Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.
Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.
I've heard that hard work never killed anyone, but I say why take the chance?
I know in my heart that man is good, that what is right will always eventually triumph, and there is purpose and worth to each and every life.
If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under.
Government is like a baby: an alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
Life is one grand sweet song so start the music
There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.
Politics I supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
We should declare war on North Vietnam. We could pave the whole country and put parking strips on it, and still be home by Christmas.
Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.
The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.
Terrorism is the preferred weapon of weak and evil men.
Without God, there is no virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience... without God, there is a coarsening of the society; without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure.
The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally - not a 20 percent traitor.
If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he'll eat you last.
I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.
Millions of individuals making their own decisions in the marketplace will always allocate resources better than any centralized government planning process.
If more government is the answer, then it was a really stupid question.
You won't get gun control by disarming law-abiding citizens. There's only one way to get real gun control: Disarm the thugs and the criminals, lock them up and if you don't actually throw away the key, at least lose it for a long time... It's a nasty truth, but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun controllers. I happen to know this from personal experience.
Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.
We must be cautious in claiming God is on our side. I think the real question we must answer is, are we on His side?
Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out.
We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.
A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.
My golf-loving friend Bob Hope asked me what my handicap was, so I told him - the Congress.
Extreme taxation, excessive controls, oppressive government competition with business, frustrated minorities and forgotten Americans are not the products of free enterprise. They are the residue of centralized bureaucracy, of government by a self-anointed elite.
If not us, who? And if not now, when?
Two visions of the world remain locked in dispute. The first believes all men are created equal by a loving God who has blessed us with freedom. The second vision believes that religion is opium for the masses. It believes that eternal principles like truth, liberty, and democracy have no meaning beyond the whim of the state. And [Vladimir] Lenin spoke for them.
There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit.
Too often character assassination has replaced debate in principle here in Washington. Destroy someone's reputation, and you don't have to talk about what he stands for.
We must never remain silent in the face of bigotry. We must condemn those who seek to divide us. In all quarters and at all times, we must teach tolerance and denounce racism, anti-Semitism and all ethnic or religious bigotry wherever they exist as unacceptable evils. We have no place for haters in America - none, whatsoever.
The difference between them and us is that we want to check government spending and they want to spend government checks.
The Federal Reserve is answerable to no one.
The federal government did not create the states; the states created the federal government.
California produces 40% of America's fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts - the kind you eat. We have had a bumper crop of the other variety, too.
Revenues should be increased not by increasing the tax rates on the individual but by building a bigger economy for everybody.
Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing.
America needs jobs and opportunity, not make-work and handouts.
It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?