South Carolina will preserve its sovereignty, or be buried beneath its ruins.  –Governor Robert Y. Hayne, 1832

I have lived too long not to know how reluctantly the clearest proposition is admitted against preconceived opinions.   –Calhoun

Justice is truth in action.   –Joubert

The primary object of the criminal law is not to secure liberty or privilege, but to take them away from those who have shown a  contempt of the law by violating it.    –Walter Clark, beloved Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court

Burn down your cities, but leave us our farms, and we will build them up again in a day;  destroy  the farms and grass will grow in the streets of the cities.    –William Jennings Bryan

The Federalists [by refusing to admit Missouri to the Union with slavery]  hope to inflame and mislead the public sentiment, and to revive the old spirit of hostility to the Southern States, which they hope will tend to either bring them into power or to dissolve the Union, a project which they  have long cherished and will never abandon.  –The Jeffersonian Hartford  (Conn.) Times,  22 Feb 1820

Has anybody ever found Jimmy Buffett’s lost salt shaker?  –cartoon

Better put out pride than fire.  –Heraklitus

It is the doom of men that they forget.   –Merlin in the film “Excalibur”

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;  but after thie own lusts shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  and they shall turn their eyes away from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.   —  2 Timothy,  4:3—4

A nation of sheep engenders a government of wolves.    –Robert  M. Peters

If only Longstreet had . . . .    –O. Henry

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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