We cannot afford to differ on the question of honesty if we expect our republic permanently to endure. Honesty is not so much a credit as an absolute prerequisite to efficient service to the public. Unless a man is honest, we have no right to keep him in public life; it matters not how brilliant his
Each child represents either a potential addition to the protective capacity and enlightened citizenship of the nation or, if allowed to suffer from neglect, a potential addition to the destructive forces of a community. . . . The interests of the nation are involved in the welfare of this array of
From the very beginning our people have markedly combined practical capacity for affairs with power of devotion to an ideal. The lack of either quality would have rendered the other of small value.
The function of our Government is to insure to all its citizens, now and hereafter, their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If we of this generation destroy the resources from which our children would otherwise derive their livelihood, we reduce the capacity of our land to suppo
The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight; that he shall not be a mere passenger, but shall do his share in the work that each generation of us finds ready to hand; and, furthermore, that in doing his work he shall show, no
A small politician, of low capacity and mean surroundings, proud to act as the servile tool of men worse than himself but also stronger and abler.
A man does not have himself killed for a half-pence a day or for a petty distinction. You must speak to the soul in order to electrify him
Large legislative bodies resolve themselves into coteries, and coteries into jealousies.
Washington is dead! This great man fought against Tyranny; he established the liberty of his country. His memory will always be dear to the French people, as it will be to all free men of the two worlds; and especially to French soldiers, who, like him and the American soldiers, have combated for li
A true master of politics is able to calculate, down to the smallest fraction, the advantages to which he may put his very faults.
Never interfere with an enemy in the process of destroying himself.
I cannot approve of your method of operation, you proceed like a bewildered idiot, taking not the least notice of my orders.
Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.
Those who have changed the universe have never done it by changing officials, but always by inspiring the people.
To understand the man you have to know what was happening in the world when he was twenty.
Unavailable wars are always just.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
This accession of territory affirms forever the power of the United States, and I have given England a maritime rival who sooner or later will humble her pride.
I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other.
Variety made the Revolution. Liberty was just a pretext.
The great art of governing consists in not letting men grow old in their jobs.
War is 90% information.
I make my battle plans from the spirit of my sleeping soldiers
The practice of law sharpens the mind by making it narrow.
All men of genius, and all those who have gained rank in the republic of letters, are brothers, whatever may be the land of their nativity.