Jefferson Davis Quotes


Nothing fills me with deeper sadness than to see a Southerner apologizing for the defense we made of our inheritance.

Our armies were in as much chaos in victory as theirs in defeat.

The contest is not over the strife is not ended. It has only entered upon a new and enlarged arena.

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

The authors of all our misfortune.

We protest solemnly in the face of mankind that we desire peace at any sacrifice save that of honor.

Garfield's assassination attempt made the whole nation care.

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.

African slavery as it exists in the United States is a moral a social and a political blessing.

At Rest An American Soldier And Defender of the Constitution.

The troops of other states have their reputation to gain the sons of the Alamo have theirs to maintain.

All we ask is to be let alone.

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.

Never be haughty to the humble or humble to the haughty.

Be not haughty with the humble; be not humble with the haughty.

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

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.

Pray excuse me. I cannot take it.

If the Confederacy fails there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a Theory.

If the Confederacy falls there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a theory.

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.

How idle is this prating about natural rights as though still containing all that had been forfeited.

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 people.

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.

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

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

A question settled by violence or in disregard of law must remain unsettled forever.

Let men not ask what the law requires but give whatever freedom demands.

A people morally and intellectually equal to self-government must also be equal in self-defence.

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

Lay aside all rancor all bitter sectional feeling and to make your places in the ranks of those who will bring about a consummation devoutly to be wished"?a reunited country.

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.

Vicksburg is the nail head that holds the South's two halves together.

Upon my weary heart was showered smiles plaudits and flowers but beyond them I saw troubles and thorns innumerable.

A restitution of the Union has been rendered forever impossible.

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

It is our duty to keep the memory of our heroes green. Yet they belong to the whole country; they belong to America.

Obstacles may retard but they cannot long prevent the progress of a movement sanctified by its justice and sustained by a virtuous people .

It is a duty we owe to posterity to see that our children shall know the virtues and rise worthy of their sires.