portrait of Horace Greeley
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Quotes of the Day for 3 February 2003 – Horace Greeley

Horace Greeley was born at Amherst, New Hampshire on this day in 1811. At eleven he was apprenticed to a printer, after his apprenticeship ended he moved to New York in 1831 and worked in one newspaper after another before founding the New York Tribune in 1841. He edited the Tribune for thirty years, reaching up to a million Americans with his weekly edition in addition to the local audience for his daily paper. His editorials in favor of school reforms and westward expansion were mixed with opposition to drinking, smoking, slavery, gambling, prostitution, and flogging in the Navy. His was the single most powerful voice in journalism in his era, Lincoln said "Having him behind me will be as helpful as an army of one hundred thousand men."

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The quotes:

Washington is not a place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting, and the morals are deplorable. Go West, young man, go West, and grow up with the country.
     - New York Tribune, 13 July 1865

Fame is vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character.

The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages.

Our country right or wrong is an evil motto - what if your country be in the wrong? It will only compound her injury. I wish to serve the republic with an honest and fearless criticism.

I am the inferior of any man whose rights I trample underfoot.

The darkest hour in any man's life is when he sits down to plan how to get money without earning it.
     - All from Horace Greeley, 1811 - 1872

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