The most important aspect of the relationship between the president and the secretary of state is that they both understand who is president.
All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.
The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
He who fears being conquered is certain of defeat.
These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of America's resolve.
Veni, vidi, vici.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.