Sayings By or For Southerners, Part III

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Reality is what continues to exist whether you believe in it or not. –Philip K. Dick

There is but one rule if you want to be a man—absolutely but one—and that is to do your level best to reach a clear, correct idea of what is right, and then stick to it and fight for it, in spite of the “world, the flesh, and the devil.” –Thomas E. Watson

Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil—it has no point. –Unknown

I have certainly met with more kindness in this place than anywhere else in the United States–John James Audubon on Charleston, 1831.

It’s water off a duck’s back, in one ear and out the other. –Undergraduate essay

I hope to get to the bottom of the answer. It’s what I am interested to know. –George W. Bush of Connecticut

A morsel of genuine history, a thing so rare as to be always valuable. –Jefferson of Virginia

I think we agree, the past is over. –George W. Bush of Connecticut

You know, sometimes when you study history, you get stuck in the past. –George W. Bush of Connecticut

For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed. — Isaiah 9:16

In politics stupidity is not a handicap. –Napoleon

We have no politics—only marketing. — Clyde Wilson

There’s not a dime’s worth of difference. –George C. Wallace

Past epochs never vanish completely, and blood still drips from all their wounds, even the most ancient. — Octavio Paz

All this our South stinks peace! –Ezra Pound

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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