“The history of liberty is a history of resistance. “–Woodrow Wilson #quotes #wilsonquotes
September 17, 1912–An address to the New York Press Club
Wilson was in the middle of his 1912 presidential election campaign. Meeting with the New York Press Club was extremely important considering the power the New York newspapers held. Wilson’s stated goal for the speech was to discuss “the affairs of the country as if I were not a candidate but a citizen.” The speech is an engaging, but fairly general speech on 1912 politics.
“Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it. Do these gentlemen dream that in the year 1912 we have discovered a unique exception to the movement of human history? Do they dream that the whole character of those who exercise power has changed, that it is no longer a temptation? Above all things else, do they dream that men are bred great enough now to be a Providence over the people over whom they preside?”
Arthur S. Link, editor. The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, Vol. 25. Pp. 118-128.