Daniel Webster


American Statesman, Orator, Senator from Massachusetts

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

There's always room at the top.

Mind is the greatest lever of all things.

A sense of duty pursues us ever. It is omnipresent, like the Deity.

Knowledge does not comprise all which is contained in the large term of education. The feelings are to be disciplined, the passions are to be restrained; true and worthy motives are to be inspired; a profound religious feeling is to be instilled, and pure morality inculcated under all circumstances. All this is comprised in education.

Knowledge is the only fountain, both of the love and the principles of human liberty.

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.

Mind is the great lever of all things; human thought is the process by which human ends are ultimately answered.

One may live as a conqueror, a king, or a magistrate; but he must die as a man.

Real goodness does not attach itself merely to this life - it points to another world. Political or professional reputation cannot last forever, but a conscience void of offense before God and man is an inheritance for eternity.

The bed of death brings every human being to his pure individuality, to the intense contemplation of that deepest and most solemn of all relations - the relation between the creature and his Creator.

The Bible is a book of faith, and a book of doctrine, and a book of morals, 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.

The criminal law is not founded on the principle of vengeance; it uses evil only as a means of preventing greater evil.

The farmers are the founders of civilization and prosperity.

The law is made to protect the innocent by punishing the guilty.

The most important thought I ever had was that of my individual responsibility to God.

Employment gives health, sobriety, and morals. Constant employment and well-paid labor produce, in a country like ours, general prosperity, content, and cheerfulness. Thus happy have we seen the country.

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.

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, if we imbue them with principles with the just fear of God and love of our fellowmen, we engrave on those tablets something which will brighten to all eternity.

There is always room at the top.

If you divorce capital from labor, capital is hoarded, and labor starves.

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

Integrity of life is fame’s best friend.

Truth is always congruous and agrees with itself; every truth in the universe agrees with all others.

A conscience void of offense, before God and man, is an inheritance for eternity.

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American Statesman, Orator, Senator from Massachusetts