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Rutherford B. Hayes
October 4, 1822 - January 17, 1893
Nationality: American
Category: President
Subcategory: American President

Do not let your bachelor ways crystallize so that you can't soften them when you come to have a wife and a family of your own.

    Topics: Family

One of the tests of the civilization of people is the treatment of its criminals.


Let every man, every corporation, and especially let every village, town, and city, every county and State, get out of debt and keep out of debt. It is the debtor that is ruined by hard times.


No person connected with me by blood or marriage will be appointed to office.


The independence of all political and other bother is a happiness.


As friends go it is less important to live.


Wars will remain while human nature remains. I believe in my soul in cooperation, in arbitration; but the soldier's occupation we cannot say is gone until human nature is gone.


The truth is, this being errand boy to one hundred and fifty thousand people tires me so by night I am ready for bed instead of soirees.


The progress of society is mainly the improvement in the condition of the workingmen of the world.


We are in a period when old questions are settled and the new are not yet brought forward. Extreme party action, if continued in such a time, would ruin the party. Moderation is its only chance. The party out of power gains by all partisan conduct of those in power.


I am not liked as a President by the politicians in office, in the press, or in Congress. But I am content to abide the judgment the sober second thought of the people.


Universal suffrage is sound in principle. The radical element is right.


The filth and noise of the crowded streets soon destroy the elasticity of health which belongs to the country boy.


He serves his party best who serves his country best.


The unrestricted competition so commonly advocated does not leave us the survival of the fittest. The unscrupulous succeed best in accumulating wealth.


It is the desire of the good people of the whole country that sectionalism as a factor in our politics should disappear...'


Conscience is the authentic voice of God to you.


Universal suffrage should rest upon universal education. To this end, liberal and permanent provision should be made for the support of free schools by the State governments, and, if need be, supplemented by legitimate aid from national authority.


Virtue is defined to be mediocrity, of which either extreme is vice.


I am less disposed to think of a West Point education as requisite for this business than I was at first. Good sense and energy are the qualities required.


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