It is idle to await unanimity.
We can constitutionally extirpate slavery at this time.
Property in man, always morally unjust, has become nationally dangerous.
Men ever follow willingly a daring leader: most willingly of all, in great emergencies.
Boldness and decision command, often even in evil, the respect and concurrence of mankind.
It has always been a great wrong that these men and their families should be held in bondage.
Property that endangers the safety of a nation should not be suffered to remain in the hands of its citizens.
Men acquiesce in a thousand things, once righteously and boldly done, to which, if proposed to them in advance, they might find endless objections.
Wisdom, prudence, forethought, these are essential. But not second to these that noble courage which adventures the right, and leaves the consequences to God.
The dangers which threaten us are twofold: First, from the Confederate forces, composed of men whose earnest convictions and reckless bravery it is idle to deny.