Woodrow Wilson Quotes (144 Quotes)

    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.

    Congress in session is Congress on public exhibition, whilst Congress in its committee-rooms is Congress at work

    I would never read a book if it were possible for me to talk half an hour with the man who wrote it

    No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation

    We live in an age disturbed, confused, bewildered, afraid of its own forces, in search not merely of its road but even of its direction.

    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.

    Hunger does not breed reform it breeds madness, and all the ugly distempers that make an ordered life impossible

    We should not only use the brains we have, but all that we can borrow

    Prosperity is necessarily the first theme of a political campaign.

    I not only use all the brains I have but all that I can borrow.

    We cannot, we will not, choose the path of surrender

    I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by it's system of credit...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 of conviction and vote of the majority,but, a Government by opinion and the duress of a small group of dominant men.

    A radical is one of whom people say ''He goes too far.'' A conservative, on the other hand, is one who ''doesn't go far enough.'' Then there is the reactionary, ''one who doesn't go at all.'' All these terms are more or less objectionable, wherefore we have

    We want the spirit of America to be efficient we want American character to be efficient we want American character to display itself in what I may, perhaps, be allowed to call spiritual efficiency - clear disinterested thinking and fearless action.

    Friends help you move. Real friends help you move dead bodies.

    Uncompromising thought is the luxury of the closeted recluse.

    Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.

    A man is the part he plays among his fellows. He is not isolated he cannot be. His life is made up of the relations he bears to others is made or marred by those relations, guided by them, judged by them, expressed in them. There is nothing else upon which he can spend his spirit nothing else that we can see. It is by these he gets his spiritual growth it is by these we see his character revealed, his purpose, his gifts. A few (men) act as those who have mastered the secrets of a serious art, with deliberate subordination of themselves to the great end and motive of the play. These have 'found themselves,' and have all the ease of a perfect adjustment.

    If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish pig.

    Genius is divine perseverance. Genius I cannot claim nor even extra brightness but perseverance all can have.

    Provision for others is a fundamental responsibility of human life.

    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.

    My own ideals for the university are those of a genuine democracy and serious scholarship. These two, indeed, seem to go together.

    In the last analysis, my fellow country men, as we in America would be the first to claim, a people are responsible for the acts of government.

    All things come to him who waits -- provided he knows what he is waiting for.

    Progressiveness means not standing still when everything else is moving.

    One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.

    No man that does not see visions will ever realize any high hope or undertake any high enterprise.

    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.

    If you want to make enemies, try to change something.

    Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.

    The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.

    America cannot be an ostrich with its head in the sand

    We are not put into this world to sit still and know we are put into it to act.

    There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.

    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.

    America is not a mere body of traders it is a body of free men. Our greatness is built upon our freedom is moral, not material. We have a great ardor for gain but we have a deep passion for the rights of man.

    I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.

    America is the place where you cannot kill your government by killing the men who conduct it.

    No man can sit down and withhold his hands from the warfare against wrong and get peace from his acquiescence.

    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.

    So far as the colleges go, the sideshows are swallowing up the circus.

    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

    When I give a man an office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is swelling or growing.

    The truth is, we are all caught in a great economic system which is heartless.

    Too much law was too much government and too much government was too little individual privilege,- as too much individual privilege in its turn was selfish license

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