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100 Daniel Webster Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Daniel Webster Sayings: If you divorce capital from labor, capital is hoarded, and labor starves. If you divorce capital from labor, capital is hoarded, and labor starves.
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Daniel Webster Sayings: No man not inspired can make a good speech without preparation. No man not inspired can make a good speech without preparation.
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Daniel Webster Sayings: Venerable men! you have come down to us from a former generation. Heaven has bounteously 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.
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Daniel Webster Sayings: Inconsistencies of opinion, arising from changes of circumstances, are often justifiable. Inconsistencies of opinion, arising from changes of circumstances, are often justifiable.
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Daniel Webster Sayings: Employment gives health, sobriety, and morals. Employment gives health, sobriety, and morals.
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Daniel Webster Sayings: God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.
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Daniel Webster Sayings: Now is the time when men work quietly in the fields and women weep softly Now is the time when men work quietly in the fields and women weep softly in the kitchen; the legislature is in session and no man's property is safe.
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Daniel Webster Sayings: He who tampers with the currency robs labor of its bread. He who tampers with the currency robs labor of its bread.
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Daniel Webster Sayings: Those who do not look upon themselves as a link, connecting the past with the Those who do not look upon themselves as a link, connecting the past with the future, do not perform their duty to the world.
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Daniel Webster Sayings: It is simple to follow the easy and familiar path of personal ambition and private 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
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Daniel Webster Sayings: I believe that the Bible is to be understood and received in the plain and 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.
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Daniel Webster Sayings: From the accession of Henry the Seventh to the breaking out of the civil wars, From the accession of Henry the Seventh to the breaking out of the civil wars, England enjoyed much greater exemption from war, foreign and domestic, than for a long period before, and during the controversy between the houses of York and Lancaster. These years of peace were favorable to commerce and the arts. Commerce and the arts augmented general and individual knowledge; and knowledge is the only fountain, both of the love and the principles of human liberty.
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Daniel Webster Sayings: If the true spark of religious and civil liberty be kindled, it will burn. If the true spark of religious and civil liberty be kindled, it will burn.
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Daniel Webster Sayings: Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor.
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Daniel Webster Sayings: A solemn and religious regard to spiritual and eternal things is an indispensable element of A solemn and religious regard to spiritual and eternal things is an indispensable element of all true greatness.
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Daniel Webster Sayings: There is nothing so powerful as truth - and often nothing so strange. There is nothing so powerful as truth - and often nothing so strange.
Daniel Webster Sayings: The law: it has honored us; may we honor it. The law: it has honored us; may we honor it.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Let us never forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor Let us never forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.
Daniel Webster Sayings: This is the Book. I have read the Bible through many times, and now make 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.
Daniel Webster Sayings: If God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his works 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;
Daniel Webster Sayings: Our profession is good, if practiced in the spirit of it; it is damnable fraud 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.
Daniel Webster Sayings: A representative form of government rests nor more on political contributions than on those laws A representative form of government rests nor more on political contributions than on those laws which regulate the descent and transmission of property.
Daniel Webster Sayings: It would seem, then, to be the part of political wisdom to found government on It would seem, then, to be the part of political wisdom to found government on property; and to establish such distribution of property, by the laws which regulate its transmission and alienation, as to interest the great majority of society in the protection of the government.
Daniel Webster Sayings: All creeds are fallible and uncertain evidences of evangelical piety. All creeds are fallible and uncertain evidences of evangelical piety.
Daniel Webster Sayings: We are all agents of the same supreme power, the people We are all agents of the same supreme power, the people
Daniel Webster Sayings: A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures. A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures.
Daniel Webster Sayings: The freest government, if it could exist, would not be long acceptable, if the tendency The freest government, if it could exist, would not be long acceptable, if the tendency of the laws were to create a rapid accumulation of property in a few hands, and to render the great mass of the population dependent and penniless.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Human beings will generally exercise power when they can get it, and they will exercise 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.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Instruct the mothers of the French people. Instruct the mothers of the French people.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades; shoe makers hang out a 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.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Philosophical argument has sometimes shaken my reason for the faith that was in me but 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.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Every breeze wafts intelligence from country to country, every wave rolls it and gives it Every breeze wafts intelligence from country to country, every wave rolls it and gives it forth, and all in turn receive it. There is a vast commerce of ideas, there are marts and exchanges for intellectual discoveries, and a wonderful fellowship of those individual intelligences which make up the minds and opinions of the age.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes them with paper money.
Daniel Webster Sayings: The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.
Daniel Webster Sayings: I do not propose to be buried until I am dead. I do not propose to be buried until I am dead.
Daniel Webster Sayings: A disordered currency is one of the greatest political evils. A disordered currency is one of the greatest political evils.
Daniel Webster Sayings: In the nature of things, those who have no property and see their neighbors possess 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.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Man is a special being, and if left to himself, in an isolated condition, would Man is a special being, and if left to himself, in an isolated condition, would be one of the weakest creatures; but associated with his kind, he works wonders.
Daniel Webster Sayings: A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue. A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.
Daniel Webster Sayings: If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do 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.
Daniel Webster Sayings: The Sermon on the Mount cannot be a merely human production. This belief enters into 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.
Daniel Webster Sayings: What is valuable is not new, and what is new is not valuable. What is valuable is not new, and what is new is not valuable.
Daniel Webster Sayings: The farmers are the founders of civilization. The farmers are the founders of civilization.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Nothing of character is really permanent but virtue and personal worth. Nothing of character is really permanent but virtue and personal worth.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Philosophic argument, especially that drawn from the vastness of the universe, in comparison with the 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
Daniel Webster Sayings: Justice is the great interest of man on earth. Justice is the great interest of man on earth.
Daniel Webster Sayings: No man can suffer too much, and no man can fall too soon, if he 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.
Daniel Webster Sayings: We are bound to maintain public liberty, and, by the example of our own systems, 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.
Daniel Webster Sayings: There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters
Daniel Webster Sayings: Power naturally and necessarily follows property. Power naturally and necessarily follows property.
Daniel Webster Sayings: We may be tossed upon an ocean where we can see no land - nor, We may be tossed upon an ocean where we can see no land - nor, perhaps, the sun or stars. But there is a chart and a compass for us to study, to consult, and to obey. That chart is the Constitution.
Daniel Webster Sayings: If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Corruption of morals is rapid enough in any country without a bounty from government. And 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.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Failure is more frequently from want of energy than want of capital. Failure is more frequently from want of energy than want of capital.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Nothing will ruin the country if the people themselves will undertake its safety; and nothing Nothing will ruin the country if the people themselves will undertake its safety; and nothing can save it if they leave that safety in any hands but their own.
Daniel Webster Sayings: One country, one constitution, one destiny. One country, one constitution, one destiny.
Daniel Webster Sayings: The right of an inventor to his invention is no monopoly - in any other The right of an inventor to his invention is no monopoly - in any other sense than a man's house is a monopoly.
Daniel Webster Sayings: The States are nations. The States are nations.
Daniel Webster Sayings: The proper function of a government is to make it easy for the people to The proper function of a government is to make it easy for the people to do good, and difficult for them to do evil.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Mind is the great lever of all things; human thought is the process by which Mind is the great lever of all things; human thought is the process by which human ends are ultimately answered.
Daniel Webster Sayings: When the spotless ermine of the judicial robe fell on John Jay, it touched nothing When the spotless ermine of the judicial robe fell on John Jay, it touched nothing less spotless than itself.
Daniel Webster Sayings: The bible fits man for life and prepares him for death The bible fits man for life and prepares him for death
Daniel Webster Sayings: I thank God, that if I am gifted with little of the spirit which is I thank God, that if I am gifted with little of the spirit which is able to raise mortals to the skies, I have yet none, as I trust, of that other spirit which would drag angels down.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Finally, let us not forget the religious character of our origin. Our fathers were brought Finally, let us not forget the religious character of our origin. Our fathers were brought hither by their high veneration for the Christian religion. They journeyed by its light, and labored in its hope. They sought to incorporate its principles with the elements of their society, and to diffuse its influence through all their institutions, civil, political, or literary. Let us cherish these sentiments, and extend this influence still more widely; in full conviction that that is the happiest society which partakes in the highest degree of the mild and peaceful spirit of Christianity.
Daniel Webster Sayings: There is always room at the top. There is always room at the top.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Every unpunished murder takes away something from the security of every man's life. Every unpunished murder takes away something from the security of every man's life.
Daniel Webster Sayings: There is no happiness, there is no liberty, there is no enjoyment of life, unless 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.
Daniel Webster Sayings: The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power. The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Whatever government is not a government of laws, is a despotism, let it be called Whatever government is not a government of laws, is a despotism, let it be called what it may.
Daniel Webster Sayings: What a man does for others, not what they do for him, gives him immortality. What a man does for others, not what they do for him, gives him immortality.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Nothing is more deceptive or more dangerous than the pretence of a desire to simplify Nothing is more deceptive or more dangerous than the pretence of a desire to simplify government. The simplest governments are despotisms; the next simplest, limited monarchies; but all republics, all governments of law, must impose numerous limitations and qualifications of authority, and give many positive and many qualified rights.
Daniel Webster Sayings: A sense of duty pursues us ever. It is omnipresent, like the Deity. If we A sense of duty pursues us ever. It is omnipresent, like the Deity. If we take to ourselves the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, duty performed or duty violated is still with us, for our happiness or our misery. If we say the darkness shall cover us, in the darkness as in the light our obligations are yet with us.
Daniel Webster Sayings: There is no refuge from confession but suicide; and suicide is confession There is no refuge from confession but suicide; and suicide is confession
Daniel Webster Sayings: The people's government, made for the people, made by the people and answerable to the The people's government, made for the people, made by the people and answerable to the people.
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Daniel Webster Sayings: Converse, converse, CONVERSE, with living men, face to face, mind to mind-that is one of Converse, converse, CONVERSE, with living men, face to face, mind to mind-that is one of the best sources of knowledge.
Daniel Webster Sayings: No power but Congress can declare war, but what is the value of this constitutional No power but Congress can declare war, but what is the value of this constitutional provision, if the President of his own authority may make such military movements as must bring on war?
Daniel Webster Sayings: On the other hand, the cultivation of the religious sentiment represses licentiousnessinspires respect for law On the other hand, the cultivation of the religious sentiment represses licentiousnessinspires respect for law and order, and gives strength to the whole social fabric, at the same time that it conducts the human soul upward to the Author of its being.
Daniel Webster Sayings: The materials of wealth are in the earth, in the seas, and in their natural The materials of wealth are in the earth, in the seas, and in their natural and unaided productions.
Daniel Webster Sayings: We wish that this column, rising towards heaven among the pointed spires of so many We wish that this column, rising towards heaven among the pointed spires of so many temples dedicated to God, may contribute also to produce in all minds a pious feeling of dependence and gratitude. We wish, finally, that the last object to the sight of him who leaves his native shore, and the first to gladden his who revisits it, may be something which shall remind him of the liberty and the glory of his country. Let it rise! let it rise, till it meet the sun in his coming; let the earliest light of the morning gild it, and the parting day linger and play on its summit!
Daniel Webster Sayings: The Bible is a book of faith, and a book of doctrine, and a book The Bible is a book of faith, and a book of doctrine, and a book of religion, of special revelation from God; but it is also a book which teaches man his own individual responsibility, his own dignity, and his equality with his fellow - man.
Daniel Webster Sayings: On the diffusion of education among the people rest the preservation and perpetuation of our On the diffusion of education among the people rest the preservation and perpetuation of our free institutions.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Where tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers therefore are the founders of human civilization. Where tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers therefore are the founders of human civilization.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Gentlemen, the character of Washington is among the most cherished contemplations of my life. It Gentlemen, the character of Washington is among the most cherished contemplations of my life. It is a fixed star in the firmament of great names, shining without twinkling or obscuration, with clear, steady, beneficent light.
Daniel Webster Sayings: F the Northern states refuse, willfully and deliberately, to carry into effect that part of F 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.
Daniel Webster Sayings: On this question of principle, while actual suffering was yet afar off, they [the Colonies] 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.
Daniel Webster Sayings: I shall oppose all slavery extension and all increase of slave representation in all places, 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.
Daniel Webster Sayings: America has furnished to the world the character of Washington. And if our American institutions America has furnished to the world the character of Washington. And if our American institutions had done nothing else, that alone would have entitled them to the respect of mankind.
Daniel Webster Sayings: I regard it (the Constitution) as the work of the purest patriots and wisest statesman 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.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Liberty and Union, now and for ever, one and inseparable! Liberty and Union, now and for ever, one and inseparable!
Daniel Webster Sayings: Let us thank God that we live in an age when something has influence besides Let us thank God that we live in an age when something has influence besides the bayonet.
Daniel Webster Sayings: It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment, independence now and independence forever.
Daniel Webster Sayings: The most important thought that ever occupied my mind is that of my individual responsibility The most important thought that ever occupied my mind is that of my individual responsibility to God.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Thank God, I also am an American! Thank God, I also am an American!
Daniel Webster Sayings: IF WE AND OUR POSTERITY SHALL BE TRUE TO THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, IF WE AND IF WE AND OUR POSTERITY SHALL BE TRUE TO THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, IF WE AND THEY SHALL LIVE ALWAYS IN THE FEAR OF GOD AND SHALL RESPECT HIS COMMANDMENTS, IF WE AND THEY SHALL MAINTAIN JUST MORAL SENTIMENTS AND SUCH CONSCIENTIOUS CONVICTIONS OF DUTY AS SHALL CONTROL THE HEART AND LIFE, WE MAY HAVE THE HIGHEST HOPES OF THE FUTURE FORTUNES OF OUR COUNTRY. OUR COUNTRY WILL GO ON PROSPERING.
Daniel Webster Sayings: There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. Our destruction, should There is no nation on earth powerful enough to accomplish our overthrow. 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.
Daniel Webster Sayings: I am committed against every thing which in my judgment, may weaken, endanger, or destroy I am committed against every thing which in my judgment, may weaken, endanger, or destroy (the Constitution) ... and especially against all extension of Executive power; and I am committed against any attempt to rule the free people of this country by the power and the patronage of the Government itself ...
Daniel Webster Sayings: Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.
Daniel Webster Sayings: If all my talents and powers were to be taken from me by some unscrutable If all my talents and powers were to be taken from me by some unscrutable Providence, and I had my choice of keeping but one, I would unhesitatingly ask for be allowed to keep the Power of Speaking, for through it I would quickly recover all the rest.
Daniel Webster Sayings: Who will show me any Constitutional injunction which makes it the duty of the American 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.
Daniel Webster Sayings: If all my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to 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