “I have never known a man who was sensual in his youth, who was high-minded when old.”
25. “No true and permanent fame can be founded, except in labors which promote the happiness of mankind.”
26. “Can there be in our age any peace that is not honorable, any war that is not dishonorable?”
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