Warren G. Harding

(Warren Gamaliel Harding)

Warren G. Harding
Warren G. Harding
  • Born: November 2, 1865
  • Died: August 2, 1923
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

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... a Benedict Arnold. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
[Addressing a young aide:] You have a college education, haven't you? I don't know what to do or where to turn in this taxation matter. Somewhere there must be a book that tells all about it, but I don't know where that book is, and maybe I couldn't read it if I found it! Taxes
A regret for the mistakes of yesterday must not, however, blind us to the tasks of today. Management & Managing Government
A transition from party to personal government has preceded every failure of a republic. Political Parties & Machines ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
America can be a party to no permanent military alliance. It can enter into no political commitments, not assume any economic obligation or subject our decisions to any other than our own sovereignty.... We will accept no responsibility except as our own conscience and judgment, in each instance may determine. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
America, our America, the America builded on the foundation laid by the inspired fathers, can be a party to no permanent military alliance. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
American business is not a monster, but an expression of God-given impulse to create, and the savior of our happiness. Business, Commerce & Finance
America's present need is not heroics but healing, not nostrums but normalcy, not revolution but restoration, not agitation but adjustment, not surgery but serenity, not the dramatic but the dispassionate, not experiment but equipoise, not submergence in internationality but sustainment in triumphant nationality. Miscellaneous
As Republics have risen and fallen, a transition from party to personal government has preceded every failure since the world began. Political Parties & Machines ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Before I was elected President I thought the chief pleasure of it would be to give honors and offices to old friends. But you know you can't do that when you're President of the United States; you have to get the best men. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Believing as I do in political parties, I had rather that the party ... should, in its conferences, make a declaration than to assume a leadership or take an individual position on the question. Political Parties & Machines
Frankly, Senators, if nations may not safely agree to respect each other’s rights, and may not agree to confer if one party to the compact threatens trespass, or may not agree to advise if one party to the pact is threatened by an outside power, then all concerted efforts to tranquilize the world and stabilize peace must be flung to the winds. Either these treaties must have your cordial sanction, or every proclaimed desire to promote peace and prevent war becomes a hollow mockery Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I am a man of limited talents from a small town. I don't seem to grasp that I am President. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I am not fit for this office [the Presidency] and never should have been here. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I am reluctant to intrude my views or in any way suggest what Congress ought to do, but I feel free to say to you that it would be exceedingly gratifying if Congress could clear all appropriation bills out of the way during the present session. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I am very glad to express my approval and hearty sympathy … in behalf of restoration of Palestine as a homeland for the Jewish people. Minorities & Women
I believe in party sponsorship. I believe in Party government as distinguished from personal government, individual, dictatorial, autocratic or what not. In a citizenship of more than 100 million it is impossible to reach an agreement upon all the questions. Parties are formed by those who reach a consensus of opinion. Political Parties & Machines ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
I believe in the protective tariff and the protective tariff policy of our country. Taxes
I believe that the people want an ordinary man as President, being a little tired of supermen. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I believe that we need to take government out of business, and then we need to take business and put business back into government because government has no place in our businesses Regulation & Deregulation
I can't make a damn thing out of this tax problem. I listen to one side and they seem right—and then I talk to the other side and they seem just as right, and here I am where I started. God, what a job! Taxes
I don’t know what to do or where to turn. Somewhere there must be a book that tells me what to do. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I don't know much about Americanism, but it's a damn good word with which to carry an election. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I don't think any government can be just if it does not somehow have a contact with the Omnipotent God. Religion & God
I had rather submit our industrial controversies to the conference table in advance than to a settlement table after conflict and suffering. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
I have no trouble with my enemies. But my goddamn friends, White, they are the ones who keep me walking the floor nights. Loyalty & Loyalty Oaths
I like people in the cities, in the States and in the Nation to ask themselves now and then: 'What can I do for my city?' not 'How much can I get out of my city?' I like people to speak now and then in the same devotion to State and Nation. Citizenship & Patriotism
I love to meet people; it’s the only fun I have. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I love you garb’d but naked, more! Scandals
I never a saw a game without taking sides and never want to see one. There is the soul of the game. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I never saw this before. I didn't write this speech and I don't believe what I just read. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I wish for an America no less alert in guarding against dangers from within than it is watchful against enemies from without. Defense & National Security
I wish we might have less condemnation of error and more commendation of right. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I would be reluctant to suspend our capital ship building program until we have entered into an agreement for disarmament with other nations. Arms Race & Disarmament
I would like government to do all it can to mitigate; then, in understanding, in mutuality of interest, in concern for the common good, our tasks will be solved Management & Managing Government
I would not, by any means, turn the school room into a motion picture theater, I would use the picture as a means to enlist the pupil’s interest. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I would rather have indissoluble ties of righteous trade promote international friendship than all the compacts ever written in the world. Foreign Trade
If revolution insists upon overturning established order, let other peoples make the tragic experiment. There is no place for it in America. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
If revolution insists upon overturning established order, let other peoples make the tragic experiment. There is no place for it in America. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
In the great fulfillment, we must have a citizenship less concerned about what the government can do for it, and more anxious about what it can do for the nation. Citizenship & Patriotism
It has been proved again and again that we cannot, while throwing our markets open to the world, maintain American standards of living and opportunity, and hold our industrial eminence in such unequal competition. There is a luring fallacy in the theory of banished barriers of trade, but preserved American standards require our higher production costs to be reflected in our tariffs on imports. Foreign Trade
It has been proven again and again that we cannot, while throwing our markets open to the world, maintain American standards of living and opportunity and hold our industrial eminence in such unequal competition. There is a luring fallacy in the theory of banished barriers of trade, but preserved American standards require our higher production costs to be reflected in our tariffs on imports. Foreign Trade
It must always be America first—America First! Slogans & Mottoes
Less Government in Business and More Business in Government Business, Commerce & Finance
Let the black man vote when he is fit to vote; prohibit the white man from voting when he is unfit to vote. Voters, Voting & Elections
Liberty—liberty within the law—and civilization are inseparable. Freedom & Liberty
No altered system will work a miracle. Any wild experiment will only add to the confusion. Our best assurance lies in efficient administration of our proven system Management & Managing Government
No man is big enough to run this great republic. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
No man is big enough to run this great republic. There has never been one. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Our governmental good fortune does not lie in any surrender at either end of the Avenue. Intergovernmental Relations
Our most dangerous tendency is to expect too much of government, and at the same time do for it too little. Citizenship & Patriotism
Our purpose [is] to invite the present-day civilization to cast aside the staggering burden of armament. Arms Race & Disarmament
Ours is a constitutional freedom where the popular will is the law supreme and minorities are sacredly protected. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Practically all we know is that thousands of native Haitians have been killed by American Marines, and that many of our own gallant men have sacrificed their lives at the behest of an Executive department in order to establish laws drafted by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy...I will not empower an Assistant Secretary of the Navy to draft a constitution for helpless neighbors in the West Indies and jam it down their throats at the point of bayonets borne by US Marines Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Progression is not proclamation nor palaver. It is not pretense nor play on prejudice. It is not of personal pronouns, nor perennial pronouncement. It is not the perturbation of a people passion-wrought, nor a promise proposed. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Prohibition is a Constitutional mandate and I hold it absolutely necessary to give it a fair and thorough trial. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Republican committal for an Association of Nations, cooperating in sublime accord, to attain and preserve peace through justice rather than force, determined to add to security through international law, so clarified that no misconstruction can be possible without affronting world honor. United Nations
The [motion picture] screen will most securely establish itself as an accepted and useful factor in national life in proportion as it shall recognize its duty … Media, Journalism & The Press
The opposition to his appointment has only strengthened my conviction that I want him.... You can put that in block type and a box.
The policy which has been adopted by the Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of the Interior in dealing with these matters was submitted to me prior to the adoption thereof, and the policy decided upon and the subsequent acts have at all times had my entire approval. Scandals
The smartest geek I know. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The success of our popular government rests wholly upon the correct interpretation of the deliberate, intelligent, dependable popular will of America. Public Opinion & Polling
The supreme inspiration is the common weal. Miscellaneous
The United States should adopt a protective tariff of such a character as will help the struggling industries of Europe to get on their feet. Foreign Trade
There has been vast unemployment before and there will be again .... I would have little enthusiasm for any proposed remedy which seeks either palliation or tonic from the Public Treasury. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
There is no instant step from disorder to order. States. Nations & Nationhood
There is something inherently wrong, something out of accord with the ideals of representative democracy, when one portion of our citizenship turns its activities to private gain amid defensive war while another is fighting, sacrificing, or dying for national preservation. War & Peace
There never can be equality of rewards or possessions so long as the human plan contains varied talents and differing degrees of industry and thrift, but ours ought to be a country free from the great blotches of distressed poverty. Equality & Equal Opportunity
This is far too heavy a draft upon the energies of the workmen of any industry …. The working forces [should] have time for leisure … and family life. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
This is the President of the United States. Move over! Diplomacy & Diplomats
To stabilize America first To safeguard America first To prosper America first To think of America first To exalt America first To live for and revere America first. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
War always produces a higher standard of wages. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
War never fails to leave depleted storehouses, always impairs the efficiency of production. War & Peace
We are ready to cooperate with other nations to approximate disarmament, but merest prudence forbids that we disarm alone. Arms Race & Disarmament
We can enter into no political commitments, nor assume any economic obligations which will subject our decisions to any other than our own authority Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We cannot go on, as we have gone on for more than half a century, with one great section of our population … set off from the real contribution to solving national issues because of a division of race lines … Discrimination & Prejudice
We drew to a pair of deuces and filled. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We know full well we cannot sell where we do not buy and we cannot sell successfully where we do not carry. Foreign Trade
We must stabilize and strive for normalcy. Miscellaneous
We must understand that ties of trade bind nations in closest intimacy, and none may receive except as he gives. Foreign Trade
We recognize the new order in the world, with the closer contacts which progress has wrought. Miscellaneous
Well, the mad Roosevelt has a new achievement to his credit. He succeeded in defeating the party that furnished him a job for nearly all of his manhood days after leaving the ranch, and showed his gratitude for the presidency, at that party's hands. The eminent fakir can now turn to raising hell, his specialty, along other lines. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Whatever objection there is to so called violation of personal liberty, it does not count when the supremacy of the law and the stability of our intuitions are menaced. Freedom & Liberty
With the nation-wide induction of womanhood into our political life, we may count upon her intuitions, her refinements, her intelligence, and her influence to exalt the social order. We count upon her exercise of the full privileges and the performance of the duties of citizenship to speed the attainment of the highest state. Equality & Equal Opportunity
America's present need is not heroics but healing; not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I don't know what to do or where to turn in this taxation matter. Somewhere there must be a book that tells all about it, where I could go to straighten it out in my mind. But I don't know where the book is, and maybe I couldn't read it if I found it.
I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, my goddamned friends, they're the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights!
Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything. Friendship ;Families, Children & Parenting