Grover Cleveland quotes

  • Though the people support the government; the government should not support the people.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Government #People #Support

  • The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly and quite lately demonstrated. Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the Government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Character #Government #Expectations

  • Unswerving loyalty to duty, constant devotion to truth, and a clear conscience will overcome every discouragement and surely lead the way to usefulness and high achievement.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Loyalty #Achievement #Community

  • Honor lies in honest toil.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Lying #Army #Honor

  • The laboring classes constitute the main part of our population. They should be protected in their efforts peaceably to assert their rights when endangered by aggregated capital and all statutes on this subject should recognize the care of the State for honest toil and be framed with a view of improving the condition of the workingman
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Views #Class #Rights

  • Patriotism is no substitute for a sound currency.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Sound #Currency #Substitutes

  • A cause worth fighting for is worth fighting for to the end.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Fighting #Causes #Worth Fighting For

  • Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #People #Political #Agents

  • What is the use of being elected or re-elected unless you stand for something?
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Use

  • Above all, tell the truth.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Presidential #Telling The Truth

  • A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Lying #Inspirational Life #Patriotic

  • Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Creativity #Innovation #Want

  • All must admit that the reception of the teachings of Christ results in the purest patriotism, in the most scrupulous fidelity to public trust, and in the best type of citizenship.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Teaching #Patriotic #Citizenship

  • No man has ever yet been hanged for breaking the spirit of a law.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Men #Law #Political

  • A government for the people must depend for its success on the intelligence, the morality, the justice, and the interest of the people themselves.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Government #People #Justice

  • He mocks the people who proposes that the government shall protect the rich and that they in turn will care for the laboring poor.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Government #People #Political

  • WHATEVER YOU DO, TELL THE TRUTH.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Telling The Truth

  • I would rather the man who presents something for my consideration subject me to a zephyr of truth and a gentle breeze of responsibility rather than blow me down with a curtain of hot wind.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Truth #Responsibility #Men

  • Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, exercises a public trust.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Exercise #Presidential #Voting

  • Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Women #Civilization #Long

  • No investment on earth is so safe, so sure, so certain to enrich its owners as undeveloped realty. I always advise my friends to place their savings in realty near a growing city. There is no such savings bank anywhere.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Cities #Saving #Growing

  • It is better to be defeated standing for a high principle than to run by committing subterfuge.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Running #Principles #Defeated

  • And let us not trust to human effort alone, but humbly acknowledging the power and goodness of Almighty God, who presides over the destiny of nations, and who has at all times been revealed in our country's history, let us invoke His aid and His blessings upon our labors.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Country #Blessing #Destiny

  • I have considered the pension list of the republic a roll of honor.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Political #Honor #Republic

  • I have a Congress on my hands.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Government #Hands #Congress

  • What do you imagine the American people would think of me if I wasted my time going to the ball game?
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Thinking #Games #People

  • Well, my dear fellow what did you expect, champagne?
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Champagne #Dear #Wells

  • The ship of democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those on board.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Democracy #Storm #Mutiny

  • In calm water every ship has a good captain.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Water #Captains #Ships

  • Loyalty to the principles upon which our Government rests positively demands that the equality before the law which it guarantees to every citizen should be justly and in good faith conceded in all parts of the land.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Loyalty #Law #Land

  • There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Injustice #Submission #Calamity

  • In these sad and ominous days of mad fortune chasing, every patriotic, thoughtful citizen, whether he fishes or not, should lament that we have not among our countrymen more fishermen.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Patriotic #Thoughtful #Fishing

  • Minds do not act together in public; they simply stick together; and when their private activities are resumed, they fly apart again.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Agreement #Mind #Together

  • Public officers are the servants and agents of the people, to execute the laws which the people have made.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Law #People #Agents

  • The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow citizens in misfortune.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Citizens #Charity #Friendliness

  • I can find no warrant for such appropriation in the Constitution.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #President #Constitution

  • Sometimes I wake at night in the White House and rub my eyes and wonder if it is not all a dream.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Dream #Eye #Night

  • We will not forget that Liberty has made her home here, nor shall her chosen altar be neglected...A stream of light shall pierce the darkness of ignorance and mans oppression until Liberty enlightens the world.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Ignorance #Home #Light

  • At times like the present, when the evils of unsound finance threaten us, the speculator may anticipate a harvest gathered from the misfortune of others, the capitalist may protect himself by hoarding or may even find profit in the fluctuations of values; but the wage earner - the first to be injured by a depreciated currency and the last to receive the benefit of its correction - is practically defenseless.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Evil #Hoarding #Benefits

  • Grover Cleveland declined to participate in character attacks on Blaine . When presented with papers which purported to be extremely damaging to Blaine, he grabbed them, tore them up, flung the shreds into the fire, and decreed, "The other side can have a monopoly of all the dirt in this campaign.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Character #Fire #Cleveland

  • Unskilled in sophistry and new to the darker ways of national politics, Grover Cleveland faced his accusers, his slanderers, and his judges, the sovereign people, conscious of the general rectitude of his life, and courageously determined to bear the burdens of his sins in so far as guilt was his.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #People #Judging #Guilt

  • I know there is a Supreme Being who rules the affairs of men and whose goodness and mercy have always followed the American people, and I know He will not turn from us now if we humbly and reverently seek His powerful aid.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Powerful #Men #People

  • The communism of combined wealth and capital, the outgrown of overweening cupidity and selfishness which assiduously undermines the justice and integrity of free institutions, is not less dangerous than the communism of oppressed poverty and toil which, exasperated by injustice and discontent, attacks with wide disorder the citadel of misrule.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Integrity #Justice #Political

  • As we view the achievements of aggregated capital, we discover the existence of trusts, combinations, and monopolies, while the citizen is struggling far in the rear or is trampled to death beneath an iron heel. Corporations, which should be the carefully restrained creatures of the law and the servants of the people, are fast becoming the people's masters.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Struggle #Views #Law

  • The trusts and combinations - the communism of pelf - whose machinations have prevented us from reaching the success we deserved, should not be forgotten nor forgiven.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Forgotten #Communism #Reaching

  • I believe that the public temper is such that the voters of the land are prepared to support the party which gives the best promise of administering the government in the honest, simple, and plain manner which is consistent with its character and purposes. They have learned that mystery and concealment in the management of their affairs cover tricks and betrayal. The statesmanship they require consists in honesty and frugality, a prompt response to the needs of the people as they arise, and a vigilant protection of all their varied interests.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Honesty #Betrayal #Party

  • Communism is a hateful thing, and a menace to peace and organized government.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Government #Presidential #Hateful

  • I'm only waiting for my wife to grow up.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Growing Up #Wife #Waiting

  • I mistake the American people if they favor the odious doctrine that there is no such thing as international morality; that there is one law for a strong nation and another for a weak one.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Strong #Mistake #Law

  • Once the coffers of the federal government are opened to the public, there will be no shutting them again.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Government #Federal Government

  • Every citizen owes to the country a vigilant watch and close scrutiny of its public servants and a fair and reasonable estimate of their fidelity.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Country #Presidential #Watches

  • My greatest trials come through those professing to be near and attached friends, who expect things.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Presidential #Trials

  • I know that human prejudice - especially that growing out of race and religion - is cruelly inveterate and lasting.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Race #Presidential #Prejudice

  • I have tried so hard to do the right.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Dying #Last Words

  • It is the responsibility of the citizens to support their government. It is not the responsibility of the government to support its citizens.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Responsibility #Government #Support

  • The lessons of paternalism ought to be unlearned and the better lesson taught that while the people should patriotically and cheerfully support their government, its functions do not include the support of the people.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Government #People #Support

  • The United States is not a nation to which peace is a necessity.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Peace #United States #States

  • The best results in the operation of a government wherein every citizen has a share largely depend upon a proper limitation of the purely partisan zeal and effort and a correct appreciation of the time when the heat of the partisan should be merged in the patriotism of the citizen. ... At this hour the animosities of political strife, the bitterness of partisan defeat, and the exultation of partisan triumph should be supplanted by an ungrudging acquiescence in the popular will and a sober, conscientious concern for the general weal. ... Public extravagance begets extravagance among the people.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Appreciation #Government #People

  • I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan to indulge in benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds ... I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Approval #Constitution #Economics

  • After an existence of nearly twenty years of almost innocuous desuetude these laws are brought forth.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Years #Law #Political

  • Party honesty is party expediency.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Honesty #Party #Expediency

  • When more of the people's sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of government and expenses of its economical administration, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of free government.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Patriotic #Government #People

  • The admitted right of a government to prevent the influx of elements hostile to its internal peace and security may not be questioned, even where there is not treaty stipulation on the subject.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Government #Elements #May

  • He who takes the oath today to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States only assumes the solemn obligation which every patriotic citizen . . . should share with him. . . . Your every voter, as surely as your Chief Magistrate, under the same high sanction, though in a different sphere, exercises a public trust.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Patriotic #Exercise #United States

  • It is a condition which confronts us-not a theory.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Theory

  • Some day I will be better remembered.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Remembered

  • If it takes the entire army and navy to deliver a postal card in Chicago, that card will be delivered.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Army #Navy #Chicago

  • In the scheme of our national government, the presidency is preeminently the people's office.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Government #People #Office

  • Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters. Not only is their time and labor due to the government, but they should scrupulously avoid in their political action, as well as in the discharge of their official duty, offending by a display of obtrusive partisanship their neighbors who have relations with them as public officials.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Government #Offending #People

  • I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Believe #Government #Suffering

  • It is said that the quality of recent immigration is undesirable. The time is quite within recent memory when the same thing was said of immigrants who, with their descendants, are now numbered among our best citizens.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Memories #Quality #Immigration

  • Good ball players make good citizens.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Inspirational Life #Player #Balls

  • The appointing power of the Pope is treated as a public trust, and not as a personal perquisite.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Trust #Pope #Treated

  • The broad rich acres of our agricultural plains have been long preserved by nature to become her untrammeled gift to a people civilized and free, upon which should rest in well-distributed ownership the numerous homes of enlightened, equal and fraternal citizens... Nor should our vast tracts of land be yielded up to the monopoly of corporations or grasping individuals, as appears to be much the tendency under the existing statute.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Home #Land #Long

  • I cannot help but think it perilous to suffer these lands or the sources of their irrigation to fall into the hands of monopolies, which by such means may exercise lordship over the areas dependent on their treatment for productiveness.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Fall #Mean #Exercise

  • The wage earner relies upon the ventures of confident and contented capital. This failing him, his condition is without alleviation, for he can neither prey on the misfortune of others nor hoard his labor.
    -- Grover Cleveland

    #Politics #Venture #Failing

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