Horace Greeley

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The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government.
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The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages.

Horace Greeley (February 3, 1811November 29, 1872) was an American editor of a leading newspaper, New York Tribune, a founder of the Liberal Republican Party, a reformer and a politician.


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  • The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages.
    • The American Conflict, A History of the Great Rebellion (1864)
  • The masses of our countrymen, North and South, are eager to clasp hands across the bloody chasm which has so long divided them.
    • Acceptance of Liberal Republican nomination as President (May 29, 1872)
  • The Republic needed to be passed through chastening, purifying fires of adversity and suffering: so these came and did their work and the verdure of a new national life springs greenly, luxuriantly, from their ashes.
    • Greeley on Lincoln, ed. Joel Benton, pp. 78–79 (1893)

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  • A widow of doubtful age will marry almost any sort of a white man.
    • Letter to Dr. Rufus Wilmot Griswold.
  • I never said all Democrats were saloonkeepers; what I said was that all saloonkeepers are Democrats.
  • If Uncle Sam should ever sell that tract for one cent per acre, he will swindle the purchaser outrageously.
    • About land in Utah

Misattributed

  • Go west, young man, and grow up with the country.

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