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THOMAS WOODROW WILSON
American 28th president of U.S., writer and statesman
(1856 - 1924)
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Some Americans need hyphens in their names, because only part of them has come over; but when the whole man has come over, heart and thought and all, the hyphen drops of its own weight out of his name.
      - in an address unveiling the Statue to the Memory of Commodore John Bar
        [America]

Statesmen have to bend to the collective will of their peoples or be broken.
      - [Statesmanship]

The nation's honor is dearer than the nation's comfort; yes, than the nation's life itself.
      - in a speech [Honor]

The sum of the whole matter is this, that our civilization cannot survive materially unless it be redeemed spiritually.
      - [Civilization]

The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.
      - [Light]

The truth is we are all caught in a great economic system which is heartless.
      - [Economics]

The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. We have no selfish ends to serve. We desire no conquest, no dominion. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely make. We are but one of the champions of the rights of mankind. We shall be satisfied when those rights have been made as secure as the faith and the freedom of nations can make them.
      - in an address to Congress concerning the state of war with Germany
        [Democracy]

To do things today exactly the way you did them yesterday saves thinking.
      - [Tradition]

Uncompromising thought is the luxury of the closeted recluse.
      - [Thought]

Unless justice be done to others it will not be done to us.
      - [Justice]

War is only a sort of dramatic representation, a sort of dramatic symbol of a thousand forms of duty. I fancy that it is just as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shooting at you.
      - in a speech at Brooklyn Navy Yard [War]

We shall fight 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.
      - [World Peace]

We should not only use the brains we have, but all that we can borrow.
      - [Cooperation]

We want the spirit of America to be efficient; we want American character to be efficient; we want American character to display itself in what I may, perhaps, be allowed to call spiritual efficiency--clear, disinterested thinking and fearless action along the right lines of thought. America is not anything if it consists of each of us. It is something only if it consists of all of us; and it can consist of all of us only as our spirits are banded together in a common enterprise. That common enterprise is the enterprise of liberty and justice and right. And, therefore, I, for my part, have a great enthusiasm for rendering American spiritually efficient; and that conception lies at the basis of what seems very far removed from it, namely, the plans that have been proposed for the military efficiency of this nation.
      - in a speech at Pittsburgh [America]

Whate'er my doom;
  It cannot be unhappy: God hath given me
    The boon of resignation.
      - [Resignation]

You have laid upon me this double obligation: "we are relying upon you, Mr. President, to keep us out of war, but we are relying upon you, Mr. President, to keep the honor of the nation unstained."
      - in a speech at Cleveland [War]

The example of America must be the example not merely of peace because it will not fight, but of peace because peace is the healing and elevating influence of the world, and strife is not. There is such a thing as a man being too proud to fight. There is such a think as a nation being so right that it does not need to convince others by force that it is right.
      - Address in Convention Hall, Philadelphia
        [Peace]

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.
      - Address to Congress [Democracy]

We shall not, I believe, be obliged to alter our policy of watchful waiting.
      - Annual Message, alluding to Mexico
        [Policy]

But the Constitution of the United States is not a mere lawyers' document: it is a vehicle of life, and its spirit is always the spirit of the age.
      - Constitutional Government in the United States
         (p. 69) [Constitution]

The line of red are lines of blood, nobly and unselfishly shed by men who loved the liberty of their fellowmen more than they loved their fellowmen more than they lover their own lives and fortunes. God forbid that we would have to use the blood of America to freshen the color of the flag. But if it should ever be necessary, that flag will be colored once more, and in being colored will be glorified and purified.
      - Flag Day Speech [Patriotism]

We have stood apart, studiously neutral.
      - Message to Congress [Policy]

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.
      - War Message to Congress [War]

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.
      - War Message to Congress [War]

The way to stop financial "joy-riding" is to arrest the chauffeur, not the automobile.
      - Wit and Wisdom of Woodrow Wilson,
        by Richard Linthicum [Business]


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