Quotes by James A. Garfield

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I mean to make myself a man, and if I succeed in that, I shall succeed in everything else.

Things don't turn up in this world until somebody turns them up.
I have had many troubles, but the worst of them never came.
A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.
Poverty is uncomfortable; but 9 times out of 10 the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and be compelled to sink or swim.
Ideas control the world.
Most human organizations that fall short of their goals do so not because of stupidity or faulty doctrines, but because of internal decay and rigidification. They grow stiff in the joints. They get in a rut. They go to seed.
If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old.
If the power to do hard work is not a skill, it's the best possible substitute for it.