When you appeal to force, there's one thing you must never do - lose.
Morale is the greatest single factor in successful wars.
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of their way and let them have it.
We merely want to live in peace with all the world, to trade with them, to commune with them, to learn from their culture as they may learn from ours, so that the products of our toil may be used for our schools and our roads and our churches and not for guns and planes and tanks and ships of war.
Pessimism never won any battle.
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog.
No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves.
This is what I found out about religion: It gives you courage to make decisions you must make in a crisis, and then the confidence to leave the result to a Higher Power. Only by trust in God can a man carrying responsibility find repose.
"Worry" is a word that I don't allow myself to use.
Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.
Never question another man's motive. His wisdom, yes, but not his motives.
Pull the string and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
Never waste a minute thinking about people you don't like.
Don't join the book burners. Don't think you're going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book...
Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history.
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.
I thought it completely absurd to mention my name in the same breath as the presidency.
Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.