The most important aspect of the relationship between the president and the secretary of state is that they both understand who is president.
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it... anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents had always been tragic.
The American President resembles the commander of a ship at sea. He must have a helm to grasp, a course to steer, a port to seek.
The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin.
A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
A government of laws, and not of men.
Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.
All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.
As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children.
Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
Genius is sorrow's child.
Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.
Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination - everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell.
I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.
I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children. I give you this warning that you may prepare your mind for your fate.
I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
I, poor creature, worn out with scribbling for my bread and my liberty, low in spirits and weak in health, must leave others to wear the laurels which I have sown, others to eat the bread which I have earned. A common case.
In politics the middle way is none at all.
Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.
Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.
Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.
My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.
Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
The Declaration of Independence I always considered as a theatrical show. Jefferson ran away with all the stage effect of that... and all the glory of it.
The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries.
The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws.
The furnace of affliction produces refinement, in states as well as individuals.
The happiness of society is the end of government.
The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations.
The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea.
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
Thomas Jefferson still survives.
When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.
While all other sciences have advanced, that of government is at a standstill - little better understood, little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago.
According to the Stoics, all vice was resolvable into folly: according to the Christian principle, it is all the effect of weakness.
All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.
Democracy, pure democracy, has at least its foundation in a generous theory of human rights. It is founded on the natural equality of mankind. It is the cornerstone of the Christian religion. It is the first element of all lawful government upon earth.
Gratitude, warm, sincere, intense, when it takes possession of the bosom, fills the soul to overflowing and scarce leaves room for any other sentiment or thought.
Heaven has given to every human being the power of controlling his passions, and if he neglects or loses it, the fault is his own, and he must be answerable for it.
I have no predilection for unpopularity as such, but I hold it much preferable to the popularity of a day, which perishes with the transient topic upon which it is grounded.
In order to preserve the dominion of our own passions, it behooves us to be constantly and strictly on our guard against the influence and infection of the passions of others.
Is not the brand ofdouble-dealerstamped on the forehead of every democratic slaveholder? Are not fraud and hypocrisy the religion of the man who calls himself a democrat, and hold his fellow-man in bondage?
It is among the evils of slavery that it taints the very sources of moral principle. It establishes false estimates of virtue and vice: for what can be more false and heartless than this doctrine which makes the first and holiest rights of humanity to depend upon the color of the skin?
It is of no use to discover our own faults and infirmities unless the discovery prompts up to amendment.
It was the special purpose of Christ's appearance upon earth to bring immortality to light.
Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people.
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
The Declaration of Independence pronounced the irrevocable decree of political separation, between the United States and their people on the one part, and the British king, government, and nation on the other.
The great object of the institution of civil government is the improvement of those who are parties to the social compact.
The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.
This idea of the transcendent power of the Supreme Being is essentially connected with that by which the whole duty of man is summed up: obedience to His will.
The more you meditate on the laws of Moses, the more striking and brighter does their wisdom appear.
This is the last of earth! I am content.
To read the Bible is of itself a laudable occupation and can scarcely fail of being a useful employment of time; but the habit of reflecting upon what you have read is equally essential as than of reading itself, to give it all the efficacy of which it is susceptible.
Where annual elections end, there slavery begins.
The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable.
If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't Black.
The Breakfast Clubradio program, May 22, 2020.
Isn't it a bitch? I mean, ... this vice president thing?
Let's build back better.
Poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids.
We have to be remembered for what's been done.
You're a lying dog-faced pony soldier.
He who fears being conquered is certain of defeat.
All skills begin with the basics of reading and math, which are supposed to be learned in the early grades of our schools. Yet for too long, for too many children, those skills were never mastered.
Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job.
I really am not the kind of guy that sits here and says,Oh gosh, I'm worried about my legacy.
Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundations of America.
There's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again.
These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of America's resolve.
You're working hard to put food on your family.
Veni, vidi, vici.
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense ... human rights invented America.
Globalization, as defined by rich people like us, is a very nice thing... you are talking about the Internet, you are talking about cell phones, you are talking about computers. This doesn't affect two-thirds of the people of the world.
I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history.
It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.
Tax laws also benefit those who have the best lobbying efforts ... and the larger the corporations are, the smaller proportion they pay in taxes.
If you don't say anything you won't be called on to repeat it.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan,Press on,has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.
Whosoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.... And when you realize the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate.
You can know a person by the kind of desk he keeps ... If the president of a company has a clean desk ... then it must be the executive vice president who is doing all the work.
My father was frightened of his mother; I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.
My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.
One man with courage makes a majority.
The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that operates with perfect equality.
There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing.
I am captivated more by dreams of the future than by history of the past.
I find that pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise.
In matters of style, swim with the current;
In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I just find it absolutely bizarre that we are being lectured by the Americans about giving up our sovereignty and giving up control when the Americans won't even sign up to the international convention on the law of the seas, let alone the International Criminal Court.
I would rather be dead in a ditch than ask the European Union for a delay in Brexit.
We have a great new Brexit deal that takes back control.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
Let every Nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend or oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty.
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.
Defeat doesn't finish a man - quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.
The most dangerous man in America.
The press is the enemy.
When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.
You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character.
A friend of mine was asked to a costume ball a short time ago. He slapped some egg on his face and went as a liberal economist.
Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber, and as deadly as a hit man.
It's true hard work never killed anyone but I figure why take the chance?
Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out.
You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by the way he eats jelly beans.
Happiness ... lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits.
The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
There is no indispensable man.
Throughout the world, change is the order of the day.
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
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.
It is hard to fail; but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. ... The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em,Certainly I can!Then get busy and find out how to do it.
All the president is is a glorified PR man who spends his life flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.
I have found that the best way to give advise to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
It's a recession when your neighbour loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.
Once a decision was made, I did not worry about it afterward.
Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.
He's not a war hero. ... He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured.
I alone can fix it.
[I am] not smart, but genius ... and a very stable genius at that!
I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters.
I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off.
I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning?
I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky to do the right thing.
I wasn't satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement.
I would like you to do us a favor, though.
If you don't have passion ... you might as well give up ... you have no chance of making it. Passion is the essence of life, and certainly the essence of success.
If you're going to be thinking only one thing, you might as well be thinking big.
In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.
Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?
My style of dealmaking is quite simple and straightforward. I just keep pushing and pushing to get what I'm after.
One day - it's like a miracle - it will disappear.
Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make.
I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
Character is a by-product; it is produced in the great manufacture of daily duty.
If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish pig.
My deepest, strongest desire in marrying you, Darling, is to make you happy, and I would put into this some word of love which would seem to your heart a sort of sweet preface to the book of love which we are about to open together, to read new secrets of sympathy and companionship. I would have you catch a glimpse of my purpose for the future and of the joy which that future contains for me, of the gratitude I feel for your priceless gift of love, and of the infinite love and tenderness which is the gift of my whole heart to you.
One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils.
There is no such thing as a man being too proud to fight.