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
The most courageous James A. Garfield quotes that will activate your desire to change
The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love agitation and investigation and glory in defending unpopular truth against popular error.
Right reason is stronger than force.
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.
I will not vote against the truths of the multiplication table.
I believe in God, and I trust myself in His hands.
We are apt to be deluded into false security by political catch-words, devised to flatter rather than instruct.
I have had many troubles in my life, but the worst of them never came.
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.
I am trying to do two things: dare to be a radical and not a fool, which is a matter of no small difficulty.
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.
The men who succeed best in public life are those who take the risk of standing by their own convictions.
Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.
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.
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.
The sin of slavery is one of which it may be said that without the shedding of blood there is no remission.
History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning;
its two eyes are geography and chronology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Justice and goodwill will outlast passion.
A law is not a law without coercion behind it.
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.
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.
Swift defined observation to be an old man's memory.
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.
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.
In the long, fierce struggle for freedom of opinion, the press, like the Church, counted its martyrs by thousands.
All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.
The divorce between church and state should be absolute.
The separation of Church and State in everything relating to taxation should be absolute.
The ideal college is Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and a student on the other.
Honesty is the best policy, says the familiar axiom;
but people who are honest on that principle defraud no one but themselves.
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.
The civil service can never be placed on a satisfactory basis until it is regulated by law.
But for we could not know right from wrong.
All things most desirable for man's welfare... are to be found portrayed in it.
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.
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.
[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.
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.'