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
I believe that this Republic will endure for many centuries. If so there will doubtless be among its Presidents Protestants and Catholics, and very probably at some time, Jews. I have consistently tried while President to act in relation to my fellow Americans of Catholic faith as I hope that any fu
The beginning is the chiefest part of any work.
The honour of parents is a fair and noble treasure to their posterity, but to have the use of a treasure of wealth and honour, and to leave none to your successors, because you have neither money nor reputation of your own, is alike base and dishonourable.
I shall assume that your silence gives consent.
Music has the capacity to touch the innermost reaches of the soul and music gives flight to the imagination.
The tools which would teach men their own use would be beyond price.
I take it that our state, having been founded and built up on the right lines, is good in the complete sense of the word.
The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
Don't quarrel with your parents even if you are on the right.
I can show you that the art of calculation has to do with odd and even numbers in their numerical relations to themselves and to each other.
Knowledge of the soul is the only universal truth and the only wisdom - all other knowledge is transient.
Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.
If you are wise, all men will be your friends and kindred, for you will be useful.
Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man.
The beginning is half of the whole.
Experience proves that anyone who has studied geometry is infinitely quicker to grasp difficult subjects than one who has not.
Not only is the old man twice a child, but also the man who is drunk.
...the Gods too love a joke.
As there are misanthropists or haters of men, so also are there misologists, or haters of ideas.
There is no harm in repeating a good thing. Plat