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It is…the people’s Constitution, the people’s government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people…We are all agents of the same supreme power, the people.
Daniel Webster (Unitarian, statesman, U.S. Senator) Speech Delivered 26th & 27th January 1830 on Foot’s Resolution
There is one sort of inconsistency which is culpable. It is the inconsistency between a man’s conviction and his vote; between his conscience and his conduct.
Daniel Webster (Unitarian, statesman, U.S. Senator) Speech on Bill to Reduce Duties and Imports July 25-26, 1846
The first rule is _always to vote_ when we have a right to do so. If republican institutions fail, it will be because the good men and wise men and educated men fail to do their duty by taking part in politics. Bad men, who make a trade of politics, are sure to vote, and to induce others to do so.
James Freeman Clarke (Unitarian, reformer, clergy) Everyday Religion (1866) p.437
It is in my opinion an essential part of Democracy that social distinctions should be merely individual, not racial. Character is character; and education is education.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson (Unitarian, literary essayist, clergy, editor, abolitionist, soldier) to William Jennings Bryan in 1900, quoted by Brenda Wineapple, White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The proper function of a government is to make it easy for the people to do good, and difficult for them to do evil.
Daniel Webster, The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster: Diplomatic Papers and Miscellaneous Letters (Unitarian, statesman, lawyer, U.S. Senator)
We are readiest to attend to the arguments of him, whom we see readiest to attend to ours. Bigoted assertion tends to nothing more surely, than to beget bigoted opposition in another mind
John Gorham Palfrey, Sermons on Duties Belonging to Some of the Conditions and Relations of Private Life. Boston (1858) p. 55 (Unitarian, educator, editor of the Christian Examiner, author, U.S. Representative, clergy)
And what a noble sight it is — these thousands and hundreds of thousands banded together on some great principle; together struggling for the establishment of some great right; and moving calmly and steadily forward to the victory, by the might of associated moral power alone!
Thomas Baldwin Thayer, “The Elements and Results of the Social Revolution,” Universalist Quarterly 1847 p.283 (Universalist, theologian, Universalist Quarterly editor, clergy)
The first object of a free people is the preservation of their liberty; and liberty is only to be preserved by maintaining constitutional restraints and just divisions of political power. Nothing is more deceptive or more dangerous than the pretense of a desire to simplify government. The simplest governments are despotisms… but all republics, all government of law, must impose numerous limitations and qualifications of authority, and give many positive and qualified rights
Daniel Webster, “A Speech Delivered in the U.S. Senate, 7th May 1834” (Unitarian, statesman, U.S. Senator)
Liberty, once lost, is lost forever. When the people once surrender their share in the legislature, and their right of defending the limitations upon the Government, of resisting every encroachment upon them, they can never regain it.
John Adams (Unitarian, lawyer, statesman, US President 1797-1801, reformer) to Abigail Adams (Unitarian, farmer, patriot), Philadelphia, 7 July 1775, Familiar Letters of John Adams And His Wife Abigail Adams, During the Revolution, edited by Charles Francis Adams (1876) p.190
On the diffusion of education among the people rests the preservation and perpetuation of our free institutions.
Daniel Webster (Unitarian, statesman, U.S. Senator)