Jefferson Davis Quotes.
Neither current events nor history show that the majority rule, or ever did rule.
Obstacles may retard, but they cannot long prevent the progress of a movement sanctioned by its justice and sustained by a virtuous people.
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.
African slavery, as it exists in the United States, is a moral, a social, and a political blessing.
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.
If slavery be a sin, it is not yours. It does not rest on your action for its origin, on your consent for its existence. It is a common law right to property in the service of man; its origin was Divine decree.
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.
The principle for which we contend is bound to reassert itself, though it may be at another time and in another form.
Nothing fills me with deeper sadness than to see a Southerner apologizing for the defense we made of our inheritance.
Truth crushed to earth is truth still and like a seed will rise again.
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.
Be not haughty with the humble; be not humble with the haughty.
Truthfulness is a cornerstone in character, and if it be not firmly laid in youth, there will ever after be a weak spot in the foundation.
A people morally and intellectually equal to self-government must also be equal in self-defence.
The withdrawal of a State from a league has no revolutionary or insurrectionary characteristic. The government of the State remains unchanged as to all internal affairs. It is only its external or confederate relations that are altered. To term this action of a Sovereign a ‘rebellion’ is a gross abuse of language.
Governments rest on the consent of the governed, and that it is the right of the people to alter or abolish them at will whenever they become destructive of the ends for which they were established.
It is our duty to keep the memory of our heroes green. Yet they belong to the whole country; they belong to America.
All we ask is to be let alone.
To increase the power, develop the resources and promote the happiness of a Confederacy, it is requisite there should be so much of homogeneity that the welfare of every portion would be the aim of the whole.
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 past is dead; let it bury its dead, its hopes and its aspirations; before you lies the future-a future full of golden promise.
The contest is not over, the strife is not ended. It has only entered on a new and enlarged arena.