Ulysses S. Grant

18th President of the United States; commander of the Union armies in the American Civil War (1822-1885)

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.. it is desirable that they should be approached calmly, without prejudice, hate, or sectional pride, remembering that the greatest good to the greatest number is the object to be attained.
I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.
I know no method to secure the repeal of bad, obnoxious, or unjust laws so effective as their strict execution.
It is men who wait to be selected, and not those who seek, from whom we may expect the most efficient service.
Labor disgraces no man unfortunately you occasionally find men disgrace labor.
Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and the state forever separate.
Social equality is not a subject to be legislated upon, nor shall I ask that anything be done to advance the social status of the colored man, except to give him a fair chance to develop what there is good in him, give him access to the schools, and when he travels let him feel assured that his conduct will regulate the treatment and fare he will receive.
The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving.
The effects of the late civil strife have been to free the slave and make him a citizen. Yet he is not possessed of the civil rights which citizenship should carry with it. This is wrong, and should be corrected.
The question of suffrage is one which is likely to agitate the public so long as a portion of the citizens of the nation are excluded from its privileges in any State.
Wars of extermination, engaged in by people pursuing commerce and all industrial pursuits, are expensive even against the weakest people, and are demoralizing and wicked.

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