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#10

 

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.

--JEFFERSON DAVIS

 
#9
 

Our government is an agency of delegated and strictly limited powers. Its founders did not look to its preservation by force; but the chain they wove to bind these States together was one of love and mutual good offices.

--JEFFERSON DAVIS

 
#8
 

I will admit no bond that holds me to a party a day longer than I agree to its principles.

--JEFFERSON DAVIS

 
#7
 

Secession belongs to a different class of remedies. It is to be justified upon the basis that the States are Sovereign. There was a time when none denied it. I hope the time may come again, when a better comprehension of the theory of our Government, and the inalienable rights of the people of the States, will prevent any one from denying that each State is a Sovereign, and thus may reclaim the grants which it has made to any agent whomsoever.

--JEFFERSON DAVIS

 
#6
 

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

--JEFFERSON DAVIS

 
#5
 

Governments rest on the consent of the governed, and that it is the right of the people to alter or abolish them whenever they become destructive of the ends for which they were established.

--JEFFERSON DAVIS

 
#4
 

The withdrawal of a State from a league has no revolutionary or insurrectionary characteristic. The government of the State remains unchanged as to all internal affairs. It is only its external or confederate relations that are altered. To term this action of a Sovereign a "rebellion" is a gross abuse of language.

--JEFFERSON DAVIS

 
#3
 

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

--JEFFERSON DAVIS

 
#2
 

Nothing fills me with deeper sadness than to see a Southern man apologizing for the defense we made of our inheritance. Our cause was so just, so sacred, that had I known all that has come to pass, had I known what was to be inflicted upon me, all that my country was to suffer, all that our posterity was to endure, I would do it all over again.

--JEFFERSON DAVIS

 
#1
 

All we ask is to be let alone.

--JEFFERSON DAVIS

 
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