Ulysses S. Grant Quotes

"Let us have peace."

"The will of the people is the best law."

"The right of revolution is an inherent one."

"Reports of my death greatly exaggerated."

"I rise only to say that I do not intend to say anything."

"God gave us Lincoln and Liberty, let us fight for both."

"The war is over the rebels are our countrymen again."

"Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions."

"I know only two tunes: one of them is 'Yankee Doodle', and the other one isn't."

"Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately you occasionally find men disgrace labor."

"Wars produce many stories of fiction, some of which are told until they are believed to be true."

"I don't underrate the value of military knowledge, but if men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail."

"In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins."

"Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace."

"I have made it a rule of my life to trust a man long after other people gave him up, but I don't see how I can ever trust any human being again."

"The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on."

"Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future."

"Everyone has his superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was accomplished."

"I did not ask for place or position, and was entirely without influence or the acquaintance of persons of influence, but was resolved to perform my part in a struggle threatening the very existence of the nation."

"I ask patient forbearance one toward another throughout the land, and a determined effort on the part of every citizen to do his share toward cementing a happy union; and I ask the prayers of the nation to Almighty God in behalf of this consummation."

"The cause of the great War of the Rebellion against the United Status will have to be attributed to slavery. For some years before the war began it was a trite saying among some politicians that "A state half slave and half free cannot exist." All must become slave or all free, or the state will go down. I took no part myself in any such view of the case at the time, but since the war is over, reviewing the whole question, I have come to the conclusion that the saying is quite true."

"The right of revolution is an inherent one. When people are oppressed by their government, it is a natural right they enjoy to relieve themselves of the oppression, if they are strong enough, either by withdrawal from it, or by overthrowing it and substituting a government more acceptable. But any people or part of a people who resort to this remedy, stake their lives, their property, and every claim for protection given by citizenship on the issue. Victory, or the conditions imposed by the conqueror must be the result."

Compiled by Thomas George