William Jennings Bryan quotes

  • If you want criticisms, read the dissenting opinions of the Court. That will give you criticisms.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Giving #Criticism #Want

  • Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Inspirational #Life #Motivational

  • Never be afraid to stand with the minority when the minority is right, for the minority which is right will one day be the majority.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #One Day #Majority #Minorities

  • No one can earn a million dollars honestly.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Inspirational #Witty #Truth

  • Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Country #Spring #Cities

  • Science is a magnificent force, but it is not a teacher of morals. It can perfect machinery, but it adds no moral restraints to protect society from the misuse of the machine. It can also build gigantic intellectual ships, but it constructs no moral rudders for the control of storm tossed human vessel. It not only fails to supply the spiritual element needed but some of its unproven hypotheses rob the ship of its compass and thus endangers its cargo.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Spiritual #Teacher #Perfect

  • On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Thanksgiving #Thanksgiving Day #Acknowledge

  • The greatest things ever done on Earth have been done little by little.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Littles #Done #Earth

  • If the Bible had said that Jonah swallowed the whale, I would believe it.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Bible #Believe #Whales

  • Our government conceived in freedom and purchased with blood can be preserved only by constant vigilance.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Blood #Government #Vigilance

  • Do not compute the totality of your poultry population until all the manifestations of incubation have been entirely completed.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Poultry #Population #Incubation

  • The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Motivational #Inspiring #Confidence

  • The parents have a right to say that no teacher paid by their money shall rob their children of faith in God and send them back to their homes skeptical, or infidels, or agnostics, or atheists.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Teacher #Atheist #Children

  • Eloquent speech is not from lip to ear, but rather from heart to heart.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Heart #Ears #Speech

  • If we steal a man's purse we are thieves. If we steal twelve hundred islands we are patriots. If you steal a man's money you will be sent to the penitentiary. If you steal his liberty you will be sent to the White House.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Men #White #Islands

  • Whenever one refuses to admit such a self-evident truth, for instance, as that it is wrong to steal, don't argue with him-search him; the reason may be found in his pocket.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Self #May #Pockets

  • The Government of the United States would be constrained to hold the Imperial German government to a strict accountability for such acts of their naval authorities.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #War #Government #Accountability

  • Nation after nation, when at the zenith of its power, has proclaimed itself invincible because its army could shake the earth with its tread and its ships could fill the seas, but these nations are dead, and we must build upon a different foundation if we would avoid their fate.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Fate #Army #Sea

  • You came to tell us that the great cities are in favour of the gold standard; we reply that the great cities rest upon our broad and fertile plains. Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic. But destroy out farms and the grass will grow in the city...You shall not press down upon the brow of labour this crown of thorns. You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Spring #Cities #Magic

  • Success is brought by continued labor and continued watchfulness. We must struggle on, not for one moment hesitate, nor take one backward step.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Success #Struggle #Steps

  • You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns; you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Gold #Crowns #Thorns

  • That is the one thing in my public career that I regret--my work to secure the enactment of the Federal Reserve Law.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Regret #Careers #Law

  • The large banking interests were deeply interested in the World War because of the wide opportunities for large profits.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #War #Opportunity #World

  • When we advocate a thing which we believe will be successful we are not compelled to raise a doubt as to our own sincerity by trying to show what we will do if we are wrong.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Believe #Successful #Doubt

  • When I find a man who is not willing to pay his share of the burden of the government which protects him, I find a man who is unworthy to enjoy the blessings of a government like ours.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Men #Blessing #Pay

  • No greater victory can be won by citizens or soldiers than to transform temporary foes into permanent friends.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Soldier #Victory #Citizens

  • Only those who believe attempt the seemingly impossible.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Believe #Impossible

  • Patriotism is a mystery-intangible, invisible, and yet eternal.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Mystery #Invisible #Intangible

  • Selfish interest is one of the most common obstructions to the advance of truth.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Selfish #Common #Interest

  • The essence of patriotism lies in a willingness to sacrifice for one's country, just as true greatness finds expression, not in blessings enjoyed, but in good bestowed.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Country #Lying #Sacrifice

  • The Old Testament gave us the law; the New Testament reveals the love upon which the law rests.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Law #Old Testament #New Testament

  • This nation is able to legislate for its own people on every question, without waiting for the aid or consent of any other nation on earth.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #People #Waiting #Earth

  • The wisdom of the Bible writers is more than human; the prophecies proclaim a Supreme Ruler who, though inhabiting all space, deigns to speak through the hearts and minds and tongues of His children.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Children #Heart #Space

  • Wars are sometimes waged to extend trade-the blood of many being shed to enrich a few.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #War #Blood #Sometimes

  • We have our thoughts, our hopes, our fears, and yet we know that in a moment a change may come over any one of us that will convert a living, breathing human being into a mass of lifeless clay.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Breathing #May #Clay

  • If evolution wins, Christianity goes!
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Winning #Evolution #Christianity

  • The people of Nebraska are for free silver and I am for free silver. I will look up the arguments later.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #People #Political #Looks

  • There are two ideas of government. There are those who believe that, if you will only legislate to make the well-to-do prosperous, their prosperity will leak through on those below. The DEMOCRATIC idea, however, has been that if you legislate to make the masses prosperous, their prosperity will find its way up through every class which rests upon them
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Believe #Government #Class

  • One miracle is just as easy to believe as another.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Believe #Miracle #Easy

  • Service is the measure of greatness; it always has been true; it is true today, and it always will be true, that he is greatest who does the most of good. Nearly all of our controversies and combats grow out of the fact that we are trying to get something from each other--there will be peace when our aim is to do something for each other. The human measure of a human life is its income; the divine measure of a life is its outgo, its overflow--its contribution to the welfare of all.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Greatness #Trying #Doe

  • Our government, conceived in liberty and purchased with blood, can be preserved only by constant vigilance. May we guard it as our children's richest legacy, for what shall it profit our nation if it shall gain the whole world and lose “the spirit that prizes liberty as the heritage of all men in all lands everywhere”?
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Children #Men #Blood

  • Behold a republic standing erect while empires all around are bowed beneath the weight of their own armaments - a republic whose flag is loved while other flags are only feared.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Weight #Republic #Empires

  • 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 and of safeguarding their free exercise and enjoyment.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Military #War #Exercise

  • I hope the two wings of the Democratic Party may flap together.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Party #Wings #Two

  • All the ills from which America suffers can be traced to the teaching of evolution.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Teaching #America #Suffering

  • There can be no settlement of a great cause without discussion, and people will not discuss a cause until their attention is drawn to it.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #People #Causes #Attention

  • None so little enjoy themselves, and are such burdens to themselves, as those who have nothing to do. Only the active have the true relish of life.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Littles #Action #Burden

  • My place in history will depend on what I can do for the people and not on what the people can do for me.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #People

  • This is not a contest between persons. The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error. I come to you in defense of a cause as holy as the cause of liberty - the cause of humanity.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Land #Errors #Humanity

  • The first objection to Darwinism is that it is only a guess and was never anything more. It is called a "hypothesis," but the word "hypothesis," though euphonioous, dignified and high-sounding, is merely a scientific synonym for the old-fashioned word "guess." If Darwin had advanced his views as a guess they would not have survived for a year, but they have floated for half a century, buoyed up by the inflated word "hypothesis." When it is understood that "hypothesis" means "guess," people will inspect it more carefully before accepting it.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Mean #Views #Years

  • The real question is, Did God use evolution as His plan? If it could be shown that man, instead of being made in the image of God, is a development of beasts we would have to accept it, regardless of its effort, for truth is truth and must prevail. But when there is no proof we have a right to consider the effect of the acceptance of an unsupported hypothesis.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Real #Acceptance #Men

  • If God himself was not willing to use coercion to force man to accept certain religious views, man, uninspired and liable to error, ought not to use the means that Jehovah would not employ.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Religious #Mean #Men

  • There is no more reason to believe that man descended from an inferior animal than there is to believe that a stately mansion has descended from a small cottage.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Believe #Men #Animal

  • All the ills from which America suffers can be traced back to the teaching of evolution. It would be better to destroy every other book ever written, and save just the first three verses of Genesis.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Book #Teaching #America

  • Evolution seems to close the heart to some of the plainest spiritual truths while it opens the mind to the wildest guesses advanced in the name of science.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Spiritual #Heart #Names

  • The Bible differs from all other books in that it never wears out. Other books are read and laid aside, but the Bible is a constant companion. No matter how often we read it or how familiar we become with it, some new truth is likely to spring out at us from its pages whenever we open it, or some old truth will impress us as it never did before. Every Christian can give illustrations of this.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Christian #Spring #Book

  • The money power denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Light #Enemy #World

  • If we have to give up either religion or education, we should give up education.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Giving Up #Giving #Should

  • The money problem facing the country from 1789 to 1896 existed because Congress never exercised is authority to "coin money or regulate the value thereof" - but rather delegated that authority, sometimes by charter and sometimes by default, to the banking system. This despite the provision in the Constitution that charged Congress with the power to 'coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standards of weight and Measures.'
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Country #Banking #Coins

  • We spend months inside them, then the rest of our lives getting babied by them.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Mothers Day #Mother #Months

  • If that vital spark that we find in a grain of wheat can pass unchanged through countless deaths and resurrections, will the spirit of man be unable to pass from this body to another?
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Death #Men #Body

  • Greed is at the bottom of most of the wrong-doing with which government has to deal.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Government #Greed #Deals

  • If it be true, as I believe it is, that morality is dependent upon religion, then religion is not only the most practical thing in the world, but the first essential.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Believe #World #Firsts

  • If there is no God there is no hereafter. When, therefore, one drives God out of the universe he closes the door of hope upon himself.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Doors #There Is No God #Hopes Up

  • If we desire rules to govern our spiritual development we turn back to the Sermon on the Mount.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Spiritual #Desire #Development

  • The great political questions are in their final analysis great moral questions.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Political #Analysis #Finals

  • Love makes money-grabbing seem contemptible; love makes class prejudice impossible; love makes selfish ambition a thing to be despised; love converts enemies into friends.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Selfish #Ambition #Class

  • Most of the temptations that come to us to sell the soul come in connection with the getting of money.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Soul #Temptation #Connections

  • The Rock of Ages is more important than the age of rocks.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Rocks #Age #Important

  • Evolution is not truth; it is merely a hypothesis-it is millions of guesses strung together.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Together #Evolution #Hypothesis

  • Darwin begins by assuming life upon the earth; the Bible reveals the source of life and chronicles its creation.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Earth #Assuming #Creation

  • Anglo-Saxon civilization has taught the individual to protect his own rights; American civilization will teach him to respect the rights of others.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Teaching #Rights #Civilization

  • In commemoration of the fact that France was our ally in securing independence the citizens of that nation joined with the citizens of the United States in placing in New York harbor an heroic statue representing Liberty enlightening the world. What course shall our nation pursue? Send the statue of Liberty back to France and borrow from England a statue of William the Conqueror?
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #New York #Independence #Liberty

  • I can not wish you success in your effort to reject the treaty because while it may win the fight it may destroy our cause. My plan cannot fail if the people are with us and we ought not to succeed unless we do have the people with us.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Fighting #Winning #People

  • The government being the peoples business, it necessarily follows that its operations should be at all times open to the public view. Publicity is therefore as essential to honest administration as freedom of speech is to representative government. Equal rights to all and special privileges to none is the maxim which should control in all departments of government.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Rights #Government #Views

  • The chief duty of governments, in so far as they are coercive, is to restrain those who would interfere with the inalienable rights of the individual, among which are the right to life, the right to liberty, the right to the pursuit of happiness and the right to worship God according to the dictates of ones conscience.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Pursuit Of Happiness #Government #Rights

  • If matter mute and inanimate, though changed by the forces of Nature into a multitude of forms, can never die, will the spirit of man suffer annihilation when it has paid a brief visit, like a royal guest, to this tenement of clay?
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Men #Suffering #Guests

  • We can exterminate Ku Kluxism better by recognizing their honesty and teaching them that they are wrong.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Honesty #Teaching #Ku Klux Klan

  • If it weren't for the lawyers we wouldn't need them.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Law #Needs #Lawyer

  • The speech of one who knows what he is talking about and means what he says-it is thought on fire.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Mean #Fire #Talking

  • Facts mean nothing unless they are rightly understood, rightly related and rightly interpreted.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Mean #Facts #Understood

  • The Bible holds up before us ideals that are within sight of the weakest and the lowliest, and yet so high that the best and the noblest are kept with their faces turned ever upward. It carries the call of the Saviour to the remotest corners of the earth; on its pages are written the assurances of the present and our hopes for the future
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Sight #Earth #Pages

  • Two people in a conversation amount to four people talking. The four are what one person says, what he really wanted to say, what his listener heard, and what he thought he heard.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Talking #Two #People

  • New York is the city of privilege. Here is the seat of the Invisible Power represented by the allied forces of finance and industry. This Invisible Government is reactionary, sinister, unscrupulous, mercenary, and sordid. It is wanting in national ideals and devoid of conscience... This kind of government must be scourged and destroyed.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #New York #Government #Cities

  • Belief in God is almost universal and the effect of this belief is so vast that one is appalled at the thought of what social conditions would be if reverence for God were erased from every heart.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Heart #Would Be #Belief

  • Atheists have just as much civil right to teach atheism as Christians have to teach Christianity; agnostics have just as much right to teach agnosticism as Christians have to teach their religion.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Christian #Atheist #Atheism

  • An orator is a man who says what he thinks and feels what he says.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Thinking #Men #Feels

  • Agnosticism is the natural attitude of the evolutionist. How can a brute mind comprehend spiritual things?
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Spiritual #Attitude #Mind

  • A belief in God is fundamental; upon it rest the influences that control life.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Fundamentals #Belief #Influence

  • I have been so satisfied with the Christian religion that I have spent no time trying to find arguments against it.... I am not afraid now that you will show me any. I feel that I have enough information to live and die by.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Christian #Trying #Information

  • You cannot judge a man's life by the success of a moment, by the victory of an hour, or even by the results of a year. You must view his life as a whole. You must stand where you can see the man as he treads the entire path that leads from the cradle to the grave - now crossing the plain, now climbing the steeps, now passing through pleasant fields, now wending his way with difficulty between rugged rocks - tempted, tried, tested, triumphant.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Men #Climbing #Views

  • Next to the ministry I know of no more noble profession than the law. The object aimed at is justice, equal and exact, and if it does not reach that end at once it is because the stream is diverted by selfishness or checked by ignorance. Its principles ennoble and its practice elevates.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Ignorance #Law #Practice

  • The poor man who takes property by force is called a thief, but the creditor who can by legislation make a debtor pay a dollar twice as large as he borrowed is lauded as the friend of a sound currency. The man who wants the people to destroy the Government is an anarchist, but the man who wants the Government to destroy the people is a patriot.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Men #People #Thieves

  • A man who murders another shortens by a few brief years the life of a human being; but he who votes to increase the burden of debts upon the people of the United States assumes a graver responsibility.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Responsibility #Men #Years

  • God may be a matter of indifference to the evolutionists, and a life beyond may have no charm for them, but the mass of mankind will continue to worship their creator and continue to find comfort in the promise of their Savior that he has gone to prepare a place for them.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Promise #Gone #May

  • You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.
    -- William Jennings Bryan

    #Gold #Crosses #Mankind

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