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A collection of quotes by William Jennings Bryan on achieved, change, politics, choice, destiny, inspirational, service, government and ignorance.

29 Thought-Provoking Quotes By William Jennings Bryan

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William Jennings Bryan was one of the well-known American politicians, who was popular for his exemplary oratory skills. He started off his political career as a member of the House of Representatives after completing his law studies. He used his prolific oratory skills to contribute significantly to the development of the nation. This encouraged him to further become the youngest candidate to contest the Presidential election. He lost the election and went on to become a political activist before making a couple of other unsuccessful attempts at the Presidential elections. He was further appointed as the secretary of state under President Woodrow Wilson where his decision-making qualities were acknowledged. He believed in popular democracy and demanded ‘Free Silver’ to bring more money in the hands of the common people. This great faith and support for common people got him the pseudonym of ‘The Great Commoner’. He was also against the concept of war and violence which became the sole reason behind his resignation from politics during the First World War. Following are some sayings and quotes by the distinguished politician which have been curated from his speeches, writings, work, thoughts and life. Presenting a compilation of notable thoughts and quotes by William Jennings Bryan on hypothesis, misunderstandings, Bible, queer, idiocy, religion, evolution, atheists and imperialism.

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.

- William Jennings Bryan

Eloquent speech is not from lip to ear, but rather from heart to heart.

- William Jennings Bryan

If the Bible had said that Jonah swallowed the whale, I would believe it.

- William Jennings Bryan

Evolution seems to close the heart to some of the plainest spiritual truths while it opens the mind to the wildest guesses advanced in the name of science.

- William Jennings Bryan

Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.

- William Jennings Bryan

One miracle is just as easy to believe as another.

- William Jennings Bryan

Never be afraid to stand with the minority when the minority is right, for the minority which is right will one day be the majority.

- William Jennings Bryan

My place in history will depend on what I can do for the people and not on what the people can do for me.

- William Jennings Bryan

There can be no settlement of a great cause without discussion, and people will not discuss a cause until their attention is drawn to it.

- William Jennings Bryan

None so little enjoy themselves, and are such burdens to themselves, as those who have nothing to do. Only the active have the true relish of life.

- William Jennings Bryan

No one can earn a million dollars honestly.

- William Jennings Bryan

The Imperial German Government will not expect the Government of the United States to omit any word or any act necessary to the performance of its sacred duty of maintaining the rights of the United States and its citizens and of safeguarding their free exercise and enjoyment.

- William Jennings Bryan

The humblest citizen of all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error.

- William Jennings Bryan

I hope the two wings of the Democratic Party may flap together.

- William Jennings Bryan

Two people in a conversation amount to four people talking. The four are what one person says, what he really wanted to say, what his listener heard, and what he thought he heard.

- William Jennings Bryan

Destiny is no 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.

- William Jennings Bryan

Behold a republic standing erect while empires all around are bowed beneath the weight of their own armaments - a republic whose flag is loved while other flags are only feared.

- William Jennings Bryan

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

- William Jennings Bryan

All the ills from which America suffers can be traced to the teaching of evolution.

- William Jennings Bryan

This is not a contest between persons. The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error. I come to you in defense of a cause as holy as the cause of liberty - the cause of humanity.

- William Jennings Bryan

If we have to give up either religion or education, we should give up education.

- William Jennings Bryan

There is no more reason to believe that man descended from some inferior animal than there is to believe that a stately mansion has descended from a small cottage.

- William Jennings Bryan

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

- William Jennings Bryan

The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear, and get a record of successful experiences behind you.

- William Jennings Bryan

If that vital spark that we find in a grain of wheat can pass unchanged through countless deaths and resurrections, will the spirit of man be unable to pass from this body to another?

- William Jennings Bryan

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

- William Jennings Bryan

The parents have a right to say that no teacher paid by their money shall rob their children of faith in God and send them back to their homes skeptical, or infidels, or agnostics, or atheists.

- William Jennings Bryan

RockChristopher: Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice.

- William Jennings Bryan

Destiny is not a matter of chance but a matter of choice; It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved

- William Jennings Bryan