Every expert was once a beginner.— Rutherford B. Hayes
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To vote is like the payment of a debt, a duty never to be neglected, if its performance is possible.
Abolish plutocracy if you would abolish poverty.
As millionaires increase, pauperism grows. The more millionaires, the more paupers.
Abolish plutocracy if you would abolish poverty.
The President of the United States should strive to be always mindful of the fact that he serves his party best who serves his country best.
We all agree that neither the Government nor political parties ought to interfere with religious sects. It is equally true that religious sects ought not to interfere with the Government or with political parties. We believe that the cause of good government and the cause of religion both suffer by all such interference.
An amazing invention - but who would ever want to use one?
Every age has its temptations, its weaknesses, its dangers.
Ours is in the line of the snobbish and the sordid.
Conscience is the authentic voice of God to you.
It is the debtor that is ruined by hard times.
One of the tests of the civilization of people is the treatment of its criminals.
The unrestricted competition so commonly advocated does not leave us the survival of the fittest. The unscrupulous succeed best in accumulating wealth.
In avoiding the appearance of evil, I am not sure but I have sometimes unnecessarily deprived myself and others of innocent enjoyments.
Nothing brings out the lower traits of human nature like office-seeking.
Men of good character and impulses are betrayed by it into all sorts of meanness.
The truth is, this being errand boy to one hundred and fifty thousand people tires me so by night I am ready for bed instead of soirees.
I am a radical in thought (and principle) and a conservative in method (and conduct).
We are in a period when old questions are settled and the new are not yet brought forward. Extreme party action, if continued in such a time, would ruin the party. Moderation is its only chance. The party out of power gains by all partisan conduct of those in power
The reform [of the civil service] should be thorough, radical, and complete.
The best hopes of any community rest upon that class of its gifted young men who are not encumbered with large possessions.... I now speak of extensive scholarship and ripe culture in science and art.... It is not large possessions, it is large expectations, or rather large hopes, that stimulate the ambition of the young.
The independence of all political and other bother is a happiness.
Universal suffrage is sound in principle. The radical element is right.
My hobby more and more is likely to be common school education, or universal education.
Disunion and civil war are at hand; and yet I fear disunion and war less than compromise. We can recover from them. The free States alone, if we must go on alone, will make a glorious nation.
Both parties are injured by what is going on at Washington.
Both are, therefore, more and more disposed to look for candidates outside of that atmosphere.
I am less disposed to think of a West Point education as requisite for this business than I was at first. Good sense and energy are the qualities required.
I am a freeman and jolly as a beggar.
He serves his party best who serves his country best.
Do not let your bachelor ways crystallize so that you can't soften them when you come to have a wife and a family of your own.
The melancholy thing in our public life is the insane desire to get higher.
There are good points about all... wars. People forget self. The virtues of magnanimity, courage, patriotism, etc., are called into life. People are more generous, more sympathetic, better, than when engaged in the more selfish pursuits of peace.
He [William Merritt Chase] is, I suspect, getting a very truthful likeness.
I would like it better if [it] was not so gray, so cramped about the eyes, and not quite so corpulent. But is this not quarreling with nature?
My judgment is that neither House of Congress, nor both combined, have any right to interfere in the count. It is for the Vice-President to do it all.... There should be no compromise of our Constitutional rights.
Unjust attacks on public men do them more good than unmerited praise.
My policy is trust, peace, and to put aside the bayonet.
I do not think the wise policy is to decide contested elections in the States by the use of the national army.
Perhaps the happiest moment of my life was then, when I saw that our line didn't break and that the enemy's did.
No officer should be required or permitted to take part in the management of political organizations, caucuses, conventions, or election campaigns. Their right to vote and to express their views on public questions, either orally or through the press, is not denied, provided it does not interfere with the discharge of their official duties. No assessment for political purposes on officers or subordinates should be allowed.
My ambition for station was always easily controlled.
If the place came to me it was welcome. But it never seemed to me worth seeking at the cost of self-respect, or independence. My family were not historic; they were well-to-do, did not hold or seek office. It was easy for me to be contented in private life. An honor was no honor to me, if obtained by my own seeking.
Law without education is a dead letter.
With education the needed law follows without effort and, of course, with power to execute itself; indeed, it seems to execute itself.
Evening attend two "fandangos." Girls not very pretty but exceedingly graceful. [You] pay a dime for a figure and refreshments foryour doxy, who instead of eating prudently stores her cakes, etc., in a basket to be taken home for the family.
The religion of the Bible is the best in the world.
I see the infinite value of religion. Let it be always encouraged. A world ofsuperstition and folly have grown up around its forms and ceremonies. But the truth in it is one of the deep sentiments in human nature.
I am succeeding very well so far with my legging, but it is a very mean business for a man that has been well brought up to engage in. It is the only way to get a bill from Cincinnati through, so it must be done.
I leave the governor's office next week, and with it public life[which] has been on the whole a pleasant one. But for ten years and over my salaries have not equalled my expenses, and there has been a feeling of responsibility, a lack of independence, and a necessary neglect of my family and personal interests and comfort, which make the prospect of a change comfortable to think of.
I see no reason why Indians who can give satisfactory proof of having by their own labor supported their families for a number of years, and who are willing to detach themselves from their tribal relations, should not be admitted to the benefit of the homestead act and the privileges of citizenship, and I recommend the passage of a law to that effect. It will be an act of justice as well as a measure of encouragement.
The study of tools as well as of books should have a place in the public schools. Tools, machinery, and the implements of the farmshould be made familiar to every boy, and suitable industrial education should be furnished for every girl.
Busy replying to letters from divers office-seekers. They come by the dozens.
It could be clearly proved that by a practical nullification [by the South] of the Fifteenth Amendment the Republicans have for several years been deprived of a majority in both the House and Senate. The failure of the South to faithfully observe the Fifteenth Amendment is the cause of the failure of all efforts towards complete pacification. It is on this hook that the bloody shirt now hangs.
Shall the railroads govern the country, or shall the people govern the railroads? Shall the interest of railroad kings be chieflyregarded, or shall the interest of the people be paramount?
The climate of Ohio is perfect, considered as the home of an ideal republican people. Climate has much to do with national character.... A climate which permits labor out-of-doors every month in the year and which requires industry to secure comfort--to provide food, shelter, clothing, fuel, etc.--is the very climate which secures the highest civilization.
We can travel longer, night and day, without losing our spirits than almost any persons we ever met.
My only objection to the arrangements there is the two-in-a-bed system.
It is bad. But let your words and conduct be perfectly pure - such as your mother might know without bringing a blush to your cheek. If not already mentioned, do not tell your mother of the doubling in bed.