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William Howard Taft Quotes

Motivational William Howard Taft Quotes and Sayings

William Howard Taft Quotes:- William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) was the 27th president of the United States (1909–1913) and the tenth chief justice of the United States (1921–1930), the only person to have held both offices. Taft was born in Cincinnati in 1857. His father, Alphonso Taft, was a U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of War.

Taft attended Yale and, like his father, was a member of Skull and Bones. After becoming a lawyer, he was appointed a judge while still in his twenties. In 1901, President William McKinley appointed Taft civilian governor of the Philippines. In 1904, Roosevelt made him Secretary of War, and he became Roosevelt’s hand-picked successor.



Inspirational William Howard Taft Quotes


“A government is for the benefit of all the people.”-William Howard Taft


“A system in which we may have an enforced rest from legislation for two years is not bad.”-William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft

“Anti-Semitism is a noxious weed that should be cut out. It has no place in America.”-William Howard Taft


William Howard Taft Quotes On welfare


“As the Republican platforms say, the welfare of the farmer is vital to that of the whole country.”-William Howard Taft


“Don’t worry over what the newspapers say. I don’t. Why should anyone else? I told the truth to the newspaper correspondents – but when you tell the truth to them they are at sea.”-William Howard Taft


“Don’t write so that you can be understood, write so that you can’t be misunderstood.”-William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft

“Enthusiasm for a cause sometimes warps judgment.”-William Howard Taft


William Howard Taft Quotes On Failure


“Failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done is a great weakness in any man.”-William Howard Taft


“I am afraid I am a constant disappointment to my party. The fact of the matter is, the longer I am president the less of a party man I seem to become.”-William Howard Taft


“I am in favor of helping the prosperity of all countries because, when we are all prosperous, the trade with each becomes more valuable to the other.”-William Howard Taft


“I am president now, and tired of being kicked around.”-William Howard Taft


“I do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many other of the postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe.”-William Howard Taft


William Howard Taft Quotes On Politics


“I do not know much about politics, but I am trying to do the best I can with this administration until the time shall come for me to turn it over to somebody else.”-William Howard Taft


“I have come to the conclusion that the major part of the work of a President is to increase the gate receipts of expositions and fairs and bring tourists to town.”-William Howard Taft


“I love judges, and I love courts. They are my ideals, that typify on earth what we shall meet hereafter in heaven under a just God.”-William Howard Taft


“I think I might as well give up being a candidate. There are so many people in the country who don’t like me.”-William Howard Taft


William Howard Taft Quotes On Humor


“If this humor be the safety of our race, then it is due largely to the infusion into the American people of the Irish brain.”-William Howard Taft


“I’ll be damned if I am not getting tired of this. It seems to be the profession of a President simply to hear other people talk.”-William Howard Taft


“No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people.”-William Howard Taft


“No, the only things which do not bother me are the elements. I can overcome them without a fight. All one has to do to get the best of the elements is to stand pat and one will win.”-William Howard Taft


“Politics makes me sick.”-William Howard Taft


William Howard Taft Quotes On Presidents


“Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.”-William Howard Taft


“Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that today is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity.”-William Howard Taft


“Substantial progress toward better things can rarely be taken without developing new evils requiring new remedies.”-William Howard Taft


William Howard Taft Quotes On Virtue


“The day is not far distant when three Stars and Stripes at three equidistant points will mark our territory: one at the North Pole, another at the Panama Canal, and the third at the South Pole. The whole hemisphere will be ours in fact as, by virtue of our superiority of race, it already is ours morally.”-William Howard Taft


“The trouble with me is that I like to talk too much.”-William Howard Taft


“The world is not going to be saved by legislation.”-William Howard Taft


William Howard Taft Quotes On Government


“We are all imperfect. We can not expect a perfect government.”-William Howard Taft


“We live in a stage of politics, where legislators seem to regard the passage of laws as much more important than the results of their enforcement.”-William Howard Taft