In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins.

— Ulysses S. Grant

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... anything is better than indecision. We must decide. If I am wrong, we shall soon find out and can do the other thing. But not to decide wastes both time and money and may ruin everything.


There are but two parties now: traitors and patriots.

And I want hereafter to be ranked with the latter and, I trust, the stronger party.


The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.


Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet-anchor of your liberties;

write its precepts in your hearts, and practice them in your lives.


The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most.

I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.


As soon as slavery fired upon the flag it was felt, we all felt, even those who did not object to slaves, that slavery must be destroyed. We felt that it was a stain to the Union that men should be bought and sold like cattle.


Cheap cigars come in handy; they stifle the odor of cheap politicians.


I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse.


The right of revolution is an inherent one.

When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of oppression, if they are strong enough, whether by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable.


Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.


If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason and Dixon's but between patriotism and intelligence on the one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other.


It will be all right if it turns out all right.


About Ulysses S. Grant

Quotes 109 sayings
Nationality American
Profession President
Birthday October 16

I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.


If you see the President, tell him from me that whatever happens there will be no turning back.


I never was an Abolitionest, not even what could be called anti slavery, but I try to judge farely and honestly and it become patent to my mind early in the rebellion that the North and South could never live at peace with each other except as one nation, and that without Slavery.


Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.


Wherever the enemy goes let our troops go also.


Wars produce many stories of fiction, some of which are told until they are believed to be true.


Let no guilty man escape, if it can he avoided.

. . . No personal consideration should stand in the way of performing a public duty.


The fact is I think I am a verb instead of a personal pronoun.

A verb is anything that signifies to be; to do; or to suffer. I signify all three.


Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future.


There are many men who would have done better than I did under the circumstances in which I found myself. If I had never held command, if I had fallen, there were 10,000 behind who would have followed the contest to the end and never surrendered the Union.


I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.


Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do.

Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what are we going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do.


There are but few important events in the affairs of men brought about by their own choice.


The United States, knowing no distinction of her own citizens on account of religion or nationality, naturally believes in a civilization the world over which will secure the same universal laws.


When news of the surrender first reached our lines our men commenced firing a salute of a hundred guns in honor of the victory. I at once sent word, however, to have it stopped. The Confederates were now our prisoners, and we did not want to exult over their downfall.


Quit thinking about what Bobby Lee's gonna do to us and start thinking about what we're going to do to him.


Lee's army will be your objective point. Wherever Lee goes, there you will go also.


It is men who wait to be selected, and not those who seek, from whom we may expect the most efficient service.


Venice would be a fine city if it were only drained.


Two commanders on the same field are always one too many.


I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.


Retreat? NO. I propose to attach at daylight and whip them.


I desire the good-will of all, whether hitherto my friends or not.


...I never heard him abuse an enemy. Some of the cruel things said about President Lincoln, particularly in the North, used to pierce him to the heart; but never in my presence did he evince a revengeful disposition.


It does look like a very good exercise. But what is the little white ball for?


Our great modern Republic. May those who seek the blessings of its institutions and the protection of its flag remember the obligations they impose.


The Southern rebellion was largely the outgrowth of the Mexican war.

Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions. We got our punishment in the most sanguinary and expensive war of modern times.


The one thing I never want to see again is a military parade.

When I resigned from the army and went to a farm I was happy. When the rebellion came, I returned to the service because it was a duty. I had no thought of rank; all I did was try and make.


It is preposterous to suppose that the people of one generation can lay down the best and only rules of government for all who are to come after them, and under unforeseen contingencies.


My family is American, and has been for generations, in all its branches, direct and collateral


The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most.


The long-continued and useful public service and eminent purity of character of the deceased ex-President will be remembered.


It was my fortune, or misfortune, to be called to the office of Chief Executive without any previous political training.


Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, accomplished.


Declare church and state forever separate and distinct; but each free within their proper spheres.


No theory of my own will ever stand in the way of my executing, in good faith, any order I may receive from those in authority over me.


I appreciate the fact, and am proud of it, that the attentions I am receiving are intended more for our country than for me personally.