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William Howard Taft Quotes

The 27th President of the United States and later the 10th Chief Justice of the United States.
(1857 - 1930)

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A government is for the benefit of all the people.

A system in which we may have an enforced rest from legislation for two years is not bad.

Action for which I become responsible, or for which my administration becomes responsible, shall be within the law.

Anti-Semitism is a noxious weed that should be cut out. It has no place in America.

As the Republican platforms says, the welfare of the farmer is vital to that of the whole country.

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.

Don't write so that you can be understood, write so that you can't be misunderstood.

Enthusiasm for a cause sometimes warps judgment.

Failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done is a great weakness in any man.

I am afraid I am a constant disappointment to my party. The fact of the matter is, the longer I am president the less of a party man I seem to become.

I am in favor of helping the prosperity of all countries because, when we are all prosperous, the trade with each becomes more valuable to the other.

I am president now, and tired of being kicked around.

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.

I do not know much about politics, but I am trying to do the best I can with this administration until the time shall come for me to turn it over to somebody else.

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.

I love judges, and I love courts. They are my ideals, that typify on earth what we shall meet hereafter in heaven under a just God.

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

I'll be damned if I am not getting tired of this. It seems to be the profession of a President simply to hear other people talk.

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.

If we can develop a class of educated men with nothing else to do but to better government, we ought to use them; and we ought to use them by having the profession of the politician recognized as essential to the welfare of the Republic.

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