Sayings By or For Southerners, Part XXXI

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Moving from arrogance to masochism,  Europeans  have  endeavoured to chase away their old feelings of ethnocentrism , all the while flattering similar sentiments in other races and cultures.   Great efforts have been made to break the course and  coherence  of  time in order to stop Europeans from finding their likeness  in images of their ancestors, to strip them of their past and estrange them from it.   –Dominique Venner

Being of a people is the necessary anchor of identity.   But a human group is not a people unless it shares like origins, in a specific location, commanding a space,  giving  it  direction and a border  between the inside and the outside.  This location, this space,  is not only geographic,  but spiritual too.  –Venner

Of 1,800 Massachusetts college graduates seeking to become teachers,  59 per cent failed  a 10th grade test in verbal and mathematical ability.  –Robert  J.  Walters

The University of North Carolina has admitted that its academic-fraud-for-athletes  was   even worse than the public had been told.  It is now known that over the past 18 years, some 3,100 students took “paper classes with no faculty oversight and no class attendance.”    Black Studies had hosted all the fake classes.   –Walters

Society is an open-ended partnership between generations.  The dead and the unborn are as much members of society as the living.  To dishonor the dead is to reject the relation on which society is built—a relation of obligation between generations.   Those  who  have lost respect for the dead have ceased to be trustees  of their inheritance.  Inevitably, therefore, they lose their sense of  obligation  to future generations.  The web of obligation shrinks to the present tense.    –Edmund Burke

“It’s not our job to decide the right and wrong of slavery.”  Errol Flynn (J.E.B. Stuart).    “You are right, Jeb,”   Ronald Reagan (George Custer).  —Santa Fe Trail

“If you find John Brown, kill him.”  –Olivia de Haviland, Santa Fe Trail

“Why not let the South go?  O that the South would go.  But then they must leave us their lands.”   –Abolitionist Henry Ward  Beecher to an English audience, 1863

Whoever decides to be a sheep will soon find his wolf.  –Unknown

Battles of attrition are the last resort of poor, unimaginative,  brutal  generals.  –Eric Margolis

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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