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HENRY CLAY
American statesman and orator
(1777 - 1852)

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.
      - [Nation]

An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.
      - [Rebellion]

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.
      - [Courtesy]

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.
      - in a speech at Lexington [Public Trust]

I always have had, and always shall have, a profound regard for Christianity, the religion of my fathers, and for its rights, its usages and observances.
      - [Christianity]

In all the affairs of human life, social as well as political, I have remarked that courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest to the grateful and appreciating heart.
      - [Politeness]

Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.
      - [Character]

Political parties serve to keep each other in check, one keenly watching the other.
      - [Party]

There is no power like that of oratory. Caesar controlled men by exciting their fears; Cicero, by captivating their affections and swaying their passions. The influence of the one perished with its author; that of the other continues to this day.
      - [Oratory]

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.
      - In the U.S. Senate [Patriotism]

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."
      - Speech--On the New Army Bill [Peace]

Sir, I would rather be right than be President.
      - Speech--Referring to the Compromise Measure
        [Right]


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