Chester A. Arthur Quotes

Chester Alan Arthur (October 5, 1829 – November 18, 1886) was an American attorney and politician who served as the 21st President of the United States (1881–85); he succeeded James A. Garfield upon the latter's assassination. At the outset, Arthur struggled to overcome a slightly negative reputation, which stemmed from his early career in politics as part of New York's Republican political machine. He succeeded by embracing the cause of civil service reform. His advocacy for, and subsequent enforcement of, the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act was the centerpiece of his administration.

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The extravagant expenditure of public money is an evil not to be measured by the value of that money to the people who are taxed for it.

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The countries of the American continent and the adjacent islands are for the United States the natural marts of supply and demand.

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The health of the people is of supreme importance. All measures looking to their protection against the spread of contagious diseases and to the increase of our sanitary knowledge for such purposes deserve attention of Congress.

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The office of the Vice-President is a greater honor than I ever dreamed of attaining.

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It is provided by the Constitution that the President shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the Union and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.

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There are very many characteristics which go into making a model civil servant. Prominent among them are probity, industry, good sense, good habits, good temper, patience, order, courtesy, tact, self-reliance, many deference to superior officers, and many consideration for inferiors.

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Where you stand depends where you sit.

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No higher proof exists of the strength of popular government than, though the chosen of the people be struck down, his constitutional successor is peacefully installed without shock or strain.

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Honors to me now are not what they once were.

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Experience has shown that the trade of the East is the key to national wealth and influence.

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As is natural with contiguous states having like institutions and like aims of advancement and development, the friendship of the United States and Mexico has been constantly maintained.

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“Since I came here I have learned that Chester A. Arthur is one man and the President of the United States is another.”

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“I don't think we had better go into the minute secrets of the campaign, so far as I know them, because I see the reporters are present, who are taking it all down.”

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“Men may die, but the fabrics of free institutions remains unshaken.”

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“I may be president of the United States, but my private life is nobody's damned business.”

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