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  • 1.
    A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address to the country (March 4, 1917). Wilson was speaking of a filibuster in the Senate that was holding up the wartime Shipping Bill.
  • 2.
    My hope is ... that we may recover ... something of a renewal of that vision of the law with which men may be supposed to have started out with in the old days of the oracles, who communed with the intimations of divinity.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address to the American Bar Association (October 20, 1914). Wilson was speaking at the start of World War I, amid what he called "the extraordinary circumstances of the world in which we live."

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  • 3.
    Open covenants of peace openly arrived at
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address to Congress declaring the Fourteen Points (January 6, 1918). Wilson later explained that the famous phrase did not preclude private negotiations. What was important was that the results be public.

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  • 4.
    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.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address, September 13, 1919, at Oakland, California. Wilson was speaking extemporaneously on his last western tour on behalf of the League of Nations.

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  • 5.
    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.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address, May 12, 1910, to the University Club of Chicago. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 20, p. 433, ed. Arthur S. Link.
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    Property as compared with humanity, as compared with the red blood in the American people, must take second place, not first place.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Campaign address, September 18, 1912, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 26, p. 177, ed. Arthur S. Link.

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  • 7.
    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.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democratic politician, president. speech, Sept. 8, 1919, Sioux Falls, North Dakota. The Messages and Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 2, ed. Albert Shaw (1924).

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  • 8.
    America is not anything if it consists of each of us. It is something only if it consists of all of us.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democratic politician, president. speech, Jan. 29, 1916, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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  • 9.
    I am one who fights without a knack of hoping confidently ... simply a Scotch-Irishman who will not be conquered.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Letter, April 13, 1909, to Mary H. P. Hulbert. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 19, p. 151, ed. Arthur S. Link. Wilson was writing in the midst of his battles with the trustees at Princeton.
  • 10.
    A little group of wilful men reflecting no opinion but their own have rendered the great Government of the United States helpless and contemptible.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Statement, March 4, 1917. Referring to a successful filibuster against Wilson's bill to arm U.S. merchant ships against German submarine attacks.
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