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If you tell Congress everything about the world situation, they get hysterical. If you tell them nothing, they go fishing.
Well, I wouldn't say I was in the 'great' class, but I had a great time while I was trying to be great.
All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.
Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.
You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from. It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break.
Peace is precious to us. It is the way of life we strive for with all the strength and wisdom we possess. But more precious than peace are freedom and justice. We will fight, if fight we must, to keep our freedom and to prevent justice from being destroyed.
When even one American -- who has done nothing wrong -- is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth -- then all Americans are in peril.
Three things ruin a man power, money, and women. I never wanted power. I never had any money, and the only woman in my life is up at the house right now.
Nixon is a shifty-eyed goddamn liar. . . . .He's one of the few in the history of this country to run for high office talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and lying out of both sides.
Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.
I come to the office each morning and stay for long hours doing what has to be done to the best of my ability. And when you've done the best you can you can't do any better.
Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive. And don't ever apologize for anything.
I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
I sit here all day trying to persuade people to do the things they ought to have the sense to do without my persuading them. That's all the powers of the President amount to.
In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves...self-discipline with all of them came first.
Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says 'Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.' I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have - When he gives everything that is in him to do the job he has before him. That is all you can ask of him and that is what I have tried to do.
A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
You can never get all the facts from just one newspaper, and unless you have all the facts, you cannot make proper judgements about what is going on.
It's not the hand that signs the laws that holds the destiny of America. It's the hand that casts the ballot.
I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says 'Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.' I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have.
It was the same with those old birds in Greece and Rome as it is now. The only thing new in the world is the history you don't know.
I have had enough experience in all my years, and have read enough of the past, to know that advice to grandchildren is usually wasted.
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