by Charles King Bird

When did the South ever lay its hand on the North? –Calhoun

The body of a Confederate soldier was discovered near here a few days ago. I think I will go over and apologise. –Ambrose Bierce, former Union soldier

Therefore I charge the young not to despise hunting or any other schooling. For these are the means by which men become good in war and in all things out of which must come excellence in thought and word and deed. –Xenophon

No great historic problem has ever been settled by means of a brilliant idea. –Sir Lewis Napier

The strongest poison ever known/ Came from Caesar’s Laurel Crown –William Blake

From thinking of New England as the savior of the nation it was a short step for such intellectuals to think of New England as synonymous with the nation it would save. –Lewis P. Simpson

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise. –Francis Bacon

As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate action: you liberate a city by destroying it. –Gore Vidal

The fact is that New England has been so busy writing history that it hasn’t had time to make it, while the South has been so busy making history that it hasn’t had time to write it. –Henry Tucker Graham

There is not a more perilous or immoral habit of mind than the sanctifying of success. –Lord Acton

Take a horse for dignity, a mule for safety. Take a horse to have your picture made on, a mule to get you back home. Not that a mule gives a darn about you; he just doesn’t want to get hurt himself. What I am trying to say is that a horse has more education, a mule more sense. –Havilah Babcock

History repeats itself—but not exactly. –Clyde Wilson

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, a source  for unreconstructed Southern books.

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