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A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.Principles More
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Every gun that is fired, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
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An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame -- Southern Methodist University game and doesn't care who wins.Atheism More
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How far have we come in man's long pilgrimage from darkness toward light? Are we nearing the light—a day of freedom and of peace for all mankind? Or are the shadows of another night closing in upon us?
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I like to believe that people, in the long run, are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.
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History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.Freedom More
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Plans are nothing; planning is everything.Planning More
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Legislation to apply the principle of equal pay for equal work without discrimination because of sex is a matter of simple justice.
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What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog.Competition More
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In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citzenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
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Only Americans can hurt America.
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With 450,000 U. S. troops now in Vietnam, it is time that Congress decided whether or not to declare a state of war exists with North Vietnam. Previous congressional resolutions of support provide only limited authority. Although Congress may decide that the previously approved resolution on Vietnam given President Johnson is sufficient, the issue of a declaration of war should at least be put before the Congress for decision.
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Don't join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed.Lies and Lying More
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Should a nation which attacks and occupies foreign territory in the face of United Nations disapproval be allowed to impose conditions on its own withdrawal?
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Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg.Cooperation More
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The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.Voting More
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Neither a wise nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.Procrastination More
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There are a number of things wrong with Washington. One of them is that everyone is too far from home.Cities and City Life More
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Biggest damfool mistake I ever made.
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I say when you get into a war, you should win as quick as you can, because your losses become a function of the duration of the war. I believe when you get in a war, get everything you need and win it.
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Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.Freedom More
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Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.Change More
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Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.
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I make it a practice to avoid hating anyone. If someones been guilty of despicable actions, especially toward me, I try to forget him. I used to follow a practicesomewhat contrived, I admitto write the mans name on a piece of scrap paper, drop it into the lowest drawer of my desk, and say to myself: That finishes the incident, and so far as Im concerned, that fellow. The drawer became over the years a sort of private wastebasket for crumbled-up spite and discarded personalities.
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I have only one yardstick by which I test every major problem -- and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?
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The worst to be feared and the best to be expected can be simply stated. The worst is atomic war. The best would be this: a life of perpetual fear and tension; a burden of arms draining the wealth and the labor of all peoples; a wasting of strength that defies the American system or the Soviet system or any system to achieve true abundance and happiness for the peoples of this earth. Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.
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There are two kinds of mines; one is the personnel mine and the other is the vehicular mine. When we come to a mine field our infantry attacks exactly as if it were not there. The losses we get from personnel mines we consider only equal to those we would have gotten from machine guns and artillery if the Germans had chosen to defend that particular area with strong bodies of troops instead of with mine fields. The attacking infantry does not set off the vehicular mines, so after they have penetrated to the far side of the field they form a bridgehead, after which the engineers come up and dig out channels through which our vehicles can go.
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new! An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.Intelligence and Intellectuals More
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Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.Peace More
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I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
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When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were--to the very last minute--a chance to lose it. This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.Risk More
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The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealthSpirit and Spirituality More
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Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow.Strength More
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Things are more like they are now than they have ever been before.Truth More
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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.Priorities More
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The most terrible job in warfare is to be a second lieutenant leading a platoon when you are on the battlefield.
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There is no victory at bargain basement prices.Price More
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We look upon this shaken earth, and we declare our firm and fixed purpose—the building of a peace with justice in a world where moral law prevails.
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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.
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There is nothing wrong with America that faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure.
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Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.General More
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The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned. When you hear a lot of talk about it, it's usually lousy.Motivation More
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I'm saving that rocker for the day when I feel as old as I really am.Age and Aging More
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Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace.Peace More
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The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law.Law and Lawyers More
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I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him, he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone.Persuasion More
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May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.Dissent More
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The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!Decisions More
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