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William Howard Taft
September 15, 1857 - March 8, 1930
Nationality: American
Category: President
Subcategory: American President

Action for which I become responsible, or for which my administration becomes responsible, shall be within the law.


I do not know much about politics, but I am trying to do the best I can with this administration until the time shall come for me to turn it over to somebody else.


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 do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many other of the postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe.


I think I might as well give up being a candidate. There are so many people in the country who don't like me.


A government is for the benefit of all the people.


The world is not going to be saved by legislation.


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


If this humor be the safety of our race, then it is due largely to the infusion into the American people of the Irish brain.


We are all imperfect. We can not expect perfect government.


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


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


I love judges, and I love courts. They are my ideals, that typify on earth what we shall meet hereafter in heaven under a just God.


Anti-Semitism is a noxious weed that should be cut out. It has no place in America.


No, the only things which do not bother me are the elements. I can overcome them without a fight. All one has to do to get the best of the elements is to stand pat and one will win.


Failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done is a great weakness in any man.


A system in which we may have an enforced rest from legislation for two years is not bad.


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


The trouble with me is that I like to talk too much.


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.


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