Wilfrid Laurier quotes

  • I claim for Canada this, that in future Canada shall be at liberty to act or not act, to interfere or not interfere, to do just as she pleases, and that she shall reserve to herself the right to judge whether or not there is cause for her to act.
    -- Wilfrid Laurier

    #Judging #Liberty #Canada

  • We French-Canadians belong to one country, Canada: Canada is for us the whole world: but the English-Canadians have two countries, one here and one across the sea.
    -- Wilfrid Laurier

    #Country #Two #Sea

  • The Englishman respects your opinions, but he never thinks of your feelings.
    -- Wilfrid Laurier

    #Thinking #Feelings #Opinion

  • It is a sound principle of finance, and a still sounder principle of government, that those who have the duty of expending the revenue of a country should also be saddled with the responsibility of levying and providing it.
    -- Wilfrid Laurier

    #Country #Responsibility #Government

  • If I were not French I would choose to be - Scotch.
    -- Wilfrid Laurier

    #Scotch

  • What is hateful is not rebellion but the despotism which induces the rebellion; what is hateful are not rebels but the men, who, having the enjoyment of power, do not discharge the duties of power; they are the men who, having the power to redress wrongs, refuse to listen to the petitioners that are sent to them; they are the men who, when they are asked for a loaf, give a stone.
    -- Wilfrid Laurier

    #Men #Tyrants #Giving

  • I am quite prepared, if we can do it without any disrespect to the Crown of England, to bring our titles to the marketplace and make a bonfire of them.
    -- Wilfrid Laurier

    #Disrespect #England #Titles

  • For us, sons of France, political sentiment is a passion; while, for the Englishmen, politics are a question of business.
    -- Wilfrid Laurier

    #Passion #Son #Political

  • I am not here to parade my religious sentiments, but I declare I have too much respect for the faith in which I was born to ever use it as the basis of a political organization
    -- Wilfrid Laurier

    #Religious #Organization #Political

  • I have been represented as a Protestant minister; there was not one of the canvassers of the honourable gentlemen opposite that did not represent to the people that I was not a Minister of the Crown, but that I was a Protestant minister
    -- Wilfrid Laurier

    #Opposites #People #Gentleman

  • Why, so soon as French Canadians, who are in a minority in this House and in the country, were to organise as a political party, they would compel the majority to organise as a political party, and the result must be disastrous to themselves.
    -- Wilfrid Laurier

    #Country #Party #House

  • The Divinity could be invoked as well in the English language as in the French.
    -- Wilfrid Laurier

    #Divinity #Language #English Language

  • Quebec does not have Opinions, but only sentiments.
    -- Wilfrid Laurier

    #Doe #Opinion #Quebec

  • It would be simply suicidal to French Canadians to form a party by themselves.
    -- Wilfrid Laurier

    #Party #Suicidal #Would Be

  • Canada is free and freedom is its nationality,
    -- Wilfrid Laurier

    #Canada

  • I am a subject of the British Crown, but whenever I have to choose between the interests of England and Canada it is manifest to me that the interests of my country are identical with those of the United States of America.
    -- Wilfrid Laurier

    #Country #America #Crowns

  • Confederation is a compact, made originally by four provinces but adhered to by all the nine provinces who have entered it, and I submit to the judgment of this house and to the best consideration of its members, that this compact should not be lightly altered.
    -- Wilfrid Laurier

    #House #Four #Nine

  • The twentieth century belongs to Canada.
    -- Wilfrid Laurier

    #Canada #Century

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