Liberalism, above all, means emancipation – emancipation from one’s fears, his inadequacies, from prejudice, from discrimination, from poverty.
Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
Propaganda, to be effective, must be believed. To be believed, it must be credible. To be credible, it must be true.
The difference between heresy and prophecy is often one of sequence. Heresy often turns out to have been prophecy—when properly aged.
There is in every American, I think, something of the old Daniel Boone—who, when he could see the smoke from another chimney, felt himself too crowded and moved further out into the wilderness.
Unfortunately, our affluent society has also been an effluent society.
There are not enough jails, not enough policemen, not enough law courts, to enforce a law not supported by the people.
There are incalculable resources in the human spirit, once it has been set free.
Freedom is the most contagious virus known to man.
The pursuit of peace resembles the building of a great cathedral. It is the work of a generation. In concept it requires a master-architect; in execution, the labors of many.
The great challenge which faces us is to assure that, in our society of big-ness, we do not strangle the voice of creativity, that the rules of the game do not come to overshadow its purpose, that the grand orchestration of society leaves ample room for the man who marches to the music of another drummer.
We believe that to err is human. To blame it on someone else is politics.
Profit and morality are a hard combination to beat.
Slumism is the pent-up anger of people living on the outside of affluence. Slumism is decay of structure and deterioration of the human spirit. Slumism is a virus which spreads through the body politic. As other isms, it breeds disorder and demagoguery and hate.
To be realistic today is to be visionary. To be realistic is to be starry-eyed.
The President is the people’s lobbyist.
History teaches us that the great revolutions aren’t started by people who are utterly down and out, without hope and vision. They take place when people begin to live a little better—and when they see how much yet remains to be achieved.
Topics: Revolutionaries, Revolutions, Revolution
If there is dissatisfaction with the status quo, good. If there is ferment, so much the better. If there is restlessness, I am pleased. Then let there be ideas, and hard thought, and hard work. If man feels small, let man make himself bigger.
Oh, my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts—it’s what you do with what you have left.
Topics: Revolutions, Revolutionaries, Blessings, Doing Your Best, Gratitude, Attitude, Appreciation, Revolution
We should have learnt by now that laws and court decisions can only point the way. They can establish criteria of right and wrong. And they can provide a basis for rooting out the evils of bigotry and racism. But they cannot wipe away centuries of oppression and injustice—however much we might desire it.
When people generally are aware of a problem, it can be said to have entered the public consciousness. When people get on their hind legs and holler, the problem has not only entered the public consciousness—it has also become a part of the public conscience. At that point, things in our democracy begin to hum.
Fortunately, the time has long passed when people liked to regard the United States as some kind of melting pot, taking men and women from every part of the world and converting them into standardized, homogenized Americans. We are, I think, much more mature and wise today. Just as we welcome a world of diversity, so we glory in an America of diversity—an America all the richer for the many different and distinctive strands of which it is woven.
I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humanness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known.
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