24 Total Quotes

Henry Clay Quotes

Statistics are no substitute for judgment
Henry Clay
#Judgment

Let him who elevates himself above humanity . . . say, if he pleases, "I will never compromise"; but let no one who is not above the frailties of our common nature disdain compromise.
Henry Clay
#Compromise

The vanity of the world, and its insufficiency to satisfy the soul of man, has been long a settled conviction of my mind. Man's inability to secure by his own merits the approbation of God, I feel to be true. I trust in the atonement of the Savior of mercy, as the ground of my acceptance and of my hope of salvation.
Henry Clay
#Conviction

A man must be a born fool who voluntarily engages in controversy with Mr. Adams on a question of fact. I doubt whether he was ever mistaken in his life.
Henry Clay
#Controversy

If you wish to avoid foreign collision, you had better abandon the ocean.
Henry Clay
#American Statesman

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.
Henry Clay
#American Statesman #Allegiance

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart
Henry Clay
#Character

Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.
Henry Clay
#American Statesman #Character

An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.
Henry Clay
#People #American Statesman

I had rather be right than be President.
Henry Clay
#American Statesman

We've still got a lot of room for improvement, but it's all coming together.
Henry Clay
#Improvement

We kind of saw it coming because it's an emotional night but at the same time we did beat them before, ... As a team we just hung in there. They scared us but we knew it would come.
Henry Clay
#Night

We played our hearts out,
Henry Clay
#Hearts

Of all human powers operating on the affairs of mankind, none is greater than that of competition.
Henry Clay
#American Statesman #Competition

There is no power like oratory. Caesar controlled men by exciting their fears, Cicero by . . . swaying their passions. The influence of the one perished; that of the other continues to this day.
Henry Clay
#Influence

Statistics are no substitute for judgment.
Henry Clay
#American Statesman

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.
Henry Clay
#American Statesman

The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.
Henry Clay
#American Statesman

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.
Henry Clay
#American Statesman

I would rather be right than President.
Henry Clay
#American Statesman