Horace Greeley

The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages.

Horace Greeley (February 3, 1811November 29, 1872) was an American editor of a leading newspaper, New York Tribune, a founder of the Liberal Republican Party, a reformer and a politician.

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  • The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages.
    • The American Conflict, A History of the Great Rebellion (1864).
  • The masses of our countrymen, North and South, are eager to clasp hands across the bloody chasm which has so long divided them.
    • Acceptance of Liberal Republican nomination as President (May 29, 1872).
  • The Republic needed to be passed through chastening, purifying fires of adversity and suffering: so these came and did their work and the verdure of a new national life springs greenly, luxuriantly, from their ashes.
    • Greeley on Lincoln, ed. Joel Benton, pp. 78–79 (1893).
  • If any young man is about to commence the world, we say to him, publicly and privately, Go to the West.
    • New Yorker, Aug. 25, 1838; often paraphrased as "Go west, young man, and grow up with the country"
    • Sometimes misattributed to John L. Soule

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  • There aren't half enough of them going there as it is.
    • Reply to a missionary who asked Greeley for a subscription to "help keep people from going to hell".
    • Quoted by Albert Jay Nock, Grab-bag Education, The Book of Journeyman (1930).

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