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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
William Lloyd Garrison. (1805–1879)
 
 
1
      My country is the world; my countrymen are mankind. 1 
          Prospectus of the Public Liberator, 1830.
2
      I am in earnest. I will not equivocate; I will not excuse; I will not retreat a single inch; and I will be heard! 2 
          Salutatory of the Liberator, Jan. 1, 1831.
3
      I will be as harsh as truth and as uncompromising as justice.
          The Liberator. Vol. i. No. 1, 1831.
4
      The compact which exists between the North and the South is a covenant with death and an agreement with hell. 3 
          Resolution adopted by the Antislavery Society, Jan. 27, 1843.
5
      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.
          Life. Vol. i. Page 188.
6
      Since the creation of the world there has been no tyrant like Intemperance, and no slaves so cruelly treated as his.
          Life. Vol. i. Page 268.
7
      We may be personally defeated, but our principles never.
          Life. Vol. i. Page 402.
8
      The Sabbath, as now recognized and enforced, is one of the main pillars of Priestcraft and Superstition, and the stronghold of a merely ceremonial Religion.
          Life. Vol. iii. Page 224.
9
      Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion.
          Life. Vol. iii. Page 390.
10
      The success of any great moral enterprise does not depend upon numbers.
          Life. Vol. iii. Page 473.
  
  
  
11
      You can not 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.
          Life. Vol. iv. Page 224.
 
Note 1.
Socrates said he was not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.—Plutarch: On Banishment.
  Diogenes, when asked from what country he came, replied, “I am a citizen of the world.”—Diogenes Laertius.
  My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.—Thomas Paine: Rights of Man, chap. v.
  This famous motto of Garrison’s appears in several different forms. On the first number of the Liberator in 1831, the my was changed to our. In the Prospectus of December 15, 1837, it read: Our country is the world; our countrymen are all mankind. [back]
Note 2.
See Disraeli’s maiden speech, page 624. The time will come when you will hear me. [back]
Note 3.
We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement.—Isaiah xxviii. 15. [back]
 

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