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Quotes from Benjamin Harrison

Harrison's Words


"We Americans have no commission from God to police the world."

"The indiscriminate denunciation of the rich is mischievous.... No poor man was ever made richer or happier by it. It is quite as illogical to despise a man because he is rich as because he is poor. Not what a man has, but what he is, settles his class. We can not right matters by taking from one what he has honestly acquired to bestow upon another what he has not earned."

"Will it not be wise to allow the friendship between nations to rest upon deep and permanent things? Irritations of the cuticle must not be confounded with heart failure."

"It seems to me that the work that is unfinished is to make that constitutional grant of citizenship, the franchise to the colored men of the South, a practical and living reality."

"We cannot afford in America to have any discontented classes, and if fair wages are paid for fair work we will have none."

"Unlike many other people less happy, we give our devotion to a government, to its Constitution, to its flag, and not to men."

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