GARFIELD, James A. Quotes
(1831-1881), 20th President of the United States of America
The men who succeed best in public life are those who take the risk of standing by their own convictions.
Things don't turn up in this world until somebody turns them up.
History is but the unrolled scroll of prophecy.
Ideas control the world.
Ideas are the great warriors of the world, and a war that has no idea behind it is simply a brutality.
He who would understand the real spirit of literature should not select authors of any one period alone, but rather go to the fountain head, and trace the little rill as it courses along down the ages broadening and deepening into the great ocean of thought which the men of the present are exploring.
I mean to make myself a man, and if I succeed in that, I shall succeed in everything else.
The sanctity of marriage and the family relation make the cornerstone of our American society and civilization.
Territory is but the body of a nation.—The people who inhabit its hills and valleys are its soul, its spirit, its life.
Occasion may be the bugle call that summons an army to battle, but the blast of a bugle can never make soldiers nor win battles.
Real political issues cannot be manufactured by the leaders of parties, and cannot be evaded by them.—They declare themselves, and come out of the depths of that deep which we call public opinion.
Poverty is uncomfortable, as I can testify: but nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim for himself.
I have had many troubles in my life, but the worst of them never came.