Of all human powers operating on the affairs of mankind, none is greater than that of competition.
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.
Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.
The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.
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.'
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.
When we get an open look, we have to shoot and shoot on goal, ... We had some open looks today and passed on them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sir, I would rather be right than be President.
I would rather be right than President.
Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.
Statistics are no substitute for judgment.
An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.
The vanity of the world, and its insufficiency to satisfy the soul of man, has been long a settled conviction of my mind. Man's inability to secure by his own merits the approbation of God, I feel to be true. I trust in the atonement of the Savior of mercy, as the ground of my acceptance and of my hope of salvation.
Yes, sir, from Constantinople, or from the Brazil from Turk or Christian from black or white from the dey of Algiers or the bey of Tunis from the devil himself, if he wore a crown, we should receive a minister
A man must be a born fool who voluntarily engages in controversy with Mr. Adams on a question of fact. I doubt whether he was ever mistaken in his life.
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.
I had rather be right than be President.
If you wish to avoid foreign collision, you had better abandon the ocean.
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