To his dying day he [Herbert Hoover] remembered the stormy years when, with his wife’s untiring support, he had appeared on the world’s stage as—in one admirer’s words—the “Napoleon of Mercy.” To his dying day he interpreted his “epic” within the framework of a philosophy of American exceptionalism forged by the bittersweet memories of those years. He was entitled to remember, and so should we, for Herbert Hoover was responsible for saving more lives than any other person in history.
—George H. Nash
Admittedly suspicious of the so-called century of the common man, Hoover placed his hopes in a younger generation—and in their parents. “I have never met a father or mother who did not want their children to grow up to be uncommon men and women. May it always be so. For the future of America rests not on mediocrity, but in the constant renewal of leadership in every phase of our national life.” Herbert Hoover loved his country, but no more than he loved its children. His constituency included life’s victims, whatever their nationality.
—Richard Norton Smith
In trying to educate the American public about Girl Scouting, Lou Henry Hoover emphasized several themes. She spoke of democracy, the place of Scouting in the lives of children of all classes, and the absence of anything militaristic. She also joined citizenship, recreation, character building, and home making… . [Scouting,] she said, recommended “what may be called volunteer discipline and orderly progress” and “is committed to the establishment of peace in the community and in the world in every way possible.”
—Susan Estabrook Kennedy