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Woodrow Wilson Quotes and Sayings

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I not only use all the brains that I have,
but all that I can borrow.
- Woodrow Wilson

Related topics: Intelligence

Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a
ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose.
- Woodrow Wilson

If you want to make enemies,
try to change something.
- Woodrow Wilson

A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks,
mostly sits.
- Woodrow Wilson

 

If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face,
you should go home and examine your conscience.
- Woodrow Wilson

The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
- Woodrow Wilson

My dream of politics all my life has been that it is the common business,
that it is something we owe to each other to understand
and discuss with absolute frankness.
- Woodrow Wilson

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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

By 'radical,' I understand one who goes too far;
by 'conservative,' one who does not go far enough;
by 'reactionary,' one who won't go at all.
- Woodrow Wilson

The world must be made safe for democracy.
Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.
- Woodrow Wilson

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

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

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

If there are men in this country big enough to own
the government of the United States,
they are going to own it.
- Woodrow Wilson

Tell me what is right and I will fight for it.
- Woodrow Wilson

It is like writing history with lightning and my only
regret is that it is all so terribly true.
- Woodrow Wilson

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

There are blessed intervals when I forget by one means
or another that I am President of the United States.
- Woodrow Wilson

One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels.
The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.
- Woodrow Wilson

So far as the colleges go, the sideshows are swallowing up the circus.
- Woodrow Wilson

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

If you think too much about being re-elected,
it is very difficult to be worth re-electing.
- Woodrow Wilson

We have not given science too big a place in our education,
but we have made a perilous mistake in giving it too
great a preponderance in method in every other branch of study.
- Woodrow Wilson

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

Interest does not tie nations together;
it sometimes separates them.
But sympathy and understanding does unite them.
- Woodrow Wilson

The awakening of the people of China to the possibilities
under free government is the most significant,
if not the most momentous, event of our generation.
- Woodrow Wilson

There is no higher religion than human service.
To work for the common good is the greatest creed.
- Woodrow Wilson

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

The method of political science is the interpretation of life;
its instrument is insight,
a nice understanding of subtle, unformulated conditions.
- Woodrow Wilson

Absolute identity with one's cause is the first and
great condition of successful leadership.
- Woodrow Wilson

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

Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles.
- Woodrow Wilson

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

Never attempt to murder a man who is committing suicide.
- Woodrow Wilson

Prosperity is necessarily the first theme of a political campaign.
- Woodrow Wilson

Sometimes people call me an idealist.
Well, that is the way I know I am an American.
America is the only idealistic nation in the world.
- Woodrow Wilson

A conservative is someone who makes no changes and
consults his grandmother when in doubt.
- Woodrow Wilson

As compared with the college politician,
the real article seems like an amateur.
- Woodrow Wilson

America is not anything if it consists of each of us.
It is something only if it consists of all of us.
- Woodrow Wilson

Property as compared with humanity, as compared with
the red blood in the American people,
must take second place, not first place.
- Woodrow Wilson

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

I have long enjoyed the friendship and companionship
of Republicans because I am by instinct a teacher,
and I would like to teach them something.
- Woodrow Wilson

I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free
than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty.
- Woodrow Wilson

The question of armaments, whether on land or sea,
is the most immediately and intensely practical question
connected with the future fortunes of nations and of mankind.
- Woodrow Wilson

Every man who takes office in Washington either grows or swells,
and when I give a man an office, I watch him carefully
to see whether he is growing or swelling.
- Woodrow Wilson

Politics I conceive to be nothing more than the science
of the ordered progress of society along the lines
of greatest usefulness and convenience to itself.
- Woodrow Wilson

The seed of revolution is repression.
- Woodrow Wilson

You cannot, in human experience, rush into the light.
You have to go through the twilight into the broadening
day before the noon comes and the full sun is upon the landscape.
- Woodrow Wilson

When I give a man an office, I watch him carefully
to see whether he is swelling or growing.
- Woodrow Wilson

I will not speak with disrespect of the Republican Party.
I always speak with respect of the past.
- Woodrow Wilson

He is not a true man of the world who knows only the present fashions of it.
- Woodrow Wilson

My own ideals for the university are those of a genuine
democracy and serious scholarship.
These two, indeed, seem to go together.
- Woodrow Wilson

The American Revolution was a beginning,
not a consummation.
- Woodrow Wilson

There can be no equality or opportunity if men and
women and children be not shielded in their lives from
the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter,
control, or singly cope with.
- Woodrow Wilson

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

The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.
- Woodrow Wilson

Caution is the confidential agent of selfishness.
- Woodrow Wilson

I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win,
than win in a cause that will some day lose.
- Woodrow Wilson

The history of liberty is a history of resistance.
- Woodrow Wilson

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

That a peasant may become king does not render the kingdom democratic.
- Woodrow Wilson

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

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

Neutrality is a negative word.
It does not express what America ought to feel.
We are not trying to keep out of trouble;
we are trying to preserve the foundations on which peace may be rebuilt.
- Woodrow Wilson

Liberty has never come from Government.
Liberty has always come from the subjects of it.
The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power,
not the increase of it.
- Woodrow Wilson

Generally young men are regarded as radicals.
This is a popular misconception.
The most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates.
The radicals are the men past middle life.
- Woodrow Wilson

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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