William McKinley quotes talks about faith, liberty, government, war, peace, and many other subjects while he was a politician and the President. His quotes reflect the thoughts of a man who wanted to take America to another level. He speaks about America’s intent to be good to its neighbors and it influence though some may disagree with this idea. He was the last American President who would have served in the Civil War. Other men who became Presidents and served under this crucial time were Ulysses S Grant and Benjamin Harrison and all of them were born in Ohio. Below are a number of William McKinley quotes.
“Strong hearts and helpful hands are needed, and, fortunately, we have them in every part of our beloved country."
“The American flag has not been planted on foreign soil to acquire more territory but for humanity's sake."
“The more profoundly we study this wonderful book [the Bible], and the more closely we observe its divine precept, the better citizens we will become and the higher will be our destiny as a nation."
“The liberty to make our laws does not give us the freedom nor the license to break our laws!"
“In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest."
“That’s all a man can hope for during his lifetime – to set an example – and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history."
“We cannot always do what is best, but we can do what is practical at the time."
“Unlike any other nation, here the people rule, and their will is the supreme law. It is sometimes sneeringly said by those who do not like free government, that here we count heads. True, heads are counted, but brains also . . ."
“War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed."
“We need Hawaii just as much and a good deal more than we did California. It is Manifest Destiny."
“Our differences are policies; our agreements, principles."
“The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation."
“Expositions are the timekeepers of progress."
“Without competition we would be clinging to the clumsy antiquated processes of farming and manufacture and the methods of business of long ago, and the twentieth would be no further advanced than the eighteenth century."
“The most popular systems are those that apply a disciplined systematic technique, .. The hardest part for investors is finding a system that fits their lifestyle, and that is a critically important component."
“The path of progress is seldom smooth. New things are often found hard to do. Our fathers found them so. We find them so. But are we not made better for the effort and scarifice?"
“Honesty, capacity, and industry are nowhere more indispensable than in public employment."
“The best way for the Government to maintain its credit is to pay as it goes-not by resorting to loans, but by keeping out of debt-through an adequate income secured by a system of taxation, external or internal, or both."
“The people of this country want an industrial policy that is for America and Americans."
“By the blessings of heaven I mean to live and die, please God, in the faith of my mother."
“The free man cannot be long an ignorant man."
“I am a tariff man, standing on a tariff platform."
“Our past has gone into history."
“Cuba ought to be free and independent, and the government should be turned over to the Cuban people."
“Half-heartedness never won a battle."
“Let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not in conflict; and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war."
“Illiteracy must be banished from the land if we shall attain that high destiny as the foremost of the enlightened nations of the world which, under Providence, we ought to achieve."
“Our earnest prayer is that God will graciously vouchsafe prosperity, happiness, and peace to all our neighbors, and like blessings to all the peoples and powers of the earth."
“We cannot gamble with anything so sacred as money."
“I do not prize the word cheap. It is not a word of inspiration. It is the badge of poverty, the signal of distress. Cheap merchandise means cheap men and cheap men mean a cheap country."
“I have never been in doubt since I was old enough to think intelligently that I would someday be made President."
“I am for America because America is for the common people."
“We go to war only to make peace. We never went to war with any other design. We carry the national conscience wherever we go."
“Our faith teaches that there is no safer reliance than upon the God of our fathers who has so singularly favored the American people in every national trial and who will not forsake us so long as we obey His commandments and walk humbly in His footsteps."
“Finally it should be the earnest wish and paramount aim of the military administration to win the confidence, respect, and affection of the inhabitants of the Philippines by assuring them in every possible way that full measure of individual rights and liberties which is the heritage of free peoples, and by proving to them that the mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation substituting the mild sway of justice and right for arbitrary rule."
“What in the world had Grover Cleveland done? Will you tell me? You give it up? I have been looking for six weeks for a Democrat who could tell me what Cleveland has done for the good of his country and for the benefit of the people, but I have not found him.... He says himself...that two-thirds of his time has been uselessly spent with Democrats who want office.... Now he has been so occupied in that way that he has not done anything else."
“The army of Grant and the army of Lee are together. They are one now in faith, in hope, in fraternity, in purpose, and in an invincible patriotism. And, therefore, the country is in no danger. In justice strong, in peace secure, and in devotion to the flag all one."
“I went down on my knees and prayed to Almighty God for light and guidance and one night late it came to me this way. We could not leave (the Philippines) to themselves-they were unfit for self-government-and they would soon have anarchy and misrule over there worse than Spain's was. There was nothing left for us to do but take them all and educate the Filipinos, and uplift and Christianize them."
William McKinley Death
William McKinley death came as a shock to the nation when he was assassinated while greeting the public. He was shot in the stomach by Leon Czolgosz who was considered an anarchist. He believed that McKinley represented oppression and decided it was his duty to end his life. McKinley was the 25th President of America and died while still in office, joining Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy as other leaders who were assassinated.
William McKinley Facts
William McKinley facts take a look at the life of the former president. He served in the American Civil War as a private and then a major and was instrumental in the war against the Spanish. He was 18 when he joined the army and prior to that worked as a teacher for a short period. He then studied law before eventually entering politics that led to him becoming President f the United States of America.