I may fall here in the Senate chamber, but I will. never make any compromise with any such men.
I am not unconscious of the persuasive power exerted by these considerations to drag men along in the current; but I am not at liberty to travel that road.
To morrow, I believe, is to be an eclipse of the sun, and I think it perfectly meet and proper that the sun in the heavens, and the glory of the Republic should both go into obscurity and darkness together.
I am amazed at the facility with which some men follow in the wake of slavery.
If a man carries his horse out of a slave State into a free one, be does not lose his property interest in him; but if he carries his slave into a free State, the law makes him free.
I know how easy it is for some minds to glide along with the current of popular opinion, where influence, respectability, and all those motives which tend to seduce the human heart are brought to bear.
As a Senator I am opposed to duelling. As Ben. Wade, I recognize the code.
Sir, I am no sycophant or worshipper of power anywhere.