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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Jefferson Davis on war, humble, politics, progress, majority, constitution, history, slavery, power, aim and obstacles.

40 Top Jefferson Davis Quotes That Reflect His Mind

Quick Facts

Famous As: Former President of the Confederate States of America

Born On: June 3, 1808

Died On: December 6, 1889

Born In: Fairview

Died At Age: 81

Jefferson Davis was a renowned US senator who became the President of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. He started his military career after completing his graduation as a second lieutenant of the ‘First Infantry’. He served for the next five years during which he actively contributed in the ‘Blackhawk War’. His interest in politics eventually made him resign from the military to join the ‘Democratic Party’. There, his prolific leadership skills were acknowledged and he was elected to the House of Representatives from Mississippi. He took a break from his political career and joined the military to serve during the 'Mexican–American War'. After serving for three years, he returned to politics to become a senator. All through his career he was against the abolition of slavery and owned more than a hundred slaves to work on his farms. He is highly quoted for his white supremacist and pro-slavery views besides the wisdom that he displayed. Go through these thoughts and quotes by Jefferson Davis which reflect his views on confederacy.
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All we ask is to be let alone.

Jefferson Davis

I worked night and day for twelve years to prevent the war, but I could not. The North was mad and blind, would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came.

Jefferson Davis

The principle for which we contend is bound to reassert itself, though it may be at another time and in another form.

Jefferson Davis

African slavery, as it exists in the United States, is a moral, a social, and a political blessing.

Jefferson Davis

If the Confederacy falls, there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a theory.

Jefferson Davis

My own convictions as to negro slavery are strong. It has its evils and abuses...We recognize the negro as God and God's Book and God's Laws, in nature, tell us to recognize him - our inferior, fitted expressly for servitude...You cannot transform the negro into anything one-tenth as useful or as good as what slavery enables them to be.

Jefferson Davis

Not mine, oh, Lord, but thine.

Jefferson Davis

Garfield's assassination attempt made "the whole nation care".

Jefferson Davis

The time for compromise has now passed, and the South is determined to maintain her position, and make all who oppose her smell Southern powder and feel Southern steel.

Jefferson Davis

Nothing fills me with deeper sadness than to see a Southern man apologizing for the defense we made of our inheritance. Our cause was so just, so sacred, that had I known all that has come to pass, had I known what was to be inflicted upon me, all that my country was to suffer, all that our posterity was to endure, I would do it all over again.

Jefferson Davis

The Slave must be made fit for his freedom by education and discipline, and thus made unfit for slavery. And as soon as he becomes unfit for slavery, the master will no longer desire to hold him as a slave.

Jefferson Davis

Tradition usually rests upon something which men did know; history is often the manufacture of the mere liar.

Jefferson Davis

The right solemnly proclaimed at the birth of the States, and which has been affirmed and reaffirmed in the bills of rights of the States subsequently admitted into the Union of 1789, undeniably recognizes in the people the power to resume the authority delegated for the purposes of Government.

Jefferson Davis

The war...must go on till the last man of this generation falls in his tracks...unless you acknowledge our right to self-government. We are not fighting for slavery. We are fighting for Independence,and that, or extermination, we WILL have.

Jefferson Davis

Secession belongs to a different class of remedies. It is to be justified upon the basis that the States are Sovereign. There was a time when none denied it. I hope the time may come again, when a better comprehension of the theory of our Government, and the inalienable rights of the people of the States, will prevent any one from denying that each State is a Sovereign, and thus may reclaim the grants which it has made to any agent whomsoever.

Jefferson Davis

The contest is not over, the strife is not ended. It has only entered upon a new and enlarged arena.

Jefferson Davis

Let men not ask what the law requires, but give whatever freedom demands.

Jefferson Davis

A question settled by violence, or in disregard of law, must remain unsettled forever.

Jefferson Davis

To increase the power, develop the resources and promote the happiness of a Confederacy, it is requisite there should be so much of homogeneity that the welfare of every portion would be the aim of the whole.

Jefferson Davis

Obstacles may retard, but they cannot long prevent the progress of a movement sanctioned by its justice and sustained by a virtuous people.

Jefferson Davis

A people morally and intellectually equal to self-government must also be equal in self-defence.

Jefferson Davis

Never be haughty to the humble or humble to the haughty.

Jefferson Davis

Slavery existed before the formation of this Union. It derived from the Constitution that recognition which it would not have enjoyed without the confederation. If the States had not united together, there would have been no obligation on adjoining States to regard any species of property unknown to themselves.

Jefferson Davis

Every one must understand that, whatever be the evil of slavery, it is not increased by its diffusion. Every one familiar with it knows that it is in proportion to its sparseness that it becomes less objectionable. Wherever there is an immediate connexion between the master and slave, whatever there is of harshness in the system is diminished.

Jefferson Davis

I tried all in my power to avert this war. I saw it coming, for twelve years I worked night and day to prevent it, but I could not. The North was mad and blind; it would not let us govern ourselves, and so the war came, and now it must go on unless you acknowledge our right to self government. We are not fighting for slavery. We are fighting for Independence.

Jefferson Davis

Let the gentleman go to Revelation to learn the decree of God - let him go to the Bible. . . . I said that slavery was sanctioned in the Bible, authorized, regulated, and recognized from Genesis to Revelation. . . . Slavery existed then in the earliest ages, and among the chosen people of God; and in Revelation we are told that it shall exist till the end of time shall come. You find it in the Old and New Testaments - in the prophecies, psalms, and the epistles of Paul; you find it recognized - sanctioned everywhere.

Jefferson Davis

The withdrawal of a State from a league has no revolutionary or insurrectionary characteristic. The government of the State remains unchanged as to all internal affairs. It is only its external or confederate relations that are altered. To term this action of a Sovereign a 'rebellion' is a gross abuse of language.

Jefferson Davis

If slavery be a sin, it is not yours. It does not rest on your action for its origin, on your consent for its existence. It is a common law right to property in the service of man; its origin was Divine decree.

Jefferson Davis

Nothing fills me with deeper sadness than to see a Southerner apologizing for the defense we made of our inheritance.

Jefferson Davis

Governments rest on the consent of the governed, and that it is the right of the people to alter or abolish them at will whenever they become destructive of the ends for which they were established.

Jefferson Davis

Truth crushed to earth is truth still and like a seed will rise again.

Jefferson Davis

Truthfulness is a cornerstone in character, and if it be not firmly laid in youth, there will ever after be a weak spot in the foundation.

Jefferson Davis

It is not differences of opinion; it is geographical lines, rivers, and mountains which divide State from State, and make different nations of mankind.

Jefferson Davis

God forbid that the day should ever come when to be true to my constituents is to be hostile to the Union.

Jefferson Davis

Neither current events nor history show that the majority rule, or ever did rule.

Jefferson Davis

If the Confederacy fails, there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a Theory.

Jefferson Davis

It was one of the compromises of the Constitution that the slave property in the Southern States should be recognized as property throughout the United States.

Jefferson Davis

To one who loves his country in all its parts, it is natural to rejoice in whatever contributes to the prosperity and honor and marks the stability and progress of any portion of its people.

Jefferson Davis

Our government is an agency of delegated and strictly limited powers. Its founders did not look to its preservation by force; but the chain they wove to bind these States together was one of love and mutual good offices ...

Jefferson Davis

I will admit no bond that holds me to a party a day longer than I agree to its principles. When men meet together to confer, and ascertain whether or not they do agree, and find that they differ - radically, essentially, irreconcilably differ - what belongs to an honorable position except to part? They cannot consistently act together any longer.

Jefferson Davis