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Quotes of the day: William McKinley

Published Sunday, September 13, 2015 @ 10:18 PM EDT
Sep 13 2015

William McKinley (January 29, 1843 – September 14, 1901) was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897, until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term. McKinley led the nation to victory in the Spanish–American War, raised protective tariffs to promote American industry, and maintained the nation on the gold standard in a rejection of inflationary proposals. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Illiteracy must be banished from the land if we shall attain that high destiny as the foremost of the enlightened nations of the world which, under Providence, we ought to achieve.

In the time of darkest defeat, victory may be nearest.

Let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not in conflict; and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war.

Our differences are policies; our agreements, principles.

That's all a man can hope for during his lifetime- to set an example- and when he is dead, to be an inspiration for history.

The free man cannot be long an ignorant man.

The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation.

War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed.

We need Hawaii just as much and a good deal more than we did California. It is manifest destiny.

Without competition we would be clinging to the clumsy antiquated processes of farming and manufacture and the methods of business of long ago, and the twentieth would be no further advanced than the eighteenth century.


(September 14 is also the birthday of Margaret Sanger and Albert Schweitzer.)

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