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Gerrit Smith Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Jan 2022
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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.
I prefer, in a word, the republican system, because it comes up more nearly to God's system.
I need say no more, to prove that slavery is entirely unlike the servitude in the patriarchal families.
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.
I do not object to the construction of rail roads and canals.
I believe that government is for the use of the people, and not the people for the use of the government.
I am a plain man, and I care and know comparatively little about rhetoric.
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.
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.
But I love honesty, and, therefore; do I make great account of facts.
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.
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.
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