Daniel Webster Quotes
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Daniel Webster was a leading American statesman during the nation's Antebellum Period. He first rose to regional prominence through his defense of New England shipping interests. His increasingly nationalistic views and the effectiveness with which he articulated them led Webster to become one of the most famous orators and influential Whig leaders of the Second Party System.
Daniel Webster was an attorney, and served as legal counsel in several cases that established important constitutional precedents that bolstered the authority of the Federal government. As Secretary of State, he negotiated the Webster-Ashburton Treaty that established the definitive eastern border between the United States and Canada.
Webster tried three times to achieve the Presidency; all three bids failed, the final one in part because of his compromises. Similarly, Webster's efforts to steer the nation away from civil war toward a definite peace ultimately proved futile. Despite this, Webster came to be esteemed for these efforts and was officially named by the U.S. Senate in 1957 as one of its five most outstanding members.
| 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.|
Topics: Children, Self-control, Passion
| Finally, let us not forget the religious character of our origin. Our fathers were brought hither by their high veneration for the Christian religion.|
| Let us cherish these sentiments, and extend this influence still more widely; in the full conviction, that that is the happiest society which partakes in the highest degree of the mild and peaceful spirit of Christianity.|
| If I get well and write a book on Christianity, about which we have talked, we can attend more fully to this matter; but if I should be taken away suddenly, I do not wish to leave any duty of this kind unperformed. I want to leave somewhere a declaration of my belief in Christianity.|
Topics: Christianity, Believing
| Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.|
Topics: Christians, Men
| Conscience, in the cause of religion and the worship of the Deity, prepares the mind to act and to suffer beyond almost all other causes.|
Topics: Conscience, God
| A solemn and religious regard to spiritual and eternal things is an indispensable element of all true greatness.|
| We shall fill this region of the great continent, which stretches almost from pole to pole, with civilization and Christianity; the temples of the true God shall rise.|
| The most important thought that ever occupied my mind is that of my individual responsibility to God.|
Topics: Faithful, Responsibility
| God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.|
Topics: God, Liberty
| Government is founded on property.|
| Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.|