"It is the desire of the good people of the whole country that sectionalism as a factor in our politics should disappear...'"
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Rutherford B. Hayes on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Rutherford B. Hayes on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Rutherford B. Hayes on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Rutherford B. Hayes on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Rutherford B. Hayes on Joseph Stalin
"Universal suffrage should rest upon universal education. To this end, liberal and permanent provision should be made for the support of free schools by the State governments, and, if need be, supplemented by legitimate aid from national authority."
"Law without education is a dead letter. With education the needed law follows without effort and, of course, with power to execute itself indeed, it seems to execute itself."
"I am less disposed to think of a West Point education as requisite for this business than I was at first. Good sense and energy are the qualities required."
"Do not let your bachelor ways crystallize so that you can't soften them when you come to have a wife and a family of your own."
"The independence of all political and other bother is a happiness."
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