I am sorry for men who do not read the Bible every day. I wonder why they deprive themselves of the strength and pleasure.

— Woodrow Wilson

The most risky Woodrow Wilson quotes that will activate your desire to change

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.


Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.


We are citizens of the world. The tragedy of our times is that we do not know this.


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.


Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.


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


The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.


The world must be made safe for democracy.

Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. We have no selfish ends to serve. We desire no conquest, no dominion. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely make.


I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking.


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.


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


No man has ever risen to the real stature of spiritual manhood until he has found that it is finer to serve somebody else than it is to serve himself.


About Woodrow Wilson

Quotes 464 sayings
Nationality American
Profession President
Birthday December 28, 1856

We cannot be separated in interest or divided in purpose. We stand together until the end.


You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand


I can predict with absolute certainty that within another generation there will be another world war if the nations of the world do not concert the method by which to prevent it.


The method of political science is the interpretation of life;

its instrument is insight, a nice understanding of subtle, unformulated conditions.


...We are intensely proud of their noble record and are glad to have had the whole world see how irresistible they are in their might when a cause which America holds dear is at stake. The whole nation has reason to be proud of them.


America cannot be an ostrich with its head in the sand.


Big business is not dangerous because it is big, but because its bigness is an unwholesome inflation created by privileges and exemptions which it ought not to enjoy.


We shall fight for a universal dominion of right by such a concert of free peoples as shall bring peace and safety to all nations and make the world itself at last free.


The world can be at peace only if the world is stable, and there can be no stability where the will is in rebellion, where there is not tranquility of spirit and a sense of justice, of freedom, and of right.


To conquer with arms is to make only a temporary conquest;

to conquer the world by earning its esteem is to make a permanent conquest.


America was born a Christian nation.


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.


We want one class of persons to have a liberal education, and we want another class of persons, a very much larger class, of necessity, in every society, to forego the privileges of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.


If you want to make enemies, try to change something.


Some Americans need hyphens in their names, because only part of them has come over; but when the whole man has come over, heart and thought and all, the hyphen drops of its own weight out of his name.


Most men are individuals no longer so far as their business, its activities, or its moralities are concerned. They are not units but fractions.


"Genius is divine perseverance." Divine patience I believe he originally used, perseverance is better in my opinion. Genius I cannot claim nor even extra brightness but perseverance all can have.


I am not one of those who believe that a great standing army is the means of maintaining peace, because if you build up a great profession those who form parts of it want to exercise their profession.


Never murder a man when he's busy committing suicide.


Liberty does not consist in mere declarations of the rights of man.

It consists in the translation of those declarations into definite action.


...I do not want a government that will take care of me, I want a government that will make other men take their hands off me so I can take care of myself.


No man can sit down and withhold his hands from the warfare against wrong and get peace from his acquiescence.


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


[We are] no longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and the duress of small groups of dominant men.


The history of liberty is a history of resistance.


The world must be made safe for democracy.


The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history.


America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of the Holy Scripture.


We are not here merely to make a living. We are here to enrich the world.


The truth is, we are all caught in a great economic system which is heartless.


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


No man can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.


The flag of the United States has not been created by rhetorical sentences in declarations of independence and in bills of rights. It has been created by the experience of a great people, and nothing is written upon it that has not been written by their life. It is the embodiment, not of a sentiment, but of a history.


Government ought to be all outside and no inside.

. . . Everybody knows that corruption thrives in secret places, and avoids public places, and we believe it a fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety.


The Americans who went to Europe to die are a unique breed.

... (They) crossed the seas to a foreign land to fight for a cause which they did not pretend was peculiarly their own, which they knew was the cause of humanity and mankind. These Americans gave the greatest of all gifts, the gift of life and the gift of spirit.


There is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.


There was a time when corporations played a minor part in our business affairs, but now they play the chief part, and most men are the servants of corporations.