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Woodrow Wilson

(1856 - 1924 / United States)

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  • ''I believe in human liberty as I believe in the wine of life. There is no salvation for men in the pitiful condescension of industrial masters. Guardians have no place in a land of freemen.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. The New Freedom, p. 285 (1913).
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  • ''Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Atlantic Monthly (Boston, March 1901).
  • ''I confess my belief in the common man.... The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.... The man who is in the melee knows what blows are being struck and what blood is being drawn.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. The New Freedom, p. 80 (1913).
  • ''There is no question what the roll of honor in America is. The roll of honor consists of the names of men who have squared their conduct by ideals of duty.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, February 27, 1916, Washington, DC.
  • ''We have not given science too big a place in our education, but we have made a perilous mistake in giving it too great a preponderance in method in every other branch of study.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Inaugural address, October 25, 1902, as president of Princeton University. The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 14, p. 170, ed. Arthur S. Link.
  • ''One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, January 29, 1916, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • ''There will be no greater burden on our generation than to organize the forces of liberty in our time in order to make our quest of a new freedom for America.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Campaign address, October 3, 1912, in Indianapolis. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 25, p. 327, ed. Arthur S. Link. In this extemporaneous address at a country fair, Wilson used for the first time the words "new freedom," which became the slogan for his whole program of reform.
  • ''That a peasant may become king does not render the kingdom democratic.''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. speech, Aug. 31, 1910, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • ''This little world, this little state, this little commonwealth of our own....''
    Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Baccalaureate address, June 12, 1904, Princeton University. The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 15, p. 366, ed. Arthur S. Link. Wilson was speaking of the undergraduate life at Princeton, where he received his first training in statesmanship.
  • ''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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