U.S. President Warren G. Harding Quotes From and About Harding

About the U.S. President Warren G. Harding, quotes, quotations, and sayings from and about Harding.


29th President




"I am not fit for this office and never should have been here."

"I love to meet people. It is the most pleasant thing I do; it is really the only fun I have. It does not tax me, and it seems to be a very great pleasure to them."

"I don't know what to do or where to turn on this taxation matter. Somewhere there must be a book that tells all about it, where I could go to straighten it out in my mind. But I don't know where the book is, and maybe I couldn't read it if I found it! My God, this is a hell of a place for a man like me to be!"

"American business is not a monster, but an expression of God-given impulse to create, and the savior and guardian of our happiness."

"Harry Daugherty has been my best friend from the beginning of this whole thing. I have told him that he can have any place in my Cabinet he wants, outside of Secretary of State. He tells me that he wants to be Attorney General and by God he will be Attorney General!"

"My God, this is a hell of a job! I can take care of my enemies all right. But my friends, my God-damn friends, they're the ones that keep me walking the floor nights!"


We think the country's ready

For another man like Teddy.

We need another Lincoln

To do the country's thinkin'

(Chorus) Mis-ter Har-ding

You're the man for us!

--1920 campaign song, written for Harding by Al Jolson

"No rumor could have exceeded the reality [in the White House]; the study was filled with cronies, the air heavy with tobacco smoke, trays with bottles containing every imaginable brand of whiskey stood about, cards and poker chips ready at hand--a general atmosphere of waist-coat unbuttoned, feet on the desk, and the spittoon alongside."--Alice Roosevelt Longworth "His speeches left the impression of pompous phrases moving over the landscape in search of an idea. Sometimes these meandering words would actually capture a straggling thought and bear it triumphantly, a prisoner in their midst, until it died of servitude and overwork."--Former Treasury Secretary William G. McAdoo

"No one can hurt you now, Warren."--The Duchess, at Harding's bier

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