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A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
– Theodore Roosevelt
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.
The American people abhor a vacuum.
A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.
Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
The human body has two ends on it: one to create with and one to sit on. Sometimes people get their ends reversed. When this happens they need a kick in the seat of the pants.
We can have no ’50-50′ allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.
For unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.
The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.
The reactionary is always willing to take a progressive attitude on any issue that is dead.
Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.