The language of reform is always severe
Starve not your epithets against slavery, through fear or parsimony: let them be heavy, robust and powerful. It is a waste of politeness to be courteous to the devil; and to think of beating down his strongholds with straws is sheer insanity. The language of reform is always severe—unavoidably severe; and simply because crime has grown monstrous, and endurance has passed it bounds. But after the reform has been effected, then all agree that no terms can be too strong against the corruption or oppression which has been put down.
~ William L. Garrison (May 23, 1833)