William Howard Taft

William Howard
Taft
1857
1930

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

Author Quotes

Failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done is a great weakness in any man.

I hate to use the patronage as a club unless I have to.

My impression about the Panama Canal is that the great revolution it is going to introduce in the trade of the world is in the trade between the east and the west coast of the United States.

The diplomacy of the present administration has sought to respond to modern ideas of commercial intercourse. This policy has been characterized as substituting dollars for bullets. It is one that appeals alike to idealistic humanitarian sentiments, to the dictates of sound policy and strategy, and to legitimate commercial aims.

The true Mason always carries his working tools everywhere.

We have passed the time of... the laisser-faire [sic] school which believes that the government ought to do nothing but run a police force.

George Washington intended this to be a Federal city, and it is a Federal city, and it tingles down to the feet of every man, whether he comes from Washington State, or Los Angeles, or Texas, when he comes and walks these city streets and begins to feel that this is my city; I own a part of this Capital, and I envy for the time being those who are able to spend their time here. I quite admit that there are defects in the system of government by which Congress is bound to look after the government of the District of Columbia. It could not be otherwise under such a system, but I submit to the judgment of history that the result vindicates the foresight of the fathers.

I have come to the conclusion that the major part of the work of a President is to increase the gate receipts of expositions and fairs and bring tourists to town.

Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race.

The game of baseball is a clean, straight game, and it summons to its presence everybody who enjoys clean, straight athletics. It furnishes amusement to the thousands and thousands.

The true Mason does not hold or teach the attitude that, I am a Master Mason now and thus I no longer need to be concerned with using the working tools because they were given in the earlier degrees.

We live in a stage of politics, where legislators seem to regard the passage of laws as much more important than the results of their enforcement.

A government is for the benefit of all the people.

Golf in the interest of good health and good manners. It promotes self-restraint and affords a chance to play the man and act the gentleman.

I know this, and I know it from actual experience in the Orient, that the progress of modern Christian civilization has largely depended on the earnest hard work of the Christian missions of every denomination.

No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people.

The intoxication of power rapidly sobers off in the knowledge of its restrictions and under the prompt reminder of an ever-present and not always considerate press, as well as the kindly suggestions that not infrequently come from Congress.

The true Mason ever strives to cultivate Masonry in his/her life to the fullest degree possible.

We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.

A man never knows exactly how the child of his brain will strike other people.

Government, Perfect, Expect Enthusiasm for a cause sometimes warps judgment. - William Howard Taft

I love judges, and I love courts. They are my ideals that typify on earth what we shall meet hereafter in heaven under a just God.

No, the only things which do not bother me are the elements. I can overcome them without a fight. All one has to do to get the best of the elements is to stand pat and one will win.

The Masonic Fraternity is one of the most helpful mediating and conserving organizations among men, and I have never wavered from that childhood impression, but it has stood steadfastly with me through the busy, vast hurrying years.

The true Mason is ever vigilant for subtle traces of character and personality flaws which daily experience brings out.

Author Picture
First Name
William Howard
Last Name
Taft
Birth Date
1857
Death Date
1930
Bio

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