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James A. Garfield (1831 – 1881)


20th President of the United States (1881), and the second U S President to be assassinated.
James A. Garfield
In order to win victory now, we want the vote of every Republican of every Grant Republican, and every anti-Grant Republican, in America of every Blaine man and every anti-Blaine man. The vote of every follower of every candidate is needed to make success certain. Therefore I say, gentlemen and brethren, we are here to take calm counsel together, and inquire what we shall do.
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The return to solid values is always hard... Distress, panic, and hard times have marked our pathway in returning to solid values.
Garfield
I am about to assume the great trust which you have committed to my hands. I appeal to you for that earnest and thoughtful support which makes this Government in fact, as it is in law, a government of the people.
I shall greatly rely upon the wisdom and patriotism of Congress and of those who may share with me the responsibilities and duties of administration, and, above all, upon our efforts to promote the welfare of this great people and their Government I reverently invoke the support and blessings of Almighty God.




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I am trying to do two things: dare to be a radical and not be a fool, which, if I may judge by the exhibitions around me, is a matter of no small difficulty.
Garfield James A.
If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old.
James A. Garfield quotes
We want a man whose life and opinions embody all the achievements of which I have spoken. We want a man who, standing on a mountain height, traces the victorious footsteps of our party in the past, and, carrying in his heart the memory of its glorious deeds, looks forward prepared to meet the dangers to come. We want one who will act in no spirit of unkindness toward those we lately met in battle.
James A. Garfield
I thank you doctor, but I am a dead man.
Garfield James A. quotes
Few men in our history have ever obtained the Presidency by planning to obtain it.
Garfield
Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it.
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If hard work is not another name for talent, it is the best possible substitute for it.
James A. Garfield
The possession of great powers, no doubt, carries with it a contempt for mere external show.




James A. Garfield quotes
He has shown himself able to meet with calmness the great emergencies of the government. For twenty-five years he has trodden the perilous heights of public duty, and against all the shafts of malice has borne his breast unharmed. He has stood in the blaze of "that fierce light that beats against the throne"; but its fiercest ray has found no flaw in his armor, no stain upon his shield. I do not present him as a better Republican or a better man than thousands of others that we honor; but I present him for your deliberate and favorable consideration. I nominate John Sherman, of Ohio.
James A. Garfield
It would convert the Treasury of the United States into a manufactory of paper money. It makes the House of Representatives and the Senate, or the caucus of the party which happens to be in the majority, the absolute dictator of the financial and business affairs of this country. This scheme surpasses all the centralism and all the Caesarism that were ever charged upon the Republican party in the wildest days of the war or in the events growing out of the war.
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All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.
Garfield James A.
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.
Garfield James A. quotes
Ideas control the world.
James A. Garfield
If there be one thing upon this earth that mankind love and admire better than another, it is a brave man it is a man who dares to look the devil in the face and tell him he is a devil.
James A. Garfield quotes
Enterprises of the highest importance to our moral and material well-being unite us and offer ample employment of our best powers. Let all our people, leaving behind them the battlefields of dead issues, move forward and in their strength of liberty and the restored Union win the grander victories of peace.
James A. Garfield
The civil service can never be placed on a satisfactory basis until it is regulated by law. For the good of the service itself, for the protection of those who are intrusted with the appointing power against the waste of time and obstruction to the public business caused by the inordinate pressure for place, and for the protection of incumbents against intrigue and wrong, I shall at the proper time ask Congress to fix the tenure of the minor offices of the several Executive Departments and prescribe the grounds upon which removals shall be made during the terms for which incumbents have been appointed.
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He rushes into a fight with the horns of a bull and the skin of a rabbit.


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