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Motivational Herbert Hoover Quotes and Sayings

Herbert Hoover Quotes:- Herbert Hoover (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964) was an American engineer, businessman, and politician who served as the 31st president of the United States from 1929 to 1933 during the Great Depression. A Republican, as Secretary of Commerce in the 1920s he introduced themes of efficiency in the business community and provided government support for standardization, efficiency, and international trade.

As president from 1929 to 1933, his domestic programs were overshadowed by the onset of the Great Depression. Hoover was defeated in a landslide election in 1932 by Democratic Franklin D. Roosevelt. After this loss, Hoover became staunchly conservative and advocated against Roosevelt’s New Deal policies.


Inspirational Herbert Hoover Quotes


“A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus.”-Herbert Hoover

Herbert Hoover

“A whole people with the ballot in their hands possess the most conclusive and unlimited power ever entrusted to humanity.”-Herbert Hoover


“About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.”-Herbert Hoover


“All men are equal before fish.”-Herbert Hoover


“America – a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.”-Herbert Hoover


Herbert Hoover Quotes On the power


“America means far more than a continent bounded by two oceans. It is more than pride of military power, glory in war, or in victory. It means more than vast expanse of farms, of great factories or mines, magnificent cities, or millions of automobiles and radios.”-Herbert Hoover


“At 15 years of age, I left school to practice the profession of Office Boy in a business firm in Salem, Oregon.”-Herbert Hoover


“At 17, I went to Stanford University to study engineering. My time was occupied with the required reading and the extracurricular duties of managing the baseball and football teams and earning my way.”-Herbert Hoover


“Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt.”-Herbert Hoover

“Children are our most valuable natural resource.”-Herbert Hoover


“Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress.”-Herbert Hoover


Herbert Hoover Quotes On Democracy


“Democracy is not static. It is a living force. Every new idea, every new invention offers an opportunity for both good and evil.”-Herbert Hoover


“Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body – the producers and consumers themselves.”-Herbert Hoover


“Economic freedom cannot be sacrificed if political freedom is to be preserved.”-Herbert Hoover


“Engineering training deals with the exact sciences. That sort of exactness makes for truth and conscience. It might be good for the world if more men had that sort of mental start in life even if they did not pursue the profession.”-Herbert Hoover


“Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.”-Herbert Hoover


“Free government is the most difficult of all government. But it is everlastingly true that the plain people will make fewer mistakes than any other group of men, no matter how powerful.”-Herbert Hoover


Herbert Hoover Quotes On Freedom


“Freedom conceives that the mind and spirit of man can be free only if he be free to pattern his own life, to develop his own talents, free to earn, to spend, to save, to acquire property as the security of his old age and his family.”-Herbert Hoover

“Freedom does not die from the frontal attack. It dies because men in power no longer believe in a system based upon liberty.”-Herbert Hoover


“Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.”-Herbert Hoover


“Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.”-Herbert Hoover


“I am no supporter of factory labor for children, but I have never joined with those who clamored against proper work of children on farms outside their school hours.”-Herbert Hoover


Herbert Hoover Quotes On Adventure


“I am proud to have been born in Iowa. Through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy, it was a place of adventure and daily discoveries – the wonder of the growing crops, the excitements of the harvest, the journeys to the woods for nuts and hunting, the joys of snowy winters, the comfort of the family fireside, of good food and tender care.”-Herbert Hoover

“If the law is upheld only by government officials, then all law is at an end.”-Herbert Hoover


“I’m the only person of distinction who has ever had a depression named for him.”-Herbert Hoover


“In America today, we are nearer a final triumph over poverty than is any other land.”-Herbert Hoover


“It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.”-Herbert Hoover


“It is just as important that business keep out of government as that government keep out of business.”-Herbert Hoover


“It is the youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow… that are the aftermath of war.”-Herbert Hoover


Herbert Hoover Quotes On Business


“Let me remind you that credit is the lifeblood of business, the lifeblood of prices and jobs.”-Herbert Hoover


“Many years ago, I concluded that a few hair shirts were part of the mental wardrobe of every man. The president differs from other men in that he has a more extensive wardrobe.”-Herbert Hoover


“My earliest realization of the stir of national life was the torch parade in the Garfield campaign. On that occasion, I was not only allowed out that night, but I saw the lamps being filled and lighted.”-Herbert Hoover


“New discoveries in science will continue to create a thousand new frontiers for those who still would adventure.”-Herbert Hoover


“Next to religion, baseball has had a greater impact on our American way of life than any other American institution.”-Herbert Hoover


“No greater nor more affectionate honor can be conferred on an American than to have a public school named after him.”-Herbert Hoover


“No public man can be just a little crooked.”-Herbert Hoover


“Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.”-Herbert Hoover


Herbert Hoover Quotes On Depression


“Once upon a time my political opponents honored me as possessing the fabulous intellectual and economic power by which I created a worldwide depression all by myself.”-Herbert Hoover


“One civilization after another has been wrecked upon the attempt to secure sufficient leadership from a single group or class.”-Herbert Hoover


“Peace can be contributed to by respect for our ability in defense.”-Herbert Hoover


“Peace can be promoted by the limitation of arms and by the creation of the instrumentality for peaceful settlement of controversies. But it will become a reality only through self-restraint and active effort in friendliness and helpfulness.”-Herbert Hoover


“Peace is not made at the council table or by treaties, but in the hearts of men.”-Herbert Hoover


“Prosperity cannot be restored by raids upon the public Treasury.”-Herbert Hoover


“Self-government can succeed only through an instructed electorate.”-Herbert Hoover


Herbert Hoover Quotes On Hopes


“The pause between the errors and trials of the day and the hopes of the night.”-Herbert Hoover


“The slogan of progress is changing from the full dinner pail to the full garage.”-Herbert Hoover


“The spirit of liberalism is to create free men; it is not the regimentation of men.”-Herbert Hoover


“The thing I enjoyed most were visits from children. They did not want public office.”-Herbert Hoover


“The use of the atomic bomb, with its indiscriminate killing of women and children, revolts my soul.”-Herbert Hoover


“The worst evil of disregard for some law is that it destroys respect for all law.”-Herbert Hoover


“There are only three ways to meet the unpaid bills of a nation. The first is taxation. The second is repudiation. The third is inflation.”-Herbert Hoover


Herbert Hoover Quotes On Respect


“There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing.”-Herbert Hoover


“There is no employing class, no working class, no farming class. You may pigeonhole a man or woman as a farmer or a worker or a professional man or an employer or even a banker. But the son of the farmer will be a doctor or a worker or even a banker, and his daughter a teacher. The son of a worker will be an employer – or maybe president.”-Herbert Hoover


“This is not a showman’s job. I will not step out of character.”-Herbert Hoover


Herbert Hoover Quotes On Freedom


“Those who have a true understanding of America know that we have no desire for territorial expansion, for economic or other domination of other peoples. Such purposes are repugnant to our ideals of human freedom.”-Herbert Hoover


“True liberal government is founded on the emancipation of men.”-Herbert Hoover


“We have not yet reached the goal but… we shall soon, with the help of God, be in sight of the day when poverty shall be banished from this nation.”-Herbert Hoover


“We must have a government that builds stamina into communities and men. That makes men instead of mendicants.”-Herbert Hoover


Herbert Hoover Quotes On Escape


“When all the routines and details and the human bores get on our nerves, we just yearn to go away from here to somewhere else. To go fishing is a sound, a valid, and an acceptable reason for an escape. It requires no explanation.”-Herbert Hoover


“When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned.”-Herbert Hoover


Herbert Hoover Quotes On Politics


“When we are sick, we want an uncommon doctor; when we have a construction job to do, we want an uncommon engineer, and when we are at war, we want an uncommon general. It is only when we get into politics that we are satisfied with the common man.”-Herbert Hoover


“While the crash only took place six months ago, I am convinced we have now passed the worst, and with continued unity of effort, we shall rapidly recover. There is one certainty of the future of a people of the resources, intelligence and character of the people of the United States – that is, prosperity.”-Herbert Hoover


Herbert Hoover Quotes On Wisdom


“Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next.”-Herbert Hoover


“Wisdom of times consists of knowing what to do next.”-Herbert Hoover


“Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.”-Herbert Hoover