38 Remarkable Herbert Hoover Quotes

38 Remarkable Herbert Hoover Quotes

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Herbert Hoover was the 31st President of the United States of America from 1929 to 1933. He was born as a Quaker in Iowa in 1874 and became a professional mining engineer. During World War I he served as the head of the U.S. Food Administration under Warren G. Harding. After gaining public momentum he decided to run for Office and won. He died on October 20, 1964 at the age of 90.

“A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus.”

“About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.”

“All men are equal before fish.”

“America – a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.”

“As a nation we must prevent hunger and cold to those of our people who are in honest difficulties.”

“Being a politician is a poor profession. Being a public servant is a noble one.”

“Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.”

“Bureaucracy is ever desirous of spreading its influence and its power. You cannot extend the mastery of the government over the daily working life of a people without at the same time
making it the master of the people’s souls and thoughts.”

“Children are our most valuable resorce.”

“Economic depression can not be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement.”

“Every collectivist revolution rides in on a Trojan horse of “Emergency”. It was a tactic of Lenin, Hitler and Mussolini… The invasion of New Deal Collectivism was introduced by this same
Trojan horse.”

“Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.”

“Food will win the war.”

“I outlived the bastards.”

“If the law is upheld only by government officials, then all law is at an end.”

“I’m the only person of distinction who has ever had a depression named for him.”

“It does not follow, because our difficulties are stupendous, because there are some souls timorous enough to doubt the validity and effectiveness of our ideals and our system, that we must
turn to a state controlled or state directed social or economic system in order to cure our troubles.”

“It is just as important that business keep out of government as that government keep out of business.”

“It is the youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow… that are the aftermath of war.”

“Let me remind you that credit is the lifeblood of business, the lifeblood of prices and jobs.”

“New discoveries in science will continue to create a thousand new frontiers for those who still would adventure.”

“Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.”

“Reports to the Surgeon General… represent the final word upon the efficient and devoted sense of responsibility of our people in this obligation to our fellow citizens. Overwhelmingly
they confirm the fact that the general mortality rate, infant mortality rate, epidemics, the disease rate—are less than in normal times. There is but one explanation. That is, that through
an aroused sense of public responsibility, those in destitution and their children are receiving actually more adequate care than even in normal times.”

“So far as the personal side is concerned, the victory was to him who lost and the defeat to him who won. I can say that never in the last fifteen years have I had the peace of mind that I
have since the election. I have almost a feeling of elation.”

“The American people are doing their job today. They should be given a chance to show whether they wish to preserve the principles of individual and local responsibility and mutual self-help
before they embark on what I believe to be a disastrous system. I feel sure they will succeed if given the opportunity.”

“The American system of rugged individualism.”

“The recognition of Russia on November 16, 1933, started forces which were to have considerable influence in the attempt to collectivize the United States.”

“The slogan of progress is changing from the full dinner pail to the full garage.”

“The thing I enjoyed most were visits from children. They did not want public office.”

“There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing.”

“Twenty million people are starving [in Russia]. Whatever their politics, they shall be fed!”

“When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned.”

“When we are sick, we want an uncommon doctor; when we have a construction job to do, we want an uncommon engineer, and when we are at war, we want an uncommon general. It is only when we
get into politics that we are satisfied with the common man.”

“While the crash only took place six months ago, I am convinced we have now passed the worst and with continued unity of effort we shall rapidly recover. There is one certainty of the future
of a people of the resources, intelligence and character of the people of the United States—that is, prosperity.”

“Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as knowing what to do next.”

“You cannot extend the mastery of government over the daily life of a people without somewhere making it master of people’s souls and thoughts.… Every step in that direction poisons the very
roots of liberalism. It poisons political equality, free speech, free press, and equality of opportunity. It is the road not to more liberty but to less liberty.”

“You convey too great a compliment when you say that I have earned the right to the presidential nomination. No man can establish such an obligation upon any part of the American people. My
country owes me no debt. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor. In no other land could a boy
from a country village, without inheritance or influential friends, look forward with unbounded hope. My whole life has taught me what America means. I am indebted to my country beyond any
human power to repay.”

“You will expect me to discuss the late election. Well, as nearly as I can learn, we did not have enough votes on our side.”