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The poor North has much to do with slavery.
by Gerrit Smith

The poor North has much to do with slavery.
It staggers under its load and smarts under its lash.
- Gerrit Smith

I need say no more, to prove that slavery is entirely
unlike the servitude in the patriarchal families.
- Gerrit Smith

But, although America cannot be justly charged with
violating the rights of Turkey,
Turkey nevertheless can be justly charged with violating the rights of America.
- Gerrit Smith

Our political and constitutional rights,
so called, are but the natural and inherent rights of man,
asserted, carried out, and secured by modes of human contrivance.
- Gerrit Smith

 

But I love honesty, and, therefore; do I make great account of facts.
- Gerrit Smith

Let the poor man count as his enemy,
and his worst enemy,
every invader of the right of free discussion.
- Gerrit Smith

Truth and mercy require the exertion -
never the suppression,
of man's noble rights and powers.
- Gerrit Smith

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There is one class of men, whom it especially behoves
to be tenacious of the right of free discussion.
I mean the poor.
- Gerrit Smith

It is manifestly vital to the success of the anti-slavery cause,
that the authority and influence of proslavery,
especially of slaveholding, ministers should be destroyed.
- Gerrit Smith

To say, that Capt.
Ingraham violated the rights of Turkey,
is nonsense.
- Gerrit Smith

I prefer, in a word, the republican system,
because it comes up more nearly to God's system.
- Gerrit Smith

Our concern, however, is with slavery as it is,
and not with any theory of it.
- Gerrit Smith

I trust, that your readers will not construe my words to mean,
that I would not have gone to a 3 o'clock in the morning session,
for the sake of defeating the Nebraska bill.
- Gerrit Smith

I believe that government is for the use of the people,
and not the people for the use of the government.
- Gerrit Smith

God cannot approve of a system of servitude,
in which the master is guilty of assuming absolute power -
of assuming God's place and relation towards his fellow-men.
- Gerrit Smith

True, permanent peace can never be restored,
until slavery, the occasion of the war,
has ceased.
- Gerrit Smith

There is room in our ranks for the old and decrepit,
as well as the young and vigorous.
- Gerrit Smith

I am a plain man, and I care and know comparatively little about rhetoric.
- Gerrit Smith

The Southern slave would obey God in respect to marriage,
and also to the reading and studying of His word.
But this, as we have seen, is forbidden him.
- Gerrit Smith

To no human charter am I indebted for my rights.
- Gerrit Smith

We must continue to judge of slavery by what it is,
and not by what you tell us it will,
or may be.
- Gerrit Smith

As this is the first time I have had the floor,
it may be well for me now to confess,
that I am in the habit of freely imputing errors to my fellow-men.
- Gerrit Smith

Let us tell our legislators in advance,
that this is a right, restraints on which,
we will not, cannot bear; and that every attempt to
restrain it is a palpable wrong on God and man.
- Gerrit Smith

My rights all spring front an infinitely nobler source -
from favor and grace of God.
- Gerrit Smith

I welcomed the organization of the Anti-slavery Society.
- Gerrit Smith

The only ground on which a neutral State can claim
respect at the hands of belligerents is,
that, so far as she is concerned, their rights are protected.
- Gerrit Smith

I do not object to the construction of rail roads and canals.
- Gerrit Smith

It, sometimes, suits the slaveholders to claim,
that their slavery is an exclusively State concern;
and that the North has,
therefore, nothing to do with it.
- Gerrit Smith

When a good man lends himself to the advocacy of slavery,
he must, at least for a time, feel himself to be any where but at home,
amongst his new thoughts, doctrines,
and modes of reasoning.
- Gerrit Smith

I do not subscribe to the doctrine that the people
are the slaves and property of their government.
I believe that government is for the use of the people,
and not the people for the use of the government.
- Gerrit Smith

But as well may you, when urging a man up-hill with
a heavy load upon his back,
and with your lash also upon his back,
tell him, that be has nothing to do either with the load or the lash.
- Gerrit Smith

It is not to be disguised, that a war has broken out
between the North and the South.
- Political and commercial men are industriously striving to restore peace:
but the peace,
which they would effect, is superficial,
false, and temporary.
- Gerrit Smith

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

If the misery of the poor be caused
not by the laws of nature,
but by our institutions,
great is our sin.
- Charles Darwin

When life is too easy for us, we must beware
or we may not be ready to meet the blows
which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We are rich only through what we give,
and poor only through what we refuse.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who, being loved, is poor?
- Oscar Wilde

Outer show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
- Aesop

It is not the man who has too little,
but the man who craves more, that is poor.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

No one has ever become poor by giving.
- Anne Frank

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.
- W. C. Fields

Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though chequered by failure,
than to take rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in the grey twilight
that knows not victory or defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself.
Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor
for helping us to love God better because of them.
- Mother Teresa

I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colors.
I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and
am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
- Winston Churchill

Jesus preached more and taught more
about helping the poor and the sick and the hungry
than he did about heaven and hell.
Shouldn't that tell us something?
- John Grisham

But, alas!
what poor Woman is ever taught that she should have
a higher Design than to get her a Husband?
- Mary Astell

A person cannot love a plant after he has pruned it,
then he has either done a poor job or is devoid of emotion.
- Liberty Hyde Bailey

We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor
are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us.
- Lionel Trilling

The Christian missionary may preach the gospel
to the poor naked heathen,
but the spiritual heathen who populate Europe
have as yet heard nothing of Christianity.
- Carl Jung

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
- Henry Ford

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

We approach people the same way we approach our cars.
We take the poor kid to a doctor and ask,
What's wrong with him, how much will it cost,
and when can I pick him up?
- James Hillman

The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans
is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt,
too.
- Oscar Levant

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
- Wallace Stevens

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
- Francis Bacon

The poor don't know that their function in life is
to exercise our generosity.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway
is usually a poor judge of distance.
- Laurence J. Peter

The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence,
to live as if he were poor.
- William Temple

Pale Death beats equally at the poor man's gate and at the palaces of kings.
- Horace

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool,
a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
- Sholom Aleichem

Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor.
- Euripides

I try to give to the poor people for love
what the rich could get for money.
No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds;
yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.
- Mother Teresa

I love this work I do.
It's a privilege to serve the poor.
- Bono

To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man.
Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.
- Charles Edwards

It is only the poor who pay cash,
and that not from virtue,
but because they are refused credit.
- Anatole France

Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike.
Each has their suffering.
Some suffer too much, others too little.
- The Buddha

I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.
- Pablo Picasso

Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense.
I just use the money for the poor.
I can't stop to count it.
- Evita Peron

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen:
A thief entered the little hut of a Zen Master,
but discovered there was nothing to steal.
The Zen Master discovered the thief.
"You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler,
"and you should not return empty-handed.
Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered,
but he took the clothes and slunk away.
The Zen Master sat naked, watching the moon.
"Poor fellow," he mused,
"I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
- Traditional Zen Koan

No society can surely be flourishing and happy,
of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
- Adam Smith


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