Woodrow Wilson quotes

Born
December 28, 1856 Staunton, Virginia, U.S.

Died
February 3, 1924.

Occupation
President.

Woodrow Wilson was an American statesman and academic who served as the 28th President of the United States.

If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
– Woodrow Wilson
One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.
– Woodrow Wilson
America is not anything if it consists of each of us. It is something only if it consists of all of us.
– Woodrow Wilson
I will not speak with disrespect of the Republican Party. I always speak with respect of the past.
– Woodrow Wilson
A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults his grandmother when in doubt.
– Woodrow Wilson
The history of liberty is a history of resistance.
– Woodrow Wilson
A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.
– Woodrow Wilson
The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is, not to frighten them, but to challenge them.
– Woodrow Wilson
Tell me what is right and I will fight for it.
– Woodrow Wilson
I am not sure that it is of the first importance that you should be happy. Many an unhappy man has been of deep service to himself and to the world.
– Woodrow Wilson
I have come slowly into possession of such powers as I have. I receive the opinions of my day. I do not conceive them. But I receive them into a vivid mind.
– Woodrow Wilson
My own ideals for the university are those of a genuine democracy and serious scholarship. These two, indeed, seem to go together.
– Woodrow Wilson
Sometimes people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American. America is the only idealistic nation in the world.
– Woodrow Wilson
If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.
– Woodrow Wilson
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
– Woodrow Wilson
Politics I conceive to be nothing more than the science of the ordered progress of society along the lines of greatest usefulness and convenience to itself.
– Woodrow Wilson
I have long enjoyed the friendship and companionship of Republicans because I am by instinct a teacher, and I would like to teach them something.
– Woodrow Wilson
A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible.
– Woodrow Wilson
The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
– Woodrow Wilson
The method of political science is the interpretation of life; its instrument is insight, a nice understanding of subtle, unformulated conditions.
– Woodrow Wilson
At every crisis in one’s life, it is absolute salvation to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think aloud without restraint or misgiving.
– Woodrow Wilson
Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.
– Woodrow Wilson
The question of armaments, whether on land or sea, is the most immediately and intensely practical question connected with the future fortunes of nations and of mankind.
– Woodrow Wilson
That a peasant may become king does not render the kingdom democratic.
– Woodrow Wilson
The world is not looking for servants, there are plenty of these, but for masters, men who form their purposes and then carry them out, let the consequences be what they may.
– Woodrow Wilson
In the Lord’s Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.
– Woodrow Wilson
I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty.
– Woodrow Wilson
Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose.
– Woodrow Wilson
Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles.
– Woodrow Wilson
Every man who takes office in Washington either grows or swells, and when I give a man an office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is growing or swelling.
– Woodrow Wilson
There is little for the great part of the history of the world except the bitter tears of pity and the hot tears of wrath.
– Woodrow Wilson
You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
– Woodrow Wilson
There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.
– Woodrow Wilson
Business underlies everything in our national life, including our spiritual life. Witness the fact that in the Lord’s Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.
– Woodrow Wilson
Caution is the confidential agent of selfishness.
– Woodrow Wilson
The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.
– Woodrow Wilson
You cannot, in human experience, rush into the light. You have to go through the twilight into the broadening day before the noon comes and the full sun is upon the landscape.
– Woodrow Wilson
The awakening of the people of China to the possibilities under free government is the most significant, if not the most momentous, event of our generation.
– Woodrow Wilson
If there are men in this country big enough to own the government of the United States, they are going to own it.
– Woodrow Wilson
It is like writing history with lightning and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.
– Woodrow Wilson
Generally young men are regarded as radicals. This is a popular misconception. The most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates. The radicals are the men past middle life.
– Woodrow Wilson