Sayings By or For Southerners, Part XII

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Experience has taught me, that in politicks, it is much more easy to gain the battle, than to reap its fruits. –Calhoun

I had not realized how offensive the plain truth can be to the politically correct, how enraged they can be by its mere expression, and how deeply they detest the values and standards respected 50 years ago and which dinosaurs like me still believe in, God help us. –George Macdonald Fraser

Every country boy is entitled to a creek. –Havilah Babcock

This is the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand. –Zephaniah, 2:15

We are not a virtuous nation. God and fate have not blessed us above others. –Chris Hedges

I did only what my duty demanded. I could have taken no other course without dishonor. And if it all were to be done over again, I should act in precisely the same manner. –R.E. Lee

There are no great men, My Boy, only great committees. –older gowned academic to younger, New Yorker cartoon

TV-watching is a kind of mental illness that limits one’s ability to perceive any reality more substantive than flickering images or drug-induced hallucinations . . . –Thomas Fleming

Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass, it is learning to dance in the rain. –Unknown

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. –Patrick Henry

No one in the South wants to go North and fix things, but for some time now Northerners have been meddling below the Mason-Dixon. . . . Yankees want a perfect world: Southerners don’t look for one or try to impose one on others. –Joyce Bennett

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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