Sayings By or For Southerners, Part VII

Lady Astor

The Constitutional power of the President never was or could be formidable, unless it was accompanied by a Congress which was prepared to corrupt the Constitution. –Calhoun

Devolution is not an event, it is a process. –John Davies, Welsh nationalist leader

And as for unrequited love, it is seldom fatal, Shakespeare having observed with great sapience: “Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love.” –Havilah Babcock

I married beneath myself. All women do. –Lady Astor, Virginia-born British MP

Growth is the enemy of progress. –Edward Abbey

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it. –Clarence Darrow on Warren G. Harding

The strength of any prosperous, self-sustaining society lies in the character of its people—not in laws that, at their best and wisest, reflect that character. Character comes first—duty, responsibility, temperance, seriousness; internal checks against tendencies to go too far or not far enough. –William Murchison

In a sense the American Civil War is a belated chapter of the German revolution of 1848. –Heinrich H. Maurer

Never trust a man who reads only one book. –Arturo Perez-Reverte

A wrong that was wrong yesterday must be a wrong tomorrow. –Thackeray

You can’t build a reputation in what you are going to do. –Henry Ford (who obviously did not anticipate Obama)

What would happen to terrorism if we just bought oil from the Muslims and otherwise left them alone? –Clyde Wilson

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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