William Lloyd Garrison Quote


“In attacking the system of slavery, I clearly foresaw all that has happened to me. I knew, at the commencement, that my motives would be impeached, my warnings ridiculed, my person persecuted, my sanity doubted, my life jeoparded : but the clank of the prisoner’s chains broke upon my ear โ€” it entered deeply into my soul โ€” I looked up to Heaven for strength to sustain me in the perilous work of emancipation โ€” and my resolution was taken.”

– William Lloyd Garrison

Black and white photograph of William Lloyd Garrison sitting with his hands folded, wearing a dark coat, waistcoat, and bow tie, circa 1870.
William Lloyd Garrison, 1870


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William Lloyd Garrison Quote Sources:

  • William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist, journalist, and editor of The Liberator. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2017660623/>.