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.

Quotes[edit]

  • If any young man is about to commence the world, we say to him, publicly and privately, Go to the West.
    • New Yorker (25 August 1838); often paraphrased as "Go west, young man, and grow up with the country", this is sometimes misattributed to John L. Soule
  • 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)
  • 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 (29 May 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 (1893), edited by Joel Benton, p. 78

Attributed[edit]

  • 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", as quoted in "Grab-bag Education", The Book of Journeyman (1930) by Albert Jay Nock

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