The things that the flag stands for were created by the experiences of a great people. Everything that it stands for was written by their lives.
I use not only all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.
When you come into the presence of a leader of men, you know that you have come into the presence of fire - that it is best not incautiously to touch that man - that there is something that makes it dangerous to cross him.
You cannot be friends upon any other terms than upon the terms of equality.
To do things today exactly the way you did them yesterday saves thinking.
Responsibility is proportionate to opportunity.
The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.
One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils. The thing is to supply light, and not heat.
Let me . . . ; remind you that it is only by working with an energy which is almost superhuman and which looks to uninterested spectators like insanity that we can accomplish anything worth the achievement. Work is the keystone of a perfect life. Work and trust in God.
The truth is, we are all caught in a great economic system which is heartless.
I can imagine no greater disservice to the country than to establish a system of censorship that would deny to the people of a free republic like our own their indisputable right to criticize their won public officials. While exercising the great powers of the office I hold, I would regret in a crisis like the one through which we are now passing to lose the benefit of patriotic and intelligent criticism.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
Our civilization cannot survive materially unless it be redeemed spiritually.
A radical is one of whom people say, "He goes too far." A conservative, on the other hand, is one who " doesn't go far enough." Then there is the reactionary, "one who doesn't go at all." All these terms are more or less objectionable, wherefore we have coined the term "progressive." I should say that a progressive is one who insists upon recognizing new facts as they present themselves - one who adjusts legislation to their new facts.
Why has Jesus Christ so far not succeeded in including the world to follow His teachings in [matters of wold peace]? It is because He taught the ideal with having devising any practical means of attaining it. That is why I am proposing a practical scheme to catty out His aim.
The wisest thing to do with a fool is to encourage him to hire a hall and disclosure to his fellow citizens. Nothing chills nonsense like exposure to the air.
Benevolence never developed a man or a nation. We do not want a benevolent government. We want a free and a just government. Every one of the great schemes of social uplift which are now so much debated ny noble people amongst us is based, when rightly conceived, upon justice, not upon benevolence.
Absolute identity with one's cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership.
I do not believe that any man can lead who does not act . . . under the impulse of a profound sympathy with those whome he leads.
Liberty has never come from government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of government. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.
A man is justified in lying to protect the honor of a woman or to protect public policy.
No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation.
1. Open covenants of peace, openly arrived at.
The office of President requires the constitution of an athlete, the patience of a mother, and the endurance of an early Christian.
If you want your memoranda read, put it on one page.
Segregation is not humiliating but a benefit, and ought to be so regarded by you gentlemen.
I wish there were some great orator who could go about and make men drunk with this spirit of self-sacrifice.
In public affairs, stupidity is more dangerous than knavery.
It must be admitted that our present process of adjudication lack[s] both simplicity and promptness, that they are necessarily expensive, and that a rich litigant can almost always tire a poor one out and readily cheat himof his rights by simply leading him through and endless maze of appeals and technical delays.
People will endure their tyrants for years, but they tear their deliverer to pieces if a millennium is not created immediately.
Why, my fellow citizens, is there any man of any woman - let me say, is there any child here - who does not know that the seed of war in the modern world is industrial and commercial rivalry.
This is the culminating and final war for human liberty. [World War I]
That a peasant may become king does not render the kingdom democratic.
A right is worth fighting for only when it can be put into operation.
The example of America must be an example, not of peace because it will not fight, but of peace because peace is the healing and elevationg influence of the world, and strife is not. There is such a thing as a man being too proud to fight. The is such a thing as a man being so right that he does not need to convince others by force that he is right.
There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized peace.
Prosperity is necessarily the first theme of a political campaign.
We are citizens of the world; and the tragety of our times is that we do not know this.
The president is at liberty, both in law and conscience to be as big a man as he can.
No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.
The government of the United States at present is the foster child of special interests.
There is no indispensable man.
The masters of the government of the United States are the combined capitalists and manufactures of the United States.
American industry is not free, as once it was free, American enterprise is not free. . . . Why? Because the laws of this country do not prevent the strong from crushing the weak.
What I am interested in is having the government of the United States more concerned about human rights than property rights.
The government, which was designed for the people, has gotten into the hands of their bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.
The world must be made safe for democracy. . . . Civilization itself seems to be in the balance. But the Right is more precious than peace.
We have no selfish end to serve. We desire no conquest, no dominion. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifice we shall freely make.
It must be a peace without victory. . . . Only a peace a peace between equals can last.
Sometimes people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American. America is the only idealistic nation in the world.
The great monopoly in this country is the money monopoly. So long as n it exists, our old variety of freedom and individual enery of development are out of the question.
The world is going to change radically . . . the government will have to take over the natural resources . . . all the water power, all the coal mines, all the oil fields, etc. They will have to be government-owned. . . . The only way we can prevent Communism is by some such action as this.
The control of the system of banking and of issue [money] which our new laws are set up must be public, not priviate must be vested in the Government itself, so that banks may be the instruments, not the masters of business and of individual enterprise and initiative.
Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.
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