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Herbert Hoover Peacetime Address Highlights: 5 Quotes From Speeches

By    |   Friday, 22 May 2015 01:18 PM

Herbert Hoover was the 31st president of the United States, serving in office during peacetime from 1929 – 1933. Hoover had a very different background than many presidents before him, as he was not a lifelong politician. He became involved in politics due to success in his private endeavors that lead the government of the U.S. to request his help during World War I. Hoover is known primarily for his humanitarian work, which makes sense because he was raised in a Quaker household. The foundations of the Quaker community consist of a commitment to "pacifism, social equality, integrity, and simplicity," each of which can be seen throughout Hoover's time in office. Here are a few of Herbert Hoover's most memorable quotes from speeches he gave during peacetime in America.
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  1. "The budget should be balanced not by more taxes, but by reduction of follies." This quote comes from Hoover's address to Ohioans in New York City. This line was powerful in the 1930s and still remains poignant today. There is a significant debate currently going on in the American government about the budget deficit and the debt ceiling, both of which president Hoover would undoubtedly have a strong opinion on.
  2. "No public man can be just a little crooked. There is no such thing as a no-man's land between honesty and dishonesty." With this statement, Hoover addresses morality and his strict views on corruption. Some of this firm belief can be attributed to his adherence to the Quaker religion.
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  4. "The imperative need of this nation at all times is the leadership of uncommon men or women." This quote, preserved by the Hoover association, shows how Hoover reaffirms his views on morality and the idea that most people can be corrupted and are not fit to lead.
  5. "The most malign of all these dangers today is disregard and disobedience of law. Crime is increasing. Confidence in rigid and speedy justice is decreasing. I am not prepared to believe that this indicates any decay in the moral fiber of the American people." This statement is from Hoover's inaugural address given in Washington, D.C., in 1929. Here, he is addressing the failure of the criminal justice system in America at the time, a serious problem that Hoover attempted to rectify.
  6. "There is no more cruel illusion than that war makes a people richer." Hoover's strong loyalty to the pacifism held in the Quaker faith is prominently displayed in this line. Hoover speaks to the fact that regardless of whether some people economically profit from war, the loss of human life and the anguish that war may bring far outweighs any benefit to the bottom line of a company or individual.
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Herbert Hoover was the 31st president of the United States, serving in office during peacetime from 1929 - 1933. Hoover had a very different background than many presidents before him, as he was not a lifelong politician.
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