Woodrow Wilson

28th President of the United States; led the United States in World War I and secured the formation of the League of Nations (1856-1924)

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...it is as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shooting at you.
A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.
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.
All things come to him who waits -- provided he knows what he is waiting for.
America lives in the heart of every man everywhere who wishes to find a region where he will be free to work out his destiny as he chooses.
Business underlies everything in our national life, including our spiritual life. Witness the fact that in the Lord's Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.
Fear God and you need not fear anyone else.
Here is a great body of our Jewish citizens from whom have sprung men of genius in every walk of our varied life; men who have conceived of its ideals with singular clearness; and led enterprises with sprit & sagacity... They are not Jews in America, they are American citizens.
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
I used to be a lawyer, but now I am a reformed character.
I would rather fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.
I would rather fail in a cause that will ultimately triumph than to triumph in a cause that will ultimately fail.
I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose.
If a dog will not come to you after he has looked you in face, you should go home and examine your consicence.
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.
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.
No man can sit down and withhold his hands from the warfare against wrong and get peace from his acquiescence.
No man can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.
No man has ever risen to the real stature of spiritual manhood until he has found that it is finer to serve somebody else than it is to serve himself.
No nation is fit to sit in judgement upon any other nation.
No thoughtful man ever came to the end of his life, and had time and a little space of calm from which to look back upon it, who did not know and acknowledge that it was what he had done unselfishly and for others, and nothing else, that satisfied him in the retrospect, and made him feel that he had played the man.
Once lead this people into war and they will forget there ever was such a thing as tolerance.
One cool judgment is worth a dozen hasty councils. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.
One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils. The thing is to supply light and not heat
Only free peoples can hold their purpose and their honor steady to a common end and prefer the interest of mankind to any narrow interest of their own.
Our civilization cannot survive materially unless it is redeemed spiritually. It can be saved only by becoming permeated with the Spirit of Christ, and being made free and happy by practices which spring out of that spirit. Only thus can discontent be driven out and all shadows lifted from the road ahead.
Power consists in one's capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to lead by reason and a gift of cooperation.
Some Americans need hyphens in their names because only part of them has come over.
The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
The nation's honor is dearer than the nation's comfort; yes, than the nation's life itself.
The way you let your hand rest in mine, my bewitching Sweetheart, fills me with happiness. It is the perfection of confiding love. Everything you do, the little unconscious things in particular, charms me and increases my sense of nearness to you, identification with you, till my heart is full to overflowing.
The world must be made safe for democracy.
The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.
There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.
There is such a thing as a man being too proud to fight there is such a thing as a nation being so right that it does not need to convince others by force that it is right.
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 great 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.
When men take up arms to set other men free, there is something sacred and holy in the warfare.
When you have read the Bible, you will know it is the word of God, because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.
Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up by itself.
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.
You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.
You cannot be friends upon any other terms than upon the terms of equality.

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