Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Henry Clay (17771852)
In a scheme of policy which is devised for a nation, we should not limit our views to its operation during a single year, or even for a short term of years. We should look at its operation for a considerable time, and in war as well as in peace.
HENRY CLAY.The Clay Code, or Text-Book of Eloquence, a Collection of Axioms, Apothegms, Sentiments Gathered from the Public Speeches of Henry Clay, ed. G. Vandenhoff, p. 95 (1844).
Clay served in the House of Representatives 18111814, 18151821, and 18231825; he was Speaker every year except 1821. He was a senator 18061807, 18101811, 18311842, and 18491852.