Henry Clay

I would rather be right than President.

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

Honor and good faith and justice are equally due from this country toward the weak as toward the strong.

A nation's character is the sum of its splendid deeds; they constitute one common patrimony, the nation's inheritance. They awe foreign powers, they arouse and animate our own people.

Peaceably if we can, forcibly if we must.

Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees; and both the trust and trustees are created for the benefit of the public.

All legislation is founded upon the principle of mutual concession.

There is no power like that of true 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.


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