Sayings By or For Southerners Part II

GW Custis Lee, Lee, Walter Taylor colorized

Swagger and ferocity, built on a foundation of vulgarity and cowardice, those are his characteristics, and these are the most prominent marks by which his countrymen, generally speaking, are known all over the world. —The Times of London on “the Yankee breed,” 1862.

We sometimes wonder if the Yankees do not get weary themselves of this incessant round of prevarication, or are they so steeped in this false history that they cannot see the truth. We know of many instances, which have come directly to our knowledge, where they refuse the truth when it is demonstrated to them. –Arthur H. Jennings, Confederate Veteran, July 1930, on American history as “manufactured lies.”

The march of Providence is so slow, and our desires so impatient, the work of progress is so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope. –R.E. Lee

The South has done more than any people on earth for the African race –John Henry Hopkins, Episcopal Bishop of Vermont, 1863

In his book The Virginians, William Makepeace Thackery comments in passing that one English servant works as hard as four or five Southern slaves.

There are three classes of people: Those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see. –attributed to Leonardo.

Emancipation is an act of war, not humanity. –Lord Acton, 1863

And these people of the South are much more strongly and with a higher and more stubborn spirit attached to liberty than those in the northward.– Edmund Burke, in Parliament, 22 March 1775

There were so many Southerners in the ranks of the Marine Corps, I “reckoned” at the end of the war I would go back to California with a Southern accent. — Chuck Tatum, Red Blood, Black Sand (Iwo Jima memoir)

Praise the Lord and pass the barbecue. –Maurice Bessinger

About Clyde Wilson

Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina where he was the editor of the multivolume The Papers of John C. Calhoun. He is the M.E. Bradford Distinguished Chair at the Abbeville Institute. He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews and is co-publisher of www.shotwellpublishing.com, a source  for unreconstructed Southern books. More from Clyde Wilson

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