Quotes by Ulysses S. Grant
My lord, I have heard that your father was a military man. Was that the case?
I leave comparisons to history, claiming only that I have acted in every instance from a conscientious desire to do what was right, constitutional, within the law, and for the very best interests of the whole people. Failures have been errors of judgment, not of intent.
I rise only to say that I do not intend to say anything. I thank you for your hearty welcomes and good cheers.
Laws are to govern all alike — those opposed as well as those who favor them. I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution.
No terms except an unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted.' I propose to move immediately upon your works.
The will of the people is the best law.
Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately you occasionally find men disgrace labor.
I believe that our Great Maker is preparing the world in His own good time to become one nation, speaking one language, when armies and navies will no longer be required.
I know only two tunes: one of them is Yankee Doodle, and the other one isnt.
There is nothing more I should do to it now, and therefore I am not likely to be more ready to go than at this moment.
I dont underrate the value of military knowledge, but if men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail.
Reports of my death greatly exaggerated. Returning to Washington immediately.
You can violate the law. The banks may violate the law and be sustained in doing so. But the President of the United States cannot violate the law.
I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer.
Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church, and the private school, supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and the State forever separate.
Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.
Let no guilty man escape, if it can be avoided. No personal considerations should stand in the way of performing a public duty.
I never wanted to get out of a place as much as I did to get out of the presidency.
Let us have peace.
Wherever the enemy goes let our troops go also.
The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.
God gave us Lincoln and Liberty, let us fight for both.
The war is over — the rebels are our countrymen again.
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