Benjamin Harrison quotes
1833 - 1901, 23rd President of the United States
Great lives never go out; they go on.
We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.
Let those who would die for the flag on the field of battle give a better proof of their
patriotism and a higher glory to their country by promoting fraternity and justice.
Two presidents or three, with equal powers, would as surely bring disaster as three generals
of equal rank and command in a single army. I do not doubt that this sense of single and
personal responsibility to the people has strongly held our presidents to a good conscience,
and to a high discharge of their duties.
The emancipation proclamation was heard in the depths of the earth as well as in the sky;
men were made free, and material things became our better servants.
I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth
will starve in the process.
We have not attained an ideal condition. Not all of our people are happy and prosperous; not
all of them are virtuous and law-abiding. But on the whole the opportunities offered to the
individual to secure the comforts of life are better than are found elsewhere and largely
better than they were here one hundred years ago.
We cannot afford in America to have any discontented classes, and if fair wages are paid for
fair work we will have none.
The manner by which women are treated is a good criterion to judge the true state of
society. If we know but this one feature in a character of a nation, we may easily judge the
rest, for as society advances, the true character of women is discovered.
I knew that my staying up would not change the election result if I were defeated, while if
elected I had ahard day ahead of me. So I thought a night's rest was best in any event.
If the educated and influential classes in a community either practice or connive at the
systematic violation of laws that seem to them to cross their convenience, what can they
expect when the lesson that convenience or a supposed class interest is a sufficient cause
for lawlessness has been well learned by the ignorant classes?