Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.
Lincoln-sad, patient, kindly Lincoln, who after bearing upon his weary shoulders for four years a greater burden than that borne by any other man of the nineteenth century laid down his life for the people whom living he had served as well-built upon his early study of the Bible.
Work hard at work worth doing.
I entirely appreciate loyalty to one"s friends, but loyalty to the cause of justice and honor stands above it.
I am rather more apt to read old books than new ones.
The Welfare of Each of Us Is Dependent Fundamentally Upon the Welfare of All of Us
In this country we have no place for hyphenated Americans.
Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it.
It is time for us now as a nation to exercise the same reasonable foresight in dealing with our great natural resources that would be shown by any prudent man in conserving and widely using the property which contains the assurance of well-being for himself and his children.
Every man among us is more fit to meet the duties and responsibilities of citizenship because of the perils over which, in the past, the nation has triumphed; because of the blood and sweat and tears, the labor and the anguish, through which, in the days that have gone, our forefathers moved on to t
I am a man who believes with all fervor and intensity in moderate progress. Too often men who believe in moderation believe in it only moderately and tepidly and leave fervor to the extremists of the two sides - the extremists of reaction and the extremists of progress. Washington, Lincoln . . . are
The chief factor in any man's success or failure must be his own character.
The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.
Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.
We must remember not to judge any public servant by any one act, and especially should we beware of attacking the men who are merely the occasions and not the cause of disaster.
If I have to choose between peace and righteousness, I'll choose righteousness.
If elected, I shall see to it that every man has a square deal, no less and no more.
The civilized people of today look back with horror at their medieval ancestors who wantonly destroyed great works of art or sat slothfully by while they destroyed. We have passed this stage.... Here in the U.S. we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping grounds, we pollute the air, we d
While President, I have been President - emphatically.
A revolution is sometimes necessary, but if revolutions become habitual the country in which they take place is going down-hill
We shall make mistakes; and if we let these mistakes frighten us from our work we shall show ourselves weaklings.
If a man has a very decided character, has a strongly accentuated career, it is normally the case of course that he makes ardent friends and bitter enemies.
Speak softly, I'm getting my massage
It is only the warlike power of a civilized people that can give peace to the world.
Death is always, under all circumstances, a tragedy, for if it is not then it means that life has become one.
More and more, as it becomes necessary to preserve the game, let us hope that the camera will largely supplant the rifle.
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.
[Among the books he chooses, a statesman] ought to read interesting books on history and government, and books of science and philosophy; and really good books on these subjects are as enthralling as any fiction ever written in prose or verse.
'Liar' is just as ugly a word as 'thief,' because it implies the presence of just as ugly a sin in one case as in the other. If a man lies under oath or procures the lie of another under oath, if he perjures himself or suborns perjury, he is guilty under the statute law.