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James Garfield Quotes


"Nobody but radicals have ever accomplished anything in a great crisis."

"The chief duty of government is to keep the peace and stand out of the sunshine of the people."

"Few men in our history have ever obtained the Presidency by planning to obtain it."

"The President is the last person in the world to know what the people really want and think."

"Fellow citizens! God reigns and the Government at Washington lives."

"It is no part of the functions of the National Government to find employment for the people, and if we were to appropriate a hundred millions for this purpose, we should only be taxing 40 millions of people to keep a few thousand employed."

"Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained."

"The sin of slavery is one of which it may be said that without the shedding of blood there is no remission."

"Strangulatus pro republica."

"Fellow-Citizens: We stand to-day upon an eminence which overlooks a hundred years of national life — a century crowded with perils, but crowned with the triumphs of liberty and law."

"The colonists were struggling not only against the armies of a great nation, but against the settled opinions of mankind; for the world did not then believe that the supreme authority of government could be safely entrusted to the guardianship of the people themselves."

"We can not overestimate the fervent love of liberty, the intelligent courage, and the sum of common sense with which our fathers made the great experiment of self-government."

"Under this Constitution the boundaries of freedom have been enlarged, the foundations of order and peace have been strengthened, and the growth of our people in all the better elements of national life has indicated the wisdom of the founders and given new hope to their descendants."

"The elevation of the negro race from slavery to the full rights of citizenship is the most important political change we have known since the adoption of the Constitution of 1787."

"All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people." "History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning; its two eyes are geography and chronology."

"Ideas control the world." "Poverty is uncomfortable; but nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim."

"There can be no permanent disfranchised peasantry in the United States. Freedom can never yield its fullness of blessings so long as the law or its administration places the smallest obstacle in the pathway of any virtuous citizen."

"It is the high privilege and sacred duty of those now living to educate their successors and fit them, by intelligence and virtue, for the inheritance which awaits them."

"The lesson of history is rarely learned by the actors themselves."

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