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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Ulysses S. Grant on friendship, honesty, writing, choice, politics, will, freedom, leader, administrator, inspire and war.

19 Ulysses S. Grant Quotes That Still Hold True

Quick Facts

Famous As: President of the U.S.A

Born On: April 27, 1822

Died On: July 23, 1885

Born In: Point Pleasant

Died At Age: 63

Ulysses S. Grant  was the 18th President of the U.S. He studied at the Military Academy, where he was an average student and decided to leave the army after serving the mandatory term. He was appointed as a quartermaster during the ‘Mexican-American War’ and further commanded a company and was appreciated for his bravery. He was promoted to the post of a captain but ruined his reputation with his drinking habits and eventually had to resign. His civilian life witnessed a lot of failures and he ended up selling firewood for survival. During the Civil War, his patriotism compelled him to join the army and although he faced rejection but eventually went on to lead a battalion. He used this second term and led the battalion to victory in a couple of battles. Backed by his bravery and experience, he became the General of the U.S Army in the later part of the Civil War. This paved his path to the chair of the U.S President where he went on to successfully serve for two consecutive terms. Here is a compilation of thoughts and quotations by the great military general and political leader. Go through the motivational quotes and sayings by Ulysses S. Grant.
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The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who have helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.

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I only knew what was in my mind, and I wished to express it clearly

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I know only two tunes. One of them is 'Yankee Doodle' the other isn't.

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There are but few important events in the affairs of men brought about by their own choice.

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In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten then he who continues the attack wins.

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There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.

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I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.

Ulysses S. Grant

Leave the matter of religion to the family altar the church and the private school supported entirely by private contributions. Keep the church and state forever separate.

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I have never advocated war except as a mean of peace

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No other terms than unconditional and immediate surrender. I propose to move immediately upon your works.

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The darkest day of my life was the day I heard of Lincoln's assassination. I did not know what it meant. Here was the rebellion put down in the field, and starting up in the gutters...

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The distant rear of an army engaged in battle is not the best place from which to judge correctly what is going on in front.

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The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.

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I believe . . . that if our country ever comes into trial again, young men will spring up equal to the occasion, and if one fails, there will be another to take his place.

Ulysses S. Grant

The darkest day of my life was the day I heard of Lincoln's assassination. I did not know what it meant. Here was the rebellion put down in the field, and staring up in the gutters...

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Two commanders on the same field are always one too many.

Ulysses S. Grant

I believe it has never been my misfortune to be placed where I lost my presence of mind--unless indeed it has been where thrown in strange company, particularly of ladies.

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As time passes, people, even of the South, will begin to wonder how it was possible that their ancestors ever fought for or justified institutions which acknowledged the right of property in man.

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The most confident critics are generally those who know the least about the matter criticised.

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