John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
(continued) Daniel Webster. (17821852) 5528
There is nothing so powerful as truth,and often nothing so strange.
Argument on the Murder of Captain White, April 6, 1830. Vol. vi. p. 68. 5529
Fearful concatenation of circumstances. 1
Argument on the Murder of Captain White, April 6, 1830. Vol. vi. p. 88. 5530
A sense of duty pursues us ever. It is omnipresent, like the Deity. If we take to ourselves the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, duty performed or duty violated is still with us, for our happiness or our misery. If we say the darkness shall cover us, in the darkness as in the light our obligations are yet with us.
Argument on the Murder of Captain White, April 6, 1830. Vol. vi. p. 105. 5531
I shall defer my visit to Faneuil Hall, the cradle of American liberty, until its doors shall fly open on golden hinges to lovers of Union as well as lovers of liberty. 2
Letter, April, 1851.
Jane Taylor. (17831824) 5532
Though man a thinking being is defined, Few use the grand prerogative of mind. How few think justly of the thinking few! How many never think, who think they do!
Essays in Rhyme. (On Morals and Manners. Prejudice.) Essay i. Stanza 45. 5533
Far from mortal cares retreating, Sordid hopes and vain desires, Here, our willing footsteps meeting, Every heart to heaven aspires.
I thank the goodness and the grace Which on my birth have smiled, And made me, in these Christian days, A happy Christian child.
A Childs Hymn of Praise.
Note 1. See Scott, Quotation 64. [ back]
Note 2. Mr. Websters reply to the invitation of his friends, who had been refused the use of Faneuil Hall by the Mayor and Aldermen of Boston. [ back]