William E. Borah

(William Edgar Borah)

William E. Borah
William E. Borah
  • Born: June 29, 1865
  • Died: January 19, 1940
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Any man who can carry a Republican primary is a man. Political Parties & Machines
Democracy is something more, vastly more, than a mere form of government by which society is restrained into free and orderly life. It is a moral entity, a spiritual force, as well. And these are things which live only and alone in the atmosphere of liberty. Democracies & Republics
If the savior of man would revisit and declare himself for a League of Nations, I would be opposed to it. United Nations
It imperils what I conceive to be the underlying, the very first principles of this Republic. It is in conflict with the right of our people to govern themselves free from all restraint, legal or moral, of foreign powers.... United Nations
Lord, if only I could have talked with Hitler, all this might have been avoided. Negotiating & Negotiations
No more fatuous chimera ever infected the brain of man than that you can control opinions by law or direct belief by statute. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Of all times in time of war the press should be free. Media, Journalism & The Press
Peace upon any other basis than national independence, peace purchased at the cost of any part of our national integrity, is fit only for slaves, and even when purchased at such a price it is a delusion, for it cannot last. War & Peace ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Republics are not in and of themselves better than other forms of government except in so far as they carry with them and guarantee to the citizen that liberty of thought and action for which they were established. Freedom & Liberty
The foundation upon which democracy rests is faith in the moral instincts of the people. Its ballot boxes, the franchise, its laws, and constitutions are but the outward manifestations of the deeper and more essential thing—a continuing trust in the moral purposes of the average man and woman. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. Human Nature
There is nothing that dies so hard and rallies so often as intolerance. Human Nature
They [the people] are offered the Constitution. But the people can't eat the Constitution. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
With reference to political speeches in political campaigns or with reference to discussions in the Senate, I do no more than make a skeleton outline of the line of argument I wish to pursue. I do not undertake to reduce the speech to manuscript form. Many of my speeches which have been most satisfactory to me I have prepared in a few hours. I think it is quite accurate to say that the manuscript is practically unknown in my speaking. Furthermore, I should say that even the skeleton outline referred to above is generally forgotten after I begin my speech. I try to get the subject and the outline of the subject and the objective thoroughly in my mind, and all the preparations are with a view of doing this rather than with the idea of having something before me to follow. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Without an unfettered press, without liberty of speech, all the outward forms and structures of free institutions are a sham, a pretense—the sheerest mockery. Freedom & Liberty
Your treaty does not mean peace --- far, very far, from it. If we are to judge the future by the past, it means war. Is there any guarantee of peace other than the guarantee, which comes of the control of the war-making power by the people? Yet what great rule of democracy does the treaty leave unassailed? The people in whose keeping alone you can safely lodge the power of peace or war nowhere, at no time and in no place, have any voice in this scheme for world peace. Autocracy which has bathed the world in blood for centuries reigns supreme. Democracy is ever excluded. This, you say, means peace. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising