If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: 'President Can't Swim.'
If I don't have a woman for three days, I get terrible headaches.
I go to the chair of government with feelings not unlike those of a culprit who is going to the place of his execution.
There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.
America is best described by one word, freedom.
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.
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. I'm beginning to believe it.
Humble birth did not retard his genius, nor high place corrupt his soul.
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right in America.
I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can't get my wife to go swimming.
The prevailin' weakness of most public men is to Slop Over!.... G. Washington never slopt over.
Do what you can, with what you have and do it now!
As to the presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office and my surrender of it.
You can't fool all of the people all of the time. But it isn't necessary.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality.
Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
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