I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.
The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.
Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.
The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution.
Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
A President's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.
I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. First, let her think she's having her own way. And second, let her have it.
I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours.
If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
Men may die, but the fabrics of free institutions remains unshaken.
It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't.
A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valuable.
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
America is best described by one word, freedom.
The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal - that you can gather votes like box tops - is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.
The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people.
There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. I'm beginning to believe it.
I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can't get my wife to go swimming.
As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it.
Tactics mean doing what you can with what you have.
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