William Howard Taft

William Howard

American Lawyer and Politician, 27th President of the United States, Chief Justice of the United States

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A National Government cannot create good times. It cannot make the rain to fall, the sun to shine, or the crops to grow, but it can, by pursuing a meddlesome policy, attempting to change economic conditions, and frightening the investment of capital, prevent a prosperity and a revival of business which might otherwise have taken place.

I am a Unitarian. I believe in God. I do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe.

I think I might as well give up being a candidate. There are so many people in the country who don't like me.

Nobody ever drops in for the evening.

The Masonic system represents a stupendous and beautiful fabric, founded on universal purity, to rule and direct our passions, to have faith and love in God, and charity toward man.

The true Mason is the Tiler of the Temple of the Heart.

We, as Unitarians, may feel that the world is coming our way.

A system in which we may have an enforced rest from legislation for two years is not bad.

I am afraid I am a constant disappointment to my party. The fact of the matter is, the longer I am president the less of a party man I seem to become.

I wish to reiterate all the reasons which [my predecessor] has presented in favor of the policy of maintaining a strong navy as the best conservator of our peace with other nations and the best means of securing respect for the assertion of our rights of the defense of our interests, and the exercise of our influence in international matters.

One cannot always be sure of the truth of what one hears if he happens to be President of the United States.

The precepts of the Gospel were universally the obligations of Masonry.

The true Mason takes full responsibility for the condition of his character and ever strives for its perfection.

Well, I have one consolation, No candidate was ever elected ex-president by such a large majority.

Action for which I become responsible, or for which my administration becomes responsible, shall be within the law.

I am delighted to learn that the dastardly attack was unsuccessful. The resort to violence is out of place in our 20th century civilization.

I would like to have an ample fund to spread the light of Republicanism, but I am willing to undergo the disadvantage to make certain that in the future we shall reduce the power of money in politics for unworthy purposes.

One of the marvelous things about him is that he is strong enough to force the men who dislike him the most to stand by him. By far he is the strongest man before the people to-day except Roosevelt. I think his greatest fault is his failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done. This is a great weakness in any man. I think it was one of the strongest things about Roosevelt. He never tried to minimize what other people did and often exaggerated it.

The President can exercise no power which cannot be fairly and reasonably traced to some specific grant of power in the Federal Constitution or in an act of Congress passed in pursuance thereof. There is no undefined residuum of power which he can exercise because it seems to him to be in the public interest.

The true Mason's level of discernment increases with every use of the working tools, because the true Mason is ever working on him/herself.

Anti-Semitism is a noxious weed that should be cut out. It has no place in America.

I am glad to be going. This is the lonesomest pace in the world?

If humor be the safety of our race, then it is due largely to the infusion into the American people of the Irish brain.

Politics makes me sick.

The President cannot make clouds to rain and cannot make the corn to grow, he cannot make business good; although when these things occur, political parties do claim some credit for the good things that have happened in this way.

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American Lawyer and Politician, 27th President of the United States, Chief Justice of the United States