Sayings By or For Southerners, Part IV

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A good dog needs no pedigree, and if a dog ain’t any good, a pedigree don’t help him none. –Havilah Babcock

Southerners are the world’s worst record-keepers. –Havilah Babcock

It is true that we are completely under the saddle of Massachusetts and Connecticut, and that they ride us very hard, cruelly insulting our feelings, as well as exhausting our strength and substance. –Thomas Jefferson, 1798

We have made good progress today in the work of destruction. Jackson [Mississippi] will no longer be a point of danger. The land is devastated for thirty miles around. —General Sherman to General Grant, May 1863

There is at work in this land a Yankee spirit and an American spirit. –James H. Thornwell, 1859

I am convinced ‘twas Calhoun who divined How the great western star’s last race would run. –Allen Tate

Empires crumble. There are no exceptions. –Oscar Wilde

Fate can smirk as well as smile. –Ferrol Sams

Public estimation of eminence runs in reverse ratio to its genuineness. –H.L. Mencken

Write down and put in your wallet the term “neocon Trotskyite dialectic.” –Christopher Manion

For I beheld, and there was no man; even among them, and there was no counselor, that, when I asked of them, could answer a word. Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion. –Isaiah 41: 28–29

Yankees are the only people who think you should be grateful when they invade your country. –Clyde Wilson

If only Longstreet had . . . . –O. Henry

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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