Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Daniel Webster (17821852)
He smote the rock of the national resources, and abundant streams of revenue gushed forth. He touched the dead corpse of the Public Credit, and it sprung upon its feet. The fabled birth of Minerva, from the brain of Jove, was hardly more sudden or more perfect than the financial system of the United States, as it burst forth from the conceptions of Alexander Hamilton.
Senator DANIEL WEBSTER, speech at a dinner in New York City, March 10, 1831.The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster, vol. 2, p. 50 (1903).