Daniel Webster Quotes

Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852) was a leading American senator and statesman during the era of the Second Party System, which was the political system in the United States from about 1828 to 1854, characterized by rapidly increasing voter interest and personal loyalty to parties. Webster was the outstanding spokesman for American nationalism with powerful oratory that made him a key Whig leader. He spoke for conservatives, and led the opposition to Democrat Andrew Jackson and his Democratic Party. He was a spokesman for modernization, banking, and industry, but not for the common people who composed the base of his opponents in Jacksonian Democracy. "He was a thoroughgoing elitist, and he reveled in it," says biographer Robert Remini. During his 40 years in national politics, Webster served in the House of Representatives for eight years (representing New Hampshire and then Massachusetts) and in the Senate for 19 years (representing Massachusetts), and served as the United States Secretary of State twice for a total of more than four years, under presidents William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, and Millard Fillmore.

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There is always room at the top.

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We passed a bill in 1997, signed by Democratic Gov. Lawton Chiles, which created a pilot program for a novel experiment called Florida Virtual School. The notion of children using a computer for a classroom and reporting to virtual teachers wasn't exactly mainstream thinking in those days.

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The true value of having Florida Virtual School in this mix is that it creates a gold standard for all providers to meet if they hope to compete for Florida students. This program raises the bar for everybody, even the traditional public schools. And that benefits all our children.

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Power tends to protect itself merely to maintain its own status and control. Principle gives up power for the sake of creating the best public policy.

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It's different from Washington in that in the legislature, you have to go home and have a job and actually make a living on your own. That gives you a different perspective.

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There's a picture there that people realize that, we stop helping Israel, we lose God's hand, and we're in big time trouble.

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Power says if you are a committee chairman, your idea is good only because you have got power.

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If you need a door kicked in, just call, and we'll kick it. Now, it may not always be the answer you want, but you will get an answer.

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The only way to improve the GOP brand and make good public policy is to fix the process. This requires transforming the way Congress does business.

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You lay out a plan and - say a three-year plan or a two-year plan - and say, 'This is what we can do. We can do the transportation packages, like the highway bill and the water bill, and we can do some of these other areas - a farm bill - whatever it is, we lay out a schedule, and we put that committee to work to do that.'

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What really promotes business in this country is liberty, not demand for information.

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You have got to clean your own house first before you tell other people that they aren't doing it right.

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Every member of Congress deserves a seat at the table to be involved in the process. I will continue fighting for this to become a reality in Washington, and will be running for speaker of the House.

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Mind is the great lever of all things.

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Thank God, I also am an American!

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