Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.
The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.
Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.
A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
If we lose the virile, manly qualities, and sink into a nation of mere hucksters, putting gain over national honor, and subordinating everything to mere ease of life, then we shall indeed reach a condition worse than that of the ancient civilizations in the years of their decay.
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children's children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
Every child has inside him an aching void for excitement and if we don't fill it with something which is exciting and interesting and good for him, he will fill it with something which is exciting and interesting and which isn't good for him.
A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
Knowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right.
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'
A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.
Our government, National and State, must be freed from the sinister influence or control of special interests. Exactly as the special interests of cotton and slavery threatened our political integrity before the Civil War, so now the great special business interests too often control and corrupt the men and methods of government for their own profit. We must drive the special interests out of politics.
To permit every lawless capitalist, every law-defying corporation, to take any action, no matter how iniquitous, in the effort to secure an improper profit and to build up privilege, would be ruinous to the Republic and would mark the abandonment of the effort to secure in the industrial world the spirit of democratic fair dealing.
This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.
There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.
Believe you can do it and you are halfway there
It may be that 'the voice of the people is the voice of God' in fifty one cases out of a hundred, but in the remaining forty nine it is quite as likely to be the voice of the devil, of, what is still worse, the voice of a fool.
Believe you can and you're halfway there.
The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
Comparison is the thief of joy.
Most of us tiptoe through life in order to make it safely to death.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
We must all either wear out or rust out, every one of us. My choice is to wear out.
I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.
Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.
Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will.
Get action. Do things; be sane; don't fritter away your time; create, act, take a place wherever you are and be somebody; get action.
The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
If we seek merely swollen, slothful ease and ignoble peace, if we shrink from the hard contests where men must win at the hazard of their lives and at the risk of all they hold dear, then bolder and stronger peoples will pass us by, and will win for themselves the domination of the world.
Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
The worst lesson that can be taught to a man is to rely upon others and to whine over his sufferings
Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.