If an angry bigot assumes this bountiful cause of Abolition, and comes to me with his last news from Barbadoes, why should I not say to him, 'Go love thy infant; love thy wood-chopper: be good-natured and modest: have that grace; and never varnish your hard, uncharitable ambition with this incredible tenderness for black folk a thousand miles off.
The gods love him because men hated him. He is a retained attorney, and these airs of the bench are the emptiest affectation.
The picture waits for my verdict: it is not to command me, but I am to settle its claims to praise. In proportion to the depth of the thought, and so to the number of the objects it touches and brings within reach of the pupil, is his complacency. When we discern justice, when we discern truth, we do nothing of ourselves, but allow a passage to its beams.
I tell thee, thou foolish philanthropist, that I grudge the dollar, the dime, the cent, I give to such men as do not belong to me and to whom I do not belong. Why should we assume the faults of our friend, or wife, or father, or child, because they sit around our hearth, or are said to have the same blood?
It is easy to see that a greater self-reliance must work a revolution in all the offices and relations of men; in their religion; in their education; in their pursuits; their modes of living; their association; in their property; in their speculative views.
It seems he knows how to speak to his contemporaries.
Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it. Leave your theory, as Joseph his coat in the hand of the harlot, and flee. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession.