Sayings By or For Southerners, Part XXVIII

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Education is a vast sea of lies, waste, corruption, crackpot theorizing,  and  careerist  logrolling. –John Derbyshire

A lie can travel half way around the world while truth is still putting on his boots.  –Mark Twain

The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those, who, in times of great moral crisis,  maintain  their neutrality.  –Dante

They change their sky, not their soul, who  cross  the sea.  –Horace

You may drive Nature out with a pitchfork, but she will always return.   –Horace

I can pay no attention at all to those  who  regard  the cherishing of the past as an arresting, or a cramping;  a check.  On the contrary, it seems to me the privilege of a lively mind . . . .  There is a sort of tradition which is not a form, nor a ritual, nor a name, but a surviving influence . . . .  —  Hilaire Belloc

Welcome to the South.  Now go home.    –bumper sticker

The Mohametan inhabitants are treacherous and unprincipled.  According to their doctrine, whatever is stolen or plundered from others of a different faith, is properly taken, and the theft is no crime . . . . These principles are common to all the Saracens.  –Marco Polo on Iraq, 1295

I hope this will not be a war of emancipation  but of extermination, & that all under the influence of the foul  fiend  may be driven like swine into the sea.  May we carry fire and sword into their states till not one habitation is left standing.   –Mrs. Ellen Sherman, wife of Gen. William  T. Sherman

The South is a garden.  It has been worn out by the War, Reconstruction, the Period of Desolation, the Depression and the worst ravages of all—Modernity;  yet, a worn-out garden, its contours perceived by keen eyes, the fruitfulness of its past stored in memory, can be over time, a time which will last no longer than those of us who initially set our minds to the task, restored, to once again produce, for the time appointed unto it, the fruits which nurture the human spirit and which foreshadow the Garden of which there will be no end.    Dr Robert M. Peters of Louisiana

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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