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Caleb Cushing Quotes

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The proceedings of this House in 1790,
in reference to petitions on the matter of the slave trade,
and of slavery in the States, have been cited.
It has been said that those petitions were not received.
- Caleb Cushing

Upon the Constitution, upon the pre-existing legal rights of the People,
as understood in this country and in England,
I have argued that this House is bound to revive the Petition under debate.
- Caleb Cushing

When we fled from the oppressions of kings and parliaments in Europe,
to found this great Republic in America,
we brought with us the laws and the liberties,
which formed a part of our heritage as Britons.
- Caleb Cushing

It is impossible, in my mind, to distinguish between
the refusal to receive a petition,
or its summary rejection by some general order,
and the denial of the right of petition.
- Caleb Cushing

 

If there be any plausible reason for supposing that
we have the right to legislate on the slave interests of the District,
you cannot put down the investigation of the subject out of doors,
by refusing to receive petitions.
- Caleb Cushing

The winged words uttered in this House have gone forth to the world,
on their mission of good or of evil.
- Caleb Cushing

Some of them, in accepting the proposed plan of government,
coupled their acceptance with a recommendation of various
additions to the Constitution,
which they deemed essential to the preservation of
the rights of the States,
or of the People.
- Caleb Cushing

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The Normans came over, lance in hand,
burning and trampling down every thing before them,
and cutting off the Saxon dynasty and the Saxon nobles
at the edge of the sword;
but the right of petition remained untouched.
- Caleb Cushing

These our great natural rights we keep to ourselves;
we will not have them tampered with;
respecting them we give to you no commission whatsoever.
- Caleb Cushing

Sir, I am a republican; and I desire to see this House
observe the principles of that democracy which is ever
on the lips of its members,
and which, I hope, is in their hearts,
as I know and feel it is in mine, and mean it shall be in my conduct.
- Caleb Cushing

The right of petition is an old undoubted household
right of the blood of England,
which runs in our veins.
- Caleb Cushing

We are laying the foundations of a government,
which we hope may outlast the Pyramids.
- Caleb Cushing

This Republic was called into being,
organized,
and is upheld, by a great political doctrine.
- Caleb Cushing

I declare and protest in advance, that I do not intend,
at this time at least; to be drawn or driven into the question of slavery,
in either of its subdivisions or forms.
- Caleb Cushing

Be the responsibility on their heads who raise this
novel and extraordinary question of reception,
going to the unconstitutional abridgment,
as I conceive, of the great right of petition inherent
in the People of the United States.
- Caleb Cushing

I maintain that the House is bound by the Constitution
to receive the petitions;
after which,
it will take such method of deciding upon them as reason
and principle shall dictate.
- Caleb Cushing

Here, again, as I conceive, gentlemen forget that this
government is a republican one,
resting exclusively in the intelligence and virtue of the People.
- Caleb Cushing

Entertaining these opinions of the course to be pursued,
I beg of gentlemen to look at the question,
as I have done, in a calm review of facts and of principles.
- Caleb Cushing

The right of petition, I have said, was not conferred
on the People by the Constitution,
but was a pre-existing right, reserved by the People
out of the grants of power made to Congress.
- Caleb Cushing

Sir, allusion has been made, in an early stage of this debate,
to the history of the excitement which once pervaded
a considerable part of the country,
in reference to the transportation of the mails on the Lord's day.
- Caleb Cushing

And if this House is to be scared, by whatever influences,
from its duty, to receive and hear the petitions of the People,
then I shall send my voice beyond the walls of this Capitol for redress.
- Caleb Cushing

Men of New England, I hold you to the doctrines of
liberty which ye inherit from your Puritan forefathers.
- Caleb Cushing

Men of Virginia, countrymen of Washington,
of Patrick Henry, of Jefferson, and of Madison,
will ye be true to your constitutional faith?
- Caleb Cushing

You well know, sir, that when the Constitution was
submitted to the People of the respective States for
their adoption or rejection,
it awakened the warmest debates of the several State conventions.
- Caleb Cushing

Upon awakening in the morning, I wondered if the proceedings
of the night before had been a dream.
It was hard to believe that I was the world's heavyweight champion.
- Gene Tunney

The very word "secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society;
and we are as a people inherently and historically
opposed to secret societies,
to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings.
- John F. Kennedy

The day I initiated divorce proceedings against Michael Farmer,
I was ready to retire to a desert cave and rethink my life.
- Gloria Swanson

I didn't attend any of the court proceedings.
- Norma McCorvey

To be sure, in some instances these proceedings have been unconstitutional,
but we must remember that it is not the first time
since a war that there have been changes in governments by such methods.
- Frank B. Kellogg

If they are, then the only ultimate truths are the
particulars of concrete experience,
and no postulate or general assumption is inherent
in science until its proceedings become systematic,
or the truths already reached give direction to further research.
- Chauncey Wright

I make a prediction here and now, and,
my friends, I want you to watch the proceedings of
Congress in these coming weeks of this extra session,
or of the next regular session, to see whether I am right or not.
- Richard Parks Bland

A national legal organization is giving very serious
thought to using The Betrayal of America as a legal
basis for asking the House Judiciary Committee to institute
impeachment proceedings against these five justices.
- Vincent Bugliosi

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
- Aristotle

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued,
is always just beyond your grasp,
but which, if you will sit down quietly,
may alight upon you.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Whosoever is spared personal pain
must feel himself called
to help in diminishing the pain of others.
We must all carry our share of
the misery which lies upon the world.
- Albert Schweitzer

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have compassion for everyone who has ever
been a player upon the stage of my life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anyone who proposes to do good
must not expect people to roll stones out of his way,
but must accept his lot calmly,
even if they roll a few stones upon it.
- Albert Schweitzer

May the road rise up to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face
and the rain fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
- Irish Blessing

My compassionate intents are generally received clearly
and acted upon - perhaps not immediately,
or in exactly the way I hope -
but acted upon favorably, nonetheless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A wise one said, "We are most like God when we forgive."
It is easy for us to blame, but hard for us to forgive.
Yet that is what we are called upon to do -
to forgive everyone for everything.
And the reward?
In this life, the reward for forgiveness
is your own happiness.
Unconditional universal forgiveness is
the key to your own happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Yes! it takes courage to act upon your dreams.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When one door closes, another opens.
But often we look so long, so regretfully,
upon the closed door,
that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
- Helen Keller

Action is our greatest weapon against fear.
Left to molder, fear grows upon itself,
but in the face of action,
fear is left in the dust.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.
May your mind whirl joyful cartwheels of creativity.
May your heart sing sweet lullabies of timelessness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The power of the Wizard lives within me.
I call upon its magic at will - transforming Fear into Love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I boldly paint my dreams upon the canvas of my life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Obstacles are like wild animals.
They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can.
If they see you are afraid of them...
they are liable to spring upon you;
but if you look them squarely in the eye,
they will slink out of sight.
- Orison Swett Marden

Protect your vision.
Prevail over adversity.
Persevere in the midst of turmoil.
Passionately act upon your convictions.
Purposely walk into the day.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Control thy passions lest they take vengeance upon thee.
- Epictetus

I forgive everyone for every "wrong"
that I believe they have ever inflicted upon me.
I forgive them for my own sake,
that I may release the venom -
the anger and resentment within myself -
and regain my joy and serenity.
I have compassion for everyone who has ever
been a player upon the stage of my life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Revenge... is like a rolling stone,
which, when a man hath forced up a hill,
will return upon him with a greater violence,
and break those bones whose sinews gave it motion.
- Albert Schweitzer

One of the surest ways to cause
yourself great suffering
is to insist upon being right -
to demand that all others view life
exactly as you view it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friendship based solely upon gratitude
is like a photograph; with time it fades.
- Carmen Sylva

The solution to adult problems tomorrow
depends in large measure upon
how our children grow up today.
- Margaret Mead

We humans feel an instinctive need to know
what is coming next - what we can count upon.
We fear change - even the most positive change.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Great talents are the most lovely
and often the most dangerous
fruits on the tree of humanity.
They hang upon the most slender twigs
that are easily snapped off.
- Carl Jung

I recognize that the person I was in my past
is not the person I am today.
That person did the very best they could,
given the knowledge, emotions, and prior experience
they had to draw upon at the time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The girl of my dreams is my mother's shadow,
cast upon the distant movie screen of my future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head,
and knows not that it brings abundance
to drive away the hunger.
- Saint Basil

A true friend is a rock upon whom you can depend.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Remember, upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.
- Alexander the Great

Success depends upon previous preparation,
and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
- Confucius

It is not work that kills men; it is worry.
Worry is rust upon the blade.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Faith:
When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:
...
There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly
- Patrick Overton - from his book of poems: The Leaning Tree, 1975
[Widely mis-attributed to Barbara J. Winter, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and others]

Pain is what the world inflicts upon us.
Suffering is our emotional reaction when we fail
to make the difficult conscious choice to choose Joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The eyes of the cheerful and of the melancholy man
are fixed upon the same creation;
but very different are the aspects which it bears to them.
- Albert Pike

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it
and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
- Henry David Thoreau

However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
- The Buddha


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