It is a question of right and wrong, and not a question of more or less

The domestic slaves, indeed, often meet with kind treatment … . This was often pleaded in the mitigation of the system there, as it has been here. It might be very well, if the subject were a mere matter of treatment; but it is not. It is a question of right and wrong, and not …

To these crazy opinions, he adds the crazy conduct of persisting in expressing them

A physician being called on as a witness … in which an attempt was made to prove one of the parties insane, defined madness to consist in conduct or opinions differing from the mass of mankind. Mr. [John Quincy] Adams differs very widely, alas! from the mass of mankind, both in conduct and opinions, if …

Men admired their firmness, while they regretted the delusion under which it was thought they acted

[William] Wilberforce and [Charles James] Fox and [William] Pitt, when they urged on the British Parliament the abolition of the slave trade, incurred the suspicion of fanaticism, but were never denounced as ignominious. When, after every defeat, they returned with fresh ardour to the attack, and, foiled in one scheme, immediately resorted to another, they …

Slavery has existed and ever will exist, in all ages, in some form, and some degree

[Slavery] has existed and ever will exist, in all ages, in some form, and some degree. I think slavery as much a correlative of liberty as cold is of heat. History, experience, observation, and reason, have taught me, that the torch of liberty has ever burnt brightest when surrounded by the dark and filthy yet …

To this self-righteous and self-exalted class

And when men, professing to be holy men, and who are by numbers so regarded, declare those things to be sinful which our Creator has expressly authorized and instituted, they do more to destroy his authority among mankind then the most wicked can effect, by proclaiming that to be innocent which he has forbidden. To …

What have the Abolitionists done, what have they given, for the Negro race?

Under the master’s care, the miserable black savage has been fed, clothed, instructed in useful arts, and made an important contributor to the business and enjoyments of the world. What have the Abolitionists done, what have they given, for the Negro race? They use the slave for the purposes of self-glorification only, indifferent about his …

For far less cause than this, our fathers separated from the Crown of England

We must either submit to degradation, and to the loss of property worth four billions of money, or we must secede from the Union framed by our fathers, to secure this as well as every other species of property. For far less cause than this, our fathers separated from the Crown of England. ~ Mississippi …

The negro slaves of the South are the happiest, and, in some sense, the freest people in the world

The negro slaves of the South are the happiest, and, in some sense, the freest people in the world. The children and the aged and infirm work not at all, and yet have all the comforts and necessaries of life provided for them. They enjoy liberty, because they are oppressed neither by care nor labor. …