Henry Cabot Lodge

Henry Cabot Lodge
Henry Cabot Lodge
  • Born: May 12, 1850
  • Died: November 9, 1924
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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Henry Cabot Lodge was an American Republican Senator and historian from Massachusetts. A member of the prominent Lodge family, he received his PhD in history from Harvard University. He is best known for his positions on foreign policy, especially his battle with President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 over the Treaty of Versailles. The failure of that treaty ensured that the United States never joined the League of Nations.

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[William Jennings Bryan] thinks that to say something is to do something, which is an imperfect view of administration. Management & Managing Government
Beware how you trifle with your marvelous inheritance, this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall, freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin. Freedom & Liberty
From the Rio Grande to the Arctic Ocean there should be but one flag and one country. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
I have loved but one flag and cannot share that affection with the mongrel banner designed for the League [of Nations.] Flags & National Anthems
I have never had but one allegiance; I can not divide it now. I have never loved but one flag, and I can not share that devotion and give affection to the mongrel banner invented for a league. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
I say, Mr. President, and I say in all seriousness, that those packers in Chicago and those owners of the Standard Oil have done more to advance socialism and anarchism and unrest and agitation than all the socialistic agitators who stand to-day between the oceans. Business, Commerce & Finance
I should like to do something to quiet the alarm about our . . . vulnerability to aircraft attack . . . is it not much better, if we are threatened by an attack from the air, to go directly and try to root out the land base from which the attack comes, and be equipped to do that, rather than to sit back and wait for them to be on top of us and then shoot at them? War & Peace
Is there anything we can appear to do? Public Relations & Image
Italian, Hungarian, Romanian, Greek, Russian, and Polish immigrants threaten the very fabric of the Anglo-Saxon race …. If a lower race mixes with a higher race, history teaches us, the lower race will prevail. Immigration & Emigration
Let every man honor and love the land of his birth and the race from which he springs and keep their memory green. It is a pious and honorable duty .... If a man is going to be an American at all let him be so without any qualifying adjectives; and if he is going to be something else, let him drop the word American from his personal description. Minorities & Women
My first allegiance must stay where it has always been, to the people of the United States, my own people. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
The American House of Representatives today is a complete travesty upon representative government, upon popular government, and upon government by the majority. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The American idea is a free church in a free state, and a free and unsectarian public school in every ward and every village with its door wide open to children of all races and every creed. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The American idea is a free church in a free state, and a free and un-sectarian public school in every ward and in every village, with its doors wide open to the children of all races and of every creed. It goes still further, and frowns upon the constant attempt to divide our people according to origin or extraction. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The Federal Reserve Act … seems to me to open the way to a vast inflation of the currency... I do not like to think that any law can be passed that will make it possible to submerge the gold standard in a flood of irredeemable paper currency. Money, Coins & Minting
The Federal Reserve Act as it stands seems to me to open the way to a vast inflation of the currency... I do not like to think that any law can be passed that will make it possible to submerge the gold standard in a flood of irredeemable paper currency. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The general impression of course is that you would be most foolish to take the Vice Presidency .... if I were a candidate for the Presidency, I would take the Vice Presidency in a minute at this juncture. My belief in your taking it arises from my conviction that it is the true stepping-stone for you .... The Vice Presidency is the better path to better and more important things. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The people of the United States live in a new country, that is, I mean new to western civilization. They came here to get rid of Europe, many of them; some to worship God in their own way and carry on their governments in their own way. They were freed from the long warhabit of Europe. Immigration & Emigration
The Pilgrim and the Puritan whom we honor tonight were men who did a great deal of work in the world. They had their faults and their shortcomings, but they were not slothful in business and they were most fervent in spirit. They formed prosperous commonwealths and built on government by law and not of men. They carried the light of learning undimmed through the early years of settlement. They planted a school-house in every village, and fought always a good fight for ordered liberty and for human rights. History
The powers vested in the Federal Reserve Board seen to me highly dangerous especially where there is political control of the Board. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The United States … has never been isolated, never can be isolated, and has no desire to be isolated. The people of the United States are not only ready but willing and desirous to help their fellow-men, especially those of western civilization, in any way that is possible. Foreign Aid ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The United States can best serve the world, first, by preserving its own strength and the fabric of its civilization, which is the great bulwark at the present moment between the civilized world and anarchy, and help humanity most fully by being detached from the European system and giving and helping independently, freely and in their own fashion. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The United States is the world's best hope; but if you fetter her in the interests and quarrels of other nations, if you tangle her in the intrigues of Europe, you will destroy her power for good and endanger her very existence. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
To protect our own great industries ... it is necessary to make some sacrifices. Foreign Trade
True Americanism is opposed utterly to any political divisions resting on race and religion. To the race or to the sect, which as such attempts to take possession of the politics or the public education of the country, true Americanism says, Hands off! Discrimination & Prejudice
Turkey is a plague spot … a breeder of wars Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
We must be now and forever for Americanism and Nationalism and against Internationalism. Citizenship & Patriotism
We shall make reservation after reservation, amend and amend, until there is nothing left. Legislating & Legislative Process
Would it not be worthwhile to pause a moment before we commit ourselves to war at the pleasure of other nations in whose councils we shall have but one vote? Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You have no power or authority, of course.... Is there anything we can appear to do? Power
Your great work in world politics this summer, will be, when the history of our time is written, one of your most, if not your most, certain titles to a really enduring fame. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Animosity is not a policy.
Are ideals confined to this deformed experiment upon a noble purpose, tainted, as it is, with bargains and tied to a peace treaty which might have been disposed of long ago to the great benefit of the world if it had not been compelled to carry this rider on its back? War & Peace
But it is well to remember that we are dealing with nations every one of which has a direct individual interest to serve, and there is grave danger in an unshared idealism.
Contrast the United States with any country on the face of the earth today and ask yourself whether the situation of the United States is not the best to be found.
For we, too, have our ideals, even if we differ from those who have tried to establish a monopoly of idealism.
I fear that the hearts of the vast majority of mankind would beat on strongly and steadily and without any quickening if the league were to perish altogether.
I have loved but one flag and I can not share that devotion and give affection to the mongrel banner invented for the League of Nations.
I would rather see the United States respected than loved by other nations.
If a man is going to be an American at all let him be so without any qualifying adjectives, and if he is going to be something else, let him drop the word American from his personal description.
If that for which the Spanish Empire has stood since the days of Charles V is right, then everything for which the United States stands and has always stood is wrong.
Internationalism, illustrated by the Bolshevik and by the men to whom all countries are alike provided they can make money out of them, is to me repulsive. Money, Coins & Minting
It sets its face rightfully against the doctrines of the Anarchist and the Communist, who seek to solve the social problems not by patient endeavor, but by brutal destruction.
Lincoln did more than any other man to put the stamp of righteousness, to put the stamp of compassion, on the name of America.
Look at the United States today. We have made mistakes in the past. We have had shortcomings. We shall make mistakes in the future and fall short of our own best hopes. Future
New England has a harsh climate, a barren soil, a rough and stormy coast, and yet we love it, even with a love passing that of dwellers in more favored regions. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Our ideal is to make her ever stronger and better and finer, because in that way alone, as we believe, can she be of the greatest service to the world's peace and to the welfare of mankind. War & Peace
Our ideal of the future is that she should continue to render that service of her own free will. Future
Recognition of belligerency as an expression of sympathy is all very well. Sympathy
She has great problems of her own to solve, very grim and perilous problems, and a right solution, if we can attain to it, would largely benefit mankind.
Standing, as I believe the United States stands for humanity and civilization, we should exercise every influence of our great country to put a stop to that war which is now raging in Cuba and give to that island once more peace, liberty, and independence. War & Peace
Strong, generous, and confident, she has nobly served mankind. Beware how you trifle with your marvellous inheritance, this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin. Freedom & Liberty
The independence of the United States is not only more precious to ourselves but to the world than any single possession. Independence
The Pilgrim and the Puritan whom we honor tonight were men who did a great deal of work in the world. They had their faults and their - shortcomings, but they were not slothful in business and they were most fervent in spirit. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The time given to athletic contests and the injuries incurred on the playing field are part of the price which the English-speaking race has paid for being world conquerors. Time
The United States is the world's best hope, but if you fetter her in the interests and quarrels of other nations, if you tangle her in the intrigues of Europe, you will destroy her power for good and endanger her very existence. Hope
True Americanism is opposed utterly to any political divisions resting on race and religion. Religion & God
True Americanism recognizes the enormous gravity of the social and labor problems which confront us.
Washington's entire honesty of mind and his fearless look into the face of all facts are qualities which can never go out of fashion and which we should all do well to imitate.
We should never suffer Cuba to pass from the hands of Spain to any other European power. Power
We would not have our country's vigour exhausted or her moral force abated, by everlasting meddling and muddling in every quarrel, great and small, which afflicts the world.
We would not have our politics distracted and embittered by the dissensions of other lands. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Whatever may be said as to our relations to some other countries, I think the relations of this country to Spain offer no ties of gratitude or of blood.
You may call me selfish if you will, conservative or reactionary, or use any other harsh adjective you see fit to apply, but an American I was born, an American I have remained all my life. Life

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