Woodrow Wilson

(Thomas Woodrow Wilson)

Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson
  • Born: December 28, 1856
  • Died: February 3, 1924
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

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Thomas Woodrow Wilson was an American statesman and academic who served as the 28th president of the United States from 1913 to 1921. A member of the Democratic Party, Wilson served as the president of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910, and as governor of New Jersey from 1911 to 1913, before winning the 1912 presidential election. As president, he oversaw the passage of progressive legislative policies unparalleled until the New Deal in 1933. He also led the United States during World War I, establishing an activist foreign policy known as "Wilsonianism." He was one of the three key leaders at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, where he championed a new League of Nations, but he was unable to win Senate approval for U.S. participation in the League.

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Kemal Ataturk Poor Wilson did not understand that a frontier which is not defended with bayonets, force and honor cannot be secured by any other principle.
David Davis Woodrow Wilson was a white supremacist…. He was the first Southerner to become President after the Civil War…. He loved Birth of a Nation … He was able to fire many African Americans in the government and to stop hiring them…. In terms of race, he represents the very worst in terms of qualities and prejudices.
Theodore Roosevelt In his over-anxiety not to offend the powerful who have done wrong, President Wilson scrupulously refrains from saying one word on behalf of the weak who have suffered wrong.
Theodore Roosevelt It is not good for the country to have a college professor as a President.
Theodore Roosevelt Our allies and enemies, and Mr. Wilson himself, should all understand that Mr. Wilson has no authority to speak for the American people.
Theodore Roosevelt A very adroit … hypocrite.... He has made our statesmanship a thing of empty elocution. He has covered his fear of standing for the right behind a veil of rhetorical phrases …. He hasn't a touch of idealism in him. He is a silly doctrinaire at times and an utterly selfish and cold-blooded politician always
David Rieff I don't think it's the job of the United States to build democracies from whole cloth. That's Wilsonianism to me of the most crazy kind.
Woodrow Wilson Keep a separate American Army.
Anonymous He kept us out of war.
Anonymous Preparedness He Kept Us Out of War
Anonymous Presidentress of the United States
Anonymous Wilsons
Henry F. Ashurst If you want to kill your own child because the Senate straightens out its crooked limbs, you must take the responsibility and accept the verdict of history.
William E. Borah 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.
Frank B. Brandegee I have been wandering with Alice in Wonderland and been having tea with the Mad Hatter.
Gail Buckley Woodrow Wilson, an overt racist, re-segregated Washington DC.
James B. Clark William Judas Bryan.
Georges Clemenceau Even God Almighty has only ten.
Georges Clemenceau How can I talk to a fellow [Woodrow Wilson] who thinks himself the first man in two thousand years to know anything about peace on earth?
Henry Steele Commager Who would be cleared by their committees? Not Washington, who was a rebel. Not Jefferson. who wrote that ... "rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God." Not Garrison, who publicly burned the Constitution; or Wendell Phillips ... a philosophical anarchist; nor [William] Seward of the Higher Law.... Not Lincoln ... or Wilson ... or Justice Holmes.
Albert B. Fall We have a petticoat government. Mrs. Wilson is president.
Cary T. Grayson The President is suffering from nervous exhaustion….He needs to rest for a considerable time.
Charles Evans Hughes American government has seemed to mean naught but impotence and unavailing words.
Tomas G. Masaryk In a sense the United States is Czechoslovakia's foster parent. It is upon President Wilson's immortal charter of freedom, as embodied in his famous Fourteen Points, that the foundations of our state are laid. We have tried to pattern our young republic after our great sponsor. Our Constitution and our laws, our mode of government, and even our business methods follow closely those of the United States.
Robert M. La Follette He has signed an agreement to bind us to fight in every future world-war. He has entered into a treaty that is without a parallel in all history as a spoils-grabbing compact of greed and hate.
Robert M. La Follette Now all of you profiteering "patriots" who have bawled yourself hoarse about "standing back of the President" get into line and support his recommendation for "additional taxes on war profits, incomes and luxuries.
Robert M. La Follette The man [President Woodrow Wilson] has no sense of things that penetrates below the surface. With him the rhetoric of a thing is the thing itself.
Walter Lippmann [Woodrow Wilson] could state a principle better than the expert from whom he had borrowed it.
David Lloyd George I did as well as might be expected—seated as I was between Jesus Christ and Napoleon.
Franklin D. Roosevelt It leads to a false belief in America that we have taken great step forward. It does not contribute in any way to settling matters of international controversy.
Theodore Roosevelt word thrower … phrase maker
Joseph Tumulty You may rest assured, that while Woodrow Wilson is lying in the White House on the broad of his back I will not be a party to ousting him. He has been too wonderful to me to receive such treatment at my hands.
Robert Lansing The more I think about the President’s declaration as to the right of ‘self-determination’, the more convinced I am of the danger of putting such ideas into the minds of certain races. It is bound to be the basis of impossible demands on the Peace Conference and create trouble in many lands. What effect will it have on the Irish, the Indians, the Egyptians, and the nationalists among the Boers? Will it not breed discontent, disorder and rebellion? Will not the Mohammedans of Syria and Palestine and possibly Morocco and Tripoli rely on it?
Robert Lansing When the President [Woodrow Wilson] talks of self-determination, what unit has he in mind. Does he mean a race, a territorial area, a community? … It will raise hopes which can never be realized. It will I fear cost thousands of lives. In the end it is bound to be discredited, to be called the dream of an idealist who failed to realize the danger until it was too late.
David Lloyd George There never was a greater contrast, mental or spiritual, than that which existed between these two notable men. Wilson with his high but narrow brow, his fine head with its elevated crown and his dreamy but untrustful eye -- the make-up of the idealist who is also something of an egoist; Clemenceau, with a powerful head and the square brow of the logician - the head conspicuously flat topped, with no upper story in which to lodge the humanities, the ever vigilant and fierce eye of the animal who has hunted and been hunted all his life. The idealist amused him so long as he did not insist on incorporating his dreams in a Treaty which Clemenceau had to sign.
Franklin D. Roosevelt The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson — and I am not wholly excepting the Administration of Woodrow Wilson. The country is going through a repetition of Jackson's fight with the Bank of the United States — only on a far bigger and broader basis.
A. Scott Berg Beholden to nobody Wilson had risen to his position through brainpower, wedding the complexity of his intellect with the simplicity of his faith, placing principles before politics, he followed his conscience, never first checking public opinion
William C. Bullitt Beneath Wilson’s stern ministerial appearance churned a turbulent emotional life.
Jeff Shesol Tensions plagued his [Woodrow Wilson’s] presidency--particularly the one between principal and pragmatism in United States foreign policy. This is perpetual and the defies resolution.
Charles Hill Wilsonialism was essentially an expression of Christian reformism.
Woodrow Wilson He appeals to their imagination; I do not. He is a real vivid person whom they have seen and shouted themselves hoarse over and voted for, millions strong: I am a vague, conjectural personality, more made up of opinions and academic prepossessions than of human traits and red corpuscles.
Andrew J. Polsky No American officer was a proven commander when we entered the First Word War I…. No one had ever commanded a large body of troops. General Pershing, who was selected, had only commanded a brigade in the Mexican war.
Stephen F. Knott During Wilson’s presidency, he followed through on an expansive view of Presidential power, suppressing domestic dissent and subversion in a manner that exceeded Dick Cheney’s wildest dreams.
Archibald Cary Coolidge Although not ratified by the United States, the Peace of Versailles has been termed an American peace. It was based on propositions laid down in advance by the United States and in the main adhered to. This is particularly true of the geographical provisions where the doctrine of self-determination, which was one of President Wilson's cardinal tenets and which roughly corresponded with that of nationalities, was accepted as the guiding principle.
Anna Howard Shaw We have waited long enough to get the vote. We want it now!
Simeon Strunsky If Wilson "took" the United States into the war, he must have done so by overcoming that "softness" of which [Theodore] Roosevelt so bitterly complained.
Edward Mandell House The President was determined to have his way, and the Senate were equally determined to have theirs. Unfortunately, the Senate had the power to compel the President to yield or lose confirmation of the Treaty, and equally unfortunately, he refused to give way. As far as his approach to the Senate was concerned, in my judgment, the President's purpose was impeccable but his manner unfortunate.
Theodore Roosevelt If I had been President, I should have acted on the thirtieth or thirty-first of July, as head of a signatory power of the Hague treaties, calling attention to the guaranty of Belgium's neutrality and saying [to Germany] that I accepted the treaties as imposing a serious obligation which I expected not only the United States but all other neutral nations to join in enforcing. Of course, I would not have made such a statement unless I was willing to back it up. I believe that if I had been President the American people would have followed me.
George W. Wickersham Probably no more extraordinary proposition ever was made by a President to the American people than that our Government should agree to submit questions of difference with other nations to a self-perpetuating judicial tribunal, and one in the selection of whose judges we had no voice.
Margaret Sanger While men stand proudly and face the sun, boasting that they have quenched the wickedness of slavery, what chains of slavery are, have been or ever could be so intimate a horror as the shackles on every limb—on every thought—on the very soul of an unwilling pregnant woman? .
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[Warren] Harding is incapable of thought, because he has nothing to think with. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… a small caliber man. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… right is more precious than peace. War & Peace
… tribes with flags Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Regulation & Deregulation
A tariff which cuts us off from our proper part in the commerce of the world, violates the just principles of taxation, and makes the Government a facile instrument in the hand of private interests; Foreign Trade
A Vice President’s only significance consists in the fact that he may cease to be Vice President. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
America cannot be an ostrich with its head in the sand. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
America has spiritual energy in her in which no other nation can contribute to the liberation of mankind. Freedom & Liberty ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Americans know that war must be paid for and it is they who must pay for it. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Budgets & Budgeting ;Social Sciences
Any German Lieutenant could perpetrate some outrage that would bring us into this war. War & Peace
Are you prepared for the storm of lovemaking with which you will be assailed? Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Beware of all men who would turn the tasks and the necessities of the nation to their own private profit or use them for the building up of private power. Lobbying & Special Interests
Colonies must be obtained or planted in order that no useful corner of the world be overlooked or left unused. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Government is not a mechanical but a living thing and must be interpreted in a Darwinian sense … Development & Growth
Government ought to be all outside and no inside. . . . Everybody knows that corruption thrives in secret places, and avoids public places, and we believe it a fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety. Secrecy & Transparency
He appeals to their imagination; I do not. He is a real vivid person whom they have seen and shouted themselves hoarse over and voted for, millions strong: I am a vague, conjectural personality, more made up of opinions and academic prepossessions than of human traits and red corpuscles. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
I am now playing for 100 years hence. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I can imagine no greater disservice to the country than to establish a system of censorship that would deny to the people of a free republic like our own their indisputable right to criticize their own public officials. While exercising the great powers of the office I hold, I would regret in a crisis like the one through which we are now passing to lose the benefit of patriotic and intelligent criticism. Freedom & Liberty
I can predict with absolute certainty that within another generation there will be another world war if the nations of the world do not concert the method by which to prevent it. War & Peace
I do not expect monopoly to restrain itself. Regulation & Deregulation
I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking. It cannot be so easily discovered if you allow him to remain silent and look wise, but if you let him speak, the secret is out and the world knows that he is a fool. So it is by the exposure of folly that it is defeated; not by the seclusion of folly, and in this free air of free speech men get into that sort of communication with one another which constitutes the basis of all common achievement. Freedom & Liberty
I have come here to fight with you. Voters, Voting & Elections
I not only use all the brains I have but I borrow what I can from everyone about me. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I take satisfaction . . . in the progress of the Zionist movement. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I think that I … should be able to help restore the Holy Land to its people States. Nations & Nationhood
I want you to take these great engines of force out onto the seas like adventurers enlisted for the elevation of the spirit of the human race. For that is the only distinction that America has. Military & Veterans
If ever I have the occasion to help in the restoration of the Jewish people to Palestine, I shall surely do so. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If we Americans are too concerned about freedom and liberty, it is because we have read too much of John Locke and Adam Smith. Freedom & Liberty
In the view of this Government there cannot be any common ground upon which it can stand with a Power whose conceptions of international relations are so entirely alien to its own, so utterly repugnant to its moral sense. There can be no mutual confidence or trust, no respect even, if pledges are to be given and agreements made with a cynical repudiation of their obligations already in the mind of one of the parties. We cannot recognize, hold relations with, or give friendly receptions to the agents of a Government which is determined and bound to conspire against our institutions, whose diplomats will be the agitators of dangerous revolt, whose spokesmen say that they sign agreements with no intention of keeping them. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It is a fearful thing to lead this great peaceful people into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars, civilization itself seeming to hang in the balance. But the right is more precious than peace, and we shall fight for the things which we have always carried nearest to our hearts – for democracy. Democracies & Republics
It is altogether inadvisable for a colored man to enter Princeton. Discrimination & Prejudice
Japan’s rise in Asia while the European nations are bogged down [in WWI] threatens white supremacy on this planet. Discrimination & Prejudice
Keep a separate American Army. Military & Veterans
Let us build a navy as big as hers and do as we please. Defense & National Security ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Liberty has never come from government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of government power, not the increase of it. Freedom & Liberty
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. Freedom & Liberty
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. Freedom & Liberty
Lodge reservations? Never! I’ll never consent to any policy with which that impossible name is so prominently identified. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Most men are servants of corporations. Work, Workers & The Labor Force ;Capitalism
My message was one of death for young men. How odd it is to applaud that. War & Peace
No doubt I could do what is necessary the circumstances to enforce respect for our Government without recourse to the Congress, and yet not exceed my constitution powers as President; but I do not wish to a in a manner possibly of so grave consequence except in close conference and cooperation with both the Senate and House. I, therefore l come to ask your approval that I should use the armed forces of the United States in such ways and to such an extent as may be necessary to obtain from General Huerta and adherents the fullest recognition of the rights and dignity of the United States War & Peace
No doubt that a great deal of nonsense has been written about the “unalienable rights of individuals.” Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
No man can sit down and withhold his hands from the warfare against wrong and get peace from his acquiescence. War & Peace
No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
No people must be forced under a sovereignty under which it does not wish to live. Democracies & Republics
Open covenants of peace, openly arrived at, after which there shall be no private understandings of any kind but diplomacy shall proceed always frankly and in the public view. Negotiating & Negotiations ;Secrecy & Transparency
Our duty is to cleanse, to reconsider, to restore, to correct the evil without impairing the good, to purify and humanize every process of our common life without weakening or sentimentalizing it. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Our own temperate blood, schooled to self-possession and the measured conduct of self-government, is receiving a constant infusion and yearly experiencing a partial corruption of foreign blood. Immigration & Emigration
Political philosophy has always only held up a mirror to contemporary times. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Politics I conceive to be nothing more than the science of the ordered progress of society along the lines of greatest usefulness and convenience to itself. Society ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Quite as important as legislation is vigilant oversight of administration; and even more important than legislation is the instruction and guidance in political affairs which the people might receive from a body which kept all national concerns suffused in a broad daylight of discussion .... The informing functions of Congress should be preferred even to its legislative function. The argument is not only that a discussed and interrogated administration is the only pure and efficient administration, but, more than that, that the only really self-governing people is that people which discusses and interrogates its administration. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Secrecy & Transparency
Sanitary laws, pure food laws, and laws determining conditions of labor which individuals are powerless to determine for themselves are intimate parts of the very business of justice and legal efficiency. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Since trade ignores national boundaries and the manufacturer insists on having the world as a market, the flag of his nation much follow him; and the doors of the nations which are closed against him must be battered down. Concessions obtained by financiers must be safeguarded by ministers of state even if the sovereignty of unwilling nations may by outraged in the process. Foreign Trade
Since trade ignores national boundaries and the manufacturer insists on having the world as a market, the flag of his nation must follow him, and the doors of the nations which are closed against him must be battered down. Foreign Trade ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The actual form of our present government is simply a scheme of Congressional supremacy. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The firm basis of government is justice, not pity. Justice & Injustice
The first duty of law is to keep sound the society it serves Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The government is now unable to restrain the horrible massacres that have made that country a graveyard….Armenia is to be redeemed! Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The great Government we loved has too often been made use of for private and selfish purposes. Lobbying & Special Interests
The Great White Father now calls you his brother, not his children. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Senate of the United States has been both extravagantly praised and unreasonably disparaged, according to the predisposition and temper of its various critics…. The Senate is just what the mode of its election and the conditions of public life in this country make it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Senate of the United States has been both extravagantly praised and unreasonably disparaged, according to the predisposition and temper of its various critics…. The truth is, in this case as in so many others, something quite commonplace and practical. The Senate is just what the mode of its election and the conditions of public life in this country make it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The white men were roused by a mere instinct of self-preservation ... until at last there had sprung into existence a great Ku Klux Klan, a veritable empire of the South, to protect the Southern country. Discrimination & Prejudice
The world must be made safe for democracy. War & Peace
There can be no equality of opportunity, the first essential of justice in the body politic, if men and women and children be not shielded in their lives, their very vitality, from the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter, control, or singly cope with. Justice & Injustice
They [the Republican controlled Senate] have shamed us in the eyes of the world. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We are not put into the world to sit still and know, we are put in it to act. Citizenship & Patriotism
We have been proud of our industrial achievements, but we have not hitherto stopped thoughtfully enough to count the human cost Development & Growth
We have been trying at Washington to remove some of the shackles that have been put upon American business; but after you have removed the shackles you must determine what you are going to do with your liberty. And there are many tasks to perform for mankind. There are many things to be bettered in this world. Regulation & Deregulation
We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world – no longer a Government of free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of small groups of dominant men Lobbying & Special Interests
A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults his grandmother when in doubt. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible. Government
Absolute identity with one's cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership. Leaders & Leadership
America is not anything if it consists of each of us. It is something only if it consists of all of us.
America lives in the heart of every man everywhere who wishes to find a region where he will be free to work out his destiny as he chooses. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an ideal - to discover and maintain liberty among men.
As compared with the college politician, the real article seems like an amateur.
At every crisis in one's life, it is absolute salvation to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think aloud without restraint or misgiving. Life
Business underlies everything in our national life, including our spiritual life. Witness the fact that in the Lord's Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
By 'radical,' I understand one who goes too far; by 'conservative', one who does not go far enough; by 'reactionary', one who won't go at all.
Caution is the confidential agent of selfishness.
Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles. Government
Every man who takes office in Washington either grows or swells, and when I give a man an office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is growing or swelling.
Generally young men are regarded as radicals. This is a popular misconception. The most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates. The radicals are the men past middle life. Life
Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose. Sports & Athletics
He is not a true man of the world who knows only the present fashions of it.
I am not sure that it is of the first importance that you should be happy. Many an unhappy man has been of deep service to himself and to the world.
I have come slowly into possession of such powers as I have. I receive the opinions of my day. I do not conceive them. But I receive them into a vivid mind.
I have long enjoyed the friendship and companionship of Republicans because I am by instinct a teacher, and I would like to teach them something. Friendship ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
I will not speak with disrespect of the Republican Party. I always speak with respect of the past. Respect
I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose.
If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.
If there are men in this country big enough to own the government of the United States, they are going to own it. Government
If you think too much about being re-elected, it is very difficult to be worth re-electing.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
In the Lord's Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
Interest does not tie nations together; it sometimes separates them. But sympathy and understanding does unite them. Sympathy
It is like writing history with lightning and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true. History
Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it. Power ;History ;Freedom & Liberty
My dream of politics all my life has been that it is the common business, that it is something we owe to each other to understand and discuss with absolute frankness. Life ;Business, Commerce & Finance ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
My own ideals for the university are those of a genuine democracy and serious scholarship. These two, indeed, seem to go together.
Neutrality is a negative word. It does not express what America ought to feel. We are not trying to keep out of trouble; we are trying to preserve the foundations on which peace may be rebuilt. War & Peace
Never attempt to murder a man who is committing suicide.
One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.
Princeton is no longer a thing for Princeton men to please themselves with. Princeton is a thing with which Princeton men must satisfy the country.
Property as compared with humanity, as compared with the red blood in the American people, must take second place, not first place.
Prosperity is necessarily the first theme of a political campaign.
So far as the colleges go, the sideshows are swallowing up the circus.
Sometimes people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American. America is the only idealistic nation in the world.
Tell me what is right and I will fight for it.
That a peasant may become king does not render the kingdom democratic.
The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.
The awakening of the people of China to the possibilities under free government is the most significant, if not the most momentous, event of our generation. Government
The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.
The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy. Government
The history of liberty is a history of resistance. History
The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it. History
The method of political science is the interpretation of life; its instrument is insight, a nice understanding of subtle, unformulated conditions. Life ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is, not to frighten them, but to challenge them.
The question of armaments, whether on land or sea, is the most immediately and intensely practical question connected with the future fortunes of nations and of mankind. Future
The seed of revolution is repression.
The world is not looking for servants, there are plenty of these, but for masters, men who form their purposes and then carry them out, let the consequences be what they may.
The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. War & Peace
There are blessed intervals when I forget by one means or another that I am President of the United States.
There can be no equality or opportunity if men and women and children be not shielded in their lives from the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter, control, or singly cope with. Women ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
There is little for the great part of the history of the world except the bitter tears of pity and the hot tears of wrath. History
There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed. Religion & God ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We have not given science too big a place in our education, but we have made a perilous mistake in giving it too great a preponderance in method in every other branch of study. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
What we seek is the reign of law, based upon the consent of the governed and sustained by the organized opinion of mankind.
When I give a man an office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is swelling or growing.
You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand. Hope ;Motivation
You cannot, in human experience, rush into the light. You have to go through the twilight into the broadening day before the noon comes and the full sun is upon the landscape.