Sayings By or For Southerners, Part XXXIII

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I am not a Catholic, but I just have to admire all of this Pope’s meticulously photographed and internationally broadcast acts of humility.–Conservative Pundit

Do you think the Civil Rights Act would have passed in 1964 if most Northerners had thought that it would apply to them and not just to the South?–Clyde Wilson

The Massachusetts Kennedys are better than the Connecticut Bushes in at least one way.  They did not make their dumbest boy President.–Clyde Wilson

Don’t call us “NeoConfederate.”  Just “Confederate” will do.–Paul C. Graham

I always carry a gun when I’m traveling.  You never know when you might meet some SOB that needs killing.–attributed to J. Evatts Haley, Texas historian

Imagine the consternation of those who lie about our heritage:  professors, historians, bigoted movie makers,  biased TV sitcoms and documentaries,  the national media, our own outside owned liberal television and print media–when those  of us who seek the truth and find it–proclaim that those who wore the gray and fought for Southern Independence will be our heroes forever!–Lee Jacobs

Before closing this brief and imperfect sketch of my military career, I wish to put upon record my appreciation the services of my body servant, George White, whose fidelity and care for my welfare during the whole time of my army life was something wonderful. . . .  he had a heart possessed only by the great and good of this earth.–Lt. George Reese,  44th Alabama Regt., C.S.Army

“Many fair fields and plains, full of mighty great woods with divers sorts of trees, as pleasant and delectable to behold, as is possible to imagine.–French explorer Verrazano, Carolina coast, 1524

The South creates the civilizations. The North conquers them, ruins them, borrows from them, spreads them:  this is one summary of history.–Will and Ariel Durant, Lessons of History

Our reputation, next to the Greeks, will be the most heroic of nations.–General James Johnston Pettigrew on the Confederacy

A false notion which is clear and precise will always have more power in the world than a true principle which is obscure or involved.–Alexis de Tocqueville

I believe  that  the American South, the  last bastion  of Christianity in the West, will have a special role in the  final  chapter of history.–Anne Wilson Smith

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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