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79 Woodrow Wilson Quotes (U.S.As 28th President)

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79 Woodrow Wilson Quotes

1. “The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.” — WOODROW WILSON


2. “I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.” — WOODROW WILSON


3. “America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an ideal – to discover and maintain liberty among men.” — WOODROW WILSON


4. “America lives in the heart of every man everywhere who wishes to find a region where he will be free to work out his destiny as he chooses.” — WOODROW WILSON


5. “I would rather lose in a cause that will someday win, than win in a cause that will someday lose!” – WOODROW WILSON


6. “There was a time when corporations played a minor part in our business affairs, but now they play the chief part, and most men are the servants of corporations.” — WOODROW WILSON


7. “ America is not anything if it consists of each of us. It is something only if it consists of all of us.” — WOODROW WILSON


8. “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


9. “Liberty does not consist in mere declarations of the rights of man. It consists in the translation of those declarations into definite action.” — WOODROW WILSON


10. “The seed of revolution is repression.” — WOODROW WILSON


11. “The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.” — WOODROW WILSON


12. “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” — WOODROW WILSON


13. “If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish prig.” — WOODROW WILSON


14. “Understanding is the soil in which grow all the fruits of friendship.” — WOODROW WILSON


15. “The beauty of a democracy is that you never can tell when a youngster is born what he is going to do with himself, and that no matter how humbly he is born, no matter where he is born, no matter what circumstances hamper him at the outset, he has got a chance to master the minds and lead the imaginations of the whole country.” — WOODROW WILSON


16. “All things come to him who waits – provided he knows what he is waiting for.” — WOODROW WILSON


17. “I have sometimes heard men say politics must have nothing to do with business, and I have often wished that business had nothing to do with politics.” — WOODROW WILSON


18. “If you think too much about being reelected, it is very difficult to be worth reelecting.” — WOODROW WILSON


19. “Government ought to be all outside and no inside. . . . Everybody knows that corruption thrives in secret places, and avoids public places, and we believe it a fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety.” — WOODROW WILSON


20. “Tell me what is right and I will fight for it.” — WOODROW WILSON


21. “The difference between a strong man and a weak one is that the former does not give up after a defeat.” — WOODROW WILSON


22. “At every crisis in one’s life, it is absolute salvation to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think aloud without restraint or misgiving.” — WOODROW WILSON


23. “One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.” — WOODROW WILSON


24. “The history of liberty is the history of limitations on the power of government, not the increase of it. When we resist, therefore, the concentration of power, we are resisting the processes of death, because concentration of power is what always precedes the destruction of human liberties.” — WOODROW WILSON


25. “Tolerance is an admirable intellectual gift; but it is of little worth in politics.” — WOODROW WILSON


26. “Just what is it that America stands for? If she stands for one thing more than another it is for the sovereignty of self-governing people.” — WOODROW WILSON


27. “There is a price which is too great to pay for peace, and that price can be put in one word. One cannot pay the price of self-respect.” — WOODROW WILSON


28. “My urgent advice to you would be, not only always to think first of America, but always, also, to think first of humanity. You do not love humanity if you seek to divide humanity into jealous camps. Humanity can be welded together only by love, by sympathy, by justice, not by jealousy and hatred. I am sorry for the man who seeks to make personal capital out of the passions of his fellowmen. He has lost touch with the ideal of America. For America was created to unit mankind.” — WOODROW WILSON


29. “A sure sign of an amateur is too much detail to compensate for too little life.” — WOODROW WILSON


30. “I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being.” — WOODROW WILSON


31. “Is there any man, is there any woman, let me say any child here that does not know that the seed of war in the modern world is industrial and commercial rivalry?” — WOODROW WILSON


32. “The shadows that now lie dark upon our path will soon be dispelled and we shall walk with the light all about us if we but be true to ourselves.” — WOODROW WILSON


33. “The law that will work is merely the summing up in legislative form of the moral judgement that the community has already reached.” — WOODROW WILSON


34. “Unless justice be done to others it will not be done to us.” — WOODROW WILSON


35. “Big business is not dangerous because it is big, but because its bigness is an unwholesome inflation created by privileges and exemptions which it ought not to enjoy.” — WOODROW WILSON


36. “We are citizens of the world. The tragedy of our times is that we do not know this.” — WOODROW WILSON


37. “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” — WOODROW WILSON


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38. “No man can sit down and withhold his hands from the warfare against wrong and get peace from his acquiescence.” — WOODROW WILSON


39. “There is here a great melting pot in which we must compound a precious metal. That metal is the metal of nationality.” – WOODROW WILSON


40. “Has justice ever grown in the soil of absolute power? Has not justice always come from the … heart and spirit of men who resist power?” — WOODROW WILSON


41. “At every crisis in one’s life, it is absolute salvation to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think aloud without restraint or misgiving.” — WOODROW WILSON


42. “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


43. “I had rather have everybody on my side than be armed to the teeth.” — WOODROW WILSON


44. “The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket.” — WOODROW WILSON


45. “My dream is that as the years go by and the world knows more and more of America, it will turn to America for those moral inspirations that lie at the basis of all freedom that America will come into the full light of the day when all shall know that she puts human rights above all other rights, and that her flag is the flag not only of America but of humanity.” — WOODROW WILSON


46. “Power consists in one’s capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to lead by reason and a gift of cooperation.” — WOODROW WILSON


47. “Things get very lonely in Washington sometimes. The real voice of the great people of America sometimes sounds faint and distant in that strange city. You hear politics until you wish that both parties were smothered in their own gas.” — WOODROW WILSON


48. “I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking.” — WOODROW WILSON


49. “Responsibility is proportionate to opportunity.” — WOODROW WILSON


50. “The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history.” — WOODROW WILSON


51. “I can imagine no greater disservice to the county than to establish a system of censorship that would deny to the people of a free republic like our own their indisputable right to criticize their own public officials. While exercising the great powers of office I hold, I would regret in a crisis like the one through which we are now passing to lose the benefit of patriotic and intelligent criticism.” — WOODROW WILSON


52. “In public affairs, stupidity is more dangerous than knavery, because it is harder to fight.” — WOODROW WILSON


53. “A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.” — WOODROW WILSON


54. “There is something better, if possible, that a man can give than his life. That is his living spirit to a service that is not easy, to resist counsels that are hard to resist, to stand against purposes that are difficult to stand against.” — WOODROW WILSON


55. “The men who act stand nearer to the mass of man than the men who write; and it is in their hands that new thought gets its translation into the crude language of deeds.” — WOODROW WILSON


56. “The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.” — WOODROW WILSON


57. “When you come into the presence of a leader of men, you know that you have come into the presence of fire – that it is best not uncautiously to touch that man – that there is something that makes it dangerous to cross him.” — WOODROW WILSON


58. “Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.” — WOODROW WILSON


59. “I have always in my own thought summed up individual liberty, and business liberty, and every other kind of liberty, in the phrase that is common in the sporting world, ‘A free field and no favor.” — WOODROW WILSON


60. “The history of liberty is a history of resistance.” — WOODROW WILSON


61. “I am not one of those who believe that a great standing army is the means of maintaining peace, because if you build up a great profession those who form parts of it want to exercise their profession.” — WOODROW WILSON


62. “When I give a man an office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is swelling or growing.” — WOODROW WILSON


63. “We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.” — WOODROW WILSON


64. “Business underlies everything in our national life, including our spiritual life. Witness the fact that in the Lord’s Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.” — WOODROW WILSON


65. “The whole purpose of democracy is that we may hold counsel with one another, so as not to depend upon the understanding of one man.” — WOODROW WILSON


66. “Every people has a right to choose the sovereignty under which they shall live.” — WOODROW WILSON


67. “The truth is we are all caught in a great economic system which is heartless.” — WOODROW WILSON


68. “The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.” — WOODROW WILSON


69. “If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if an hour, I am ready now.” — WOODROW WILSON


70. “I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world – no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.” — WOODROW WILSON


71. “The man who has no vision will undertake no great enterprise.” — WOODROW WILSON


72. “Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence is a practical document for the use of practical men. It is not a thesis for philosophers, but a whip for tyrants; it is not a theory of government but a program of action.” — WOODROW WILSON


73. “The object of love is to serve, not to win.” — WOODROW WILSON


74. “If you’ve made up your mind you can do something, you’re absolutely right.” — WOODROW WILSON


75. “Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.” — WOODROW WILSON


76. “Only peace between equals can last.” — WOODROW WILSON


77. “Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting.” — WOODROW WILSON


78. “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


79. “Benevolence does not consist in those who are prosperous pitying and helping those who are not. It consists in fellow feeling that puts you upon actually the same level with the fellow who suffers.” — WOODROW WILSON


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