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God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852) was a leading American senator from Massachusetts during the period leading up to the Civil War. He first rose to regional prominence through his defense of New England shipping interests. Webster’s increasingly nationalistic views, and his effectiveness as a speaker, made him one of the most famous orators and influential Whig leaders of the Second Party System. He was one of the nation’s most prominent conservatives, leading opposition to Democrat Andrew Jackson and the Democratic Party. He was a spokesman for modernization, banking and industry, but not for the common people who composed the base of his enemies in Jacksonian Democracy. During his 40 years in national politics, Webster served in the House of Representatives for 10 years (representing New Hampshire), in the Senate for 19 years (representing Massachusetts), and was appointed the United States Secretary of State under three presidents.


Stern looking guy.

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A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for. John Shedd (July 20, 1850 – October 22, 1926)

One of Chicago’s major philanthropists, he contributed extensively to Chicago charities, universities and museums, and in the early 1920s he provided $3 million to build Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, as a complement to The Field Museum (founded in 1892 as a part of the World’s Columbian Exposition and renamed in honor of Marshall Field in 1905) and The Art Institute of Chicago (whose current building was also a product of the 1892 World’s Columbian Exposition). Completed in 1930, the Shedd Aquarium remained the world’s largest aquarium for most of the century. shedd-aquarium


Posted in Movie Speeches

One – Speech


City Slickers with Jack Palance (Curly) and Billy Crystal (Mitch).

I cannot find the complete text of the speech but starting at 2:08 in this Youtube clip. Below are two portions of the text.

Normally in most of the movie speeches I post the Youtube Clip after the text, because I find the words the most important part, but since I cannot find the full text I put the youtube clip first in this case.

Mitch: You ever been in love?
Curly: Once. I was driving a herd across the panhandle. Texas. Passed near this little dirt farm right about sundown. Out in the field was this young woman, working down in the dirt. Just about then she stood up to stretch her back. She was wearing a little cotton dress, and the settin’ sun was right behind her, showing the shape that God had give her.
Mitch: What happened?
Curly: I just turned around and rode away.
Mitch: Why?
Curly: I figured it wasn’t gonna get any better than that.
Mitch: But you could have been, you know…with her.
Curly: Been with lots of women.
Mitch: Yeah, but you know, she could have been the love of your life.
Curly: She is.

He talks about how people get themselves tied up in knots and then gives the very important secret of life to his younger traveling companion.

Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is? [points index finger skyward] This.
Mitch: Your finger?
Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don’t mean shit.
Mitch: But, what is the “one thing?”
Curly: [smiles and points his finger at Mitch] That’s what you have to find out.


This saying has become very popular around the web, it even has a name Curly’s Law and another way it is referred to is the Rule of One.