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William Jennings Bryan Quotes


An American lawyer, statesman, and politician. He was a three-time Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States noted for his deep, commanding voice.
(1860 - 1925)

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A man who murders another shortens by a few brief years the life of a human being; but he who votes to increase the burden of debts upon the people of the United States assumes a graver responsibility.
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All the ills from which America suffers can be traced to the teaching of evolution.
 

Anglo-Saxon civilization has taught the individual to protect his own rights; American civilization will teach him to respect the rights of others.
 

Behold a republic standing erect while empires all around are bowed beneath the weight of their own armaments - a republic whose flag is loved while other flags are only feared.
 

Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.
 

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
[Decisions]
 

Do not compute the totality of your poultry population until all the manifestations of incubation have been entirely completed.
 

Eloquent speech is not from lip to ear, but rather from heart to heart.
 

Evolution seems to close the heart to some of the plainest spiritual truths while it opens the mind to the wildest guesses advanced in the name of science.
 

Having behind us the producing masses of this nation and the world, supported by the commercial interests, the laboring interests and the toilers everywhere, we will answer their demand for a gold standard by saying to them: You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns, you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.
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I have been so satisfied with the Christian religion that I have spent no time trying to find arguments against it.... I am not afraid now that you will show me any. I feel that I have enough information to live and die by.
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I hope the two wings of the Democratic Party may flap together.
 

If that vital spark that we find in a grain of wheat can pass unchanged through countless deaths and resurrections, will the spirit of man be unable to pass from this body to another?
 

If the Bible had said that Jonah swallowed the whale, I would believe it.
 

If we have to give up either religion or education, we should give up education.
 

In this, our land, we are called upon to give but little in return for the advantages which we receive. Shall we give that little grudgingly? Our definition of patriotism is often too narrow. Shall the lover of his country measure his loyalty only by his service as a soldier? No! Patriotism calls for the faithful and conscientious performance of all of the duties of citizenship, in small matters as well as great, at home as well as upon the tented field.
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Man is a religious being; the heart instinctively seeks for a God. Whether he worships on the banks of the Ganges, prays with his face upturned to the sun, kneels toward Mecca or, regarding all space as a temple, communes with the Heavenly Father according to the Christian creed, man is essentially devout.
[Worship]
 

My place in history will depend on what I can do for the people and not on what the people can do for me.
 

Never be afraid to stand with the minority when the minority is right, for the minority which is right will one day be the majority.
 

No one can earn a million dollars honestly.
 


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