Woodrow Wilson Quotes
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.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address to the Senate (January 22, 1917).
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.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. After dinner remarks in Paris (May 9, 1919). Wilson moderates his hopes and expectations while at the Paris peace conference.
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.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. An Old Master and Other Essays, p. 454, Charles Scribner's Sons (1896). Wilson was writing about Adam Smith. He undoubtedly had himself in mind as well.
I want to re-echo my hope that we may all work together for a great peace as distinguished from a mean peace.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. At the Palazzo in Milan, Italy (January 5, 1919).
Where the great force lies, there must be the sanction of peace.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. At the Peace Conference, May 31, 1919. Despite Wilson's advocacy of self-determination and the right of all nations, he knew realistically that the great powers must be responsible for keeping the peace.
It is like writing history with lightning and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.
Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democrat, president. Attributed in The Image, ch. 4, Daniel J. Boorstin (1962). on seeing D.W. Griffith's monumental epic of the Civil War, The Birth of a Nation, at the White House, Feb. 18, 1915.
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.
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).
He is a friend of all just men and a lover of the right; and he knows more than how to talk about the righthe 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.
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 beforea 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.