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  • Of all human powers operating on the affairs of mankind, none is greater than that of competition.
    (Henry Clay)

  • 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.
    (Henry Clay)

  • Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.
    (Henry Clay)

  • The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.
    (Henry Clay)

  • 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)


  • 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.
    (Henry Clay)

  • When we get an open look, we have to shoot and shoot on goal, ... We had some open looks today and passed on them.
    (Henry Clay)

  • heavy damage to its roller doors and skylights. The wharf is dry, with no flooding and the draft alongside ranged between 36 feet to 38 feet.
    (Henry Clay)

  • 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.
    (Henry Clay)

  • Let him who elevates himself above humanity . . . say, if he pleases, I will never compromise but let no one who is not above the frailties of our common nature disdain compromise.
    (Henry Clay)

  • We kind of saw it coming because it's an emotional night but at the same time we did beat them before, ... As a team we just hung in there. They scared us but we knew it would come.
    (Henry Clay)

  • Sir, I would rather be right than be President.
    (Henry Clay)

  • I would rather be right than President.
    (Henry Clay)

  • Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.
    (Henry Clay)

  • Statistics are no substitute for judgment.
    (Henry Clay)


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