Strip the proud nobility of their bloated estates, reduce them to a level with plain republicans, send forth to labor, and teach their children to enter the workshops or handle the plow, and you will thus humble proud traitors.— Thaddeus Stevens
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No government can be free that does not allow all its citizens to participate in the formation and execution of her laws.
The whole fabric of southern society must be changed, and never can it be done if this opportunity is lost. Without this, this government can never be, as it never has been, a true republic.
I will be satisfied if my epitaph shall be written thus: 'Here lies one who never rose to any eminence, who only courted the low ambition to have it said that he striven to ameliorate the condition of the poor, the lowly, the downtrodden of every race and language and color.'
The greatest measure of the nineteenth century was passed by corruption, aided and abetted by the purest man in America.
The freedom of a government does not depend on the quality of its laws, but upon the power that has the right to create them.
I repose in this quiet and secluded spot not from any natural preference for solitude, but finding other cemeteries limited as to race by charter rules, I have chosen this that I might illustrate in my death the principles which I advocated through a long life: EQUALITY OF MAN BEFORE HIS CREATOR.
I wish the Indians had newspapers of their own.
If they had, you would have horrible pictures of the cold-blooded murders of inoffensive Indians.
Retain, even in opposition, your capacity for astonishment.
There can be no fanatics in the cause of genuine liberty.
Fanaticism is excessive zeal. There may be, and have been fanatics in false religion; in the bloody religions of the heathen.
Every humane and patriotic heart must grieve to see a bloody and causeless rebellion, costing thousands of human lives and millions of treasure. But as it was predetermined and inevitable, it was long enough delayed. Now is the appropriate time to solve the greatest problem ever submitted to civilized man.
I care not whether the soldiers are of Milesian, Teutonic, African or Angelo-Saxon descent. I despise the principle that make a difference between them in the hour of battle and of death.
I answer, because I live among men and not among angels.
I wished that I were the owner of every southern slave, that I might cast off the shackles from their limbs, and witness the rapture which would excite them in the first dance of their freedom.
The future condition of the conquered power depends on the will of the conquerer.
I don’t hold with equality in all things only with equality before the law and nothing more.
I can never acknowledge the right of slavery.
I will bow down to no deity however worshipped by professing Christians - however dignified by the name of the Goddess of Liberty, whose footstool is the crushed necks of the groaning millions, and who rejoices in the resoundings of the tyrant's lash, and the cries of his tortured victims.