Horace Greeley

Horace Greeley
Horace Greeley
  • Born: February 3, 1811
  • Died: November 29, 1872
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Editor









Horace Greeley was an American author and statesman who was the founder and editor of the New-York Tribune, among the great newspapers of its time. Long active in politics, he served briefly as a congressman from New York, and was the unsuccessful candidate of the new Liberal Republican party in the 1872 presidential election against incumbent President Ulysses S. Grant.

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…a low and dangerous demagogue. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
…an aristocratic, arbitrary ass. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
a majority of those congregated in any Washington bar room. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
After your first victory as New York Governor you gave jobs worth $3,000 to $20,000 per year to your friends and compatriots, and I returned to my garret and my crust, and my desperate battle with pecuniary obligations. Patronage & Pork Barrel
Each landless citizen may occupy and appropriate a small allotment of the National Domain free of charge. Poverty
Election days were drinking days. Voters, Voting & Elections
Having fully expressed our conviction that the punishment of death is one which should sometimes be inflicted, we may add that we would have it resorted to as unfrequently as possible. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
He cannot conceive of a tempest outside a teapot. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I accept your nomination in the confident trust that the masses of our countrymen, North and South, are eager to clasp hands across the bloody chasm which has so long divided them, forgetting that they have been enemies in the joyous consciousness that they are, and must henceforth remain brothers. Miscellaneous
I am ferociously protectionist. I am not the man you need. Foreign Trade
I do not intrude to tell you - for you must know already - that a great proportion of those who triumphed in your election, and of all who desire the unqualified suppression of the rebellion now desolating our country, are solely disappointed and deeply pained by the policy you seem to be pursuing with regard to the slaves of the Rebels. We think you are strangely and disastrously remiss in the discharge of your official and imperative duty with regard to the emancipating provisions of the new Confiscation Act. Those provisions were designed to fight slavery with liberty Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
I hate this hole, but I am glad to have come. It does me good to see those who hate the Tribune fear it yet more. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I never said that all Democrats were saloon keepers. What I said was that all saloon keepers are Democrats. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I recognize most thoroughly the right of woman to choose her own sphere of activity and usefulness, and to evoke its proper limitations. If she sees fit to navigate vessels, print newspapers, frame laws, select rulers—any or all of these—I know of no principle that justifies man in interposing any impediment to her doing so. Discrimination & Prejudice
Individuals must die that the nation may live. War & Peace
Mr. Lincoln is already beaten.…And we must have another ticket to save us.…If we had such a ticket as could be made by naming Grant, Butler, or Sherman for President…we could make a fight yet. Political Parties & Machines
Mr. Lincoln is one of Nature’s orators, using his rare powers solely and effectively to elucidate and to convince, though their inevitable effect is to delight and electrify as well. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Our opponents struggled manfully, desperately; but wind and tide were against them. They had campaign and other papers, good speakers, and large meetings; but we were far ahead of them in singing and electioneering emblems and mottoes which appealed to popular sympathies. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Slavery is the cause of treason and sustains it everywhere it exists. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Speculation, in its broadest sense, is not an evil in itself, but the contrary, and relieves public distress far oftener than it creates it. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Taylor won votes in both the free and slave states by reason of his persistent and obstinate silence and reserve on the vexed question of slavery. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages. Miscellaneous
The perception of the right of every man to do pretty much as he pleases…. [which will produce] a general profligacy and corruption such as this country has never known. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The usually travelled route for a great many Members of the last Congress was an exceedingly crooked one, even for politicians. Corruption
To talk of resisting what is called public opinion as a crime, is to make Socrates an anarchist and Jesus Christ a felon. Public Opinion & Polling
Turn your face to the West and there build your homes and fortunes. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
We can easily defeat the armies of Mexico, slaughter them by thousands.... Is not Life miserable enough, comes not death soon enough without resort to the hideous enginery of War? People of the U.S.! Your rulers are precipitating you into a fathomless abyss of crime and calamity! Why sleep you thoughtless on its verge, as though this was not your business? War & Peace
We have adopted a war ready—made, and taken upon ourselves its prosecution to the end. We are to furnish the bodies to fill trenches and the cash to defray its enormous expense. War & Peace
We have stricken the shackles from 4,000,000 human beings and brought all laborers to a common level, but not so much by the elevation of former slaves as by reducing the whole working population, white and black, to a condition of serfdom. While boasting of our noble deeds, we are careful to conceal the ugly fact that by our iniquitous money system we have manipulated a system of oppression which, though more refined, is no less cruel than the old system of chattel slavery. Work, Workers & The Labor Force ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
We should not care much whether those united were designated Whig, Free Soil Democrats or something else; though we think some simple name like Republican would more fitly designate those who had united to restore our Union to its true mission of champion and promulgator of Liberty rather than propagandist of slavery. Political Parties & Machines
While boasting of our noble deeds we’re careful to conceal the ugly fact that by an iniquitous money system we have nationalized a system of oppression which, though more refined, is not less cruel than the old system of chattel slavery. Money, Coins & Minting ;Capitalism
Who believes that a score of victories over Mexico, the annexation of half her provinces, will give us more Liberty, a purer Morality? Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Woman alone can ... speak effectively for woman, since none others can speak with authority, or from the depths of personal experience. Minorities & Women
Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one.
Apathy is a sort of living oblivion.
Common sense is very uncommon.
Ease up, the play is over.
Enslave a man and you destroy his ambition, his enterprise, and his capacity. Human Nature ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.
Go west, young man.
I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample underfoot.
I never said all Democrats were saloonkeepers; what I said was all saloonkeepers are Democrats.
Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you're at it.
The darkest hour in any man's life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it. Life ;Money, Coins & Minting
There is no bigotry like that of 'free thought' run to seed.