Rutherford B. Hayes Quotes


"I am not liked as a President by the politicians in office, in the press, or in Congress. But I am content to abide the judgment - the sober second thought - of the people." Rutherford B. Hayes. Source: quotehayes.htm


Fighting battles is like courting girls: those who make the most pretensions and are boldest usually win. Rutherford B. Hayes Source:


The President of the United States of necessity owes his election to office to the suffrage and zealous labors of a political party, ...but he should strive to be always mindful of the fact that he serves his party best who serves the country best." Rutherford B. Hayes Source: quotehayes.htm

Civil Service

"There can be no complete and permanent reform of the civil service until public opinion emancipates congressmen from all control and influence over government patronage . . . No proper legislation is to be expected as long as members of Congress are engaged in procuring offices for their constituents." (1879) Rutherford B. Hayes. Source: RBH/RBH_In_His_Own_Words.htm


"Disunion and civil war are at hand, and yet I fear disunion and war less than compromise." Rutherford B. Hayes. Source:


It will be the duty of the Executive, with sufficient appropriations for the purpose, to prosecute unsparingly all who have been engaged in depriving citizens of the rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution. Rutherford B. Hayes Source: rutherford_b_hayes.html


In avoiding the appearance of evil, I am not sure but I have sometimes unnecessarily deprived myself and others of innocent enjoyments. Rutherford B. Hayes Source: /rutherford_b_hayes.html


Strikes and boycotting are akin to war, and can be justified only on grounds analogous to those which justify war, viz., intolerable injustice and oppression. Rutherford B. Hayes. Source:

Leaving Office

"Coming in, I was denounced as a fraud by all the extreme men of the opposing party, and as an ingrate and a traitor by the same class of men in my own party. Going out, I have the good will, blessings, and approval of the best people of all parties..." Rutherford B. Hayes Source: "Nobody ever left the presidency with less regret, less disappointment, fewer heart burnings, or any general content with the result of his term (in his own heart, I mean) than I do." Rutherford B. Hayes. Source: RBH/RBH_In_His_Own_Words.htm

Lucy Hayes

"I know that I am going where Lucy is." (His last words about his deceased wife at his death in January of 1893) Rutherford B. Hayes. Source: RBH/RBH_In_His_Own_Words.htm


"Nothing brings out the lower traits of human nature like office-seeking. Men of good character and impulses are betrayed by it into all sorts of meanness." Rutherford B. Hayes. Source: quotehayes.htm

Native Americans

"Let all our dealings with the Red man be characterized by justice and good faith, and let there be the most liberal provision for his physical wants, for education in its widest sense, and for religious instruction and training." Rutherford B. Hayes. Source: RBH/RBH_In_His_Own_Words.htm


"I would honor the man who would give to his country a good newspaper." Rutherford B. Hayes. Source: RBH/RBH_In_His_Own_Words.htm

North and South

"Let me assure my countrymen of the Southern States that it is my earnest desire to regard and promote their truest interest— the interests of the white and of the colored people both and equally—and to put forth my best efforts in behalf of a civil policy which will forever wipe out in our political affairs the color line and the distinction between North and South, to the end that we may have not merely a united North or a united South, but a united country." Rutherford B. Hayes Source: RBH/RBH_In_His_Own_Words.htm


"My policy is trust—peace, and to put aside the bayonet." Rutherford B. Hayes. Source: RBH/RBH_In_His_Own_Words.htm


"Abolish plutocracy if you would abolish poverty." Rutherford B. Hayes. Source: quotehayes.htm

Public Life

"The melancholy thing in our public life is the insane desire to get higher." Rutherford B. Hayes. Source: RBH/RBH_In_His_Own_Words.htm


"An amazing invention - but who would ever want to use one?" Rutherford B. Hayes Source:


It is the desire of the good people of the whole country that sectionalism as a factor in our politics should disappear...' Rutherford B. Hayes Source: rutherford_b_hayes.html


"Virtue is defined to be mediocrity, of which either extreme is vice." Rutherford B. Hayes Source: US President's Web Ring Home Page Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Howie's Great Democratic Quote Page Howie's Stupid GOP Quote Page MidnightFlyer's Homepage Howie's Presidential and Political Page Great Democratic Speeches Mail James Howington
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