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Quotes of the Day for 10 August 2002 – Herbert Hoover

A Quaker blacksmith and his schoolteacher wife welcomed their second child into the world at West Branch, Iowa on this day in 1874. The boy's parents both died within ten years, and young Herbert Clark Hoover moved to Oregon to live with relatives. He signed up for Stanford University when that school first opened and became a mining engineer, with his wife he worked in Australia, China, Africa, and South and Central America. By age 40 he was wealthy, and turned his attention to getting American tourists home when they were stranded by war in Europe, then headed America's relief efforts in Europe. He was elected president in 1928, just in time to be blamed for the Great Depression. His accomplishments seem to have been mostly forgotten, I've chosen a few of his words for today.

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The quotes:

There are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing.

Being a politician is a poor profession. Being a public servant is a noble one.

About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.

When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned.

Once upon a time my opponents honored me as possessing the fabulous intellectual and economic power by which I created a worldwide depression all by myself.
     - Today's quotes are all from Herbert Clark Hoover, 1874 - 1964

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