19 Famous Jefferson Davis Quotes

19 Famous Jefferson Davis Quotes

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Jefferson Davis was a soldier and politician. He is most notable for serving as the President of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. Even though he had very strategic plans for defeating the Union he ultimately failed in 1865. He died on December 6, 1889 at the age of 81.

“All we ask is to be let alone.”

“Among our neighbors of Central and Southern America, we see the Caucasian mingled with the Indian and the African. They have the forms of free government, because they have copied them. To
its benefits they have not attained, because that standard of civilization is above their race. Revolution succeeds Revolution, and the country mourns that some petty chief may triumph, and
through a sixty days’ government ape the rulers of the earth.”

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“It has been a conviction of pressing necessity, it has been a belief that we are to be deprived in the Union of the rights which our fathers bequeathed to us, which has brought Mississippi
into her present decision. She has heard proclaimed the theory that all men are created free and equal, and this made the basis of an attack upon her social institutions; and the sacred
“Declaration of Independence has been invoked to maintain the position of the equality of the races.”

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

“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.”

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

“Not mine, oh Lord, but thine.”

“Sir, it is true that republics have often been cradled in war, but more often they have met with a grave in that cradle. Peace is the interest, the policy, the nature of a popular
“Government. War may bring benefits to a few, but privation and loss are the lot of the many. An appeal to arms should be the last resort, and only by national rights or national honor can
it be justified.”

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

“Then, Senators, we recur to the compact which binds us together; we recur to the principles upon which our government was founded; and when you deny them, and when you deny to us the right
to withdraw from a government which, thus perverted, threatens to be destructive of our rights, we but tread in the path of our fathers when we proclaim our independence, and take the
hazard. This is done not in hostility to others, not to injure any section of the country, not even for our own pecuniary benefit; but from the high and solemn motive of defending and
protecting the rights we inherited, and which it is our sacred duty to transmit unshorn to our children.”

“There is a relation belonging to this species of property, unlike that of the apprentice or the hired man, which awakens whatever there is of kindness or of nobility of soul in the heart of
him who owns it; this can only be alienated, obscured, or destroyed, by collecting this species of property into such masses that the owner is not personally acquainted with the individuals
who compose it.”

“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

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

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