Quotations From JAMES A GARFIELD

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  • 1.
    I love to deal with doctrines and events. The contests of men about men I greatly dislike.
    James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. Garfield diary, March 14, 1881. Garfield, ch. 24, Allen Peskin (1978).

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  • 2.
    The chief duty of government is to keep the peace and stand out of the sunshine of the people.
    James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. To H.N. Eldridge, December 14, 1869. Garfield, ch. 13, Allen Peskin (1978).

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  • 3.
    [This] atheistic [movement] must logically result in the utter annihilation of the family.
    James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. Garfield diary, June 8, 1881. Garfield, footnotes, ch. 16, Allen Peskin (1978).

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  • 4.
    The return to solid values is always hard.... Distress, panic, and hard times have marked our pathway in returning to solid values.
    James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. Congressional Record, 43rd Cong., 2d sess., Pp. 25-26. Garfield, ch. 17, Allen Peskin (1978).
  • 5.
    [It is possible] that the race of red men ... will, before many generations, be remembered only as a strange, weird, dream-like specter, which has passed once before the eyes of men, but had departed forever.
    James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. To J.D. Cox, August 6, 1870. Garfield, ch. 14, Allen Peskin (1978).

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  • 6.
    I will not vote against the truths of the multiplication table.
    James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. To H. Austin, February 4, 1874. Garfield, ch. 17, Allen Peskin (1978).
  • 7.
    The ideal college is Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and a student on the other.
    James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. Garfield, ch. 3, Allen Peskin (1978). Garfield at Delmonico dinner, December 28, 1871. Hopkins was the renowned president of Williams College.
  • 8.
    The American people have done much for the locomotive, and the locomotive has done much for them.
    James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. Ascribed to Garfield by Nation 31, p. 258 (1880). The Presidencies of James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur, ch. 2, Justus D. Doenecke (1981).

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  • 9.
    There can be no permanent disfranchised peasantry in the United States.
    James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. Inaugural address, March 4, 1881. The Presidencies of James A. Garfield and Chester A. Arthur, ch. 3, Justus D. Doenecke (1981). Referring to Southern attempts to keep African-Americans from voting.
  • 10.
    Few men in our history have ever obtained the Presidency by planning to obtain it.
    James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. Garfield diary, February 4, 1879. Garfield, ch. 21, Allen Peskin (1978).

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