William H. Taft Quotes


Anti-Semitism is a noxious weed that should be cut out. It has no place in America. William H. Taft Source:http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/william_howard_taft/2.html

Being President

I have come to the conclusion that the major part of the work of a President is to increase the gate receipts of expositions and fairs and bring tourists to town. William Howard Taft The President cannot make clouds to rain and cannot make the corn to grow, he cannot make business good; although when these things occur, political parties do claim some credit for the good things that have happened in this way. William H. Taft Source:http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/william_howard_taft/2.html

Civil Questions

It is important, of course, that controversies be settled right, but there are many civil questions which arise between individuals in which it is not so important the controversy be settled one way or another as that it be settled. Of course a settlement of a controversy on a fundamentally wrong principle of law is greatly to be deplored, but there must of necessity be many rules governing the relations between members of the same society that are more important in that their establishment creates a known rule of action than that they proceed on one principle or another. Delay works always for the man with the longest purse. William Howard Taft Source:http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/william_howard_taft/


I do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many other of the postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe. William H. Taft Source:http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/william_howard_taft/2.html


"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." William Howard Taft Source: Veto Message, Arizona Enabling Act, 1911


Failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done is a great weakness in any man. William H. Taft Source:http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/william_howard_taft/2.html


Enthusiasm for a cause sometimes warps judgment. William H. Taft Source:http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/william_howard_taft/2.html


As the Republican platforms says, the welfare of the farmer is vital to that of the whole country. William H. Taft Source:http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/william_howard_taft/2.html


If this humor be the safety of our race, then it is due largely to the infusion into the American people of the Irish brain. William Howard Taft Source:http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/william_howard_taft/


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. William Howard Taft


Politics, when I am in it, it makes me sick. William Howard Taft 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. William H. Taft Source:http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/william_howard_taft/2.html


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. William H. Taft Source:http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/william_howard_taft/2.html


Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race. William Howard Taft


I think I might as well give up being a candidate. There are so many people in the country who don't like me. William Howard Taft


No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people. William Howard Taft Source:http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/william_howard_taft/


Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that to-day is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity. William Howard Taft

Supreme Court

Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever. William Howard Taft Source:http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/william_howard_taft/


The trouble with me is that I like to talk too much. William Howard Taft

Washington, DC

"[George] Washington intended this to be a Federal city, and it is a Federal city, and it tingles down to the feet of every man, whether he comes from Washington State, or Los Angeles, or Texas, when he comes and walks these city streets and begins to feel that this is my city; I own a part of this Capital, and I envy for the time being those who are able to spend their time here. I quite admit that there are defects in the system of government by which Congress is bound to look after the government of the District of Columbia. It could not be otherwise under such a system, but I submit to the judgment of history that the result vindicates the foresight of the fathers." William H. Taft Source:http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/william_howard_taft/2.html


Don't write so that you can be understood, write so that you can't be misunderstood. William Howard Taft Source:http://en.thinkexist.com/quotes/william_howard_taft/ US President's Web Ring Home Page Presidential Trivia Howie's Great Democratic Quote Page Howie's Stupid GOP Quote Page MidnightFlyer's Homepage Great Democratic Speeches Mail James Howington

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