Maria Weston Chapman
Maria Weston Chapman (July 25, 1806 – July 12, 1885) was an American abolitionist. She was elected to the executive committee of the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1839 and from 1839 until 1842, she served as editor of the anti-slavery journal The Non-Resistant.
- Confusion has seized us, and all things go wrong:The women have leaped from "their spheres"And instead of fixed stars, shoot as comets along,And are setting the world by the ears!
- From "The Times That Try Men's Souls", as quoted in Squire, Belle (1911). The Woman Movement in America: A Short Account of the Struggle for Equal Rights. A. C. McClurg & Company. p. 71-2.
- If this is the last bulwark of freedom, we may as well die here as anywhere.
- As a mob was poised to disrupt a meeting, as quoted in Maria Weston Chapman: American Abolitionist. Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved on 4 January 2019.
- Grudge no expense — yield to no opposition — forget fatigue — till, by the strength of prayer and sacrifice, the spirit of love have overcome.
- In Liberator, August 13, 1836, as quoted in Thomsett, Michael C.; Thomsett, Linda Rose (17 March 2009). A Speaker's Treasury of Quotations: Maxims, Witticisms and Quips for Speeches and Presentations. McFarland. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-7864-2945-5.
- Let us rise in the moral power of womanhood; and give utterance to the voice of outraged mercy, and insulted justice, and eternal truth, and mighty love and holy freedom.
- From Boston Female Anti-slavery Society (1836). Annual Report of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society. The Society. p. 30. , as quoted in Dell, Diana (December 2000). Memorable Quotations: American Women Writers of the Past. iUniverse. p. 73. ISBN 978-0-595-16230-7.
- Slavery can only be abolished by raising the character of the people who compose the nation; and that can be done only by showing them a higher one.
- As quoted in McInerney, Daniel John (1994). The Fortunate Heirs of Freedom: Abolition & Republican Thought. U of Nebraska Press. p. 83-4. ISBN 0-8032-3172-5.
- In a republican land the power behind the throne is the power. Save yourself the trouble of calling caucuses, printing party journals, distributing ballots, and the like. Let men who are fit for nothing of more consequence do this little work, which is best done by mere nobodies … Don’t drag the engine, like an ignoramus, but bring wood and water and flame, like an engineer.
- As quoted in McInerney, Daniel John (1994). The Fortunate Heirs of Freedom: Abolition & Republican Thought. U of Nebraska Press. p. 96-7. ISBN 0-8032-3172-5.
- The Liberator Files. Items concerning Maria Weston Chapman from Horace Seldon's collection and summary of research of William Lloyd Garrison's The Liberator original copies at the Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts.