Jefferson Davis Quotes

Last updated: July 8th, 2020

Never be haughty to the humble or humble to the haughty.

“All we ask is to be let alone.”

The principle for which we contend is bound to reassert itself, though it may be at another time and in another form.

“I worked night and day for twelve years to prevent the war, but I could not. The North was mad and blind, would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came.”

“If the Confederacy falls, there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a theory.”

I worked night and day for twelve years to prevent the war, but I could not. The North was mad and blind, would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came.

Garfield’s assassination attempt made “the whole nation care.

If the Confederacy fails, there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a Theory.

God forbid that the day should ever come when to be true to my constituents is to be hostile to the Union.

All we ask is to be let alone.

It was one of the compromises of the Constitution that the slave property in the Southern States should be recognized as property throughout the United States.

“The war…must go on till the last man of this generation falls in his tracks…unless you acknowledge our right to self-government. We are not fighting for slavery. We are fighting for Independence,and that, or extermination, we WILL have.”

“Tradition usually rests upon something which men did know; history is often the manufacture of the mere liar.”

“The Slave must be made fit for his freedom by education and discipline, and thus made unfit for slavery. And as soon as he becomes unfit for slavery, the master will no longer desire to hold him as a slave.

Not mine, oh, Lord, but thine.

To one who loves his country in all its parts, it is natural to rejoice in whatever contributes to the prosperity and honor and marks the stability and progress of any portion of its people.

A government, to afford the needful protection and exercise proper care for the welfare of a people, must have homogeneity in its constituents. It is this necessity which has divided the human race into separate nations, and finally has defeated the grandest efforts which conquerors have made to give unlimited extent to their domain.

Obstacles may retard, but they cannot long prevent the progress of a movement sanctioned by its justice and sustained by a virtuous people.

“To one who loves his country in all its parts, it is natural to rejoice in whatever contributes to the prosperity and honor and marks the stability and progress of any portion of its people.”

“I will admit no bond that holds me to a party a day longer than I agree to its principles. When men meet together to confer and ascertain whether or not they do agree, and find that they differ – radically, essentially, irreconcilably differ – what belongs to an honorable position except to part? They cannot consistently act together any longer.”

“Our government is an agency of delegated and strictly limited powers. Its founders did not look to its preservation by force, but the chain they wove to bind these States together was one of love and mutual good offices …”

“Neither current events nor history shows that the majority rule, or ever did rule.”

African slavery, as it exists in the United States, is a moral, a social, and a political blessing.

“I love the Union and the Constitution, but I would rather leave the Union with the Constitution than remain in the.

A restitution of the Union has been rendered forever impossible.

Pray excuse me. I cannot take it.

“Truthfulness is a cornerstone in character, and if it is not firmly laid in youth, there will ever after be a weak spot in the foundation.”

“It is not differences of opinion; it is geographical lines, rivers, and mountains which divide State from State, and make different nations of mankind.”

“The time for compromise has now passed, and the South is determined to maintain her position, and make all who oppose her smell Southern powder and feel Southern steel.

“We feel that our cause is just and holy; we protest solemnly in the face of mankind that we desire peace at any sacrifice save that of honor and independence; we ask no conquest, no aggrandizement, no concession of any kind from the States with which we were lately confederated; all we ask is to be let alone; that those who never held power over us shall not now attempt our subjugation by arms.

Our armies were in as much chaos in victory as theirs in defeat.

Be not haughty with the humble; be not humble with the haughty.

At Rest An American Soldier And Defender of the Constitution.

A question settled by violence, or in disregard of the law, must remain unsettled forever.

Truthfulness is a cornerstone in character, and if it is not firmly laid in youth, there will ever after be a weak spot in the foundation.

The principle for which we contend is bound to reassert itself, though it may be at another time and in another form.

“Lay aside all rancor, all bitter sectional feeling, and to make your places in the ranks of those who will bring about a consummation devoutly to be wished—a reunited country.

“Truth crushed to the earth is truth still and like a seed will rise again.

I tried all in my power to avert this war. I saw it coming, for twelve years I worked night and day to prevent it, but I could not. The North was mad and blind; it would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came, and now it must go on unless you acknowledge our right to self-government. We are not fighting for slavery. We are fighting for Independence.

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