About William Howard Taft:
William Howard Taft is the only person to have presided over both the executive and judicial branches of the United States federal government.
No tendency is quite so strong in human nature as the desire to lay down rules of conduct for other people.
We live in a stage of politics, where legislators seem to regard the passage of laws as much more important than the results of their enforcement.
A government is for the benefit of all the people.
The world is not going to be saved by legislation.
We are all imperfect. We can not expect perfect government.
If this humor be the safety of our race, then it is due largely to the infusion into the American people of the Irish brain.
Failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done is a great weakness in any man.
I love judges, and I love courts. They are my ideals, that typify on earth what we shall meet hereafter in heaven under a just God.
I do not know much about politics, but I am trying to do the best I can with this administration until the time shall come for me to turn it over to somebody else.
No, the only things which do not bother me are the elements. I can overcome them without a fight. All one has to do to get the best of the elements is to stand pat and one will win.
Don't worry over what the newspapers say. I don't. Why should anyone else? I told the truth to the newspaper correspondents - but when you tell the truth to them they are at sea.
Socialism proposes no adequate substitute for the motive of enlightened selfishness that today is at the basis of all human labor and effort, enterprise and new activity.
The trouble with me is that I like to talk too much.
I am president now, and tired of being kicked around.
Enthusiasm for a cause sometimes warps judgment.
I think I might as well give up being a candidate. There are so many people in the country who don't like me.
Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.
Anti-Semitism is a noxious weed that should be cut out. It has no place in America.
Don't write so that you can be understood, write so that you can't be misunderstood.
I'll be damned if I am not getting tired of this. It seems to be the profession of a President simply to hear other people talk.