Quotes by James A. Garfield

A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.
– James A. Garfield
All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.
– James A. Garfield
I am trying to do two things: dare to be a radical and not a fool, which is a matter of no small difficulty.
– James A. Garfield
I have had many troubles, but the worst of them never came.
– James A. Garfield
I mean to make myself a man, and if I succeed in that, I shall succeed in everything else.
– James A. Garfield
Ideas control the world.
– James A. Garfield
If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it's the best possible substitute for it.
– James A. Garfield
Most human organizations that fall short of their goals do so not because of stupidity or faulty doctrines, but because of internal decay and rigidification. They grow stiff in the joints. They get in a rut. They go to seed.
– James A. Garfield
Poverty is uncomfortable; but nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim.
– James A. Garfield
The civil service can never be placed on a satisfactory basis until it is regulated by law.
– James A. Garfield
The President is the last person in the world to know what the people really want and think.
– James A. Garfield
The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.
– James A. Garfield
Things don't turn up in this world until somebody turns them up.
– James A. Garfield
Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.
– James A. Garfield
Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it.
– James A. Garfield
History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning; its two eyes are geography and chronology.
– James A. Garfield
Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.
– James A. Garfield
The chief duty of government is to keep the peace and stand out of the sunshine of the people.
– James A. Garfield
Man cannot live by bread alone he must have peanut butter.
– James A. Garfield
Ideas are the great warriors of the world, and a war that has no idea behind it, is simply a brutality.
– James A. Garfield