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Quotation by Woodrow Wilson
Atlantic Monthly (Boston, March 1901) address, April 2, 1917, to the Congress calling for war on Germany address at Baltimore, Maryland (April 6, 1918) address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia (July 14, 1914) address at Independence Hall, Philadelphia (July 4, 1914)
The competent leader of men cares little for the niceties of other peoples' characters: he cares much—everything—for the exterior uses to which they may be put.... These are men to be moved. How should he move them? He supplies the power; others simply the materials on which that power operates.
Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924), U.S. president. Address, June 17, 1890, "Leaders of Men." The Public Papers of Woodrow Wilson, vol. 8, p. 650, ed. Arthur S. Link.
As a young professor of political science, Wilson hinted at the hardness which he would later show as a public figure.
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