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  • 51.
    Interest does not tie nations together; it sometimes separates them. But sympathy and understanding does unite them.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democratic politician, president. speech, Oct. 27, 1913.

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  • 52.
    We are not put into the world to sit still and know; we are put into it to act.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Inaugural address, October 25, 1902, as president of Princeton University. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 14, p. 170, ed. Arthur S. Link.

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  • 53.
    My dream of politics all my life has been that it is the common business, that it is something we owe to each other to understand and ... discuss with absolute frankness.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address, September 9, 1912, to New York Press Club. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 25, p. 119, ed. Arthur S. Link.

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  • 54.
    The success of a party means little more than that the Nation is using the party for a large and definite purpose.... It seeks to use and interpret a change in its own plans and point of view.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Inaugural address, 1913.

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  • 55.
    When I give a man an office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is swelling or growing.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, May 15, 1916, National Press Club, Washington D.C..
  • 56.
    It is like writing history with lightning and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democrat, president. Attributed in The Image, ch. 4, Daniel J. Boorstin (1962). on seeing D.W. Griffith's monumental epic of the Civil War, The Birth of a Nation, at the White House, Feb. 18, 1915.

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  • 57.
    The awakening of the people of China to the possibilities under free government is the most significant, if not the most momentous, event of our generation.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Statement from the White House (March 18, 1913). Wilson always tended to be sympathetic toward the great popular revolutions of his time.

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  • 58.
    The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is, not to frighten them, but to challenge them.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address to the Italian Parliament, Rome (January 3, 1919).
  • 59.
    The question of armaments, whether on land or sea, is the most immediately and intensely practical question connected with the future fortunes of nations and of mankind.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address to the Senate (January 22, 1917).

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  • 60.
    You cannot, in human experience, rush into the light. You have to go through the twilight into the broadening day before the noon comes and the full sun is upon the landscape.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. After dinner remarks in Paris (May 9, 1919). Wilson moderates his hopes and expectations while at the Paris peace conference.

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