The gentleman [Josiah Quincy] cannot have forgotten his own sentiment, uttered even on the floor of this House, "Peaceably if we can, forcibly if we must."
Henry Clay (1777 - 1852)
Source: Speech, 1813.
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An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.
Source: 1818, Speech in the House of Representatives
Statistics are no substitute for judgment.
In all the affairs of life, social as well as political, courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.
A nation's character is the sum of its splendid deeds; they constitute one common patrimony, the nation's inheritance. They awe foreign powers, they arouse and animate our own people.
There is no power like oratory. Caesar controlled men by exciting their fears, Cicero by . . . swaying their passions. The influence of the one perished; that of the other continues to this day.
Source: Barnes & Noble Book of Quotations, by Robert I. Fitzhenry, 1987.
Sir, I would rather be right than be President.
Source: Speech, 1850 (referring to the Compromise Measures).
I would rather be right than president.
Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.
Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees; and both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.
Source: Speech at Ashland, Ky., March, 1829.
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