A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a Devil. James A. Garfiel
Honesty is the best policy, says the familiar axiom; but people who are honest on that principle defraud no one but themselves.
The divorce between Church and State ought to be absolute. It ought to be so absolute that no Church property anywhere, in any state or in the nation, should be exempt from equal taxation; for if you exempt the property of any church organization, to that extent you impose a tax upon the whole commu
Poverty is uncomfortable; but nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim.
History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning; its two eyes are geography and chronology.
A nation is not worthy to be saved if, in the hour of its fate, it will not gather up all its jewels of manhood and life, and go down into the conflict however bloody and doubtful, resolved on measureless ruin or complete success.
Statistical science is indispensable to modern statesmanship. In legislation as in physical science it is beginning to be understood that we can control terrestrial forces only by obeying their laws. The legislator must formulate in his statutes not only the national will, but also those great laws
[It is possible] that the race of red men ... will, before many generations, be remembered only as a strange, weird, dream-like specter, which has passed once before the eyes of men, but had departed forever.
A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a Devil.
Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.
[The President is] the last person in the world to know what the people really want and think.
Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter. James A. Garfiel
But for we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man's welfare... are to be found portrayed in it.
A law is not a law without coercion behind it....
I love agitation and investigation and glory in defending unpopular truth against popular error.
I am trying to do two things: dare to be a radical and not a fool, which is a matter of no small difficulty.
[Science] is the literature of God written on the stars-the trees-the rocks-and more important because [of] its marked utilitarian character.
The best system of education is that which draws its chief support from the voluntary effort of the community, from the individual efforts of citizens, and from those burdens of taxation which they voluntarily impose upon themselves.
I would rather believe something and suffer for it, than to slide along into success without opinions.
In the long, fierce struggle for freedom of opinion, the press, like the Church, counted its martyrs by thousands.
History is constantly repeating itself, making only such changes of programme as the growth of nations and centuries requires.
I love to deal with doctrines and events. The contests of men about men I greatly dislike. James A. Garfiel
No man can make a speech alone. It is the great human power that strikes up from a thousand minds that acts upon him, and makes the speech.
Wherever a ship ploughs the sea, or a plough furrows the field; wherever a mine yields its treasure; wherever a ship or a railroad train carries freight to market; wherever the smoke of the furnace rises, or the clang of the loom resounds; even in the lonely garret where the seamstress plies her bus
If wrinkles must be written on our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old.
I mean to make myself a man, and if I succeed in that, I shall succeed in everything else.
God reigns, and the Government at Washington still lives!
A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck. James A. Garf
To all our means of culture is added the powerful incentive to personal ambition, no post of honor is so high but the poorest may hope to reach it.
You and I are now nearly in middle age, and have not yet become soured and shrivelled with the wear and tear of life. Let us pray to be delivered from that condition where life and nature have no fresh, sweet sensations for us.