14 Famous Thaddeus Stevens Quotes

14 Famous Thaddeus Stevens Quotes

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Thaddeus Stevens was a House of Representatives member from Pennsylvania. He was one of the major factors in financing the American Civil War. He was in office from 1859- 1868 and died at the age of 76.

“Every humane and patriotic heart must grieve to see a bloody and causeless rebellion, costing thousands of human lives and millions of treasure. But as it was predetermined and inevitable,
it was long enough delayed. Now is the appropriate time to solve the greatest problem ever submitted to civilized man.”

“I care not whether the soldiers are of Milesian, Teutonic, African or Angelo-Saxon descent. I despise the principle that make a difference between them in the hour of battle and of death. ”

“I will be satisfied if my epitaph shall be written thus: “Here lies one who never rose to any eminence, who only courted the low ambition to have it said that he striven to ameliorate the
condition of the poor, the lowly, the downtrodden of every race and language and color.”

“I will bow down to no deity however worshipped by professing Christians — however dignified by the name of the Goddess of Liberty, whose footstool is the crushed necks of the groaning
millions, and who rejoices in the resoundings of the tyrant’s lash, and the cries of his tortured victims.”

“I wish the Indians had newspapers of their own. If they had, you would have horrible pictures of the cold-blooded murders of inoffensive Indians.”

“I wished that I were the owner of every southern slave, that I might cast off the shackles from their limbs.”

“Let demagogues note it for future use, and send it on the wings of the wind to the ears of every one of my constituents, in matters of this kind, I would rather hear the approving voice of
one judicious intelligent, and enlightened mind, than be greeted by the loud huzzas of the whole host of ignorance.”

“Strip the proud nobility of their bloated estates, reduce them to a level with plain republicans, send forth to labor, and teach their children to enter the workshops or handle the plow, and you will thus humble proud traitors.”

“Such a law should be entitled ‘An act for branding and marking the poor, so that they may be known from the rich and the proud.”

“The future condition of the conquered power depends on the will of the conquerer.”

“The greatest measure of the nineteenth century was passed by corruption, aided and abetted by the purest man in America.”

“The idea the we are to keep up that distinction is abhorrent to the feeling of the age, is abhorrent to the feeling of humanity, is shocking to every decent instinct of our nature.”

“There can be no fanatics in the cause of genuine liberty. Fanaticism is excessive zeal. There may be, and have been fanatics in false religion – in the bloody religions of the heathen.”