John C. Calhoun Quote
If we do not defend ourselves none will defend us; if we yield we will be more and more pressed as we recede; and if we submit we will be trampled under foot. I hold concession or compromise to be fatal. If we concede an inch, concession would follow compromise, until our ranks would be so broken that effectual resistance would be impossible.
Speeches of Mr. Calhoun of S. Carolina, on the Bill for the Admission of Michigan (ed. 1837)