Woodrow Wilson Quotes

Most popular Woodrow Wilson Quotes

Right is more precious than peace.
— Woodrow Wilson

peace morals

The seed of revolution is repression.
— Woodrow Wilson

revolution

Opinion ultimately governs the world.
— Woodrow Wilson
Only a peace between equals can last.
— Woodrow Wilson

peace

Justice has nothing to do with expediency.
— Woodrow Wilson

justice

If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
— Woodrow Wilson

changing people

No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation.
— Woodrow Wilson
I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.

Brain leadership

He is more apt to contribute heat than light to a discussion.
— Woodrow Wilson
A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.
— Woodrow Wilson

conservatives

The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.
— Woodrow Wilson

leadership

No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.
— Woodrow Wilson
No man can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.
— Woodrow Wilson

hunger

Every man who takes office in Washington either grows or swells.
— Woodrow Wilson
The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.

contrarian adversity

The most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates.
— Woodrow Wilson

college

We should not only use the brain we have, but all that we can borrow.
— Woodrow Wilson

management

Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.
— Woodrow Wilson
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
— Woodrow Wilson

intelligence

It must be a peace without victory. Only a peace between equals can last.
— Woodrow Wilson
Conservatism is the policy of make no change and consult your grandmother.
— Woodrow Wilson
The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of government power.
— Woodrow Wilson

regulations government freedom

It must be a peace without victory.... Only a peace between equals can last.
— Woodrow Wilson
I have seen fools resist Providence before and I have seen their destruction.
— Woodrow Wilson
America lives in the heart of every man everywhere who wishes to find a region.
— Woodrow Wilson
I am seeking only to face realities and to face them without soft concealments.
— Woodrow Wilson
Business underlies everything in our national life, including our spiritual life.
— Woodrow Wilson
A Yankee always thinks that he is right, a Scotch-Irishman knows that he is right.
— Woodrow Wilson
The use of a university is to make young gentlemen as unlike their fathers as possible.
— Woodrow Wilson

college

Conservatism is the policy of make no change and consult your grandmother when in doubt.
— Woodrow Wilson

conservatives

We are citizens of the world; and the tragedy is of our times is that we do not know this.
— Woodrow Wilson
Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.
— Woodrow Wilson
Absolute identity with one's cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership.
— Woodrow Wilson

leadership

Golf is a game in which one endeavours to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose.
— Woodrow Wilson

golf

One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels.  The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.
— Woodrow Wilson

advisory

The man with power but no conscience could, with an eloquent tongue, put the whole country into flames.
— Woodrow Wilson

oratory power conscience

In public affairs stupidity is more dangerous than knavery, because [it is] harder to fight and dislodge.

stupidity

You cannot tear up ancient rootages and safely plant the tree of liberty in soil which is not native to it.

freedom

Interest does not tie nations together; it sometimes separates them. But sympathy and understanding does unite them.
— Woodrow Wilson
Golf is an ineffectual attempt to put an elusive ball into an obscure hole with implements ill-adapted to the purpose.
— Woodrow Wilson
Sometimes people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American. America is the only idealistic nation in the world.
— Woodrow Wilson
The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is, not to frighten them, but to challenge them.
— Woodrow Wilson

obstacles

Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance.
— Woodrow Wilson

freedom

Some of the greatest and most lasting effects of genuine oratory have gone forth from secluded lecture desks into the hearts of quiet groups of students.

oratory

Only free peoples can hold their purpose and their honor steady to a common end, and prefer the interests of mankind to any narrow interest of their own.
— Woodrow Wilson
Every man who takes office in Washington either grows or swells, and when I give a man an office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is swelling or growing.
— Woodrow Wilson

politicians

Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.
— Woodrow Wilson

freedom

A friend of mine says that every man who takes office in Washington either grew or swelled, and when I give a man an office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is swelling or growing.

politics

There can be no equality or opportunity if men and women and children be not shielded in their lives from the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter, control, or singly cope with.
— Woodrow Wilson

equality

When you come into the presence of a leader of men, you know that you have come into the presence of fire—that it is best not to uncautiously touch that man—that there is something that makes it dangerous to cross him.
— Woodrow Wilson

leadership

If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself.  Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish prig.
— Woodrow Wilson

selfishness character

We want one class of persons to have a liberal education, and we want another class of persons, a very much larger class of necessity in every society, to forgo the privilege of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.
— Woodrow Wilson

education