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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1027
AUTHOR: Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924)
QUOTATION: The program of the world’s peace, therefore, is our program; and that program, the only possible program, as we see it, is this:

1. Open covenants of peace, openly arrived at, after which there shall be no private international understandings of any kind but diplomacy shall proceed always frankly and in the public view.
ATTRIBUTION: President WOODROW WILSON, first of the “Fourteen Points,” address to a joint session of Congress, January 8, 1918.—The Messages and Papers of Woodrow Wilson, ed. Albert Shaw, vol. 1, p. 468 (1924).

This speech on war aims and peace terms laid the groundwork for the proposal of a League of Nations.
SUBJECTS: League of Nations