Sayings By or For Southerners, Part X

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What are people for? –Wendell Berry

I do not view politicks as a scramble between eminent men; but as a science by which the lasting interest of the country may be advanced. –Calhoun

Citizens must fight to defend the law as if fighting to hold the city wall. –Heraclitus

Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the word which the Lord of hosts has sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the Lord of hosts. –Zechariah, 7:12

Your parents inherited a dollar; they leave you a peso. –Bill Bonner

It is not to our credit to think that we began today and it’s not to our glory to think we end today . . . . You stick to your blood, son; there’s a fierceness in blood that can bind you up with a long community of life. –Stark Young

New England! Where people get together to change the world! –Vermont Public Radio as heard by Prof. Donald Livingston

YANKEE, n. In Europe, an American. In the Northern States of our Union, a New Englander. In the Southern States the word is unknown. (See DAMYANK). –Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

There comes a time in every man’s life when he is either going to go fishing or do something worse. –Havilah Babcock

Mr. [Thaddeus] Stevens has no single quality of a statesman. . . . He is strictly a revolutionary leader: reckless, unsparing, vehement, vindictive, loud for the rights of conquerors, intolerant of opposition, and absolutely incapable of fine discrimination and generous judgment as a locomotive of singing. . . . He is no more fitted for the task of reconstruction which devolves upon Congress than a jovial blacksmith to repair a watch, or a butcher to take up hidden arteries and sundered veins in the very region of the heart. –Opinion of Republican news organ Harper’s Weekly, April 7, 1866

What might have been and what has been / Point to one end, which is always present. — T.S. Eliot

Confederate soldiers laid down their arms and accepted parole. Confederate officials were imprisoned. But the Confederate States of America never surrendered or ceased to exist de jure. –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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