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Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
This country cannot afford to be materially rich and spiritually poor.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.
No responsibility of government is more fundamental than the responsibility of maintaining the highest standard of ethical behavior for those who conduct the public business.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
Don't pray for an easy life, pray to be a stronger man.
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.
People often tell me I could be a great man. I'd rather be a good man.
Our task is not to fix blame for the past, but to fix the course for the future.
The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.
Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one's own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.
We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future.
Democracy may not be perfect, but at least I don't have to build a wall to keep my people in.
A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
I will splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds.
We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came.
Automation does not need to be our enemy. I think machines can make life easier for men, if men do not let the machines dominate them.
There can be no progress if people have no faith in tomorrow.
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.
The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger--but recognize the opportunity.
I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy; Dear Jack, Don't buy a single vote more than is necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide.
Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.
Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of the people remain in poverty, while a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance.
Never let your fears hold you back from pursuing your hopes.
I hope that no American will waste his franchise and throw away his vote by voting either for me or against me solely on account of my religious affiliation. It is not relevant.
War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.
Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder.
Hold fast to the best of the past and move fast to the best of the future.
I would rather be accused of breaking precedents than breaking promises.
Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.
There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair.
Every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope; and the one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.
According to the ancient Chinese proverb, A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
You never know what's hit you. A gunshot is the perfect way.