The party in power, like Jonah's gourd, grew up quickly, and will quickly fall.— Davy Crockett
The most passioned Davy Crockett quotes that are proven to give you inner joy
I must say as to what I have seen of Texas it is the garden spot of the world.
The best land and the best prospects for health I ever saw, and I do believe it is a fortune to any man to come here. There is a world of country here to settle.
There ain't no ticks like poly-ticks. Bloodsuckers all.
Be always sure your are right, then go ahead.
I'm that same David Crockett, fresh from the backwoods, half-horse, half-alligator, a little touched with the snapping turtle; can wade the Mississippi, leap the Ohio, ride upon a streak of lightning, and slip without a scratch down a honey locust [tree].
I know not whether, in the eyes of the world, a brilliant death is not preferred to an obscure life of rectitude. Most men are remembered as they died, and not as they lived. We gaze with admiration upon the glories of the setting sun, yet scarcely bestow a passing glance upon its noonday splendor.
It was expected of me that I was to bow to the name of Andrew Jackson.
.. even at the expense of my conscience and judgement. such a thing was new to me, and a total stranger to my principles.
I would rather be beaten and be a man than to be elected and be a little puppy dog. I have always supported measures and principles and not men. I have acted fearless[ly] and independent and I never will regret my course. I would rather be politically buried than to be hypocritically immortalized.
Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.
I gave my decisions on the principles of common justice and honesty between man and man, and relied on natural born sense, and not on law, learning to guide me; for I had never read a page in a law book in all my life.
I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgment dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me... Look at my arms, you will find no party hand-cuff on them.
If I could rest anywhere, it would be in Arkansas, where the men are of the real half-horse, half-alligator breed such as grows nowhere else on the face of the universal earth.
Fame is like a shaved pig with a greased tail, and it is only after it has slipped through the hands of some thousands, that some fellow, by mere chance, holds on to it!
I would rather be beaten, and be a man, than to be elected and be a little puppy dog.
Most of authors seek fame, but I seek for justice - a holier impulse than ever entered into the ambitious struggles of the votaries of that fickle, flirting goddess.
Congress allows lemonade to the members and has it charged under the head of stationery-I move also that whiskey be allowed under the item of fuel.
I have suffered my self to be politically sacrificed to save my country from ruin and disgrace and if I am never a gain elected I will have the gratification to know that I have done my duty.
The enemy fought with savage fury, and met death with all its horrors, without shrinking or complaining: not one asked to be spared, but fought as long as they could stand or sit.
Look at my arms, you will find no party hand-cuff on them.
We must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living.
Sorrow, it is said, will make even an oyster feel poetical.
I never tried my hand at that sort of writing but on this particular occasion such was my state of feeling, that I began to fancy myself inspired; so I took pen in hand, and as usual I went ahead.
If one man in the country could take all the money, what was the use of passing any bills about it?
A bulger of a place it is. The number of the ships beat me all hollow, and looked for all the world like a big clearing in the West, with the dead trees all standing.
Heaven knows that I have done all that a mortal could do, to save the people, and the failure was not my fault, but the fault of others.
Throughout the day no time for memorandums now. Go ahead! Liberty and independence forever.
I have always supported measures and principles and not men.
Thare is no chance of hurrying bussiness here like in the legeslature of a State thare is such a desposition here to Show Eloquence that this will be a long Session and do no good.
It is quite possible that someone is insane and they think they have a chance.
Not insane in the clinical sense, but they may have such a strong political ambition that they blind themselves to reality.
Be always sure you are right - then go ahead.
You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.
It is a huckleberry above my persimmon to cipher out how it is, with six months' schooling only, I, David Crockett, find myself the most popular bookmaker of the day, and such is the demand for my works that I cannot write them half fast enough, no how I can fix it.
Farewell to ye all! In the land of the stranger I rise or I fall.
No man who has not tried it can imagine what dreadful hard work it is to listen.
Splitting gum logs in the dog days is child's play to it. I've tried both, and give the preference to the gum logs.
I want people to be able to get what they need to live: enough food, a place to live, and an education for their children. Government does not provide these as well as private charities and businesses.
Let your tongue speak what your heart thinks.
For the information of young hunters, I will just say, in this place, that whenever a fellow gets bad lost, the way home is just the way he don't think it is. This rule will hit nine times out of ten.
Make sure you're right, then go ahead.
You can all go to heck; I will go to Texas
Remember these words when I am dead. First be sure you're right, then go ahead.
I learned to read a little in my primer, to write my own name, and to cypher some in the three first rules in figures. And this was all the schooling I ever had in my life, up to this day. I should have continued longer if it hadn't been that I concluded I couldn't do any longer without a wife, and so I cut out to hunt me one.
You can go to hell -- I'm going to Texas.
I would rather be politically dead than hypocritically immortalized.
Although our great man at the head of the nation, has changed his course, I will not change mine.
I voted against this Indian bill, and my conscience yet tells me that I gave a good, honest vote, and one that I believe will not make me ashamed in the day of judgment.
We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.
I also told them of the manner in which I had been knocked down and dragged out, and that I didn't consider it a fair fight any how they could fix it. I put the ingredients in the cup pretty strong I tell you, and I concluded my speech by telling them that I was done with politics for the present, and they might all go to hell, and I would go to Texas.
I am now here in Congress I am at liberty to vote as my conscience and judgment dictates to be right, without the yoke of any party on me, or the driver at my heels, with his whip in hand, commanding me to ge-wo-haw, just at his pleasure.
You will find me standing up to my rack, as the people's faithful representative, and the public's most obedient, very humble servant.
Whenever I had anything and saw a fellow being suffering, I was more anxious to relieve him than to benefit myself. And this is one of the true secrets of my being a poor man to this day.
I now say that the oldest man living never heard of the president of a great nation to come down to open electioneering for his successor. It is treating the nation as if it was the property of a single individual, and he had the right to bequeath it to whom he pleased - the same as a patch of land for which he had the patent.