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NOTABLE PHRASES OF PRESIDENT WILSON
If you think too much about being reëlected, it is very difficult to be worth reëlecting. Page 30.
We shall not, I believe, be obliged to alter our policy of watchful waiting. (Mexico.) Page 39.
I shall not know how to deal with other matters of even greater delicacy and nearer consequence if you do not grant it to me in ungrudging measure. (Repeal of provision for free tolls for American coastwise ships through Panama Canal.) Page 59.
We must depend ... not upon a standing army, nor yet upon a reserve army, but upon a citizenry trained and accustomed to arms. Page 78.
There is such a thing as a man being too proud to fight. There is such a thing as a nation being so right that it does not need to convince others by force that it is right. Page 117.
No man in the United States knows what a single week or a single day or a single hour may bring forth. (A plea for military preparedness, January, 1916.) Page 172.
There may at any moment come a time when I cannot preserve both the honor and the peace of the United States. Page 177.
The United States would be constrained to hold the imperial German Government to a strict accountability. Page 222.
The Imperial German Government will not expect the Government of the United States to omit any word or any act necessary to the performance of its sacred duty of maintaining the rights of the United States and its citizens. Page 243.
Unless the Imperial Government should now immediately declare and effect an abandonment of its present methods of submarine warfare against passenger and freight-carrying vessels, the Government of the United States can have no choice but to sever diplomatic relations with the German Empire altogether. Page 262.
The United States is willing to become a partner in any feasible association of nations formed in order to realize these objects. (The guarantee of territorial integrity and political independence, and the prevention of hasty wars.) Page 274.
Property rights can be vindicated by claims for damages.. but the fundamental rights of humanity cannot be. Page 310.
So long as the power of recognition rests with me, the Government of the United States will refuse to extend the hand of welcome to anyone who obtains power in a sister republic by treachery and violence. Page 313.
It must be a peace without victory. Page 352.
I advise that the Congress declare the recent course of the Imperial German Government to be in fact nothing less than war against the government and people of the United States. Page 376.
We have no quarrel with the German people. Page 378.
It is not an army that we must shape and train for war; it is a nation. Page 393.
America in this war ... seeks no material profit or aggrandizement of any kind. She is fighting ... for the liberation of peoples everywhere from the aggressions of autocratic force. Page 396.
The day has come to conquer or submit. Page 408.