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We are participants, whether we would or not, in the life of the world.... We are partners with the rest. What affects mankind is inevitably our affair as well as the nations of Europe and Asia.Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Speech to the League to Enforce Peace, Washington, D.C. (May 27, 1916). Wilson was speaking almost a year before U.S. entrance into the Great War. In this speech he declared the country's commitment to some sort of future League.
We have beaten the living, but we cannot fight the dead.Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Stockton Axson to R.S. Baker, quoting Wilson. Ray Stannard Baker, Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters, vol. 2, p. 346. Wilson's reaction to a final defeat at Princeton, brought about by an unexpected bequest putting millions of dollars under the control of his enemies.
Such a mind we must desire to see in a woman,a mind that stirs without irritating you, that arouses but does not belabour, amuses and yet subtly instructs.Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. "A Literary Politician." Ray Stannard Baker, Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters, vol. 1, p. 159.
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A man may be defeated by his own secondary successes.Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Ray Stannard Baker, Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters, vol. 1, p. 247.
My father did enough of it in his lifetime to answer for both of us.Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Ray Stannard Baker, Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters, Wilson's answer to a query as to why he did not smoke.
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Tell me what is right and I will fight for it.Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Ray Stannard Baker, Woodrow Wilson and World Settlement, vol. 1, p. 113. Wilson was speaking to his "experts" on his way to Europe on the George Washington, December 1919.
The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech to Congress, April 2, 1917. Selected Addresses (1918). Proposing a state of war against Germany, which was declared April 6. Wilson ran his reelection campaign in 1916 on the boast of having "kept us out of war." See Wilson on war.
He was no specialist except in the relation of things.... He took most of his materials at second hand.... But no matter who mined the gold, the image and superscription are his.Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. An Old Master and Other Essays, p. 454, Charles Scribner's Sons (1896). Wilson was writing about Adam Smith. He undoubtedly had himself in mind as well.
Where the great force lies, there must be the sanction of peace.Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. At the Peace Conference, May 31, 1919. Despite Wilson's advocacy of self-determination and the right of all nations, he knew realistically that the great powers must be responsible for keeping the peace.
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I want to re-echo my hope that we may all work together for a great peace as distinguished from a mean peace.Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. At the Palazzo in Milan, Italy (January 5, 1919).
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