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Entry from December 06, 2009
“A conservative man is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits”

"A conservative man is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits” is a saying that has been attributed to Woodrow Wilson and that has been printed on many images. Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) was governor of New Jersey from 1911 to 1913, and president of the United States from March 1913 until March 1921.

The New York (NY) Times reported Governor Wilson’s speech in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at the testimonial dinner given Judge J. John White of the Court of Error and Appeals, held on September 11, 1911:

“I’m sorry for the man in public office who is afraid of anybody. I can imagine nothing more terrible than the conscience of the political coward. What a dog he must be.”

The Pratt (KS) Union, on September 21, 1911, reported:

“Governor Woodrow Wilson says: ‘I’m sorry for the man in public office who is afraid of anybody. I can imagine nothing more terrible than the conscience of the political coward. What a dog he must be! A conservative man is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.’”

“A conservative man is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.—Woodrow Wilson” was published on the masthead in the Denver (CO) Post on September 30, 1916. The quotation also appears in the book The Wit and Wisdom of Woodrow Wilson (1916).

“Sometimes I sits and thinks, and then again I just sits” is a related saying. “A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults his grandmother when in doubt” is an associated saying about a conservative.


Wikipedia: Woodrow Wilson
Thomas Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856–February 3, 1924) was the 28th President of the United States. A leading intellectual of the Progressive Era, he served as President of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910, and then as the Governor of New Jersey from 1911 to 1913. With Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft dividing the Republican Party vote, Wilson was elected President as a Democrat in 1912.

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. A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.
. A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults his grandmother when in doubt.

12 September 1911, New York (NY) Times, pg. 22, col. 2:
Special to The New York Times
ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., Sept. 11.—Gov. Woodrow Wilson, chief speaker at the testimonial dinner given Judge J. John White of the Court of Error and Appeals here to-night, sounded his defiance to the political bosses.

“I’m sorry for the man in public office who is afraid of anybody,” he said. “I can imagine nothing more terrible than the conscience of the political coward. What a dog he must be.”

21 September 1911, Pratt (KS) Union, pg. 4, col. 2:
Governor Woodrow Wilson says: “I’m sorry for the man in public office who is afraid of anybody. I can imagine nothing more terrible than the conscience of the political coward. What a dog he must be! A conservative man is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.”

30 September 1916, Denver (CO) Post, pg. 1 masthead:
A conservative man is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.—Woodrow Wilson.

Chronicling America
31 October 1916, Tacoma (WA) Times, “The President’s Corner” by Woodrow Wilson, pg. 4, col. 2:
A conservative man is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.
(From “Wit and Wisdom of Woodrow Wilson,” copyright, 1916, by Doubleday, Page & Co.)

18 November 1916, Waterloo (IA) Times-Tribune:
“A conservative man is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.”

16 March 1919, Grand Forks (ND) Herald, pg. 3: 
A conservative man is a man who just sits and thinks—mostly sits.

7 July 1955, Humboldt (CA) Standard, pg. 4, col. 7:
A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.
-- Woodrow Wilson, 1856-1924, President of the United States

Google Books
The New Speaker’s Treasury of Wit and Wisdom
By Herbert Victor Prochnow
New York, NY: Harper
1958
Pg. 97:
A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.
Woodrow Wilson

6 November 1970, Danville (VA) Bee, pg. 5B, col. 4:
Thought for today; A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits—Woodrow Wilson.

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George Shiber
@GeorgeShiber
A conservative is a man who sits and thinks; mostly sits - W. Wilson
If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t there more more happy #Republicans?
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We are #AllRepublicansToday. So incredibly sad.
6:40 PM - 14 Jun 2017

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