portrait of William Jennings Bryan
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Quotes of the Day for 19 March 2003 – William Jennings Bryan

William Jennings Bryan was born at Salem, Illinois on this day in 1860. He stayed in Illinois through college, studied law, and began a legal practice, then moved to Nebraska where he was elected to Congress in 1890. He was reelected in 1892, but then failed in a run for the Senate in 1894, and in presidential campaigns in 1896, 1900, and 1908. But he gave speeches that shaped much of political thought in his time. He served as Secretary of State under Woodrow Wilson, but his extreme neutrality put him at odds with the administration. His last cause was opposition to the theory of evolution, he drafted statutes for several states to ban its teaching in the schools, and was the prosecutor in the "Scopes Monkey Trial" in Tennessee. He actually won that trial, but died a week later.

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The quotes:

Anglo-Saxon civilization has taught the individual to protect his own rights; American civilization will teach him to respect the rights of others.

Do not compute the totality of your poultry population until all the manifestations of incubation have been entirely completed.

The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you. Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

Having behind us the producing masses of this nation and the world, supported by the commercial interests, the labor interests, and the toilers everywhere, we will answer their demand for a gold standard by saying to them: You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns, you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.
     - Speech at the 1896 Democratic National Convention, Chicago

No one can earn a million dollars honestly.
     - All from William Jennings Bryan, 1860 - 1925


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