Quotation by Woodrow Wilson

It is from quiet places like this all over the world that the forces accumulate which presently will overbear any attempt to accomplish evil on a large scale. Like the rivulets gathering into the river, and the river into the seas, there come from communities like this streams that fertilize the consciences of men, and it is the conscience of the world that we are trying to place upon the throne which others would usurp.
Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924), U.S. president. Address in Carlisle, England (December 29, 1918).

Wilson was speaking in his grandfather's church. Called on in the midst of the service, his brief extemporaneous remarks summed up the idealism of the hour.
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