Ulysses S. Grant, fully Ulysses Simpson Grant, born Hiram Ulysses Grant

Ulysses S.
Grant, fully Ulysses Simpson Grant, born Hiram Ulysses Grant

American General, 18th President of the United States

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I am a verb.

I know only two tunes: one of them is "Yankee Doodle," and the other isn't.

I would not distress these people. They are feeling their defeat bitterly, and you would not add to it by my witnessing their despair, would you?--To his wife, when she asked if he would make an appearance in Richmond.

Look after our dear children and direct them in the paths of rectitude. It would distress me far more to hear that one of them could depart from an honorable, upright and virtuous life than it would to know that they prostrated on a bed of sickness from which they were never to rise alive. They have never given us any cause for alarm on this account, and I trust they never will. With these few injunctions and the knowledge I have of your love and affection and the dutiful affection of all our children, I bid you a final farewell, until we meet in another and, I trust, better world. You will find this on my person after my demise.

The free school is the promoter of that intelligence which is to preserve us as a free nation. If we are to have another contest in the near future of our national existence; I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason and Dixon's, but between patriotism, and intelligence on one side, and superstition, ambition, and ignorance on the other.

There is nothing more I should do to it now, and therefore I am not likely to be more ready to go than at this moment.

I am not aware of ever having used a profane expletive in life; but I would have the charity to excuse those who may have done so, if they were in charge of a train of Mexican pack mules.

I leave comparisons to history, claiming only that I have acted in every instance from a conscientious desire to do what was right, constitutional, within the law, and for the very best interests of the whole people. Failures have been errors of judgment, not of intent.

If chosen to fill the high office for which you have selected me, I will give to its duties the same energy, the same spirit and the same will that I have given to the performance of all duties wich have devolved upon me heretofore. Whether I shall be able to perform these duties to your entire satisfaction time will determine.--As he is nominated

My failures have been errors in judgment, not of intent.

The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.

They fell upon an ungenial climate, where there were nine months of winter and three months of cold weather, and that called out the best energies of the men, and of the women too, to get a mere subsistence out of the soil, with such a climate. In their efforts to do that they cultivated industry and frugality at the same time — which is the real foundation of the greatness of the Pilgrims.

I appreciate the fact, and am proud of it, that the attentions I am receiving are intended more for our country than for me personally.

I never advocated war except as a means of peace.

If I thought this war was to abolish slavery, I would resign my commission and offer my sword to the other side

My family is American, and has been for generations, in all its branches, direct and collateral.

The government has educated me for the army. What I am, I owe to my country. I have served her through one war, and, live or die, will serve her through this.

Though I have been trained as a soldier, and participated in many battles, there never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword. I look forward to an epoch when a court, recognized by all nations, will settle international differences, instead of keeping large standing armies as they do in Europe.

I ask patient forbearance one toward another throughout the land, and a determined effort on the part of every citizen to do his share toward cementing a happy union; and I ask the prayers of the nation to Almighty God in behalf of this consummation.

I never had time.--To an officer asking if he ever felt fear on the battlefield.

If men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail.

Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions.

The great bulk of the legal voters of the South were men who owned no slaves; their homes were generally in the hills and poor country; their facilities for educating their children, even up to the point of reading and writing, were very limited; their interest in the contest was very meagre--what there was, if they had been capable of seeing it, was with the North; they too needed emancipation. Under the old regime they were looked down upon by those who controlled all the affairs in the interest of slave-owners, as poor white trash who were allowed the ballot so long as they cast it according to direction.

Wars produce many stories of fiction, some of which are told until they are believed to be true.

I believe that our Great Maker is preparing the world in His own good time to become one nation, speaking one language, when armies and navies will no longer be required.

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American General, 18th President of the United States