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  • There is no refuge from confession but suicide, and suicide is confession.
    Daniel Webster (1782-1852), U.S. lawyer, statesman. Speech, April 6, 1830, in murder trial, Salem, Massachusetts. Argument on the Murder of Captain White, The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster, vol. 11 (1903). It was during this trial that Webster famously spoke of a "fearful concatenation of circumstances."

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  • When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.
    Daniel Webster (1782-1852), U.S. lawyer, statesman. speech, Jan. 13, 1840, Boston. Remarks on the Agriculture of England, The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster (1903).
  • I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American.
    Daniel Webster (1782-1852), U.S. lawyer, statesman. Speech, July 17, 1850, U.S. Senate. Speech on the Compromise Bill, vol. 10, The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster (1903).
  • The people's government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people.
    Daniel Webster (1782-1852), U.S. lawyer, statesman. speech, Jan. 26, 1830, U.S. Senate. Second speech on Foote's Resolution, vol. 6, The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster (1903).

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