Sayings By or For Southerners

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While I could never with safety repose confidence in a Yankee, I have never been deceived by an Indian. —Daniel Boone

That cold-blooded demon called Science has taken the place of all the other demons. . . . Whether we are better for his intervention is another story. —William Gilmore Simms

The inclination to command compliance with one’s ideas is a more extreme and aggressive trait than the brutal demand to relinquish some of his possessions. —John Lukacs

We understand more than we know. —Pascal

New fashions, as usual, and conceited refinements, have deprived us of old pleasures and solid friends. —-Simms

It is incorrect to accuse me of “New South” nonsense. I never talked it, and never wrote it. In my public life and speeches, my ideal has been the old South, its political principles, its family models, its simplicity, honesty, courage and genuine democracy. — Thomas E. Watson, 1916.

Most of the change we think we see in life
Is due to truths being in and out of favour. —Robert Lee Frost

If they were the greatest generation why did they have such rotten kids? — Florence King

We’ll be the first nation to die of political correctness. —Walker F. Todd

Uncle Tom’s Cabin was the first evidence to America that no hurricane can be so disastrous to a country as a ruthlessly humanitarian woman. —Sinclair Lewis.

This country is bigger than any man or any party. —Will Rogers

Slavery is no more the cause of this war than gold is the cause of robbery. —Joel Parker, anti-Lincoln Governor of New Jersey

You never heard of a more desolate country. I do not believe you can find food enough in S.C. to keep a dozen chickens over winter. I saw property destroyed until I was perfectly sick of it . . . . and if this thing had been North I would bushwack until every man was dead or I was. If such scenes should be enacted through Michigan, I would never live as long as one of the invading army did. I do not blame the South and I shall not if they go to guerilla warfare. —Charles Brown of the 21st Michigan Regiment, Sherman’s army, a letter home, Feb. 15, 1865

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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