The truth is, we are all caught in a great economic system which is heartless.
The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy
Politics I conceive to be nothing more than the science of the ordered progress of society along the lines of greatest usefulness and convenience to itself.
Topics: Usefullness, Politics
The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
Prosperity is necessarily the first theme of a political campaign.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
A man is not as big as his belief in himself;
he is as big as the number of persons who believe in him.
Most men are individuals no longer so far as their business, its activities, or its moralities are concerned. They are not units but fractions; with their individuality and independence of choice in matters of business they have lost all their individual choice within the field of morals.
Genius is divine perseverance. Genius I cannot claim nor even extra brightness but perseverance all can have.
We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who hope that their dreams will come true.
Topics: Growth, Dreams
The interesting and inspiring thing about America is that she asks nothing for herself except what she has a right to ask for humanity itself.
America is not anything if it consists of each of us. It is something only if it consists of all of us.
Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles.
If a dog will not come to you after he has looked you in the face, you ought to go home and examine your conscience.
The nature of men and of organized society dictates the maintenance in every field of action of the highest and purest standards of justice and of right dealing…. By justice the lawyer generally means the prompt, fair, and open application of impartial rules; but we call ours a Christian civilization, and a Christian conception of justice must be much higher. It must include sympathy and helpfulness and a willingness to forego self-interest in order to promote the welfare, happiness, and contentment of others and of the community as a whole.
Golf is an ineffectual attempt to put an elusive ball into an obscure hole with implements ill-adapted to the purpose.
There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized peace.
We should not only master questions, but also act upon them, and act definitely.
Generally young men are regarded as radicals. This is a popular misconception. The most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates. The radicals are the men past middle life.
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.
My own ideals for the university are those of a genuine democracy and serious scholarship. These two, indeed, seem to go together.
Uncompromising thought is the luxury of the closeted recluse.
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