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" The most troublesome men in public life," said Grant a few years later, " are those over-righteous people who see no motives in other people's actions but evil motives, who believe all public life is corrupt, and nothing is well done, unless they do it... "
Around the World with General Grant: A Narrative of the Visit of General U.S ... - Page 363
by John Russell Young - 1879 - 1262 pages
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CAMP-FIRE SKETCHES AND BATTLE-FIELD ECHOES

W.C. KING AND W.P. DERBY - 1886
...quality of swaying men which I wish I had.— Talk with JR Young. The most troublesome men in public life are those over-righteous people who see no motives...corrupt and nothing is well done unless they do it themselves.—Speaking of advocates of reform. There are many men who would have done better than I...
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Ulysses S. Grant and the Period of National Preservation and Reconstruction

William Conant Church - 1897 - 473 pages
...troublesome men in public life ; " those over-righteous people, who see no motives in other people's action but evil motives, who believe all public life is corrupt,...close together that they can look out of the same gimlet hole without winking." 1872] Reform in the Civil Service. 373 After he had been long enough...
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Ulysses S. Grant

Louis Arthur Coolidge - 1917 - 596 pages
...and has been ever since. " The most troublesome men in public life," said Grant a few years later, " are those over-righteous people who see no motives...look out of the same gimlet-hole without winking." Fish in his " Diary " tells how during the San Domingo controversy Grant remarked: "It is strange that...
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Ulysses S. Grant, Volumes 1-2

Louis Arthur Coolidge - 1922
...and has been ever since. " The most troublesome men in public life," said Grant a few years later, " are those over-righteous people who see no motives...do it themselves. They are narrow-headed men, their twoeyes so close together that they can look out of the same gimlet-hole without winking." Fish in...
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Presidents of the United States of America

Frank Freidel - 1998 - 91 pages
...1872, Grant was attacked by Liberal Republican reformers. He called them "narrowheaded men," their eyes so close together that "they can look out of the same gimlet hole without winking." The General's friends in the Republican Party came to be known proudly...
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Grant

Jean Edward Smith - 2001 - 784 pages
...reform, but he was not sanctimonious about it. "The most troublesome men in public life," he once said, "are those over-righteous people who see no motives...close together that they can look out of the same gimlet hole without winking."45 Civil service reform is a case in point. Grant was the first president...
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