Horace Greeley

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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).
  • My leading idea was the establishment of a journal removed alike from servile partisanship on the one hand and from gagged, mincing neutrality on the other.
    • On the founding of the New-York Tribune. Greeley, Horace, and Robert Dale Owen. Recollections of a Busy Life. New York: J.B. Ford and Co., 1868. p. 137.[1]
  • 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).
  • If any young man is about to commence the world, we say to him, publicly and privately, Go to the West.
    • New Yorker, Aug. 25, 1838; often paraphrased as "Go west, young man, and grow up with the country"
    • Sometimes misattributed to John L. Soule

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  • There aren't half enough of them going there as it is.
    • Reply to a missionary who asked Greeley for a subscription to "help keep people from going to hell".
    • Quoted by Albert Jay Nock, Grab-bag Education, The Book of Journeyman (1930).

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