Commitment to Purpose

Garrison makes his now-famous statement:  “I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice.  On this subject I do not wish to think, or speak, or write with moderation.  No! no!  Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; — but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present.  I am in earnest — I will not equivocate — I will not excuse  — I will not retreat a single inch — and I will be heard.  The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal, and to hasten the resurrection of the dead.”

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