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.
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.
Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.
I have heard something said about allegiance to the South. I know no South, no North, no East, no West, to which I owe any allegiance.
Source: Speech, 1848.
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