Chester A. Arthur
- What a pleasant lot of fellows they are. What a pity they have so little sense about politics. If they lived North the last one of them would be Republicans.
- As quoted in Recollections of Thirteen Presidents, John S. Wise (1906).
- The office of the Vice-President is a greater honor than I ever dreamed of attaining.
- As quoted in Random Recollections of an Old Political Reporter, William C. Hudson (1911).
- Honors to me now are not what they once were.
- Written on the death of his wife, Ellen. As quoted in Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur, ch. 8, Thomas C. Reeves (1975).
- There are very many characteristics which go into making a model civil servant. Prominent among them are probity, industry, good sense, good habits, good temper, patience, order, courtesy, tact, self-reliance, many deference to superior officers, and many consideration for inferiors.
- First annual message (1881).
- Indiana was really, I suppose, a Democratic State. It has always been put down in the book as a state that might be carried by a close and careful and perfect organization and a great deal of— [from audience: “soap,” in reference to purchased votes, the word being followed by laughter]. I see reporters here, and therefore I will simply say that everybody showed a great deal of interest in the occasion, and distributed tracts and political documents all through the country.
- The remarks concerned the presidential election of 1880.
- New York Times (February 12, 1881).
- The extravagant expenditure of public money is an evil not to be measured by the value of that money to the people who are taxed for it.
- Veto message of Rivers and Harbor Bill (1882).
- I trust the time is nigh when, with the universal assent of civilized people, all international differences shall be determined without resort to arms by the benignant processes of civilization.
- Second annual message (1882).
- Experience has shown that the trade of the East is the key to national wealth and influence.
- Veto message of Chinese Exclusion Act (1882).
- Men may die, but the fabric of our free institutions remains unshaken.
- Said upon the death of President Garfield.
- Messages and Papers of the Presidents, vol. 8 (1897).
- Madam, I may be President of the United States, but my private life is nobody’s damn business.
- To a temperance reformer.
- Quoted in Gentleman Boss: The Life of Chester Alan Arthur, ch. 8, Thomas C. Reeves (1975).
Quotes about Arthur
- Arthur succeeded after the death of Garfield. Seems to have been a decent enough guy, so the most characteristic thing they came up with for the Rapid City sculpture was him taking the oath of office.
- Kelley L. Ross, as quoted in The Great Republic: Presidents and States of the United States (2012).