The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
– Woodrow Wilson
I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty.
You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.
In the Lord’s Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.
Prosperity is necessarily the first theme of a political campaign.
I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose.
America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an ideal – to discover and maintain liberty among men.
A little group of willful men, representing no opinion but their own, have rendered the great government of the United States helpless and contemptible.
I will not speak with disrespect of the Republican Party. I always speak with respect of the past.
A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.
Neutrality is a negative word. It does not express what America ought to feel. We are not trying to keep out of trouble; we are trying to preserve the foundations on which peace may be rebuilt.
My dream of politics all my life has been that it is the common business, that it is something we owe to each other to understand and discuss with absolute frankness.
Caution is the confidential agent of selfishness.
Tell me what is right and I will fight for it.
The world is not looking for servants, there are plenty of these, but for masters, men who form their purposes and then carry them out, let the consequences be what they may.
It is like writing history with lightning and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.
The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.
There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.
Never attempt to murder a man who is committing suicide.
There can be no equality or opportunity if men and women and children be not shielded in their lives from the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter, control, or singly cope with.
If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles.
That a peasant may become king does not render the kingdom democratic.
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.
If you think too much about being re-elected, it is very difficult to be worth re-electing.
If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.
I have long enjoyed the friendship and companionship of Republicans because I am by instinct a teacher, and I would like to teach them something.
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
The awakening of the people of China to the possibilities under free government is the most significant, if not the most momentous, event of our generation.