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Quotes of the day: Henry Cabot Lodge

Published Sunday, November 08, 2015 @ 7:46 PM EST
Nov 08 2015

Henry Cabot Lodge (May 12, 1850 – November 9, 1924) was an American Republican Senator and historian from Massachusetts. A PhD in history from Harvard, he was a long-time friend and confidant of Theodore Roosevelt. Lodge had the role (but not the official title) of the first Senate Majority Leader. He is best known for his positions on foreign policy, especially his battle with President Woodrow Wilson in 1919 over the Treaty of Versailles. Lodge demanded Congressional control of declarations of war; Wilson refused and blocked Lodge's move to ratify the treaty with reservations. As a result, the United States never joined the League of Nations. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Animosity is not a policy.

I would rather see the United States respected than loved by other nations.

If a man is going to be an American at all let him be so without any qualifying adjectives, and if he is going to be something else, let him drop the word American from his personal description.

Internationalism, illustrated by the Bolshevik and by the men to whom all countries are alike provided they can make money out of them, is to me repulsive.

Lincoln did more than any other man to put the stamp of righteousness, to put the stamp of compassion, on the name of America.

Strong, generous, and confident, she has nobly served mankind. Beware how you trifle with your marvellous inheritance, this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin.

The independence of the United States is not only more precious to ourselves but to the world than any single possession.

The time given to athletic contests and the injuries incurred on the playing field are part of the price which the English-speaking race has paid for being world conquerors.

The United States is the world's best hope, but if you fetter her in the interests and quarrels of other nations, if you tangle her in the intrigues of Europe, you will destroy her power for good and endanger her very existence.

There is no nation on earth so dangerous as a nation fully armed, and bankrupt at home.

True Americanism is opposed utterly to any political divisions resting on race and religion.

True Americanism recognizes the enormous gravity of the social and labor problems which confront us.

We would not have our country's vigour exhausted or her moral force abated, by everlasting meddling and muddling in every quarrel, great and small, which afflicts the world.

We would not have our politics distracted and embittered by the dissensions of other lands.


(November 9 is also the birthday of Sargent Shriver and Carl Sagan.)

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