Woodrow Wilson

(1856 - 1924 / United States)

Woodrow Wilson Quotes

  • ''My own ideals for the university are those of a genuine democracy and serious scholarship. These two, indeed, seem to go together.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Letter, February 1, 1910, to Herbert B. Brougham. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 20 p. 69, ed. Arthur S. Link.
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  • ''Most men are individuals no longer so far as their business, its activities, or its moralities are concerned. They are not units but fractions.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democratic politician, president. speech, Aug. 31, 1910, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • ''We ought to regard ourselves and to act as socialists—believers in the wholesomeness and beneficence of the body politic.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Woodrow Wilson, The State (1889). The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 6, p. 303, ed. Arthur S. Link. Writing as a young college professor, Wilson disassociated himself from any specific socialist party. But he did not change this reference in the many subsequent reprintings of his book.
  • ''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).
  • ''We set this nation up ... to vindicate the rights of man. We did not name any differences between one race and another. We opened our gates to all the world and said: "Let all men who want to be free come to us and they will be welcome."''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia (July 4, 1914).
  • ''What we seek is the reign of law, based upon the consent of the governed and sustained by the organized opinion of mankind.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address at Mount Vernon (July 4, 1918). In this one sentence Wilson summed up his war aims. His speech set up the Four Points in addition to the earlier Fourteen Points.
  • ''I am so glad that I am young, so that I may give my youth to you.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Letter, May 22, 1885, to Ellen Axson. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 4, p. 617, ed. Arthur S. Link.
  • ''I have come slowly into possession of such powers as I have ... I receive the opinions of my day. I do not conceive them. But I receive them into a vivid mind.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. From a "Confidential Journal," December 28, 1889. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 6, p. 462, ed. Arthur S. Link. Wilson was a young professor at Wesleyan University when he made this very just appraisal of his intellectual powers.
  • ''I have rather a strange objection to talking from the back platform of a train.... It changes too often. It moves around and shifts its ground too often. I like a platform that stays put.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Remarks, September 16, 1912, from a rear platform, Union City, Indiana. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 25, p. 148, ed. Arthur S. Link. Wilson was starting out on the 1912 campaign.
  • ''Would that we could do something, at once dignified and effective, to knock Mr. Bryan once and for all into a cocked hat.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Letter, August 29, 1907, to A.H. Joline. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 17, p. 124, ed. Arthur S. Link. Wilson was writing in private to a man who became part of the opposition on the Princeton board. Five years later the letter was released in the midst of the 1912 campaign. Many feared it would cost Wilson the Democratic nomination. Actually Bryan became one of his most effective supporters in the Baltimore convention.

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Best Poem of Woodrow Wilson

For Beauty I Am Not A Star

For beauty I am not a star,
There are others more perfect by far,
But my face I don't mind it,
For I am behind it,
It is those in front that I jar.

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