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  • And by practical legislation, by regulations to which he gave the highest sanctions, he tried to guard against the wrong that converted ancient civilizations into despotisms -- the wrong that in after centuries ate out the heart of Rome, and produced the imbruting serfdom of Poland and the gaunt misery of Ireland, the wrong that is to-day crowding families into single rooms and filling our new States with tramps.

    Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8 A series of pen and pencil sketches of the lives of more than 200 of the most prominent personages in History

  • Especially in America, where the race has gained a height never reached before, the eminence enables more men than ever before to see how even here vast masses of men are sunk in misery that must grow every day more hopeless, or embroiled in a struggle for mere life that must end in enslaving and imbruting them.

    Literature and Life (Complete)

  • Not a few, on finding they cannot enter the beautiful paradise of happy love, plunge into imbruting vice, and drown not only their disappointment but themselves in dissipation.

    Barriers Burned Away

  • The mediæval saint, feeding on the offal of the streets, was unwittingly committing sacrilege, by degrading and imbruting an appetite for which God had provided decent and wholesome nutriment.

    A Manual of Moral Philosophy

  • It spoke of a pause from grinding care and imbruting toil; a gleam of hope in the work-a-day routine.

    The Gold of Chickaree

  • State, men whose minds had been trained and whose characters had been tempered in that school of action and experience which was open to all during the heroic period of our history, had not yet suffered such distortion of the intellect through passion and such deadening of the conscience through interest, as would have prevented their discussing either the moral or the political aspects of Slavery, and precluded them from uniting in any effort to make the relation between master and slave less demoralizing to the one and less imbruting to the other.

    The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V Political Essays

  • The conflict is really between the civilization of freedom and the barbarism of slavery -- between the principles of democracy and the doctrines of absolutism -- between the free North and the man-imbruting South; therefore, to this extent hopeful for the cause of impartial liberty. "

    William Lloyd Garrison The Abolitionist


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