Woodrow Wilson Quotes

At last a vision has been vouchsafed to us of our life as a whole. We see the bad with the good.... With this vision we approach new affairs. Our duty is to cleanse, to reconsider, to restore, to correct the evil without impairing the good, to purify and humanize every process of our common life, without weakening or sentimentalizing it.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. First inaugural address (March 3, 1913).
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No one can doubt the purpose for which the Nation now seeks to use the Democratic Party. It seeks to use it to interpret a change in its own plans and point of view.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. First inaugural address (March 4, 1913).
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Gentlemen, I had hoped you might emulate your Saxon forefathers, who thought it not creditable to be unprepared for anything.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Henry W. Bragdon, Wilson; The Academic Years, p. 168, Harvard University Press (1967). Wilson was addressing a class at Wesleyan University, whose members had declared themselves unprepared for a test.
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I will not speak with disrespect of the Republican Party. I always speak with respect of the past.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Jackson Day Address (January 8, 1915).
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Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise. Once and again one of those great influences which we call a Cause arises in the midst of a nation. Men of strenuous minds and high ideals come forward.... The attacks they sustain are more cruel than the collision of arms.... Friends desert and despise them.... They stand alone and oftentimes are made bitter by their isolation.... They are doing nothing less than defy public opinion, and shall they convert it by blows. Yes.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. "Leaders of Men, An Address" (June 17, 1890). In this quotation Wilson foresaw his own great struggle for the League of Nations.
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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.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Letter to Senator C.A. Culberson (May 5, 1916). Wilson was defending his appointment of Louis D. Brandeis to the Supreme Court, against the opposition of conservatives in the Senate.
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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.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Address, May 31, 1915, Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial Day address.
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There are times when words seem empty and only actions seem great. Such a time has come, and in the Providence of God America will once more have an opportunity to show the world that she was born to save mankind.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Memorial Day address (May 30, 1917).
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The rule for every man is, not to depend on the education which other men have prepared for him,—not even to consent to it; but to strive to see things as they are, and to be himself as he is. Defeat lies in self-surrender.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Mere Literature and Other Essays, p. 45, Houghton Mifflin (1896).
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He rejected, if he did not despise, democratic principles; advocated a government as strong, almost, as a monarchy.... He believed in authority, and he had no faith in the aggregate wisdom of masses of men.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Mere Literature and Other Essays, p. 189, Houghton Mifflin (1896).
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