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Quotes of the day: William Howard Taft

Published Thursday, September 15, 2016 @ 12:04 AM EDT
Sep 15 2016

William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 - March 8, 1930) served as the 27th President of the United States (1909–1913) and as the tenth Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930), the only person to have held both offices. Taft was elected president in 1908, the chosen successor of Theodore Roosevelt, but was defeated for re-election by Woodrow Wilson in 1912 after Roosevelt split the Republican vote by running as a third-party candidate. In 1921, President Warren G. Harding appointed Taft chief justice, a position in which he served until a month before his death. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A government is for the benefit of all the people.

A man never knows exactly how the child of his brain will strike other people.

A system in which we may have an enforced rest from legislation for two years is not bad.

Anti-Semitism is a noxious weed that should be cut out. It has no place in America.

Constitutions are checks upon the hasty action of the majority. They are the self-imposed restraints of a whole people upon a majority of them to secure sober action and a respect for the rights of the minority.

Don't worry over what the newspapers say. I don't. Why should anyone else? I told the truth to the newspaper correspondents- but when you tell the truth to them they are at sea.

Don't write so that you can be understood, write so that you can't be misunderstood.

Enthusiasm for a cause sometimes warps judgment.

Failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done is a great weakness in any man.

It seems to be the profession of a President simply to hear other people talk.

No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people.

One cannot always be sure of the truth of what one hears if he happens to be President of the United States.

Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.

Substantial progress toward better things can rarely be taken with out developing new evils requiring new remedies.

The cheerful loser is a sort of winner.

The intoxication of power rapidly sobers off in the knowledge of its restrictions and under the prompt reminder of an ever-present and not always considerate press, as well as the kindly suggestions that not infrequently come from Congress.

The world is not going to be saved by legislation.

Too many people don't care what happens so long as it doesn't happen to them.

Unless education promotes character making, unless it helps men to be more moral, more just to their fellows, more law abiding, more discriminatingly patriotic and public spirited, it is not worth the trouble taken to furnish it.

We are all imperfect. We can not expect perfect government.

We live in a stage of politics, where legislators seem to regard the passage of laws as much more important than the results of their enforcement.

We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.

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