"We have not sought this conflict we have sought too long to avoid it our forbearance has been construed into weakness, our magnanimity into fear, until the vindication of our manhood, as well as the defence of our rights, is required at our hands."
"A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."Robert Toombs on John F. Kennedy
"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."Robert Toombs on Audrey Hepburn
"I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death."Robert Toombs on Thomas Paine
"We fear violence less than our own feelings. Personal, private, solitary pain is more terrifying than what anyone else can inflict."Robert Toombs on Jim Morrison
"What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it."Robert Toombs on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"The basis, the corner-stone of this Government, was the perfect equality of the free, sovereign, and independent States which made it."
"Give us equality of enjoyment, equal right to expansion - it is as necessary to our prosperity as yours."