It is not for men long to hinder the march of human freedom. I believe in the Infinite God. You may make your statutes. An appeal always lies to a Higher Law, and decisions averse to that get set aside in the flight of the ages. Your statutes cannot hold Him. You may gather all the dried grass and all the straw in both continents; you may bind it into ropes to bind down the sea: while it is calm, you may laugh, and say, “Lo! I have chained the ocean, and hold down the law of Him who holds the universe as a rosebud in His hand, its very ocean as but a drop of dew.”
“How the waters suppress their agitation,” you may say. But when the winds blow their trumpets, the sea rises in His strength, snaps asunder the bands that have confined its mighty limbs, and the world is littered with the idle hay.
Stop the human race in its development and march to freedom? As well might the boys of Boston, some lustrous night, mounting to the steeples of the town, call on the stars to stop their course. Gently but irresistibly the Greater and the Lesser Bear move around the Pole; Orion in his mighty mail comes up the sky; the Bull, the heavenly Twins, the Crab, the Maid, the Scales, and all that shining company pursue their march all night; and the new day discovers the idle urchins in their lofty places, all tired, sleepy, and ashamed.
Theodore Parker Note: A reformer and abolitionist, his words and quotations which he popularized would later inspire speeches by Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.See also: Political Evils and the Remedy for them by Noah Webster 1834 A REPUBLIC! A LIVING BREATHING CONSTITUTION DEFINED! by Alphonse De Lamartine 1790-1869 AMERICA! FAIREST OF FREEDOM’S DAUGHTERS by Jeremiah E. Rankin 1828-1903 NO SLAVE BENEATH THE FLAG by George Lansing Taylor 1835-1903 THE DUTY AND VALUE OF PATRIOTISM by John Ireland 1894 Christianity and the Founding of the United States the Simple Truth Constitution of the United States and it’s Governmental Operations (In Plain English) Founders & forefathers pledged their Sacred Honor, what did they mean?