Daniel Webster

United States politician and orator (1782-1817)

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A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures.
Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes to society.
Every man's life, liberty, and property are in danger when the Legislature is in session.
Failure is more frequently from want of energy than want of capital.
God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to guard and defend it.
Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. 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.
I was born an American I will live an American I shall die an American.
I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American.
If we abide by the principles taught by the Bible, our country will go on prospering.
If we work upon marble, it will perish if we work upon brass, time will efface it if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving that upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity.
Mind is the great lever of all things.
The world is governed more by appearances than realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.

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