Woodrow Wilson quotes talk about religion, politics and many other issues that bothered him during his presidency. He was also the President who led America through the First World War. During that war, America and Britain were allies and Winston Churchill served as a major at the time, he would late become Prime Minister and criticized President Wilson.
Woodrow Wilson, full name Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States of America. He was an American academic, lawyer and politician who presided over Princeton University in earlier years. The only other US President to rule during another world war was Franklin D Roosevelt while Harry Truman served as his Vice President. Wilson sought to promote peace and played a huge role in bringing about The League of Nations. Below are a number of his quotes.
“If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.”
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”
“The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.”
“You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world.”
“I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow.”
“You have the greatest soul, the noblest nature, the sweetest, most loving heart I have ever known, and my love, my reverence, my admiration for you, you have increased in one evening as I should have thought only a lifetime of intimate, loving association could have increased them. You are more wonderful and lovely in my eyes than you ever were before; and my pride and joy and gratitude that you should love me with such a perfect love are beyond all expression, except in some great poem which I cannot write.”
“If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”
“Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.”
“Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of government is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is the history of the limitation of government, not the increase of it.”
“We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true."
“We are citizens of the world. The tragedy of our times is that we do not know this.”
“A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.”
“I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose!”
“Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”
“The difference between a strong man and a weak one is that the former does not give up after a defeat.”
“Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”
“The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.”
“The seed of revolution is repression.”
“A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about.”
“Some people have a large circle of friends while others have only friends that they like.”
“I come from the South and I know what war is, for I have seen its terrible wreckage and ruin. It is easy for me as President to declare war. I do not have to fight, and neither do the gentlemen on the Hill who now clamor for it. It is some poor farmer's boy, or the son of some poor widow - who will have to do the fighting and dying.”
“We forget that there is much more patriotism in having the audacity to differ from the majority than in running before the crowd; we forget that in the resistance of the minority some of the biggest things in our own history have been accomplished, and the man who looks on the Stars and Stripes and doesn't hold a right to say nay to his neighbor, even if the neighbor is of the larger party, has forgotten the history of his country.”
“War isn’t declared in the name of God; it is a human affair entirely.”
“But the right is more precious than peace, and we shall fight for the things which we have always carried nearest our hearts.”
“Only peace between equals can last.”
“We read, if we have the true reader’s zest and plate, not to grow more knowing, but to be less pent up and bound within a little circle,—as those who take their pleasure, and not as those who laboriously seek instruction,—as a means of seeing and enjoying the world of men and affairs.”
“We have begun a fight that it may be will take many a generation to complete...but you know that men are not put into this world to go the path of ease; they are put into this world to go the path of pain and struggle...We have given our lives to the enterprise, and that is richer and the moral is greater.”
“The world has a habit of going on.”
“The President is at liberty, both in law and conscience, to be as big a man as he can. His capacity will set the limit; and if Congress be overborne by him, it will be no fault of the makers of the Constitution, – it will be from no lack of constitutional powers on its part, but only because the President has the nation behind him, and the Congress has not.”
“Sometimes if you have a difficult decisin to make, just stall until the answer presents itself."
“The chief instrumentality by which the law of the Constitution has been extended to cover the facts of national development has of course been judicial interpretation, – the decisions of the courts. The process of formal amendment of the Constitution was made so difficult by provisions of the Constitution itself that it has seldom been feasible to use it; and the difficulty of formal amendment has undoubtedly made the courts more liberal, not to say lax, in their interpretation than they would otherwise have been. The whole business of adaptation has been theirs, and they have undertaken it with open minds, sometimes even with boldness and a touch of audacity...”
“I prefer the retro chic of spending Christmas just like Joseph and Mary did - Traveling arduously back to the place of your birth to be counted, with no guarantee of a bed when you get there."
“The old theory of the sovereignty of the States, which used so to engage our passions, has lost its vitality. The war between the States established at least this principle, that the federal government is, through its courts, the final judge of its own powers... We are impatient of state legislatures because they seem to us less representative of the thoughtful opinion of the country than Congress is. We know that our legislatures do not think alike, but we are not sure that our people do not think alike...”
“I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty.”
“Freedom exists only where people take care of the government.”
“If I am to speak ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.”
"Of course like every other man of intelligence and education I do believe in organic evolution. It surprises me that at this late date such questions should be raised.”
“It is ... particularly true of constitutional government that its atmosphere is opinion .... It does not remain fixed in any unchanging form, but grows with the growth and is altered with the change of the nation's needs and purposes.”
“You know how impossible it is, in short, to have a free nation if it is a military nation and under military orders.”
“If a man is a fool, the best thing is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking.”
“There is nothing that succeeds in life like boldness, provided you believe you are on the right side.”
“Just what is it that America stands for? If she stands for one thing more than another it is for the sovereignty of self-governing people.”
“When men take up arms to set other men free, there is something sacred and holy in the warfare.”
Woodrow Wilson quotes shares the thoughts of a man who fought for peace despite his role in World War 2. He has had his share of critics but was able to rise above his adversaries to be considered a very great president. I hope his quotes offer something of substance to inspire readers.