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

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Daniel Webster. (1782–1852) (continued)
    It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing of God it shall be my dying sentiment,—Independence now and Independence forever. 1
          Eulogy on Adams and Jefferson, Aug. 2, 1826. P. 136.
    Although no sculptured marble should rise to their memory, nor engraved stone bear record of their deeds, yet will their remembrance be as lasting as the land they honored.
          Eulogy on Adams and Jefferson, Aug. 2, 1826. P. 146.
    Washington is in the clear upper sky. 2
          Eulogy on Adams and Jefferson, Aug. 2, 1826. P. 148.
    He smote the rock of the national resources, and abundant streams of revenue gushed forth. He touched the dead corpse of Public Credit, and it sprung upon its feet. 3
          Speech on Hamilton, March 10, 1831. P. 200.
    One country, one constitution, one destiny.
          Speech, March 15, 1837. P. 349.
    When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers therefore are the founders of human civilization.
          Remarks on Agriculture, Jan 13, 1840. P. 457.
    Sea of upturned faces. 4
          Speech, Sept. 30, 1842. Vol. ii. p. 117.
    Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth.
          On Mr. Justice Story, 1845. P. 300.
    Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restraint.
          Speech at the Charleston Bar Dinner, May 10, 1847. Vol. ii. p. 393.
Note 1.
Mr. Webster says of Mr. Adams: “On the day of his death, hearing the noise of bells and cannon, he asked the occasion. On being reminded that it was ‘Independent Day,’ he replied, ‘Independence forever.’”—Works, vol. i. p. 150. Bancroft: History of the United States, vol. vii. p. 65. [back]
Note 2.
We shall be strong to run the race,
And climb the upper sky.
Isaac Watts: Spiritual Hymns, xxiv. [back]
Note 3.
He it was that first gave to the law the air of a science. He found it a skeleton, and clothed it with life, colour, and complexion: he embraced the old statue, and by his touch it grew into youth, health, and beauty.—Barry Yelverton (Lord Avonmore): On Blackstone. [back]
Note 4.
See Scott, Quotation 59. [back]