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...speech, before alluded to: 'I shall enter into no encomium on the Secretary of State; he needs none. I should be incompetent to grasp so great a theme, if it were needed. The Secretary of State! There he is! Behold him, and judge for yourselves. There is his history; there are his ideas; his thoughts spread over every page of your annals for near half a century. _There are his ideas, his thoughts impressed upon and inseparable from the mind of his country and the spirit of the age_.The past is at least secure.The past is enough of itself to guarantee a future of fame unapproachable and inextinguishable.'
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The Yankee chain you'd gladly split, And yet begin by heating it! But when the iron is all aglow, 'Twill closer blend at every blow. Learn wisdom from a warning word, Beat not the chain into a sword.
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THE HEIR OF ROSETON.
Qui curios simulant, et Bacchanalia... Webster, Daniel
Excerpt from The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 2, February, 1862 Devoted To Literature And National Policy · This quote is about past · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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