I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem - and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?
The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice their choice!
If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom.
You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.
War settles nothing.
Our real problem, then, is not our strength today it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.
If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man's intelligence and his comprehension... would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution.
The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.
When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war.
Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Oh, that lovely title, ex-president.
I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
In most communities it is illegal to cry 'fire' in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims?
If the United Nations once admits that international disputes can be settled by using force, then we will have destroyed the foundation of the organization and our best hope of establishing a world order.
There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure.
Politics is a profession a serious, complicated and, in its true sense, a noble one.
This world of ours... must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.
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