Victory is no longer a truth. It is only a word to describe who is left alive in the ruins.
That bitch of a war killed the lady I really loved - the Great Society.
If we stand passively by while the centre of each city becomes a hive of depravation, crime and hopelessness "if we become two people, the suburban affluent and the urban poor, each filled with mistrust and fear for the other" then we shall effectively cripple each generation to come.
If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.
Guns and bombs, rockets and warships, are all symbols of human failure.
A man without a vote is a man without protection.
I'll have those niggers voting Democrat for the next 200 years.
We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.
If government is to serve any purpose it is to do for others what they are unable to do for themselves.
We believe, that is, you and I, that education is not an expense. We believe it is an investment.
Justice requires us to remember that when any citizen denies his fellow, saying, 'His color is not mine,' or 'His beliefs are strange and different,' in that moment he betrays America, though his forebears created this nation.
Democrats legislate; Republicans investigate.
Every man has a right to a Saturday night bath.
If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better.
Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.
The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure.
The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.
Education will not cure all the problems of society, but without it no cure for any problem is possible.
The CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them to Princeton but wouldn't let them into the family brokerage business.
Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.
You know, doing what is right is easy. The problem is knowing what is right.
I want real loyalty. I want someone who will kiss my ass in Macy's window, and say it smells like roses.
There are no favorites in my office. I treat them all with the same general inconsideration.
Better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.
I'm gonna hunker down like a jack rabbit in a dust storm
There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves.
Lincoln was right about not fooling all the people all the time. But Republicans haven't given up trying.
I'll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years. [Touting his underlying intentions for the "Great Society" programs, LBJ confided with two like-minded governors on Air Force One]
Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
I'll tell you what's at the bottom of it. If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you.
We have entered an age in which education is not just a luxury permitting some men an advantage over others. It has become a necessity without which a person is defenseless in this complex, industrialized society. We have truly entered the century of the educated man.
At the desk where I sit, I have learned one great truth. The answer for all our national problems - the answer for all the problems of the world - come to a single word. That word is "education."
If you have a mother-in-law with only one eye and she has it in the center of her forehead, don't keep her in the living room.
It is happily and kindly provided that in every life there are certain pauses, and interruptions, which force consideration upon the careless, and seriousness upon the light, points of time where one course of action ends and another begins.
We must change to master change.
We did not choose to be the guardians of the gate, but there is no one else.
If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.
We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. It is time now to write the next chapter - and to write it in the books of law.
A man without a vote is man without protection.
In 1790, the nation which had fought a revolution against taxation without representation discovered that some of its citizens weren't much happier about taxation with representation.