[Science] is the literature of God written on the stars-the trees-the rocks-and more important because [of] its marked utilitarian character.
Nobody but radicals have ever accomplished anything in a great crisis.
I must do something to keep my thoughts fresh and growing. I dread nothing so much as falling into a rut and feeling myself becoming a fossil.
Things don't turn up in this world until somebody turns them up.
We are apt to be deluded into false security by political catch-words, devised to flatter rather than instruct.
Honesty is the best policy, says the familiar axiom; but people who are honest on that principle defraud no one but themselves.
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.
Few men in our history have ever obtained the Presidency by planning to obtain it.
At present, the most valuable gift which can be bestowed upon women is something to do which they can do well and worthily, and thereby maintain themselves.
The civil service can never be placed on a satisfactory basis until it is regulated by law. James A. Garfiel
I have had many troubles in my life, but the worst of them never came. James A. Garf
Men are tending to materialism. Houses, lands, and worldly goods attract their attention, and as a mirage lure them on to death. Christianity, on the other hand leads only the natural body to death, and for the spirit, it points out a house not built with hands, eternal in the heavens... Let me urge
Monuments may be builded to express the affection or pride of friends, or to display their wealth, but they are only valuable for the characters which they perpetuate.
The civil service can never be placed on a satisfactory basis until it is regulated by law.
History is constantly repeating itself, making only such changes of programme as the growth of nations and centuries requires.
For mere vengeance I would do nothing. This nation is too great to look for mere revenge. But for security of the future I would do every thing.
A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.
There are some things I am afraid of: I am afraid to do a mean thing.
For the love of country they accepted death.
I am receiving what I suppose to be the usual number of threatening letters on the subject. Assassination can be no more guarded against than death by lightning; it is best not to worry about either.
The ideal college is Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and a student on the other. James A. Garf
It is not right or manly to lie even about Satan.
All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.
Ideas control the world.
Territory is but the body of a nation. The people who inhabit its hills and valleys are its soul, its spirit, its life.
The refunding of the national debt at a lower rate of interest should be accomplished without compelling the withdrawal of the national-bank notes, and thus disturbing the business of the country.
When the Divine Artist would produce a poem, He plants a germ of it in a human soul, and out of that soul the poem springs and grows as from the rose-tree the rose.
If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it's the best possible substitute for it.
Now more than ever the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.
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.