Monday, February 3, 2014
Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) was President of the United States (the 28th) between 1913 and 1921. With a Ph. D. in history and political science, Wilson began his career as an educator - a college professor, football coach, and debate team leader. In 1902 he was named President of Princeton University. In 1911 he was elected as Governor of New Jersey. You can read more about him here and here. As might be expected, there are a bunch of Wilsonian quotes. Here are a few just to scratch the surface:
Nothing is easier than to falsify the past. Lifeless instruction will do it. If you rob it of vitality, stiffen it with pedantry, sophisticate it with argument, chill it with unsympathetic comment, you render it as dead as any academic exercise.
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.
One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.
I have long enjoyed the friendship and companionship of Republicans, because I am by instinct a teacher and I would like to teach them something.
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.
No country can afford to have its prosperity originated by a small controlling class. The treasury of America lies in those ambitions, those energies, that cannot be restricted to a special favored class. It depends upon the inventions of unknown men, upon the originations of unknown men, upon the ambitions of unknown men. Every country is renewed out of the ranks of the unknown, not out of the ranks of those already famous and powerful and in control.
The sum of the whole matter is this, that our civilization cannot survive materially unless it be redeemed spiritually.
It is a fearful thing to lead this great peaceful people into war, into the most terrible and disastrous of all wars, civilization itself seeming to be in the balance. But the right is more precious than peace, and we shall fight for the things which we have always carried nearest our hearts — for democracy, for the right of those who submit to authority to have a voice in their own governments, for the rights and liberties of small nations, for a universal dominion of right by such a concert of free peoples as shall bring peace and safety to all nations and make the world itself at last free. To such a task we can dedicate our lives and our fortunes, everything that we are and everything that we have, with the pride of those who know that the day has come when America is privileged to spend her blood and her might for the principles that gave her birth and happiness and the peace which she has treasured. God helping her, she can do no other.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
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.