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DANIEL WEBSTER
American statesman, orator and lawyer
(1782 - 1852)
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There is not in nature
  A thing that makes man so deform'd, so beastly,
    As doth intemp'rate anger.
      - [Rage]

There is something among men more capable of shaking despotic power than lightning, whirlwind, or earthquake; that is, the threatened indignation of the whole civilized world.
      - [Despotism]

There is something on earth greater than arbitrary power. The thunder, the lightning, and the earthquake are terrific, but the judgment of the people is more.
      - [Greatness]

There may be, and there often is, indeed, a regard for ancestry which nourishes only a weak pride; as there is also a care for posterity, which only disguises an habitual avarice, or hides the workings of a low and groveling vanity. But there is also a moral and philosophical respect for our ancestors, which elevates the character and improves the heart.
      - [Ancestry]

They are usually denominated labor-saving machines, but it would be more just to call them labor-doing machines.
      - [Machines]

True eloquence, indeed, does not consist in speech. It cannot be brought from far. Labor and learning may toil for it, but they will toil in vain. Words and phrases may be marshaled in every way, but they cannot compass it. It must exist in the man, in the subject, and in the occasion.
      - [Eloquence]

Washington--a fixed star in the firmament of great names, shining without twinkling or obscuration, with clear, beneficent light.
      - [Washington, George]

We are all agents of the same supreme power, the people.
      - [People]

"We wish that whoever in all coming time shall turn his eye hither, may behold that the place is not undistinguished where the first great battle of the Revolution was fought. We wish that this structure may proclaim the magnitude and importance of that event, to every class, in every age. We wish that infancy may learn the purpose of its erection from maternal lips, and that weary and withered age may behold it, and be solaced by the recollections it suggests. We wish that labor may look up here, and be proud, in the midst of its toil. We wish that, in those days of disaster, which, as they come on all nations, must be expected to come on us also, desponding patriotism may turn its eyes hitherward, and be assured that the foundations of our national power still stand strong. We wish that this column, rising toward 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 on 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 till it meets the sun in his coming; let the earliest light of the morning gild it, and parting day linger and play on its summit.
      - Dedication of the Bunker Hill Monument
        [Independence Day]

What is valuable is not new, and whiat s is new is not valuable.
      - at Marshfield, Sep. 1, 1848, criticism of the platform of the Free Soil Party
        [Novelty]

Whatever government is not a government of laws, is a despotism, let it be called what it may.
      - [Despotism]

Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.
      - [Goodness]

Who fights
  With passions and o'ercomes, that man is arm'd
    With the best virtue--passive fortitude.
      - [Fortitude]

His high-erected thoughts look'd down upon
  The smiling valley of his fruitful heart.
      - A Monumental Column [Thought]

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.
      - Address at Laying the Corner-Stone of the Bunker Hill Monument
        [Age]

Mind is the great lever of all things; human thought is the process by which human ends are alternately answered.
      - Address at the Laying of the Corner Stone of the Bunker Hill Monument
        [Mind]

Let it rise! let it rise, till it meet the sum in his coming; let the earliest light of the morning gild it, and the parting day linger and play on its summit.
      - Address on Laying the Corner Stone of the Bunker Hill Monument,
        "Works", vol. I, p. 62 [Monuments]

There is no refuge from confession but suicide; and suicide is confession.
      - Argument on the Murder of Captain White
        [Suicide]

This fearful concatenation of circumstances.
      - Argument--The Murder of Captain Joseph White
         (vol. VI, p. 88) [Circumstance]

There is nothing so powerful as truth; and often nothing so strange.
      - Arguments on the Murder of Captain White
         (vol. VI, p. 68) [Truth]

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.
      - Completion of Bunker Hill Monument,
        June 17, 1843, vol. I, p. 105
        [Washington, George]

The Bible is a book of faith, and a book of doctrine, and a book of morals, and a book of religion, of especial revelation from God.
      - Completion of Bunker Hill Monument
        [Scripture]

Independence now: and Independence forever.
      - Eulogy on Adams and Jefferson
        [Independence]

Sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish, I give my hand and heart to this vote.
      - Eulogy on Adams and Jefferson [Voting]

I shall defer my visit to Faneuil Hall, the cradle of American liberty, until its doors shall fly open, on golden hinges, to lovers of Union as well as of Liberty.
      - Letter,
        when refused the use of the hall after his speech on the Compromise Measures
        [Liberty]


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