Sayings By or For Southerners, Part XVI

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Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals can believe them.   –Orwell

I believe you love me—God knows why?     –Yates Snowden

Even if the GOP can’t see the light they can feel the heat. “We’ve got to protect our phoney-baloney jobs!”     –James Fulford

For all practical purposes, today’s press is an arm of government.   –Fred Reed

The instinct for Power is never about anything other than Power.   It is not about Justice, Equality, Democracy, Freedom, Prosperity, Enlightenment, Progress. It is about itself, and for itself alone.         –Chilton Williamson

Many intellectuals tend to be less talented than they imagine, and they tend to make less money than they think they deserve.   –Karen Kwiatowski

The true division among mankind is between those who can distinguish what is true and just from their self-interest and those who cannot.   –Unknown

Civilizations are founded not on ethical societies but on religions.   –Cleanth Brooks

Back to work, and let well enough alone, let sleeping dogs lie. Good principles.       –Robert Penn Warren

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for;   as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.     –H.L. Mencken

I do not see the national flag flying from the staff of the sycamore,/ Or any decree of government written on the leaves of the walnut.   –Wendell Berry

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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