Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness Quotes.

1. "She (the First Lady, entering the room with her gravely wounded husband) would admit fear but not despair."
- Candice Millard, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness

2. "Dr. Lister, who treated the wounded Pres. Garfield, had been so stung by the medical establishment's reaction to his embrace of African-American doctors that he, in response, refused to do part from the status quo enough to considering using antiseptic techniques."
- Candice Millard, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness

3. "Garfield's shooting had also revealed to the American people how vulnerable they were. In the little more than a century since its inception, the United States had become a powerful and respected country. Yet Americans suddenly realized that they still had no real control over their own fate. Not only could they not prevent a tragedy of such magnitude, they couldn't even anticipate it. The course of their lives could be changed in an instant, by a man who did not even understand what he had done."
- Candice Millard, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness

4. "during his first year at the Eclectic that, by his second year, the school had promoted him from janitor to assistant professor."
- Candice Millard, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness

5. "The author points out strikingly different reactions to calamity. While many passengers of a devastating shipwreck were thankful to be alive, future presidential assassin Charles Guiteau saw his being spared as proof of his exceptionalism rather than of the grace from which he benefited."
- Candice Millard, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness

6. "Quiet is no certain pledge of permanence and safety. Trees may flourish and flowers may bloom upon the quiet mountain side, while silently the trickling rain-drops are filling the deep cavern behind its rocky barriers, which, by and by, in a single moment, shall hurl to wild ruin its treacherous peace."
- Candice Millard, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness

7. "Theologians in all ages have looked out admiringly upon the material universe and … demonstrated the power, wisdom, and goodness of God; but we know of no one who has demonstrated the same attributes from the history of the human race."
- Candice Millard, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness

8. "As Bell stood in silence, watching the judges turn their backs to him and begin to walk away, he suddenly heard a familiar voice. How do you do, Mr. Bell? Surprised, he turned to find Emperor Dom Pedro II of Brazil, his full, white beard neatly trimmed, his deep-set eyes bright with curiosity, looking directly at him. A passionate promoter of the sciences, Dom Pedro had asked to accompany the judges on their rounds that morning, perfectly happy to be in the tropical-like heat that reminded him of home. When he saw Bell standing in the crowd of some fifty judges and a handful of hovering inventors, he immediately recognized him as the talented teacher of the deaf whom he had met in Boston."
- Candice Millard, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness

9. "There is no horizontal Stratification of society in this country like the rocks in the earth, that hold one class down below forevermore, and let another come to the surface to stay there forever. Our Stratification is like the ocean, where every individual drop is free to move, and where from the sternest depths of the mighty deep any drop may come up to glitter on the highest wave that rolls. JAMES A. GARFIELD"
- Candice Millard, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness

10. "Although Garfield was dangerously ill, the idea of taking him to a hospital was never considered. Hospitals were only for people who had nowhere else to go. No sick or injured person who could possibly be nursed at home or in a medical man’s private residence,"
- Candice Millard, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness

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