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DANIEL WEBSTER
American statesman, orator and lawyer
(1782 - 1852)
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A disordered currency is one of the greatest political evils.
      - [Money]

A fair return for their labor so as to have good homes, good clothing, good food.
      - [Labor]

A man who is not ashamed of himself need not be ashamed of his early condition.
      - [Self-respect]

A man with no sense of religious duty is he whom the Scriptures describe in such terse but terrific language, as living "without God in the world." Such a man is out of his proper being, out of the circle of all his duties, out of the circle of all his happiness, and away, far, far away, from the purposes of his creation.
      - [Religion]

A National debt is a National blessing.
      - attributed to, but repudiated by him
        [Government]

A solemn and religious regard to spiritual and eternal things is an indispensable element of all true greatness.
      - [Greatness]

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

A well-employed and prosperous community can buy and consume. An ill-employed community cannot buy and consume. This is the solution of the whole matter; and the whole science of political economy has not one truth of half so much importance as this.
      - [Political Economy]

An eminent lawyer cannot be a dishonest man. Tell me a man is dishonest, and I will answer he is no lawyer. He cannot be, because he is careless and reckless of justice; the law is not in his heart, is not the standard and rule of his conduct.
      - [Lawyers]

An excellent scholar: One that hath a head fill'd with calves' brains without any sage in them.
      - [Brain]

An honest statesman to a prince,
  Is like a cedar planted by a spring;
    The spring bathes the tree's root, the grateful tree
      Rewards it with his shadow.
      - [Statesmen]

And the disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.(Bible--&The Acts&*ch. XI, v. 26*} Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.
      - [Christian]

Bonaparte asked Mme. de Stael in what manner he could best promote the happiness of France. Her reply is full of political wisdom. She said, "Instruct the mothers of the French people."
      - [Education]

But I say to you, and to our whole country, and to all the crowned heads and aristocratic powers and feudal systems that exist, that it is to self-government--the great principle of popular representation and administration--the system that lets in all to participate in the counsels that are to assign the good or evil to all--that we may owe what we are and what we hope to be.
      - [Government]

Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes to society.
      - [Crime : Self-control]

Employment gives health, sobriety, and morals. Constant employment and well-paid labor produce, in a country like ours, general prosperity, content, and cheerfulness. Thus happy have we seen the country.
      - [Employment]

Every breeze wafts intelligence from country to country, every wave rolls it, all give 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 mind and opinion of the age.
      - [Intelligence]

Every unpunished murder takes away something from the security of every man's life.
      - [Murder]

Every want, not of a low kind, physical as well as moral, which the human breast feels, and which brutes do not feel, and cannot feel, raises man by so much in the scale of existence, and is a clear proof, and a direct instance, of the favor of God toward his so much favored human offspring.
      - [Man]

Failure is more frequently from want of energy than want of capital.
      - [Failure]

Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but usually quarrel among themselves.
      - [Falsehood]

Great authorities are arguments.
      - [Quotations]

He who tampers with the currency robs labor of its bread.
      - [Money]

Heaven's gates are not so highly arched as princes' palaces; they that enter there must go upon their knees.
      - [Heaven]

I have read it through many times; I now make a practice of going through it once a 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 rule for conduct.
      - [Scripture]


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