Woodrow Wilson, fully Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow
Wilson, fully Thomas Woodrow Wilson
1856
1924

American Politician, President of the United States, Governor of New Jersey, President of Princeton University

Author Quotes

The Constitution of the United States is not a mere lawyers' document: it is a vehicle of life, and its spirit is always the spirit of the age

The nation's honor is dearer than the nation's comfort; yes, than the nation's life itself.

The truth is we are all caught in a great economic system which is heartless.

This war, in its inception was a commercial and industrial war. It was not a political war.

We cannot be separated in interest or divided in purpose. We stand together until the end.

When I am travelling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly.

You know how impossible it is, in short, to have a free nation if it is a military nation and under military orders

The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness.

The object of education is not merely to draw out the powers of the individual mind: it is rather its right object to draw all minds to a proper adjustment to the physical and social world in which they are to have their life and their development: to enlighten, strengthen and make fit.

The United States must be neutral in fact as well as in name...We must be impartial in thought as well as in action.

To do things today exactly the way you did them yesterday saves thinking.

We cannot, we will not choose the path of surrender.

When I give a man an office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is swelling or growing.

You must act in your friend’s interest whether it pleases him or not; the object of love is to serve, not to win.

The dominating danger in this land is not the existence of great individual combinations, — that is dangerous enough in all conscience, — but the combination of the combinations, — of the railways, the manufacturing enterprises, the great mining projects, the great enterprises for the development of the natural water-powers of the country, threaded together in the personnel of a series of boards of directors into a "community of interest" more formidable than any conceivable single combination that dare appear in the open.

The old theory of the sovereignty of the States, which used so to engage our passions, has lost its vitality. The war between the States established at least this principle, that the federal government is, through its courts, the final judge of its own powers... We are impatient of state legislatures because they seem to us less representative of the thoughtful opinion of the country than Congress is. We know that our legislatures do not think alike, but we are not sure that our people do not think alike...

The way to stop financial "joy-riding" is to arrest the chauffeur, not the automobile.

To such a task we can dedicate our lives and our fortunes, everything that we are and everything that we have, with the pride of those who know that the day has come when America is privileged to spend her blood and her might for the principles that gave her birth and happiness, and the peace which she has treasured. God helping her, she can do no other.

We forget that there is much more patriotism in having the audacity to differ from the majority than in running before the crowd; we forget that in the resistance of the minority some of the biggest things in our own history have been accomplished, and the man who looks on the Stars and Stripes and doesn't hold a right to say nay to his neighbor, even if the neighbor is of the larger party, has forgotten the history of his country.

When men take up arms to set other men free, there is something sacred and holy in the warfare.

The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.

The only reason I read a book is because I cannot see and converse with the man who wrote it.

The wisest thing to do with a fool is to encourage him to hire a hall and discourse to his fellow citizens. Nothing chills nonsense like exposure to air.

Today's greatest labor-saving device is tomorrow.

We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the world.

Author Picture
First Name
Woodrow
Last Name
Wilson, fully Thomas Woodrow Wilson
Birth Date
1856
Death Date
1924
Bio

American Politician, President of the United States, Governor of New Jersey, President of Princeton University