Henry Clay

Henry
Clay
1777
1852

American Statesman. Orator and Senator

Author Quotes

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.

Political parties serve to keep each other in check, one keenly watching the other.

I always have had, and always shall have, a profound regard for Christianity, the religion of my fathers, and for its rights, its usages and observances.

Sir, I would rather be right than be president. There is no power like that of oratory. C‘sar controlled men by exciting their fears; Cicero, by captivating their affections and swaying their passions. The influence of the one perished with its author; that of the other continues to this day.

I am not, sir, in favor of cherishing the passion of conquest. I am permitted ? to indulge the hope of seeing, ere long, the new United States, (if you will allow me the expression,) embracing not only the old.

Sir, if you wish to avoid foreign commerce; give up all your prosperity. It is the thing protected, not the instrument of protection that involves you in war.

I had rather be right than be President.

war, the argument supposes, leads to despotism. Would the councils of that statesman be deemed who would recommend that the nation should be unarmed?that in the art of war, the material spirit, and martial exercises, should be prohibited???and that the great body of the people should be taught that the national happiness was to be found in perpetual peace alone? No, sir.

I have heard something said about allegiance to the South. I know no South, no North, no East, no West, to which I owe any allegiance.

The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity?unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.

I have no commiseration for princes. My sympathies are reserved for the great mass of mankind.

The courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest to the grateful and appreciating heart. It is the picayune compliments which are the most appreciated; far more than the double ones we sometimes pay.

I hope that it will yet be said, America is America's best customer.

The gentleman [Josiah Quincy] cannot have forgotten his own sentiment, uttered even on the floor of this House, "Peaceably if we can, forcibly if we must."

If you wish to avoid foreign collision, you had better abandon the ocean.

The person who has not learned to be happy and content while completely alone for an hour a day, or a week has missed life's greatest serenity.

Impart additional strength to our happy Union. Diversified as are the interests of its various parts, how admirably do they harmonize and blend together!?We have only to make a proper use of the bounties spread before us, to render us prosperous and powerful.

The time will come when winter will ask you what you were doing all summer.

In a scheme of policy which is devised for a nation, we should not limit our views to its operation during a single year, or even for a short term of years. We should look at its operation for a considerable time, and in war as well as in peace.

There is no power like that of oratory. Caesar controlled men by exciting their fears; Cicero, by captivating their affections and swaying their passions. The influence of the one perished with its author; that of the other continues to this day.

In all cases where incidental powers are acted upon, the principal and incidental ought to be congenial with each other, and partake of a common nature. The incidental power ought to be strictly subordinate and limited to the end proposed to be obtained by the specified power. In other words, under the name of accomplishing one object which is specified, the power implied ought not to be made to embrace other objects, which are not specified in the constitution.

There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.

A loving trust in the Author of the Bible is the best preparation for a wise study of the Bible.

It consists in the genius of the nation, which is prone to peace; in that desire to arrange, by friendly negotiation, our disputes with all nations... But a new state of things has arisen: negotiation has become hopeless. The power with whom it was to be conducted, if not annihilated, is in the situation that precludes it; and the subject-matter of it is in danger of being snatched forever from our power. Longer delay would be construed into a dereliction of our right, and would amount to a treachery to ourselves.

Value friendship for what there is in it, not for what can be gotten out of it.

Author Picture
First Name
Henry
Last Name
Clay
Birth Date
1777
Death Date
1852
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American Statesman. Orator and Senator