The Seven Social Sins are: Wealth without work. Pleasure without conscience. Knowledge without character. Commerce without morality. Science without humanity. Worship without sacrifice. Politics without principle. From a sermon given by Frederick Lewis Donaldson in Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925.
Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.
There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.
And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles. So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.
You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.
My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.
The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them. To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on.
After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.
Politics doesn't make strange bedfellows - marriage does.
Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half of the time.
All I know is I'm not a Marxist.
The fact that a reactionary can sometimes be right is a little less recognized that the fact that a liberal can be. . . .
An independent is a guy who wants to take the politics out of politics.
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy "Dear Jack: Don't buy a single vote more than necessary. I'll be damned if I am going to pay for a landslide."
If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.