William Jennings Bryan Quotes

A man who murders another shortens by a few brief years the life of a human being; but he who votes to increase the burden of debts upon the people of the United States assumes a graver responsibility.

 
Context
This remarkable quotation illustrated the historical hatred aroused by the concept of government debt. Bryan, a religious man, states that debt is worse than murder. But a little over 100 years later, George W. Bush, also a very religious man, incurs a debt larger than all Presidents before him combined. Yet he thought it virtuous and best for the country. Both men were fundamentalist Christians.
William Jennings Bryan
William Jennings Bryan
  • Born: March 19, 1860
  • Died: July 26, 1925
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Lawyer

William Jennings Bryan was an American orator and politician from Nebraska. Beginning in 1896, he emerged as a dominant force in the Democratic Party, standing three times as the party's nominee for President of the United States. He also served in the United States House of Representatives and as the United States Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson. Just before his death he gained national attention for attacking the teaching of evolution in the Scopes Trial. Because of his faith in the wisdom of the common people, he was often called "The Great Commoner".