''As compared with the college politician, the real article seems like an amateur.''
''It is the object of learning, not only to satisfy the curiosity and perfect the spirits of ordinary men, but also to advance civilization.''
''I am so glad that I am young, so that I may give my youth to you.''
''I have come slowly into possession of such powers as I have ... I receive the opinions of my day. I do not conceive them. But I receive them into a vivid mind.''
''Most men are individuals no longer so far as their business, its activities, or its moralities are concerned. They are not units but fractions.''
''This little world, this little state, this little commonwealth of our own....''
''Property as compared with humanity, as compared with the red blood in the American people, must take second place, not first place.''
''It is a protest against the way the world has worked.''
''You cannot, in human experience, rush into the light. You have to go through the twilight into the broadening day before the noon comes and the full sun is upon the landscape.''
''My father did enough of it in his lifetime to answer for both of us.''
''Gentlemen, I had hoped you might emulate your Saxon forefathers, who thought it not creditable to be unprepared for anything.''
''I am not sure that it is of the first importance that you should be happy. Many an unhappy man has been of deep service to himself and to the world.''
''Caution is the confidential agent of selfishness.''
''We ought to regard ourselves and to act as socialists—believers in the wholesomeness and beneficence of the body politic.''
''It has become a people's war, and peoples of all sorts and races, of every degree of power and variety of fortune, are involved in its sweeping processes of change and settlement.''
''The light that shined upon the summit now seems almost to shine at our feet.''
''The sum of the whole matter is this, that our civilization cannot survive materially unless it be redeemed spiritually.''
''He would have been wise, perhaps, without her, but he would not have been wise so delightfully.''
''The world is not looking for servants,—there are plenty of these,—but for masters, men who form their purposes and then carry them out, let the consequences be what they may.''
''We set this nation up ... to vindicate the rights of man. We did not name any differences between one race and another. We opened our gates to all the world and said: "Let all men who want to be free come to us and they will be welcome."''
''The way to be patriotic in America is not only to love America, but to love the duty that lies nearest to our hand, and to know that in performing it we are serving our country.''
''What we seek is the reign of law, based upon the consent of the governed and sustained by the organized opinion of mankind.''
''The awakening of the people of China to the possibilities under free government is the most significant, if not the most momentous, event of our generation.''
''The success of a party means little more than that the Nation is using the party for a large and definite purpose.... It seeks to use and interpret a change in its own plans and point of view.''
''My hope is ... that we may recover ... something of a renewal of that vision of the law with which men may be supposed to have started out with in the old days of the oracles, who communed with the intimations of divinity.''
''Open covenants of peace openly arrived at''
''Sometimes people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American.... America is the only idealistic nation in the world.''
''A little group of wilful men reflecting no opinion but their own have rendered the great Government of the United States helpless and contemptible.''
''A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible.''
''Tell me what is right and I will fight for it.''
''He was no specialist except in the relation of things.... He took most of his materials at second hand.... But no matter who mined the gold, the image and superscription are his.''
''There is little for the great part of the history of the world except the bitter tears of pity and the hot tears of wrath.''
''The method of political science ... is the interpretation of life; its instrument is insight, a nice understanding of subtle, unformulated conditions.''
''I will not speak with disrespect of the Republican Party. I always speak with respect of the past.''
''America lives in the heart of every man everywhere who wishes to find a region where he will be free to work out his destiny as he chooses.''
''America is not anything if it consists of each of us. It is something only if it consists of all of us.''
''There is no question what the roll of honor in America is. The roll of honor consists of the names of men who have squared their conduct by ideals of duty.''
''The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.''
''When I give a man an office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is swelling or growing.''
''Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles.''
''Where the great force lies, there must be the sanction of peace.''
''Princeton is no longer a thing for Princeton men to please themselves with. Princeton is a thing with which Princeton men must satisfy the country.''
''A man may be defeated by his own secondary successes.''
''We are participants, whether we would or not, in the life of the world.... We are partners with the rest. What affects mankind is inevitably our affair as well as the nations of Europe and Asia.''
''We are not put into the world to sit still and know; we are put into it to act.''
''Would that we could do something, at once dignified and effective, to knock Mr. Bryan once and for all into a cocked hat.''
''That a peasant may become king does not render the kingdom democratic.''
''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.''
''There will be no greater burden on our generation than to organize the forces of liberty in our time in order to make our quest of a new freedom for America.''
''Once lead this people into war and they will forget there ever was such a thing as tolerance.''
''It is like writing history with lightning and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.''
''We have not given science too big a place in our education, but we have made a perilous mistake in giving it too great a preponderance in method in every other branch of study.''
''Interest does not tie nations together; it sometimes separates them. But sympathy and understanding does unite them.''
''My dream of politics all my life has been that it is the common business, that it is something we owe to each other to understand and ... discuss with absolute frankness.''
''I am one who fights without a knack of hoping confidently ... simply a Scotch-Irishman who will not be conquered.''
''I confess my belief in the common man.... The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.... The man who is in the melee knows what blows are being struck and what blood is being drawn.''
''The true shepherd of his flock, the majesty of whose spiritual authority awed even the unscrupulous enemy.''
''Such a mind we must desire to see in a woman,—a mind that stirs without irritating you, that arouses but does not belabour, amuses and yet subtly instructs.''
''I have rather a strange objection to talking from the back platform of a train.... It changes too often. It moves around and shifts its ground too often. I like a platform that stays put.''
''The question of armaments, whether on land or sea, is the most immediately and intensely practical question connected with the future fortunes of nations and of mankind.''
''He is a friend of all just men and a lover of the right; and he knows more than how to talk about the right—he knows how to set it forward in the face of its enemies.''
''I want to re-echo my hope that we may all work together for a great peace as distinguished from a mean peace.''
''We have beaten the living, but we cannot fight the dead.''
''I believe in human liberty as I believe in the wine of life. There is no salvation for men in the pitiful condescension of industrial masters. Guardians have no place in a land of freemen.''
''My own ideals for the university are those of a genuine democracy and serious scholarship. These two, indeed, seem to go together.''
''We are constantly thinking of the great war ... which saved the Union ... but it was a war that did a great deal more than that. It created in this country what had never existed before—a national consciousness. It was not the salvation of the Union, it was the rebirth of the Union.''
''One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.''