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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Henry Clay
 
  A nation’s character is the sum of its splendid deeds; they constitute one common patrimony, the nation’s inheritance. They awe foreign powers; they arouse and animate our own people.  1
  Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees; and both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.  2
  I always have had, and always shall have, a profound regard for Christianity, the religion of my fathers, and for its rights, its usages and observances.  3
  I have heard something said about allegience to the south: I know no south, no north, no east, no west, to which I owe any allegiance.  4
  In all the affairs of human life, social as well as political, I have remarked that courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest to the grateful and appreciating heart.  5
  Political parties serve to keep each other in check, one keenly watching the other.  6
  Sir, I would rather be right than be president.  7
  There is no power like that of oratory. Cæsar controlled men by exciting their fears; Cicero, by captivating their affections and swaying their passions. The influence of the one perished with its author; that of the other continues to this day.  8
 
 
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