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.
Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse.
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.
A hungry man is not a free man.
Nature is indifferent to the survival of the human species, including Americans.
As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.
The free press is the mother of all our liberties and of our progress under liberty.
We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on it's vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to it's security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.
A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.
You can tell the size of a man by the size of the thing that makes him mad.
He who slings mud generally loses ground.
Freedom rings where opinions clash.
I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
I don't want to send them to jail. I want to send them to school.
Flattery is all right so long as you don't inhale.
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.
The human race has improved everything, but the human race.
There is a spiritual hunger in the world today - and it cannot be satisfied by better cars on longer credit terms.
Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice.
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.
On this shrunken globe, men can no longer live as strangers.
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