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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

Henry Clay 1777-1852 John Bartlett

    The gentleman [Josiah Quincy] cannot have forgotten his own sentiment, uttered even on the floor of this House, “Peaceably if we can, forcibly if we must.” 1
          Speech, 1813.
    Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees; and both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.
          Speech at Ashland, Ky., March, 1829.
    I have heard something said about allegiance to the South. I know no South, no North, no East, no West, to which I owe any allegiance.
          Speech, 1848.
    Sir, I would rather be right than be President.
          Speech, 1850 (referring to the Compromise Measures).
Note 1.
See Quincy, Quotation 1. [back]