Quotation by Rutherford Birchard Hayes

As far back as memory can carry me, the desire for fame was uppermost in my thoughts.... The reputation which I desire is not that of momentary eminence which is gained without merit and lost without regret. Give me the popularity which runs after, not that which is sought for. For honest merit to succeed amid the tricks and intrigues which are now so lamentably common, I know is difficult; but the honor of success is increased by the obstacles which are to be surmounted. Let me triumph as a man or not at all.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. I, pp. 73-74, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (November 7, 1841).

Written while a senior at Kenyon College.
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