James Abraham Garfield

All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.


Fellow-citizens: God reigns, and the Government at Washington lives!


I mean to make myself a man, and if I succeed in that, I shall succeed in everything else.


Ideas are the great warriors of the world, and a war that has no idea behind it, is simply a brutality.


If the power to do hard work is not talent, it is the best possible substitute for it.


If wrinkles must be written upon your brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old.


Neben Freiheit und Gerechtigkeit ist Erziehung wichtig: ohne sie können weder Freiheit noch Gerechtigkeit dauernd erhalten werden.


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


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.


Talleyrand once said to the first Napoleon that the United States is a giant without bones. Since that time our gristle has been rapidly hardening.


Territory is but the body of a nation. The people who inhabit its hills and valleys are its soul, its spirit, its life.


The men who succeed best in public life are those who take the risk of standing by their own convictions.


The people of this country have shown by the highest proofs human nature can give that wherever the path of duty and honor may lead, however steep and rugged it may be, they are ready to walk in it.


The world's history is a divine poem of which the history of every nation is a canto and every man a word. Its strains have been pealing along down the centuries, and though there have been mingled the discords of warring cannon and dying men, yet . . . there has been a divine melody running through the song which speaks of hope and halcyon days to come.


Things don't turn up in this world until somebody turns them up.


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