Good luck belongs to those who know how and are not afraid.” John Hay to President Theodore Roosevelt
Because we have only one (life) we go about blundering along him nervous haste.
Henry Adams observes that John Hay has the ability to take the world as a whole rather than pulling it to pieces in criticism. He also observes that, in the routine of a stressful job, this perspective is challenged
If he could be hard on kings and cabinets, he was invariably kind to his colleagues.
I like to introduce myself, because THEN I can get in all the facts.” The usually self-deprecating John Hay on the ironic formality of signing his own commission as Secretary of State.
Behind those thick glasses (of TR’s) was a man who did not blink.
He did not so much follow his father’s example as his father’s vision.