The Morrow Book of Quotations in American History

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Lucius Fairchild (1831-1896): Governor of Wisconsin and commander of the Grand Army of the Republic

May God palsy the hand that wrote that order. May God palsy the brain that conceived it, and may God palsy the tongue that dictated it.

(Upon hearing that President Cleveland had ordered captured Confederate battle flags returned to southern states, 1887)

Jerry Falwell (1933-): Fundamentalist preacher and political organizer

They should be registered and we'll stamp it on their foreheads.

(On Communists, interview, Penthouse magazine, February 1981)

James A. Farley (1888-1976): Democratic Party politician, postmaster-general under Franklin D. Roosevelt

As Maine goes, so goes Vermont.

(Quip to reporters when Maine voted Republican in 1936; Franklin D. Roosevelt carried every state except Maine and Vermont.)

David Farragut (1801-1870): Naval commander

( Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864)

James T. Farrell (1904-1979): Novelist

America is so vast that almost everything said about it is likely to be true, and the opposite is probably equally true.

( Introduction to Mencken, Prejudices, 1958)

William Faulkner (1897-1962): Novelist

If you could just be a nigger one Saturday night, you wouldn't want to be a white man again as long as you live.


To live anywhere in the world today and be against equality because of race or color, is like living in Alaska and being against snow.

( Essays, 1965)


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