Sayings By or For Southerners, Part XVII

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It has been justly stated by a British writer that the power to make a small piece of paper, not worth one cent, by the inscribing of a few names, to be worth a thousand dollars, was a power too high to be entrusted to the hands of mortal man. –Calhoun, 1841

When it comes once to be understood that politics is a game; that those who are engaged in it but act a part; that they make this or that profession, not from honest conviction or intent to fulfill it, but as the means of deluding the people, and through that delusion to acquire power; when such professions are to be entirely forgotten, the people will lose all confidence in public men. All will be regarded as mere jugglers . . . and the people will become indifferent and passive to the grossest abuses of power, on the ground that those whom they may elevate, under whatever pledges, instead of reforming, will but imitate the example of those whom they have expelled. –Calhoun, 1835

“You are on the wrong side of history!” What a compliment! –Clyde Wilson

Once Lincoln destroyed the natural law notion of limits (respecting both human nature and tradition) and replaced it with his secular version of the Divine Right of Kings, the dominoes began to fall. –Chris Manion

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. –George Orwell

Formerly no one was allowed to think freely; now it is permitted but no one is capable of it anymore. Now people only want to think what they are supposed to think, and this they consider freedom. –Oswald Spengler

Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, sayeth the Lord. –Jeremiah, 8:12

It is as if someone would kill a man to save him the trouble of dying. –Leopold Kohr on “preventive war”

Unhappily, there is nothing too ridiculous or too absurd to be believed, if demanded by the dominant spirit of an age or country. –Orestes Brownson
Although we shape our buildings, our buildings also shape us. –G.K. Chesterton

I’m from Georgia and have the advantage of loving two flags. All my life I was raised to fight for what those two flags represent. –Ferrol Sams

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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