Quotations From WOODROW WILSON

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  • 41.
    Gentlemen, I had hoped you might emulate your Saxon forefathers, who thought it not creditable to be unprepared for anything.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Henry W. Bragdon, Wilson; The Academic Years, p. 168, Harvard University Press (1967). Wilson was addressing a class at Wesleyan University, whose members had declared themselves unprepared for a test.
  • 42.
    He is a friend of all just men and a lover of the right; and he knows more than how to talk about the right—he knows how to set it forward in the face of its enemies.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Letter to Senator C.A. Culberson (May 5, 1916). Wilson was defending his appointment of Louis D. Brandeis to the Supreme Court, against the opposition of conservatives in the Senate.

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  • 43.
    I will not speak with disrespect of the Republican Party. I always speak with respect of the past.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Jackson Day Address (January 8, 1915).

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  • 44.
    We are constantly thinking of the great war ... which saved the Union ... but it was a war that did a great deal more than that. It created in this country what had never existed before—a national consciousness. It was not the salvation of the Union, it was the rebirth of the Union.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Address, May 31, 1915, Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial Day address.

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  • 45.
    There is no question what the roll of honor in America is. The roll of honor consists of the names of men who have squared their conduct by ideals of duty.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, February 27, 1916, Washington, DC.

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  • 46.
    That a peasant may become king does not render the kingdom democratic.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. speech, Aug. 31, 1910, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • 47.
    There will be no greater burden on our generation than to organize the forces of liberty in our time in order to make our quest of a new freedom for America.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Campaign address, October 3, 1912, in Indianapolis. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 25, p. 327, ed. Arthur S. Link. In this extemporaneous address at a country fair, Wilson used for the first time the words "new freedom," which became the slogan for his whole program of reform.

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  • 48.
    One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, January 29, 1916, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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  • 49.
    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.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Inaugural address, October 25, 1902, as president of Princeton University. The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 14, p. 170, ed. Arthur S. Link.

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  • 50.
    This little world, this little state, this little commonwealth of our own....
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Baccalaureate address, June 12, 1904, Princeton University. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 15, p. 366, ed. Arthur S. Link. Wilson was speaking of the undergraduate life at Princeton, where he received his first training in statesmanship.

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