Charles Sumner quotes

Beware of the wounds of the wounded souls; oppress notto the utmost a single heart, for a solitary sign has power to overset a whole world.
Oriental proverb that Sumner quoted during a major speech given in the Senate on August 26, 1852 during which he attacked the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act. In response to Sumner's speech, a Senator from Alabama said "The ravings of a maniac may sometimes be dangerous, but the barking of a puppy never did any harm."

About Charles Sumner

Charles Sumner
Charles Sumner was an American politician and senator from Massachusetts. As an academic lawyer and a powerful orator, Sumner was the leader of the antislavery forces in Massachusetts and a leader of the Radical Republicans in the United States Senate during the American Civil War working to destroy the Confederacy, free all the slaves and keep on... Wikipedia
January 6, 1811, Boston, Massachusetts
March 11, 1874, Washington, D.C.

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