40 Inspirational Henry Clay Quotes On Success In Life

Henry Clay Sr. was an American attorney and statesman who represented Kentucky in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He was the seventh House Speaker as well as the ninth Secretary of State, also receiving electoral votes for president in 1824, 1832, and 1844 presidential elections. These Henry Clay quotes will motivate you.

Best Henry Clay Quotes

  1. “The arts of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all ages. It marks its victim; denounces it; and excites the public odium and the public hatred, to conceal its own abuses and encroachments.” ~ Henry Clay
  2. “Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.” ~ Henry Clay
  3. “Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.” ~ Henry Clay

  4. “All legislation, all government, all society is founded upon the principle of mutual concession, politeness, comity, courtesy; upon these everything is based…Let him who elevates himself above humanity, above its weaknesses, its infirmities, its wants, its necessities, say, if he pleases, I will never compromise; but let no one who is not above the frailties of our common nature disdain compromises.” ~ Henry Clay
  5. “The measure of the wealth of a nation is indicated by the measure of its protection of its industry; the measure of the poverty of a nation is marked by the degree in which it neglects and abandons the care of its own industry, leaving it exposed to the action of foreign powers.” ~ Henry Clay
  6. “The time will come when winter will ask what you were doing all summer.” ~ Henry Clay

  7. “We have had good and bad Presidents, and it is a consoling reflection that the American Nation possesses such elements of prosperity that the bad Presidents cannot destroy it, and have been able to do no more than slightly to retard the public’s advancement.” ~ Henry Clay
  8. “Let him who elevates himself above humanity . . . say, if he pleases, “I will never compromise”; but let no one who is not above the frailties of our common nature disdain compromise.” ~ Henry Clay
  9. “Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.” ~ Henry Clay
  10. “Peaceably if we can, forcibly if we must.” ~ Henry Clay

  11. “The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.” ~ Henry Clay
  12. “I cannot believe that the killing of 2,000 Englishmen at New Orleans qualifies a person for the various difficult and complicated duties of the Presidency.” ~ Henry Clay
  13. “An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.” ~ Henry Clay
  14. “All legislation is founded upon the principle of mutual concession.” ~ Henry Clay

  15. “Statistics are no substitute for judgment.” ~ Henry Clay
  16. “I have heard something said about allegiance to the South. I know no South, no North, no East, no West, to which I owe any allegiance.” ~ Henry Clay
  17. “The great advantage of our system of government over all others, is, that we have a written constitution, defining its limits, and prescribing its authorities; and that, however, for a time, faction may convulse the nation, and passion and party prejudice sway its functionaries, the season of reflection will recur, when calmly retracing their deeds, all aberrations from fundamental principle will be corrected.” ~ Henry Clay Quotes
  18. “I am not, sir, in favor of cherishing the passion of conquest. I am permitted … to indulge the hope of seeing, ere long, the new United States, (if you will allow me the expression,) embracing not only the old.” ~ Henry Clay
  19. “Political parties serve to keep each other in check, one keenly watching the other.” ~ Henry Clay

  20. “There is no power like oratory. Caesar controlled men by exciting their fears, Cicero by . . . swaying their passions. The influence of the one perished; that of the other continues to this day.” ~ Henry Clay
  21. “The imposition of taxes has its limits. There is a maximum which cannot be transcended. Suppose the citizen to be taxed by the general government to the utmost extent of his ability, or a thing as much as it can possibly bear, and the state imposes a tax at the same time, which authority is to take it?” ~ Henry Clay
  22. “Honor and good faith and justice are equally due from this country toward the weak as toward the strong.” ~ Henry Clay
  23. “I always have had, and always shall have, a profound regard for Christianity, the religion of my fathers, and for its rights, its usages and observances.” ~ Henry Clay
  24. “Of all human powers operating on the affairs of mankind, none is greater than that of competition.” ~ Henry Clay

  25. “A nation’s character is the sum of its splendid deeds; they constitute one common patrimony, the nation’s inheritance. They awe foreign powers, they arouse and animate our own people.” ~ Henry Clay
  26. “By competition the total amount of supply is increased, and by increase of the supply a competition in the sale ensues, and this enables the consumer to buy at lower rates. Of all human powers operating on the affairs of mankind, none is greater than that of competition.” ~ Henry Clay Quotes
  27. “A man must be a born fool who voluntarily engages in controversy with Mr. Adams on a question of fact. I doubt whether he was ever mistaken in his life.” ~ Henry Clay
  28. “I had rather be right than be President.” ~ Henry Clay

  29. “All religions united with government are more or less inimical to liberty. All, separated from government, are compatible with liberty.” ~ Henry Clay
  30. “Precedents deliberately established by wise men are entitled to great weight. They are evidence of truth, but only evidence…But a solitary precedent…which has never been reexamined, cannot be conclusive.” ~ Henry Clay
  31. “I have no commiseration for princes. My sympathies are reserved for the great mass of mankind ….” ~ Henry Clay

  32. “Impart additional strength to our happy Union.?Diversified as are the interests of its various parts, how admirably do they harmonize and blend together!? We have only to make a proper use of the bounties spread before us, to render us prosperous and powerful.” ~ Henry Clay
  33. “In a scheme of policy which is devised for a nation, we should not limit our views to its operation during a single year, or even for a short term of years. We should look at its operation for a considerable time, and in war as well as in peace.” ~ Henry Clay
  34. “Whether we assert our rights by sea, or attempt their maintenance by land whithersoever we turn ourselves, this phantom incessantly pursues us. Already has it had too much influence on the councils of the nation.” ~ Henry Clay
  35. “If you wish to avoid foreign collision, you had better abandon the ocean.” ~ Henry Clay

  36. “I’d rather be right than President.” ~ Henry Clay
  37. “How often are we forced to charge fortune with partiality towards the unjust!” ~ Henry Clay
  38. “The gentleman cannot have forgotten his own sentiment, uttered even on the floor of this House, Peaceably if we can, forcibly if we must.” ~ Henry Clay
  39. “In all cases where incidental powers are acted upon, the principal and incidental ought to be congenial with each other, and partake of a common nature. The incidental power ought to be strictly subordinate and limited to the end proposed to be obtained by the specified power. In other words, under the name of accomplishing one object which is specified, the power implied ought not to be made to embrace other objects, which are not specified in the constitution.” ~ Henry Clay
  40. “The colors that float from the masthead should be the credentials of our seamen. There is no safety to us, and the gentlemen have shown it, but in the rule that all who sail under the flag (not being enemies) are protected by the flag.” ~ Henry Clay

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