My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step. So we must never neglect any work of peace within our reach, however small.
All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.
In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take.
Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.
Communism is the death of the soul. It is the organization of total conformity - in short, of tyranny - and it is committed to making tyranny universal.
Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad.
The free press is the mother of all our liberties and of our progress under liberty.
Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice.
Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.
We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on its vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to its security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.
Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.
We have confused the free with the free and easy.
You will find that the truth is often unpopular and the contest between agreeable fancy and disagreeable fact is unequal. For, in the vernacular, we Americans are suckers for good news.
A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.
He who slings mud generally loses ground.
A hungry man is not a free man.
I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.
Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.
I don't want to send them to jail. I want to send them to school.
Your days are short here; this is the last of your springs. And now in the serenity and quiet of this lovely place, touch the depths of truth, feel the hem of Heaven. You will go away with old, good friends. And don't forget when you leave why you came.
There is a spiritual hunger in the world today - and it cannot be satisfied by better cars on longer credit terms.
On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers.
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