James Abram Garfield

(1831-1881 / Moreland Hills, Ohio)

James Abram Garfield Quotes

  • ''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.
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  • ''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).
  • ''The sin of slavery is one of which it may be said that without the shedding of blood there is no remission.''
    James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. Garfield, diary, June 8, 1881. Garfield, ch. 5, Allen Peskin (1978).
  • ''The printed lies of the government.''
    James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. cited in Albert Gallatin Riddle, The Life, Character, and Public Service of Jas. A. Garfield (1880). Garfield, ch. 13, Allen Peskin (1978). The reference was to greenbacks, then accepted as legitimate U.S. currency.
  • ''[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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''I am a poor hater.''
    James A. Garfield (1831-1881), U.S. president. Garfield diary, April 26, 1876. Garfield, ch. 13, Allen Peskin (1978).

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