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Woodrow Wilson
1856 - 1924

Lawyer, college professor, president of Princeton University (1902-1910), Governor of New Jersey (1910-1912), 27th President of the United States (1913-1921)


No man can sit down and withhold his hands from the warfare against wrong and get peace from his acquiescence.

May 7, 1911 - from a speech delivered in Denver
One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.

1916
The State exists for the sake of society, not society for the sake of the State.

No one who has read official documents needs to be told how easy it is to conceal the essential truth under the apparently candid and all-disclosing phrases of a voluminous and particularizing report....

Energy in a nation is like sap in a tree; it rises from the bottom up.

The concentration of power is what always precedes the destruction of human initiative, and therefore of human energy.

Liberty does not consist in mere declarations of the rights of man. It consists in the translation of those declarations into definite action.

Jul. 4, 1914 - from a speech
The history of liberty is the history of the limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it. When we resist the concentration of power we are resisting the powers of death. Concentration of power precedes the destruction of human liberties.

Sep. 12, 1912 - from a speech given in New York
Liberty has never come from government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is the history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.

Sep. 9, 1912 - from a speech given in New York
Prosperity is necessarily the first theme of a political campaign.

A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.