in America we are descended in blood and in spirit
from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who
dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their
heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with
is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of
freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens can
I like to believe that people in
the long run are going to do more to promote peace
than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want
peace so much that one of these days governments had
better get out of the way and let them have it.
an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the
proper meshing of the huge industrial and military
machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and
goals, so that security and liberty may prosper
supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably
integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no
matter whether it is on a section gang, a football
field, in an army, or in an office.
America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first
come to pass in the heart of America.
We are going to have peace even if
we have to fight for it.
A people that values its privileges
above its principles soon loses both.
What counts is not necessarily the
size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the
fight in the dog.
If all that Americans want is
security they can go to prison. They'll have enough to
eat, a bed and a roof over their heads. But if an
American wants to preserve his dignity and his
equality as a human being, he must not bow his neck to
any dictatorial government.
The quest for peace is the
statesman's most exacting duty... Practical progress
to lasting peace is his fondest hope.