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DANIEL WEBSTER
American statesman, orator and lawyer
(1782 - 1852)
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I was born an American; I live an American; I shall die an American!
      - in a speech [Patriotism]

If the true spark of religious and civil liberty be kindled, it will burn.
      - in an address in Charlestown, Massachusetts, Bunker Hill Monument
        [Liberty]

If there be any thing in my style of thought to be commended, the credit is due to my kind parents in instilling into my mind an early love of the Scriptures.
      - [Bible]

Inconsistencies of opinion, arising from changes of circumstances, are often justifiable.
      - [Inconsistency]

Instinct is animal strength.
      - [Instinct]

It is by the promulgation of sound morals in the community, and more especially by the training and instruction of the young, that woman performs her part towards the preservation of free government.
      - [Teaching]

It is only shallow-minded pretenders who either make distinguished origin a matter of personal merit, or obscure origin a matter of personal reproach. Taunt and scoffing at the humble condition of early life affect nobody in America but those who are foolish enough to indulge in them, and they are generally sufficiently punished by the published rebuke. A man who is not ashamed of himself need not be ashamed of his early condition.
      - [Ancestry]

It is the glorious prerogative of the empire of knowledge, that what it gains it never loses. On the contrary, it increases by the multiple of its own power: all its ends become means; all its attainments help to new conquests.
      - [Knowledge]

It is to that union we owe our safety at home, and our consideration and dignity abroad. It is to that union that we are chiefly indebted for whatever makes us most proud of our country. That union we reached only by the discipline of our virtues in the severe school of adversity. It had its origin in the necessities of its disordered finance, prostrate commerce, and ruined credit. Under its benign influences these great interests immediately awoke, as from the dead, and sprang forth with newness of life. Every year of its duration has teemed with fresh fruits of its utility and its blessings; and although our territory has stretched out wider and wider, and our population spread farther and farther, they have not outrun its protection or its benefits. It has been to us all a copious fountain of national, social, and personal happiness.
      - [Union]

Justice is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.
      - [Justice]

Keep cool; anger is not an argument.
      - [Anger]

Kiss the tear from her lip, you'll find the rose
  The sweeter for the dew.
      - [Kisses]

Knowledge does not comprise all which is contained in the large term of education. The feelings are to be disciplined, the passions are to be restrained; true and worthy motives are to be inspired; a profound religious feeling is to be instilled, and pure morality inculcated under all circumstances. All this is comprised in education.
      - [Education]

Knowledge is the only fountain, both of the love and the principles of human liberty.
      - in an address delivered on Bunker Hill
        [Knowledge]

Knowledge, in truth, is the great sum in the firmament. Life and power are scattered with all its beams.
      - in an address delivered at the Laying of the cornerstone of Bunker Hill Monument
        [Knowledge]

Labor is one of the great elements of society,--the great substantial interest on which we all stand.
      - [Labor]

Let it be borne on the flag under which we rally in every exigency, that we have one country, one constitution, one destiny.
      - [Destiny]

Let our object be, our country, our whole country, and nothing but our country.
      - in an address at the laying of the corner-stone of the Bunker Hill monument
        [Patriotism]

Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered.
      - [Growth]

Let us never forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. Man may be civilized in some degree without great progress in manufactures and with little commerce with his distant neighbors. But without the cultivation of the earth, he is, in all countries, a savage. Until he gives up the chase and fixes himself in some place, and seeks a living from the earth, he is a roaming barbarian. When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.
      - [Farming]

Literature becomes free institutions. It is the graceful ornament of civil liberty, and a happy restraint on the asperities which political controversies sometimes occasion.
      - [Literature]

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.
      - [Society]

Monuments and eulogy belong to the dead.
      - [Monuments]

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.
      - [Government]

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.
      - [Government]


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