We want no war of conquest…. War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed.
Inaugural Address. Washington, March 4, 1897. Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 841-60.
Our earnest prayer is that God will graciously vouchsafe prosperity, happiness, and peace to all our neighbors, and like blessings to all the peoples and powers of earth.William Mckinley
War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed.William Mckinley
Illiteracy must be banished from the land if we shall attain that high destiny as the foremost of the enlightened nations of the world which, under Providence, we ought to achieve.William Mckinley
We need Hawaii just as much and a good deal more than we did California. It is manifest destiny.William Mckinley
Our differences are policies; our agreements, principles.William Mckinley
The American flag has not been planted on foreign soil to acquire more territory but for humanity's sake.William Mckinley
Without competition we would be clinging to the clumsy antiquated processes of farming and manufacture and the methods of business of long ago, and the twentieth would be no further advanced than the eighteenth century.William Mckinley
Expositions are the timekeepers of progress.William Mckinley
Let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not in conflict; and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war.William Mckinley
The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation.William Mckinley
Finally, it should be the earnest wish and paramount aim of the military administration to win the confidence, respect, and affection of the inhabitants of the Philippines by assuring them in every possible way that full measure of individual rights and liberties which is the heritage of free peoples, and by proving to them that the mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation substituting the mild sway of justice and right for arbitrary rule.William Mckinley