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William H. Seward Quotes and Sayings

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Sir, there is no Christian nation, thus free to choose as we are,
which would establish slavery.
- William H. Seward

It is the maintenance of slavery by law in a state,
not parallels of latitude, that makes its a southern state;
and the absence of this,
that makes it a northern state.
- William H. Seward

The United States are a political state,
or organized society, whose end is government,
for the security, welfare, and happiness of all who
live under its protection.
- William H. Seward

There is not only no free state which would now establish it,
but there is no slave state, which, if it had had the
free alternative as we now have,
would have founded slavery.
- William H. Seward

 

The right to have a slave implies the right in some one to make the slave;
that right must be equal and mutual,
and this would resolve society into a state of perpetual war.
- William H. Seward

I submit, on the other hand, most respectfully,
that the Constitution not merely does not affirm that principle,
but, on the contrary, altogether excludes it.
- William H. Seward

Therefore, states are equal in natural rights.
- William H. Seward

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I speak on due consideration because Britain,
France, and Mexico, have abolished slavery,
and all other European states are preparing to abolish
it as speedily as they can.
- William H. Seward

I deem it established, then, that the Constitution
does not recognize property in man,
but leaves that question, as between the states,
to the law of nature and of nations.
- William H. Seward

But there is a higher law than the Constitution,
which regulates our authority over the domain,
and devotes it to the same noble purposes.
- William H. Seward

But I deny that the Constitution recognizes property in man.
- William H. Seward

To reduce this claim of slavery to an absurdity,
it is only necessary to add that there are only two
states in which slaves are a majority,
and not one in which the slaveholders are not a very
disproportionate minority.
- William H. Seward

But the Constitution was made not only for southern and northern states,
but for states neither northern nor southern,
namely, the western states, their coming in being foreseen and provided for.
- William H. Seward

If slavery, limited as it yet is, now threatens to
subvert the Constitution,
how can we as wise and prudent statesmen,
enlarge its boundaries and increase its influence,
and thus increase already impending dangers?
- William H. Seward

Simultaneously with the establishment of the Constitution,
Virginia ceded to the United States her domain,
which then extended to the Mississippi,
and was even claimed to extend to the Pacific Ocean.
- William H. Seward

I mean to say that Congress can hereafter decide whether any states,
slave or free, can be framed out of Texas.
If they should never be framed out of Texas,
they never could be admitted.
- William H. Seward

It is true, indeed, that the national domain is ours.
It is true it was acquired by the valor and with the
wealth of the whole nation.
But we hold, nevertheless, no arbitrary power over it.
- William H. Seward

The proposition of an established classification of
states as slave states and free states,
as insisted on by some, and into northern and southern,
as maintained by others, seems to me purely imaginary,
and of course the supposed equilibrium of those classes a mere conceit.
- William H. Seward

But you answer, that the Constitution recognizes property in slaves.
It would be sufficient, then, to reply,
that this constitutional recognition must be void,
because it is repugnant to the law of nature and of nations.
- William H. Seward

But assuming the same premises, to wit,
that all men are equal by the law of nature and of nations,
the right of property in slaves falls to the ground;
for one who is equal to another cannot be the owner
or property of that other.
- William H. Seward

There are times, sir, when men of good conscience
cannot blindly follow orders.
- Captain Picard, STAR TREK: The Next Generation

If a man does not make new acquaintances
as he advances through life,
he will soon find himself alone.
A man, sir, should keep his friendships in constant repair.
- Samuel Johnson

Might I perhaps win my wings?
I've been waiting for over 200 years now, sir,
and people ARE beginning to talk.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

When true friends meet in adverse hour,
'Tis like a sunbeam through a shower.
A watery way an instant seen,
The darkly closing clouds between.
- Sir Walter Scott

Sir, I am no sycophant or worshipper of power anywhere.
- Benjamin F. Wade

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 very idea of true patriotism is lost,
and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes.
A patriot, sir!
Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms!
- Robert Walpole

Yes, sir, a patrol car came and took me down to a station
where they were trying to develop films,
but they hadn't got the facilities to develop colored film.
- Abraham Zapruder

I also found being called Sir rather silly.
- Harold Pinter

And, Mr. Speaker, if the Governor and Council don't
see fit to fall in with us,
I say let the general duty law, and all,
go to the devil, sir, and go about our business.
- Christopher Gadsden

Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their
immediate representatives.
- Alexander Hamilton

Sir Larry could be very strict and a disciplinarian,
too.
He had many faces; he wore many hats.
But, ultimately, he loved the theater and he loved actors.
- Derek Jacobi

Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side;
my greatest concern is to be on God's side,
for God is always right.
- Abraham Lincoln

But, sir, I shall take the path of duty and shall not swerve from it.
- Benjamin F. Wade

The principles upon which a safety lamp might be constructed
I stated to several persons long before Sir Humphrey
Davy came into this part of the country.
- George Stephenson

Yes, sir.
I'm a real Southern boy.
I got a red neck, white socks, and Blue Ribbon beer.
- Billy Carter

Sir Walter, with his 61 years of life,
although he never wrote a novel until he was over 40,
had, fortunately for the world, a longer working career
than most of his brethren.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

Drama is action, sir, action and not confounded philosophy.
- Luigi Pirandello

I remember seeing the movie To Sir With Love when I was a little girl.
- Chaka Khan

A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince;
but,
one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.
- Samuel Johnson

I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people
except for a few public officials.
- George Mason

I was not up stairs when he came home;
no,
sir.
- Lizzie Andrew Borden

Cheerfulness, sir, is the principle ingredient in the composition of health.
- Arthur Murphy

Issue the orders Sir, and I will storm Hell.
- Anthony Wayne

A losing trade, I assure you, sir: literature is a drug.
- George Borrow

Could we have entered into the mind of Sir Isaac Newton,
and have traced all the steps by which he produced his great works,
we might see nothing very extraordinary in the process.
- Joseph Priestley

I, sir, I just like to work.
I'm humble.
- Bruce McCulloch

Oh, Mr Coward, sir - I could never have an affair with you,
because you remind me of my father!
- Kenneth More

Sir one more comment like that and I will strangle
you with my microphone wire!
- Adam Sandler

To be President of the United States,
sir, is to act as advocate for a blind,
venomous, and ungrateful client.
- John Updike

When you work with Sir Anthony there are days when
he will do a lot of takes if he's really enjoying a scene.
- Claire Forlani

When the American spirit was in its youth,
the language of America was different:
Liberty,
sir, was the primary object.
- Patrick Henry

I think Col.
North is first a U.S.
citizen and he has the same rights as you yourself do,
sir.
- Fawn Hall

If you don't have my army supplied, and keep it supplied,
we'll eat your mules up, sir.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

Sir, I wish to understand the true principles of the Government.
I wish them carried out.
I ask nothing more.
- William Henry Harrison

Someone once accused me of being like Eliot Ness.
I sad no sir, I'm not E.N., but I can promise you that I'm not Al Capone!
- Robert Stack

Yes, sir, I was in the processing room watching them
actually process the film.
- Abraham Zapruder

I don't call you handsome, sir, though I love you most dearly:
far too dearly to flatter you.
Don't flatter me.
- Charlotte Bronte

I phoned this number and said, Please,
sir, I want to be an actor.
- Charles Dance

Pray look better, Sir...
those things yonder are no giants, but windmills.
- Miguel de Cervantes

That's part of American greatness, is discrimination.
Yes, sir.
Inequality, I think, breeds freedom and gives a man opportunity.
- Lester Maddox

Faith, sir, we are here today, and gone tomorrow.
- Aphra Behn

Sir Rodin convinced my parents to have me committed;
they are all in Paris to arrange it.
- Camille Claudel

My breakthrough as a reader was when I discovered the
European adventure story writers -
Alexander Dumas,
Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott,
to name a few.
- Terry Brooks

Winston Churchill was not entirely British.
His mother was American, making Sir Winston part Iroquois Indian.
- Rachel Blanchard

My dear sir, it haunted me for the rest of my life.
- Peter O'Toole

Writing allows me the time to travel and see the world,
which is what I always wanted to do.
I'd really like to have been Sir Richard Francis Burton,
but it's the wrong century.
- Alan Dean Foster

Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.
- George Farquhar

The Conservatives over the years have done a great deal,
from Sir John A, to Diefenbaker, and others.
- Brian Mulroney

It's a real blessing for me to tell you,
sir, that calvary has arrived - Fox is here!
- Glenn Beck

Nobody's ever called me Sir Richard.
Occasionally in America, I hear people saying Sir Richard
and think there's some Shakespearean play taking place.
But nowhere else anyway.
- Richard Branson


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