Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
Unless the man is master of his soul all other kinds of mastery amount to little.
The men and women who have the right ideals . . . are those who have the courage to strive for the happiness which comes only with labor and effort and self-sacrifice, and those whose joy in life springs in part from power of work and sense of duty.
Black care rarely sits behind the rider whose pace is fast enough.
The lives of truest heroism are those in which there are no great deeds to look back upon. It is the little things well done that go to make up a truly successful and good life.
A President has a great chance; his position is almost that of a king and a prime minister rolled into one. Once he has left office he cannot do very much; and he is a fool if he fails to realize it all and to be profoundly thankful for having had the great chance.
Knowing what's right doesn't mean much unless you do what's right.
Our chief usefulness to humanity rests on our combining power with high purpose. Power undirected by high purpose spells calamity, and high purpose by itself is utterly useless if the power to put it into effect is lacking.
We Americans have many grave problems to solve, many threatening evils to fight, and many deeds to do, if, as we hope and believe, we have the wisdom, the strength, and the courage and the virtue to do them. But we must face facts as they are. We must neither surrender ourselves to a foolish optimis
Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
To discriminate against a thoroughly upright citizen because he belongs to some particular church, or because, like Abraham Lincoln, he has not avowed his allegiance to any church, is an outrage against the liberty of conscience, which is one of the foundations of American life.
Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it.
Perhaps there is no more important component of character than steadfast resolution.
The Constitution guarantees protection to property, and we must make that promise good. But it does not give the right of suffrage to any corporation. It is necessary that laws should be passed to prohibit the use of corporate funds directly or indirectly for political purposes; it is still more nec
Constructive change offers the best method for avoiding destructive change.
I have often been afraid, but I would not give in to it. I made myself act as though I was not afraid and gradually my fear disappeared.
Our flag is a proud flag, and it stands for liberty and civilization. Where it has once floated, there must be no return to tyranny.
The teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure to ourselves what that life would be if these teachings were removed.
...to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.
It is imperative to exercise over big business a control and supervision which is unnecessary as regards small business. All business must be conducted under the law, and all business men, big or little, must act justly. But a wicked big interest is necessarily more dangerous to the community than a
It's not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of the deeds could have done better.
There should be relentless exposure of and attack upon every evil practice, whether in politics, in business, or in social life. I hail as a benefactor every writer or speaker, every man who, on the platform, or in book, magazine or newspaper, with merciless severity makes such attack, provided alwa
A finer body of men has never been gathered by any nation than the men who have done the work of building the Panama Canal; the conditions under which they have lived and have done their work have been better than in any similar work ever undertaken in the tropics; they have all felt an eager pride
The mother is the one supreme asset of national life; she is more important by far than the successful statesman, or business man, or artist, or scientist.
The American people are slow to wrath, but when their wrath is once kindled it burns like a consuming flame.
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
And to lose the chance to see frigatebirds soaring in circles above the storm, or a file of pelicans winging their way homeward across the crimson afterglow of the sunset, or a myriad terns flashing in the bright light of midday as they hover in a shifting maze above the beach -- why, the loss is li
The man who holds that every human right is secondary to his profit must now give way to the advocate of human welfare.
War is not merely justifiable, but imperative upon honorable men, upon an honorable nation, where peace can only be obtained by the sacrifice of conscientious conviction or of national welfare.
The government is us; we are the government, you and I.