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Woodrow Wilson :
Mrs. Susan Hart Neville: "Oh, Mr. President, it is so good of you to call on me. Won't you please walk into the parlor and sit down?" President Wilson: "I haven't time to sit down. Your house is on fire."
[Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Cary T. Grayson, Woodrow Wilson: an Intimate Memoir, pp. 31-32. Wilson was vacationing in Pass Christian, Mississippi, when, passing in his automobile, he saw flames emerging from a roof. He later wrote Mrs. Neville, "I shall never cease to be gratified that our machine passed so opportunely."]
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Richard Schickel :
Hemingway, wrote [Edmund] Wilson, was "his own worst-drawn character," by which we must assume that this hunter-bullfighter-war-loving he-man failed to meet the classic specifications of a literary construct; he had no depth, not enough curious contradictions, represented not a concatenation of qualities but a single one played to the hilt. In short, he was what popular novelists (and movies, of course) give us, a type not an individ ual. It was the same way with Monroe. She had taken her basic bimbo's understanding of the world, and her instinct for leveraging it, and played her bimbohood for all it was worth, just as any popular novelist would have, and for the same reason: it represented her full understanding of the character, the best that she could do with it, and we sensed that she was not cheating or talking down to us through it, even though it read easily and did not tax us as it touched us.
[Richard Schickel, U.S. critic. "Super Hero, Super Victim," Intimate Strangers: The Culture of Celebrity, Doubleday (1985).]
Maria D Brown :
... a friend told me that she had read of a woman who had knitted a wash rag for President Wilson. She was eighty years old and her friends thought it remarkable that she could knit a wash rag! I thought that if a woman of eighty could knit a wash rage for a Democratic President it behooved one of ninety-six to make something more than a wash rag for a Republican President.
[Maria D. Brown (1827-1927), U.S. homemaker. As quoted in Grandmother Brown's Hundred Years, ch. 10, by Harriet Connor Brown (1929). On hand-embroidering a dresser scarf for President and Mrs. Coolidge in 1923; she sent it to them with a letter observing: "I have five sons, all Republican."]
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William Howard Taft :
I believe that Harmon would be the easiest to defeat, though he might gain much strength from the Republicans. Clark would surely lose New York. I am beginning to feel that by some stroke of genius they may name Woodrow Wilson, and that seems a pretty hard tussle.
[William Howard Taft (1857-1930), U.S. president. Letter, Butt to his sister-in-law, Clara F. Butt, September 14, 1911. Archie Butt, Taft and Roosevelt: The Intimate Letters of Archie Butt, Military Aide, 2: 744, Doubleday, Doran & Company (1930). Judson Harmon was the Democratic governor of Ohio, Champ Clark the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Woodrow Wilson the reform governor of New Jersey. Taft hoped that either Clark or Harman would be named. With Bryan as his Warwick, however, the honor fell to Wilson.]
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H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken :
What intrigued such gentlemen [the editorial writers] was the plain fact Wilson was their superior in their own special field—that he accomplished with a great deal more skill than they did themselves the great task of reducing all the difficulties of the hour to a few sonorous and unintelligible phrases, often with theological overtones—that he knew better than they did how to arrest and enchant the boobery with words that were simply words, and nothing else.
[H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in the Smart Set (January 1921). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 20, pp. 118-119, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).]
Alice Roosevelt Longworth :
... [Washington] is always an entertaining spectacle. Look at it now. The present President has the name of Roosevelt, marked facial resemblance to Wilson, and no perceptible aversion, to say the least, to many of the policies of Bryan. The New Deal, which at times seems more like a pack of cards thrown helter skelter, some face up, some face down, and then snatched in a free-for-all by the players, than it does like a regular deal, is going on before our interested, if puzzled eyes.
[Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980), U.S. socialite; daughter and cousin of U.S. Presidents. Crowded Hours, ch. 21 (1933). Longworth's distant cousin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), was beginning the first of his three-plus terms as President. "New Deal" was his label for his domestic reform program.]
H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken :
When Wilson got upon his legs in those days he seems to have gone into a sort of trance, with all the peculiar illusions and delusions that belong to a pedagogue gone mashugga. He heard words giving three cheers; he saw them race across a blackboard like Mexicans pursued by the Polizei; he felt them rush up and kiss him.
[H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. Originally published in the Smart Set (January 1921). The Vintage Mencken, ch. 20, p. 119, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).]
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A.I. (Albert Isaac) Bezzerides :
Jim Wilson: Cops have no friends. Nobody likes a cop. On either side of the law. Nobody. Captain Brawley: Is that what you want? People to like you? Then you're in the wrong business and you ought to get out. Jim Wilson: It's the only job I know. Has been for eleven years now. Captain Brawley: Then make up your mind to be a cop. Not a gangster with a badge.
[A.I. (Albert Isaac) Bezzerides, U.S. screenwriter, and Nicholas Ray. Detective Jim Wilson (Robert Ryan) and Captain Brawley (Ed Begley), On Dangerous Ground (1952). Based on an adaptation of Gerald Butler's novel "Mad With Much Heart" by Bezzerides and Nicholas Ray (1911-1979).]
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Rutherford Birchard Hayes :
Among the interesting thing in camp are the boys. You recollect the boy in Captain McIlrath's company; we have another like unto him in Captain Woodward's. He ran away from Norwalk to Camp Dennison; went into the Fifth, then into the Guthries, and as we passed their camp, he was pleased with us, and now is "a boy of the Twenty-third." He drills, plays officer, soldier, or errand boy, and is a curiosity in camp.
[Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. II, pp. 86-87, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Hayes to Lucy Webb Hayes (September 5, 1861).]
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Woodrow Wilson :
Senator Albert B. Fall: "We have been praying for you, Sir." President Wilson: "Which way, Senator?"
[Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. In the White House, December 6, 1919. August Heckscher, Woodrow Wilson, pp. 621-622. Wilson, critically disabled by a stroke, was being visited by an arch-enemy in the Senate, to test his fitness to remain as President. After this exchange the doubts ended.]
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