32 Sam Houston Quotes On Success In Life

Sam Houston was an American general. An important leader of the Texas Revolution, Houston served as the first and third president of the Republic of Texas and was one of the first two individuals to represent Texas in the United States Senate. He also served as the sixth governor of Tennessee and the seventh governor of Texas, the only American to be elected governor of two different states in the United States. These Sam Houston quotes will motivate you.

Best Sam Houston Quotes

  1. “A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they live under.” ~ Sam Houston
  2. “Govern wisely, and as little as possible” ~ Sam Houston
  3. “Do right and risk the consequences.” ~ Sam Houston
  4. “Texas can make it without the United States, but the United States cannot make it without Texas” ~ Sam Houston
  5. “When a government has ceased to protect the lives, liberty, and property of the people … and … becomes an instrument in the hands of evil rulers for their oppression … it is a … sacred obligation to their posterity to abolish such government, and create another in its stead.” ~ Sam Houston
  6. “I humble myself before God, and there the list ends.” ~ Sam Houston

  7. “Texas will again lift it’s head and stand among the nations. It ought to do so, for no country upon the globe can compare with it in natural advantages.” ~ Sam Houston
  8. “Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may.” ~ Sam Houston
  9. “Let me tell you what is coming. After the sacrifice of countless millions of treasure and hundreds of thousands of lives you may win Southern independence, but I doubt it. The North is determined to preserve this Union. They are not a fiery, impulsive people as you are, for they live in colder climates. But when they begin to move in a given direction, they move with the steady momentum and perseverance of a mighty avalanche.” ~ Sam Houston
  10. “Texas is the finest portion of the globe that has ever blessed my vision!” ~ Sam Houston

  11. “We view ourselves on the eve of battle. We are nerved for the contest, and must conquer or perish. It is vain to look for present aid: none is at hand. We must now act or abandon all hope! Rally to the standard, and be no longer the scoff of mercenary tongues! Be men, be free men, that your children may bless their father’s name.” ~ Sam Houston
  12. “I have ever been opposed to banks, – opposed to internal improvements by the general government, – opposed to distribution of public lands among the states, – opposed to taking the power from the hands of the people, – opposed to special monopolies, – opposed to a protective tariff, – opposed to a latitudinal construction of the constitution, – opposed to slavery agitation and disunion. This is my democracy. Point to a single act of my public career not in keeping with these principles.” ~ Sam Houston
  13. “I am aware that in presenting myself as the advocate of the Indians and their rights, I shall stand very much alone.” ~ Sam Houston

  14. “The benefits of education and of useful knowledge, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government.” ~ Sam Houston
  15. “I would give no thought of what the world might say of me, if I could only transmit to posterity the reputation of an honest man.” ~ Sam Houston
  16. “He has all the characteristics of a dog – except loyalty.” ~ Sam Houston

  17. “I beseech those whose piety will permit them reverently to petition, that they will pray for this union, and ask that He who buildeth up and pulleth down nations will, the mercy preserve and unite us. For a Nation divided against itself cannot stand. I wish, if this Union must be dissolved, that its ruins may be the monument of my grave, and the graves of my family. I wish no epitaph to be written to tell that I survive the ruin of this glorious Union.” ~ Sam Houston
  18. “Texas, to be respected must be polite. Santa Anna living, can be of incalculable benefit to Texas; Santa Anna dead, would just be another dead Mexican.” ~ Sam Houston
  19. “To secede from the Union and set up another government would cause war. If you go to war with the United States, you will never conquer her, as she has the money and the men. If she does not whip you by guns, powder, and steel, she will starve you to death. It will take the flower of the country – the young men.” ~ Sam Houston
  20. “All new states are invested, more or less, by a class of noisy, second-rate men who are always in favor of rash and extreme measures, but Texas was absolutely overrun by such men.” ~ Sam Houston

  21. “It is a matter of great satisfaction to me to hope that my children will be in circumstances to receive a good education. Mine was defective and I feel the inconvenience, if not the misfortune of not receiving a classical education. Knowledge is the food of genius, and my son, let no opportunity escape you to treasure up knowledge.” ~ Sam Houston Quotes
  22. “In the name of the constitution of Texas, which has been trampled upon, I refuse to take this oath. I love Texas too well to bring civil strife and bloodshed upon her.” ~ Sam Houston
  23. “I love Texas too well to bring civil strife and bloodshed upon her.” ~ Sam Houston
  24. “I preferred measuring deer tracks to tape – that I liked the wild liberty of the Red men better then the tyranny of my brothers.” ~ Sam Houston

  25. “A victim of the use of water as a beverage.” ~ Sam Houston
  26. “I would lay down my life to defend any one of the States from aggression, which endangered peace or threatened its institutions. I could do more for the union, but I wish to do more; for the destruction of the union would be the destruction of all the States. A stab in the heart is worse then a cut in a limb, for this may be healed.” ~ Sam Houston
  27. “Remember that whatever may be said by a lady or her friends, it is not part of conduct of a gallant or generous man to take up arms against a woman.” ~ Sam Houston
  28. “Bear in Mind…that all Histories from the Rock at Plymouth, and Jamestown to the present time, have been made by white men, and a man who tells his own story, is always right until the adversary’s tale is told.” ~ Sam Houston

  29. “My God, is it possible that all the people have gone mad? The civil war now being inaugurated will be as horrible as his Satanic Majesty could desire.” ~ Sam Houston
  30. “I declare that civil war is inevitable and is near at hand. When it comes the descendants of the heroes of Lexington and Bunker Hill will be found equal in patriotism, courage and heroic endurance with the descendants of the heroes of Cowpens and Yorktown. For this reason I predict the civil war which is now at hand will be stubborn and of long duration.” ~ Sam Houston
  31. “Let me tell you what is coming…. Your fathers and husbands, your sons and brothers, will be herded at the point of the bayonet… You may, after the sacrifice of countless millions of treasure and of thousands of lives, as a bare possibility, win Southern independence…but I doubt it.” ~ Sam Houston
  32. “I would not be gotten into a schoolhouse until I was eight years old. Nor did I accomplish much after I started. I doubt if I had gone to school six months in all when my father died. I was fourteen at the time.” ~ Sam Houston

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