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Motivational James A. Garfield Quotes and Sayings

James A. Garfield Quotes:- James A. Garfield (November 19, 1831 – September 19, 1881) was the 20th president of the United States, serving from March 4, 1881, until his death by assassination six and a half months later. He was the first sitting member of Congress to be elected to the presidency and remains the only sitting House member to gain the White House.

Garfield was raised by his widowed mother in humble circumstances on an Ohio farm. He worked at various jobs, including on a canal boat, in his youth. Beginning at age 17, he attended several Ohio schools, then studied at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, graduating in 1856. A year later, Garfield entered politics as a Republican. Garfield had served nine terms in the House of Representatives and had been elected to the Senate before his candidacy for the White House, though he declined the Senate seat once elected president.


Motivational James A. Garfield Quotes


“A brave man is a man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a Devil.”-James A. Garfield

James A. Garfield Quotes

“A law is not a law without coercion behind it.”-“-James A. Garfield


“A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.”-James A. Garfield


“All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.”-James A. Garfield


“Few men in our history have ever obtained the Presidency by planning to obtain it.”-James A. Garfield

“He who controls the money supply of a nation controls the nation.”-James A. Garfield


“I am a poor hater.”-James A. Garfield


“I am trying to do two things: dare to be a radical and not a fool, which is a matter of no small difficulty.”-James A. Garfield


“I have had many troubles in my life, but the worst of them never came.”-James A. Garfield


“I love to deal with doctrines and events. The contests of men about men I greatly dislike.”-James A. Garfield


“I mean to make myself a man, and if I succeed in that, I shall succeed in everything else.”-James A. Garfield


“Ideas are the great warriors of the world, and a war that has no idea behind it, is simply a brutality.”-James A. Garfield


“Ideas control the world.”-James A. Garfield


James A. Garfield Quotes On Wisdom


“If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it’s the best possible substitute for it.”-James A. Garfield

“If wrinkles must be written on our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old.”-James A. Garfield


“If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it.”-James A. Garfield


“Justice and goodwill will outlast passion.”-James A. Garfield


“Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.”-James A. Garfield


“Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.”-James A. Garfield


“Nobody but radicals have ever accomplished anything in a great crisis.”-James A. Garfield


“Poverty is uncomfortable; but nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim.”-James A. Garfield


“Right reason is stronger than force.”-James A. Garfield


“Suicide is not a remedy.”-James A. Garfield


“Territory is but the body of a nation. The people who inhabit its hills and valleys are its soul, its spirit, its life.”-James A. Garfield


Best James A. Garfield Quotes


“The chief duty of government is to keep the peace and stand out of the sunshine of the people.”-James A. Garfield

“The civil service can never be placed on a satisfactory basis until it is regulated by law.”-James A. Garfield


“The ideal college is Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and a student on the other.”-James A. Garfield


“The President is the last person in the world to know what the people really want and think.”-James A. Garfield


“The sin of slavery is one of which it may be said that without the shedding of blood there is no remission.”-James A. Garfield


“The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.”-James A. Garfield


“There can be no permanent disfranchised peasantry in the United States.”-James A. Garfield


“Things don’t turn up in this world until somebody turns them up.”-James A. Garfield


“Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.”-James A. Garfield