Ulysses S. Grant Quotes

Ulysses S. Grant Quotes

My family is American, and has been for generations, in all its branches, direct and collateral


A hero does for others. He would do anything for people he loves, because he knows it would make their lives better. I am not that kind of person, but I want you to be. You could give something to her, to me, to those children in the quarter. You could give something I never could … The white people out there are saying you don’t have it-that you’re a hog, not a man. But I know they are wrong.


I have never advocated war except as means of peace, so seek peace, but prepare for war. Because war… War never changes. War is like winter and winter is coming.


I don’t think there was ever a more wicked war than that waged by the United States on Mexico. I thought so at that time when I was a youngster only I had not moral courage enough to resign.


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.


If men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail.



Captain, give me a gun – The blamed fight ain’t got no rear.” Unknown Ohio private who after attempting to retreat to the rear of the army concluded that in this fight, there was no place of safety.


Lee’s army will be your objective point. Wherever Lee goes, there you will go also.


We will be whipped like hell before ten o’clock tomorrow.” Confederate Colonel Nathan Bedford Forrest who witnessed thousands of Union reinforcements arrive at night after the first day’s fighting.


Encourage free schools and resolve that not one dollar appropriated for their support shall be appropriated to the support of any sectarian schools. Resolve that neither the state nor nation, nor both combined, shall support institutions of learning other than those sufficient to afford every child growing up in the land of opportunity of a good common school education, unmixed with sectarian, pagan, or atheistically dogmas. Leave the matter of religion to the family altar, the church and the private school supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.



There are but two parties now: traitors and patriots. And I want hereafter to be ranked with the latter and, I trust, the stronger party.


So vast a sum, receiving all the protection and benefits of the government, without bearing its proportion of the burdens and expenses of the same, will not be looked upon acquiescently by those who have to pay the taxes. . . . I would suggest the taxation of all property equally.


Oh, I am heartily tired of hearing about what Lee is going to do. Some of you always seem to think he is suddenly going to turn a double somersault, and land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. Go back to your command, and try to think what are we going to do ourselves, instead of what Lee is going to do.


I appreciate the fact, and am proud of it, that the attentions I am receiving are intended more for our country than for me personally.


Really, Mr. Lincoln, I have had enough of this show business.

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