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  • The world is not looking for servants,—there are plenty of these,—but for masters, men who form their purposes and then carry them out, let the consequences be what they may.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address, October 25, 1907, to the Philadelphia Society, Princeton University. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 17, p. 455, ed. Arthur S. Link. Wilson was speaking to a religious society, after a major defeat by the Princeton trustees. His text: "He that observeth the wind shall not sow, and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap."

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  • As compared with the college politician, the real article seems like an amateur.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Interview, August 26, 1911, of Wilson by Needham, "The Outlook." Ray Stannard Baker, Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters, vol. 2, p. 266.
  • It is a protest against the way the world has worked.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Ray Stannard Baker, Woodrow Wilson and World Settlement, vol. 1, p. 93. Wilson's explanation of "the poison of Bolshevism" from his remarks to newspapermen aboard the George Washington on his way to Europe.

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  • The sum of the whole matter is this, that our civilization cannot survive materially unless it be redeemed spiritually.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. The Atlantic Monthly (August 1921).
  • The way to be patriotic in America is not only to love America, but to love the duty that lies nearest to our hand, and to know that in performing it we are serving our country.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia (July 14, 1914).

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  • I confess my belief in the common man.... The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.... The man who is in the melee knows what blows are being struck and what blood is being drawn.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. The New Freedom, p. 80 (1913).

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  • Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Atlantic Monthly (Boston, March 1901).
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