Daniel Webster Quotes

Home / Statesman / Daniel Webster Quotes
Daniel Webster
14th and 19th United States Secretary of State
In office
March 6, 1841 â€“ May 8, 1843
President William H. Harrison
John Tyler
Preceded by John Forsyth
Succeeded by Abel P. Upshur
In office
July 23, 1850 â€“ October 24, 1852
President Millard Fillmore
Preceded by John M. Clayton
Succeeded by Edward Everett
United States Senator
from Massachusetts
In office
June 8, 1827 â€“ February 22, 1841
Preceded by Elijah H. Mills
Succeeded by Rufus Choate
In office
March 4, 1845 â€“ July 22, 1850
Preceded by Rufus Choate
Succeeded by Robert Charles Winthrop
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance
In office
December 2, 1833[1] â€“ December 5, 1836[1]
Preceded by Samuel Smith
Succeeded by Silas Wright
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts’s 1st district
In office
March 4, 1823 â€“ May 30, 1827
Preceded by Benjamin Gorham
Succeeded by Benjamin Gorham
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Hampshire’s At-large district
In office
March 4, 1813 â€“ March 3, 1817
Preceded by George Sullivan
Succeeded by Arthur Livermore
Personal details
Born (1782-01-18)January 18, 1782
Salisbury, New Hampshire
Died October 24, 1852(1852-10-24) (aged 70)
Marshfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Whig Party (1833–1852)
Other political
Federalist Party (before 1828)
National Republican Party (1828–1833)
Spouse(s) Grace Fletcher
Caroline LeRoy Webster
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Profession Lawyer
Religion Disputed

Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.
Daniel Webster
The people's government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people.
Daniel Webster
Mind is the great lever of all things; human thought is the process by which human ends are ultimately answered.
Daniel Webster
How little do they see what really is, who frame their hasty judgment upon that which seems.
Daniel Webster
I mistrust the judgment of every man in a case in which his own wishes are concerned.
Daniel Webster
The law: it has honored us; may we honor it.
The right of an inventor to his invention is no monopoly – in any other sense than a man's house is a monopoly.
Daniel Webster
It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment, independence now and independence forever.
Daniel Webster
A disordered currency is one of the greatest political evils.
Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable.
Every unpunished murder takes away something from the security of every man's life.
Daniel Webster
Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.
On the diffusion of education among the people rest the preservation and perpetuation of our free institutions.
Daniel Webster
When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.
Daniel Webster
Keep cool; anger is not an argument.
What a man does for others, not what they do for him, gives him immortality.
Daniel Webster
The most important thought that ever occupied my mind is that of my individual responsibility to God.
Daniel Webster
How little do they see what really is, who frame their hasty judgment upon that which seems.
Daniel Webster
Let it be borne on the flag under which we rally in every exigency, that we have one country, one constitution, one destiny.
Daniel Webster
We have been taught to regard a representative of the people as a sentinel on the watch-tower of liberty.
Daniel Webster
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.
Daniel Webster
Inconsistencies of opinion, arising from changes of circumstances, are often justifiable.
Daniel Webster
There is no refuge from confession but suicide; and suicide is confession.
The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.
Daniel Webster
There is always room at the top.
God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.
Daniel Webster
There is nothing so powerful as truth, and often nothing so strange.
An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, the power to destroy.
One country, one constitution, one destiny.
Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but usually quarrel among themselves.
Daniel Webster
He who tampers with the currency robs labor of its bread.
No man not inspired can make a good speech without preparation.
I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American.
Whatever government is not a government of laws, is a despotism, let it be called what it may.
Daniel Webster
Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.
Failure is more frequently from want of energy than want of capital.
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.
Daniel Webster
A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures.
Daniel Webster
Wisdom begins at the end.
We are all agents of the same supreme power, the people.
Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization.
Daniel Webster
The materials of wealth are in the earth, in the seas, and in their natural and unaided productions.
Daniel Webster
A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.