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By Anonym 15 Sep

Daniel Webster

We are bound to maintain public liberty, and, by the example of our own systems, to convince the world that order and law, religion and morality, the rights of conscience, the rights of persons, and the rights of property, may all be preserved and secured, in the most perfect manner, by a government entirely and purely elective. If we fail in this, our disaster will be significant, and will furnish an argument, stronger than has yet been found, in support of those opinions which maintain that government can rest safely on nothing but power and coercion.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Daniel Webster

Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Daniel Webster

The people's government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Daniel Webster

The Sermon on the Mount cannot be a merely human production. This belief enters into the very depth of my conscience. The whole history of man proves it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Daniel Webster

Philosophic argument, especially that drawn from the vastness of the universe, in comparison with the apparent insignificance of this globe, has sometimes shaken my reason for the faith that is in me; but my heart has always assured and reassured me that

By Anonym 15 Sep

Daniel Webster

Who will show me any Constitutional injunction which makes it the duty of the American people to surrender everything valuable in life, and even life, itself, whenever the purposes of an ambitious and mischievous government may require it? ... A free government with an uncontrolled power of military conscription is the most ridiculous and abominable contradiction and nonsense that ever entered into the heads of men.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

I shall enter on no encomium upon Massachusetts; she needs none. There she is. Behold her, and judge for yourselves. There is her history; the world knows it by heart. The past, at least, is secure. There is Boston and Concord and Lexington and Bunker Hill; and there they will remain forever.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

If the blessings of our political and social condition have not been too highly estimated, we cannot well overrate the responsibility and duty which they impose upon us. We hold these institutions of government, religion, and learning, to be transmitted, as well as enjoyed. We are in the line of conveyance, through which whatever has been obtained by the spirit and efforts of our ancestors is to be communicated to our children.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Daniel Webster

I apprehend no danger to our country from a foreign foe. Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from another quarter. From the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence, I must confess that I do apprehend some danger. I fear that they may place too implicit a confidence in their public servants, and fail properly to scrutinize their conduct; that in this way they may be made the dupes of designing men, and become the instruments of their own undoing. Make them intelligent, and they will be vigilant; give them the means of detecting the wrong, and they will apply the remedy.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

Converse, converse, CONVERSE, with living men, face to face, mind to mind-that is one of the best sources of knowledge.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

A disordered currency is one of the greatest political evils. It undermines the virtues necessary for the support of the social system, and encourages propensities destructive to its happiness. It wars against industry, frugality, and economy, and it fosters the evil spirits of extravagance and speculation.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Daniel Webster

The proper function of a government is to make it easy for the people to do good, and difficult for them to do evil.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

Corruption of morals is rapid enough in any country without a bounty from government. And...the Chief Magistrate of the United States should be the last man to accelerate its progress.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Daniel Webster

Keep cool; anger is not an argument.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Daniel Webster

This is the Book. I have read the Bible through many times, and now make it a practice to read it through once every year. It is a book of all others for lawyers, as well as divines; and I pity the man who cannot find in it a rich supply of thought and of rules for conduct. It fits man for life--it prepares him for death.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Daniel Webster

Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes them with paper money.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do not know what is going to become of us as a nation. If truth be not diffused, then error will be. If God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendency. If the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will. If the power of the gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of this land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

I regard it (the Constitution) as the work of the purest patriots and wisest statesman that ever existed, aided by the smiles of a benign Providence; it almost appears a "Divine interposition in our behalf... the hand that destroys our Constitution rends our Union asunder forever.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Daniel Webster

Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from...the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Daniel Webster

Philosophical argument has sometimes shaken my reason for the faith that was in me but my heart has always assured me that the Gospel of Jesus Christ must be reality.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

If the States were not left to leave the Union when their rights were interfered with, the government would have been National, but the Convention refused to baptize it by that name.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

Employment gives health, sobriety, and morals.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

I shall oppose all slavery extension and all increase of slave representation in all places, at all times, under all circumstances, even against all inducements, against all supposed limitations of great interests, against all combinations, against all compromises.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Daniel Webster

There is no happiness, there is no liberty, there is no enjoyment of life, unless a man can say, when he rises in the morning, I shall be subject to the decision of no unwise judge today.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Daniel Webster

The most important thought that ever occupied my mind is that of my individual responsibility to God.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Daniel Webster

There is not a more dangerous experiment than to place property in the hands of one class, and political power in those of another... If property cannot retain the political power, the political power will draw after it the property.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

If all my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication, for by it I would soon regain all the rest

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

Human beings will generally exercise power when they can get it, and they will exercise it most undoubtedly in popular governments under pretense of public safety.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Daniel Webster

Those who do not look upon themselves as a link, connecting the past with the future, do not perform their duty to the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

If God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendency; if the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

If we abide by the principles taught by the Bible, our country will go on prospering.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Daniel Webster

Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades; shoe makers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but up in the Mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Daniel Webster

Liberty consists in wholesome restraint

By Anonym 15 Sep

Daniel Webster

There is something about men more capable of shaking despotic power than lightening, whirlwind, or earthquake, that is, the threatened indignation of the whole civilized world.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Daniel Webster

Venerable men! you have come down to us from a former generation. Heaven has bounteously lengthened out your lives, that you might behold this joyous day.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Daniel Webster

Our profession is good, if practiced in the spirit of it; it is damnable fraud and iniquity when its true spirit is supplied by a spirit of mischief-making and money catching.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

He smote the rock of the national resources, and abundant streams of revenue gushed forth. He touched the dead corpse of the Public Credit, and it sprung upon its feet. The fabled birth of Minerva, from the brain of Jove, was hardly more sudden or more perfect than the financial system of the United States, as it burst forth from the conceptions of Alexander Hamilton.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Daniel Webster

No man not inspired can make a good speech without preparation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

In the nature of things, those who have no property and see their neighbors possess much more than they think them to need, cannot be favorable to laws made for the protection of property. When this class becomes numerous, it becomes clamorous. It looks on property as its prey and plunder, and is naturally ready, at times, for violence and revolution.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Daniel Webster

The farmers are the founders of civilization.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Daniel Webster

Whatever government is not a government of laws, is a despotism, let it be called what it may

By Anonym 14 Sep

Daniel Webster

It is simple to follow the easy and familiar path of personal ambition and private gain. It is more comfortable to sit content in the easy approval of friends and of neighbours than to risk the friction and the controversy that comes with public affairs. It is easier to fall in step with the slogans of others than to march to the beat of the internal drummer - to make and stand on judgements of your own. And it far easier to accept and to stand on the past, than to fight for the answers of the future

By Anonym 14 Sep

Daniel Webster

No man can suffer too much, and no man can fall too soon, if he suffer or if he fall in defense of the liberties and Constitution of his country.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Daniel Webster

On this question of principle, while actual suffering was yet afar off, they [the Colonies] raised their flag against a power to which, for purposes of foreign conquest and subjugation, Rome in the height of her glory is not to be compared,-a power which has dotted over the surface of the whole globe with her possessions and military posts, whose morning drum-beat, following the sun, and keeping company with the hours, circles the earth with one continuous and unbroken strain of the martial airs of England.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

Inconsistencies of opinion, arising from changes of circumstances, are often justifiable.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

Impress upon children the truth that the exercise of the elective franchise is a social duty of as solemn a nature as man can be called to perform; that a man may not innocently trifle with his vote; that every elector is a trustee as well for others as himself and that every measure he supports has an important bearing on the interests of others as well as on his own.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

..if the Northern states refuse, willfully and deliberately, to carry into effect that part of the Constitution which respects the restoration of fugitive slaves, and Congress provide no remedy, the South would no longer be bound to observe the compact. A bargain can not be broken on one side, and still bind the other side.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Daniel Webster

Mr. President, I wish to speak today, not as a Massachusetts man, nor as a Northern man, but as an American. I speak for the preservation of the Union. Hear me for my cause.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Daniel Webster

I believe that the Bible is to be understood and received in the plain and obvious meaning of its passages; for I cannot persuade myself that a book intended for the instruction and conversion of the whole world should cover its true meaning in any such mystery and doubt that none but critics and philosophers can discover it.