Great William Howard Taft Quotes

As the Republican platforms says, the welfare of the farmer is vital to that of the whole country.


No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people.


Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.


I am in favor of helping the prosperity of all countries because, when we are all prosperous, the trade with each becomes more valuable to the other.


I am afraid I am a constant disappointment to my party. The fact of the matter is, the longer I am president the less of a party man I seem to become.


Don’t write so that you can be understood, write so that you can’t be misunderstood.


Enthusiasm for a cause sometimes warps judgment.


Politics, when I am in it, makes me sick.


Don’t worry over what the newspapers say. I don’t. Why should anyone else? I told the truth to the newspaper correspondents – but when you tell the truth to them they are at sea.


I do not think that there is any doubt about where I stand in respect to boycotts. If there is, I will just state what I think about them. They are illegal and ought to be suppressed. I would never countenance that which recognizes their legality.


We passed the Children’s Bureau bill calculated to prevent children from being employed too early in factories.


Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that today is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity.


Roosevelt could always keep ahead with his work, but I cannot do it, and I know it is a grievous fault, but it is too late to remedy it. The country must take me as it found me. Wasn’t it your mother who had a servant girl who said it was no use for her to try to hurry, that she was a “Sunday chil” and no “Sunday chil” could hurry? I don’t think I am a Sunday child, but I ought to have been; then I would have had an excuse for always being late.


One of the reforms to be carried out during the incoming administration is a change in our monetary and banking laws, so as to secure greater elasticity in the forms of currency available for trade and to prevent the limitations of law from operating to increase the embarrassment of a financial panic.


People run away from the name subsidy. It is a subsidy. I am not afraid to call it so. It is paid for the purpose of giving a merchant marine to the whole country so that the trade of the whole country will be benefitted thereby, and the men running the ships will of course make a reasonable profit…. Unless we have a merchant marine, our navy if called upon for offensive or defensive work is going to be most defective.


I am in favor of helping the prosperity of all countries because, when we are all prosperous, the trade with each becomes more valuable to the other.