Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.

— Daniel Webster

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There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern.

They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters


Hold on, my friends, to the Constitution of your country and the government established under it. Leave evils which exist in some parts of the country, but which are beyond your control, to the all-wise direction of an over-ruling Providence. Perform those duties which are present, plain and positive. Respect the laws of your country.


The most important thought that ever occupied my mind is that of my individual responsibility to God.


The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.


God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.


Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades;

shoe makers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers a monster watch, and the dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but up in the Mountains of New Hampshire, God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that there He makes men.


The inherent right in the people to reform their government, I do not deny;

and they have another right, and that is to resist unconstitutional laws without overturning the government.


I regard it (the Constitution) as the work of the purest patriots and wisest statesman that ever existed, aided by the smiles of a benign Providence; it almost appears a "Divine interposition in our behalf... the hand that destroys our Constitution rends our Union asunder forever.


Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth.

It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.


Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but usually quarrel among themselves.


Lastly, our ancestors established their system of government on morality and religious sentiment. Moral habits, they believed, cannot safely be trusted on any other foundation than religious principle, nor any government be secure which is not supported by moral habits.... Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.


A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures.


About Daniel Webster

Quotes 154 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Politician
Birthday January 18, 1782

There is no refuge from confession but suicide; and suicide is confession.


The Bible is a book of faith, and a book of doctrine, and a book of religion, of special revelation from God; but it is also a book which teaches man his own individual responsibility, his own dignity, and his equality with his fellow - man.


On the diffusion of education among the people rest the preservation and perpetuation of our free institutions.


A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.


I believe that the Bible is to be understood and received in the plain and obvious meaning of its passages; for I cannot persuade myself that a book intended for the instruction and conversion of the whole world should cover its true meaning in any such mystery and doubt that none but critics and philosophers can discover it.


The Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions


Keep cool; anger is not an argument.


A free government with an uncontrolled power of military conscription is the most ridiculous and abominable contradiction and nonsense that ever entered into the heads of men.


If God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendency; if the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will.


The people's government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people.


We are all agents of the same supreme power, the people.


Justice is the great interest of man on earth.


There is nothing so powerful as truth, and often nothing so strange.


There is always room at the top.


Good intentions will always be pleaded, for every assumption of power;

but they cannot justify it ... It is hardly too strong to say, that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intention, real or pretended.


Mr. President, I wish to speak today, not as a Massachusetts man, nor as a Northern man, but as an American. I speak for the preservation of the Union. Hear me for my cause.


Failure is more frequently from want of energy than want of capital.


I shall enter on no encomium upon Massachusetts;

she needs none. There she is. Behold her, and judge for yourselves. There is her history; the world knows it by heart. The past, at least, is secure. There is Boston and Concord and Lexington and Bunker Hill; and there they will remain forever.


Wisdom begins at the end.


We are in danger of being overwhelmed with irredeemable paper, mere paper, representing not gold nor silver; no sir, representing nothing but broken promises, bad faith, bankrupt corporations, cheated creditors and a ruined people.


Of all the contrivances for cheating the laboring classes of mankind, none has been more effective than that which deludes them with paper money.


Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.


It is no monopoly in any other sense than as a man's own house is a monopoly.

But a man's right to his own invention is a very different matter. It is no more a monopoly for him to possess that, than to possess his own homestead .


Man is a special being, and if left to himself, in an isolated condition, would be one of the weakest creatures; but associated with his kind, he works wonders.


How little do they see what really is, who frame their hasty judgment upon that which seems.


The man is free who is protected from injury.


The world is governed more by appearances than by realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.


The past is at least secure.


The contest, for ages, has been to rescue Liberty from the grasp of executive power.


Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.


What is valuable is not new, and what is new is not valuable.


Our destruction, should it come at all, will be from.

..the inattention of the people to the concerns of their government, from their carelessness and negligence.


When my eyes shall be turned to behold for the last time the sun in heaven, may I not see him shining on the broken and dishonored fragments of a once glorious Union; on States dissevered, discordant, belligerent; on a land rent with civil feuds, or drenched, it may be, in fraternal blood.


Our profession is good, if practiced in the spirit of it;

it is damnable fraud and iniquity when its true spirit is supplied by a spirit of mischief-making and money catching.


If the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.


I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American.


Philosophical argument has sometimes shaken my reason for the faith that was in me; but my heart has always assured me that the Gospel of Jesus Christ must be reality.