History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.
The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice their choice!
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.
The people of the world genuinely want peace. Some day the leaders of the world are going to have to give in and give, it to them.
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
Few women, I fear, have had such reason as I have to think the long sad years of youth were worth living for the sake of middle age.
Here 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 disloyal subversion.
I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.
I have only one yardstick by which I test every major problem – and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?
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.
I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man’s intelligence and his comprehension… would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution.
If the United Nations once admits that international disputes can be settled by using force, then we will have destroyed the foundation of the organization and our best hope of establishing a world order.
If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom.
In most communities it is illegal to cry ‘fire’ in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims?
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.