Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together. Wherever her temple stands, and so long as it is duly honored, there is a foundation for general security, general happiness, and the improvement and progress of our race.
DANIEL WEBSTER, speech, Sep. 12, 1845
An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy.
DANIEL WEBSTER, McCulloch v. Maryland, 1819
His high-erected thoughts look'd down upon
The smiling valley of his fruitful heart.
DANIEL WEBSTER, A Monumental Column
Slavery is a continual and permanent violation of human rights.
DANIEL WEBSTER, letter to Rev. Mr. Furness, February 15, 1850
In the nature of things, those who have not property, and see their neighbors possess much more than they think them to need, cannot be favorable to laws made for the protection of property. When this class becomes numerous, it grows clamorous. It looks on property as its prey and plunder, and is naturally ready, at all times, for violence and revolution.
DANIEL WEBSTER, speech delivered at Plymouth, Massachusetts, "First Settlement of New England", December 22, 1820
A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures.