In youth, everything seems possible; but we reach a point in the middle years when we realize that we are never going to reach all the shining goals we had set for ourselves. And in the end, most of us reconcile ourselves, with what grace we can, to living with our ulcers and arthritis, our sense of partial failure, our less-than-ideal families—and even our politicians!
I’m not an old, experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned that the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.
Topics: Voting, Elections
It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.
When you leave here, don’t forget why you came.
A wise man who stands firm is a statesman, a foolish man who stands firm is a catastrophe.
We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on it’s vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to it’s security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.
Topics: Earth, Cooperation, Help
We talk a great deal about patriotism. What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to suggest that what we mean is a sense of national responsibility which will enable America to remain master of her power
I asked him on whom or what he had based his oratorical style. Churchill replied, It was an American statesman who inspired me and taught me how to use every note of the human voice like an organ. Winston then to my amazement started to quote long excerpts from Bourke Cockran’s speeches of 60 years before. He was my model, Churchill said. I learned from him how to hold thousands in thrall.
We have confused the free with the free and easy.
There is no evil in the atom; only in men’s souls.
Flattery is all right if you don’t inhale.
Journalists do not live by words alone, although sometimes they have to eat them.
It is an ancient political vehicle, held together by soft soap and hunger and with front-seat drivers and back-seat drivers contradicting each other in a bedlam of voices, shouting
Ignorance is stubborn and prejudice is hard.
The time to stop a revolution is at the beginning, not the end.
We should be careful and discriminating in all the advice we give. We should be especially careful in giving advice that we would not think of following ourselves. Most of all, we ought to avoid giving counsel which we don’t follow when it damages those who take us at our word.
The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step. So we must never neglect any work of peace within our reach, however small.
What do we mean by patriotism in the context of our times? I venture to suggest that what we mean is a sense of national responsibility… a patriotism which is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
Power corrupts, but lack of power corrupts absolutely.
Understanding human needs is half the job of meeting them.
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