There are very many characteristics which go into making a model civil servant. Prominent among them are probity, industry, good sense, good habits, good temper, patience, order, courtesy, tact, self-reliance, many deference to superior officers, and many consideration for inferiors.
First annual message (1881).
Indiana was really, I suppose, a Democratic State. It has always been put down in the book as a state that might be carried by a close and careful and perfect organization and a great deal of— [from audience: “soap,” in reference to purchased votes, the word being followed by laughter]. I see reporters here, and therefore I will simply say that everybody showed a great deal of interest in the occasion, and distributed tracts and political documents all through the country.Chester A. ArthurThe remarks concerned the presidential election of 1880.
The extravagant expenditure of public money is an evil not to be measured by the value of that money to the people who are taxed for it.Chester A. ArthurVeto message of Rivers and Harbor Bill (1882)
Experience has shown that the trade of the East is the key to national wealth and influence.Chester A. ArthurVeto message of Chinese Exclusion Act (1882).
Men may die, but the fabric of our free institutions remains unshaken.Chester A. ArthurSaid upon the death of President Garfield.
What a pleasant lot of fellows they are. What a pity they have so little sense about politics. If they lived North the last one of them would be Republicans.Chester A. ArthurQuoted in Recollections of Thirteen Presidents, John S. Wise (1906).
The office of the Vice-President is a greater honor than I ever dreamed of attaining.Chester A. ArthurQuoted in Random Recollections of an Old Political Reporter, William C. Hudson (1911).
Madam, I may be President of the United States, but my private life is nobody’s damn business.Chester A. ArthurTo a temperance reformer.
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