John Hay

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John Milton Hay (October 8, 1838July 1, 1905) was an American statesman, diplomat, author, journalist, and private secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln. He served as United States Secretary of State from 1898 to 1905 under presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.

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  • Dealing with a government with whom mendacity is a science is an extremely difficult matter.
    • On dealing with Tsarist Russia, in 1903
    • Morris, Edmund. Theodore Rex. 2nd ed. New York: Modern Library Paperbacks, 2001.
  • He never funked and he never lied
    I reckon he never knowed how.
    • Jim Bludso, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • He weren't no saint—but at jedgment
    I'd run my chance with Jim.
    'Longside of some pious gentlemen
    That wouldn't shook hands with him.
    He seen his duty, a dead-sure thing—
    And went for it thar and then;
    And Christ ain't a-going to be too hard
    On a man that died for men.
    • Jim Bludso, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • At my door the Pale Horse stands
    To carry me to unknown lands.
    • The Stirrup Cup, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • The people will come to their own at last,—
    God is not mocked forever.
    • The Sphynx of the Tuileries, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • I think that saving a little child
    And bringing him to his own,
    Is a derned sight better business
    Than loafing around the throne.
    • Little Breeches, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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