107+ James A. Garfield Quotes (Leadership, Education And Progress)

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  1. The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.
  2. Poverty is uncomfortable; but nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim.
  3. I never meet a ragged boy in the street without feeling that i may owe him a salute, for I know not what possibilities may be buttoned up under his coat.
  4. I love agitation and investigation and glory in defending unpopular truth against popular error.
  5. Right reason is stronger than force.
  6. It is the high privilege and sacred duty of those now living to educate their successors and fit them, by intelligence and virtue, for the inheritance which awaits them.
  7. I believe in God, and I trust myself in His hands.
  8. I will not vote against the truths of the multiplication table.
  9. We are apt to be deluded into false security by political catch-words, devised to flatter rather than instruct.
  10. I have had many troubles in my life, but the worst of them never came.

James A. Garfield Short Quotes

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  • The chief duty of government is to keep the peace and stand out of the sunshine of the people.
  • The people are responsible for the character of their Congress.
  • Commerce links all mankind in one common brotherhood of mutual dependence and interests.
  • Suicide is not a remedy
  • I love to deal with doctrines and events. The contests of men about men I greatly dislike.
  • Justice and goodwill will outlast passion.
  • A law is not a law without coercion behind it.
  • The divorce between church and state should be absolute.
  • All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.
  • The ideal college is Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and a student on the other.

James A. Garfield Famous Quotes And Sayings

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Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. — James A. Garfield

Whoever controls the volume of money in our country is absolute master of all industry and commerce...when you realize that the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate. — James A. Garfield

There are men and women who make the world better just by being the kind of people they are. They have the gift of kindness or courage or loyalty or integrity. It really matters very little whether they are behind the wheel of a truck or running a business or bringing up a family. The teach the truth by living it. — James A. Garfield

The divorce between Church and State ought to be absolute. It ought to be so absolute that no Church property anywhere, in any state or in the nation, should be exempt from equal taxation; for if you exempt the property of any church organization, to that extent you impose a tax upon the whole community. — James A. Garfield

Individuals may wear for a time the glory of our institutions, but they carry it not to the grave with them. Like raindrops from heaven, they may pass through the circle of the shining bow and add to its luster; but when they have sunk in the earth again, the proud arch still spans the sky and shines gloriously on. — James A. Garfield

I am trying to do two things: dare to be a radical and not a fool, which is a matter of no small difficulty. — James A. Garfield

The men who succeed best in public life are those who take the risk of standing by their own convictions. — James A. Garfield

Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce. — James A. Garfield

I am receiving what I suppose to be the usual number of threatening letters on the subject. Assassination can be no more guarded against than death by lightning; it is best not to worry about either. — James A. Garfield

The sin of slavery is one of which it may be said that without the shedding of blood there is no remission. — James A. Garfield

In the minds of most men, the kingdom of opinion is divided into three territories,--the territory of yes, the territory of no, and a broad, unexplored middle ground of doubt. — James A. Garfield

We can not overestimate the fervent love of liberty, the intelligent courage, and the sum of common sense with which our fathers made the great experiment of self-government. — James A. Garfield

History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning; its two eyes are geography and chronology. — James A. Garfield

Statistics has been the handmaid of science, and has poured a flood of light upon the dark questions of famine and pestilence, ignorance and crime, disease and death. — James A. Garfield

The best system of education is that which draws its chief support from the voluntary effort of the community, from the individual efforts of citizens, and from those burdens of taxation which they voluntarily impose upon themselves. — James A. Garfield

Statistical science is indispensable to modern statesmanship. In legislation as in physical science it is beginning to be understood that we can control terrestrial forces only by obeying their laws. The legislator must formulate in his statutes not only the national will, but also those great laws of social life revealed by statistics. — James A. Garfield

The worst days of darkness through which I have ever passed have been greatly alleviated by throwing myself with all my energy into some work relating to others. — James A. Garfield

Monuments may be builded to express the affection or pride of friends, or to display their wealth, but they are only valuable for the characters which they perpetuate. — James A. Garfield

Swift defined observation to be an old man's memory. — James A. Garfield

I have seen the sea lashed into fury and tossed into spray, and its grandeur moves the soul of the dullest man; but I remember that it is not the billows, but the calm level of the sea from which all heights and depths are measured. — James A. Garfield

But for we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man's welfare... are to be found portrayed in it. — James A. Garfield

Nobody but radicals have ever accomplished anything in a great crisis. Conservatives have their place in the piping times of peace; but in emergencies only rugged issue men amount to much. — James A. Garfield

The separation of Church and State in everything relating to taxation should be absolute. — James A. Garfield

In the long, fierce struggle for freedom of opinion, the press, like the Church, counted its martyrs by thousands. — James A. Garfield

Honesty is the best policy, says the familiar axiom; but people who are honest on that principle defraud no one but themselves. — James A. Garfield

Real political issues cannot be manufactured by the leaders of political parties, and real ones cannot be evaded by political parties. The real political issues of the day declare themselves, and come out of the depths of that deep which we call public opinion. — James A. Garfield

The civil service can never be placed on a satisfactory basis until it is regulated by law. — James A. Garfield

Tortured for the Republic. — James A. Garfield

[It is possible] that the race of red men ... will, before many generations, be remembered only as a strange, weird, dream-like specter, which has passed once before the eyes of men, but had departed forever. — James A. Garfield

I admitted, that the world had existed millions of years. I am astonished at the ignorance of the masses on these subjects. Hugh Miller has it right when he says that 'the battle of evidences must now be fought on the field of the natural sciences.' — James A. Garfield

The refunding of the national debt at a lower rate of interest should be accomplished without compelling the withdrawal of the national-bank notes, and thus disturbing the business of the country. — James A. Garfield

No man can make a speech alone. It is the great human power that strikes up from a thousand minds that acts upon him, and makes the speech. — James A. Garfield

God reigns, and the Government at Washington still lives! — James A. Garfield

History is but the unrolled scroll of prophecy. — James A. Garfield

Power exhibits itself under two distinct forms,--strength and force,--each possessing peculiar qualities, and each perfect in its own sphere. Strength is typified by the oak, the rock, the mountain. Force embodies itself in the cataract, the tempest, and the thunder-bolt. — James A. Garfield

If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it. — James A. Garfield

In my judgment it is the duty of Congress, while respecting to the uttermost the conscientious convictions and religious scruples of every citizen, to prohibit within its jurisdiction all criminal practices ... Nor can any ecclesiastical organization be safely permitted to usurp in the smallest degree the functions and powers of the National Government. — James A. Garfield

A noble life crowned with heroic death, rises above and outlives the pride and pomp and glory of the mightiest empire of the earth. — James A. Garfield

[I]t would be unjust to our people and dangerous to our institutions to apply any portion of revenues of the nation or of the States to the support of sectarian schools. — James A. Garfield

Most human organizations that fall short of their goals do so not because of stupidity or faulty doctrines, but because of internal decay and rigidification. — James A. Garfield

History is constantly repeating itself, making only such changes of programme as the growth of nations and centuries requires. — James A. Garfield

Things don't turn up in this world until somebody turns them up. — James A. Garfield

The right of private judgment is absolute in every American citizen. — James A. Garfield

If there is one thing upon this earth that mankind love and admire better than another, it is a brave man, - it is the man who dares to look the devil in the face and tell him he is a devil. — James A. Garfield

For honest merit to succeed amid the tricks and intrigues which are now so lamentably common, I know is difficult; but the honor of success is increased by the obstacles which are to be surmounted. Let me triumph as a man or not at all. — James A. Garfield

They grow stiff in the joints. They get in a rut. They go to seed. — James A. Garfield

Battles are never the end of war; for the dead must be buried and the cost of the conflict must be paid. — James A. Garfield

Wherever a ship ploughs the sea, or a plough furrows the field; wherever a mine yields its treasure; wherever a ship or a railroad train carries freight to market; wherever the smoke of the furnace rises, or the clang of the loom resounds; even in the lonely garret where the seamstress plies her busy needle--there is industry. — James A. Garfield

Heroes did not make our liberties; they but reflected and illustrated them. — James A. Garfield

I must do something to keep my thoughts fresh and growing. I dread nothing so much as falling into a rut and feeling myself becoming a fossil. — James A. Garfield

At present, the most valuable gift which can be bestowed upon women is something to do which they can do well and worthily, and thereby maintain themselves. — James A. Garfield

Mankind have been slow to believe that order reigns in the universe-that the world is a cosmos and a chaos. — James A. Garfield

The President is the last person in the world to know what the people really want and think. — James A. Garfield

The chief instrument of American statistics is the census, which should accomplish a two-fold object. It should serve the country by making a full and accurate exhibit of the elements of national life and strength, and it should serve the science of statistics by so exhibiting general results that they may be compared with similar data obtained by other nations. — James A. Garfield

Talleyrand once said to the first Napoleon that the United States is a giant without bones. Since that time our gristle has been rapidly hardening. — James A. Garfield

For mere vengeance I would do nothing. This nation is too great to look for mere revenge. But for security of the future I would do every thing. — James A. Garfield

There are some things I am afraid of: I am afraid to do a mean thing. — James A. Garfield

For love of country, they accepted death. — James A. Garfield

I mean to make myself a man, and if I succeed in that, I shall succeed in everything else. — James A. Garfield

True art is but the anti-type of nature; the embodiment of discovered beauty in utility. — James A. Garfield

When the shadow of the Presidential and Congressional election is lifted we shall, I hope to be in a better temper to legislate. — James A. Garfield

Great ideas travel slowly, and for a time noiselessly, as the gods whose feet were shod with wool. — James A. Garfield

[Science] is the literature of God written on the stars-the trees-the rocks-and more important because [of] its marked utilitarian character. — James A. Garfield

When the Divine Artist would produce a poem, He plants a germ of it in a human soul, and out of that soul the poem springs and grows as from the rose-tree the rose. — James A. Garfield

..remember that under our institutions there was no middle ground for the negro race between slavery and equal citizenship. — James A. Garfield

Liberty is no negation. It is a substantive, tangible reality. — James A. Garfield

The return to solid values is always hard... Distress, panic, and hard times have marked our pathway in returning to solid values. — James A. Garfield

We hold reunions, not for the dead, for there is nothing in all the earth that you and I can do for the dead. They are past our help and past our praise. We can add to them no glory, we can give to them no immortality. They do not need us, but forever and forever more we need them. — James A. Garfield

You and I are now nearly in middle age, and have not yet become soured and shrivelled with the wear and tear of life. Let us pray to be delivered from that condition where life and nature have no fresh, sweet sensations for us. — James A. Garfield

There can be no permanent disfranchised peasantry in the United States. — James A. Garfield

Whatever I may believe in theology, I do not believe in the doctrine of vicarious atonement in politics. — James A. Garfield

Light itself is a great corrective. A thousand wrongs and abuses that are grown in darkness disappear, like owls and bats, before the light of day. — James A. Garfield

To all our means of culture is added the powerful incentive to personal ambition, no post of honor is so high but the poorest may hope to reach it. — James A. Garfield

A nation is not worthy to be saved if, in the hour of its fate, it will not gather up all its jewels of manhood and life, and go down into the conflict however bloody and doubtful, resolved on measureless ruin or complete success. — James A. Garfield

The world's history is a divine poem, of which the history of every nation is a canto, and every man a word. Its strains have been pealing along down the centuries, and though there have been mingled the discords of warring cannon and dying men, yet to the Christian philosopher and historian - the humble listener - there has been a Divine melody running through the song which speaks of hope and halcyon days to come. — James A. Garfield

Of course I deprecate war, but if it is brought to my door the bringer will find me at home. — James A. Garfield

I would rather believe something and suffer for it, than to slide along into success without opinions. — James A. Garfield

Coercion is the basis of every law in the universe,--human or divine. A law is not law without coercion behind it. — James A. Garfield

There are times in the history of men and nations, when they stand so near the vale that separates mortals from the immortals, time from eternity, and men from their God, that they can almost hear the beatings, and feel the pulsations of the heart of the Infinite. — James A. Garfield

The possession of great powers no doubt carries with it a comtempt for mere external show — James A. Garfield

The prosperity which now prevails is without parallel in our history. Fruitful seasons have done much to secure it, but they have not done all. The preservation of the public credit and the resumption of specie payments, so successfully attained by the Administration of my predecessors, have enabled our people to secure the blessings which the seasons brought. — James A. Garfield

It is not right or manly to lie even about Satan. — James A. Garfield

Ideas control the world. — James A. Garfield

The lesson of history is rarely learned by the actors themselves. — James A. Garfield

It is not part of the functions of the national government to find employment for people - and if we were to appropriate a hundred millions for this purpose, we should be taxing forty millions of people to keep a few thousand employed. — James A. Garfield

I found a kind of party terrorism pervading and oppressing the minds of our best men. — James A. Garfield

My God! What is there in this place that a man should ever want to get into it? — James A. Garfield

Life Lessons by James A. Garfield

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  1. James A. Garfield taught the importance of hard work, dedication, and resilience. He worked his way up from poverty to become a successful lawyer and politician, and he never gave up even when faced with challenges and adversity.
  2. He also showed the value of education and knowledge, as he was a self-taught scholar and a professor at multiple universities.
  3. Lastly, Garfield demonstrated the power of compassion and kindness, as he was known for his generosity and willingness to help those in need.

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