Woodrow Wilson

(1856 - 1924 / United States)

Woodrow Wilson Quotes

  • ''The light that shined upon the summit now seems almost to shine at our feet.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address in Rome (January 3, 1919). On his triumphant post-armistice tour of Italy, Wilson was speaking for a passing mood of idealism and hope.
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  • ''The true shepherd of his flock, the majesty of whose spiritual authority awed even the unscrupulous enemy.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address, June 19, 1919, to the Belgian Parliament. Wilson's tribute to a famous churchman, Cardinal Mercier, known for his defiance of the Germans. The quotation is from an extemporaneous speech.
  • ''I am not sure that it is of the first importance that you should be happy. Many an unhappy man has been of deep service to himself and to the world.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Baccalaureate address, June 7, 1908, at Princeton University. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 18, p. 326, ed. Arthur S. Link. Wilson was speaking as a stern Calvinist. More interesting, he was reconciling himself to his own unhappiness, being at the time in the midst of a love affair.
  • ''There is little for the great part of the history of the world except the bitter tears of pity and the hot tears of wrath.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address, September 13, 1919, at Oakland, California. Wilson was speaking extemporaneously on his last western tour on behalf of the League of Nations.
  • ''Open covenants of peace openly arrived at''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address to Congress declaring the Fourteen Points (January 6, 1918). Wilson later explained that the famous phrase did not preclude private negotiations. What was important was that the results be public.
  • ''My hope is ... that we may recover ... something of a renewal of that vision of the law with which men may be supposed to have started out with in the old days of the oracles, who communed with the intimations of divinity.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address to the American Bar Association (October 20, 1914). Wilson was speaking at the start of World War I, amid what he called "the extraordinary circumstances of the world in which we live."
  • ''A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address to the country (March 4, 1917). Wilson was speaking of a filibuster in the Senate that was holding up the wartime Shipping Bill.
  • ''Princeton is no longer a thing for Princeton men to please themselves with. Princeton is a thing with which Princeton men must satisfy the country.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address, May 12, 1910, to the University Club of Chicago. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 20, p. 433, ed. Arthur S. Link.
  • ''The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is, not to frighten them, but to challenge them.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address to the Italian Parliament, Rome (January 3, 1919).
  • ''Property as compared with humanity, as compared with the red blood in the American people, must take second place, not first place.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Campaign address, September 18, 1912, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 26, p. 177, ed. Arthur S. Link.

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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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