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  1. A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.
  2. A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit.
  3. A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.
  4. Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
  5. All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.
  6. Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.
  7. An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.
  8. An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes.
  9. An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.
  10. As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also.
  11. Be polite to all, but intimate with few.
  12. Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.
  13. Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.
  14. But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.
  15. Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.
  16. Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government.
  17. Delay is preferable to error.
  18. Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
  19. Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.
  20. Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor – over each other.
  21. Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.
  22. Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
  23. Don’t talk about what you have done or what you are going to do.
  24. Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.
  25. Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
  26. Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
  27. Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.
  28. Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.
  29. Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.
  30. Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
  31. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
  32. For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.
  33. Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.
  34. Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?
  35. Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.
  36. He who knows best knows how little he knows.
  37. He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
  38. Here was buried Thomas Jefferson Author of the Declaration of American Independence Of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom & Father of the University of Virginia.
  39. History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is.
  40. Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
  41. How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened.
  42. I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind.
  43. I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us.
  44. I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too.
  45. I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
  46. I cannot live without books.
  47. I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.
  48. I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.
  49. I have done for my country, and for all mankind, all that I could do, and I now resign my soul, without fear, to my God – my daughter to my country.
  50. I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office.
  51. I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.
  52. I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.
  53. I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
  54. I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
  55. I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
  56. I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion.
  57. I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
  58. I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
  59. I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others.
  60. I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive.
  61. I sincerely believe… that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
  62. I think with the Romans, that the general of today should be a soldier tomorrow if necessary.
  63. I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.
  64. I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.
  65. I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
  66. If God is just, I tremble for my country.
  67. If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
  68. If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?
  69. If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest.
  70. If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.
  71. Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong.
  72. In defense of our persons and properties under actual violation, we took up arms. When that violence shall be removed, when hostilities shall cease on the part of the aggressors, hostilities shall cease on our part also.
  73. In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty.
  74. In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
  75. In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.
  76. It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.
  77. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God.
  78. It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.
  79. It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
  80. It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read.
  81. It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
  82. It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.
  83. It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.
  84. It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it.
  85. It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.
  86. Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.
  87. Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.
  88. Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
  89. Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.
  90. Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.
  91. My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me.
  92. My theory has always been, that if we are to dream, the flatteries of hope are as cheap, and pleasanter, than the gloom of despair.
  93. Never spend your money before you have earned it.
  94. No duty the Executive had to perform was so trying as to put the right man in the right place.
  95. No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms.
  96. No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will.
  97. No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it.
  98. No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
  99. None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important.
  100. Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
  101. Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
  102. Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man.
  103. One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them.
  104. One man with courage is a majority.
  105. One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.
  106. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.
  107. Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.
  108. Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.
  109. Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.
  110. Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.
  111. Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
  112. Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it.
  113. Power is not alluring to pure minds.
  114. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
  115. Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.
  116. Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
  117. So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done.
  118. Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question.
  119. Speeches that are measured by the hour will die with the hour.
  120. Taste cannot be controlled by law.
  121. That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part.
  122. The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense of great losses.
  123. The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
  124. The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.
  125. The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
  126. The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that… it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.
  127. The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead.
  128. The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.
  129. The good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world.
  130. The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
  131. The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory.
  132. The most successful war seldom pays for its losses.
  133. The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism.
  134. The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
  135. The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind.
  136. The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery.
  137. The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
  138. The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force.
  139. The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
  140. The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.
  141. The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.
  142. The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression.
  143. There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
  144. There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me.
  145. There is not a truth existing which I fear… or would wish unknown to the whole world.
  146. Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
  147. To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
  148. To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education.
  149. Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society.
  150. Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.
  151. War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses.
  152. We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed.
  153. We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest.
  154. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
  155. We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.
  156. We never repent of having eaten too little.
  157. Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
  158. When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.
  159. When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.
  160. When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
  161. Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.
  162. Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.
  163. Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.
  164. Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.
  165. Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival.
  166. A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
  167. A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.
  168. A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.
  169. A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.
  170. A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
  171. Absence and death are the same – only that in death there is no suffering.
  172. Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved.
  173. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.
  174. Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
  175. Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
  176. Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
  177. Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.
  178. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
  179. Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.
  180. Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.
  181. Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.
  182. Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
  183. Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
  184. For unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.
  185. Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.
  186. Germany has reduced savagery to a science, and this great war for the victorious peace of justice must go on until the German cancer is cut clean out of the world body.
  187. Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.
  188. Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.
  189. I am a part of everything that I have read.
  190. I am only an average man but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man.
  191. I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!
  192. 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.
  193. I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.
  194. I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also.
  195. I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.
  196. If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don’t get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.
  197. If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.
  198. In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
  199. It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.
  200. It is difficult to make our material condition better by the best law, but it is easy enough to ruin it by bad laws.
  201. It is essential that there should be organization of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize.
  202. It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
  203. It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
  204. Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
  205. Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it.
  206. Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
  207. Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time.
  208. No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.
  209. No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man’s permission when we ask him to obey it.
  210. No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience.
  211. No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.
  212. No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse.
  213. Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
  214. Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.
  215. Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young.
  216. Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.
  217. People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
  218. Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.
  219. Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.
  220. Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement.
  221. Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
  222. The American people abhor a vacuum.
  223. The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.
  224. The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.
  225. The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.
  226. The government is us; we are the government, you and I.
  227. The human body has two ends on it: one to create with and one to sit on. Sometimes people get their ends reversed. When this happens they need a kick in the seat of the pants.
  228. The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.
  229. The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
  230. The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.
  231. The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.
  232. The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name.
  233. The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.
  234. 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.
  235. The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.
  236. The reactionary is always willing to take a progressive attitude on any issue that is dead.
  237. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
  238. The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.
  239. There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.
  240. To announce that there must be no criticism of the president… is morally treasonable to the American public.
  241. To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
  242. Wars are, of course, as a rule to be avoided; but they are far better than certain kinds of peace.
  243. We can have no ’50-50′ allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.
  244. When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer ‘Present’ or ‘Not guilty.’
  245. When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ’em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.
  246. When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all.
  247. With self-discipline most anything is possible.
  248. A people free to choose will always choose peace.
  249. A tree’s a tree. How many more do you need to look at?
  250. Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.
  251. All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
  252. All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk.
  253. Approximately 80% of our air pollution stems from hydrocarbons released by vegetation, so let’s not go overboard in setting and enforcing tough emission standards from man-made sources.
  254. Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement.
  255. But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.
  256. Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.
  257. Democracy is worth dying for, because it’s the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.
  258. Don’t be afraid to see what you see.
  259. Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.
  260. Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.
  261. Facts are stubborn things.
  262. Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
  263. Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
  264. Going to college offered me the chance to play football for four more years.
  265. Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets.
  266. Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
  267. Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
  268. Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.
  269. Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.
  270. Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
  271. Governments tend not to solve problems, only to rearrange them.
  272. Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver five minutes longer.
  273. History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
  274. How can a president not be an actor?
  275. How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
  276. I am not worried about the deficit. It is big enough to take care of itself.
  277. I call upon the scientific community in our country, those who gave us nuclear weapons, to turn their great talents now to the cause of mankind and world peace: to give us the means of rendering these nuclear weapons impotent and obsolete.
  278. I favor the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and it must be enforced at gunpoint if necessary.
  279. I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.
  280. I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there’s purpose and worth to each and every life.
  281. I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon.
  282. I’ve never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a ‘fat cat’ and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a ‘public-spirited philanthropist’.
  283. I’ve often said there’s nothing better for the inside of a man than the outside of a horse.
  284. If the Soviet Union let another political party come into existence, they would still be a one-party state, because everybody would join the other party.
  285. If the federal government had been around when the Creator was putting His hand to this state, Indiana wouldn’t be here. It’d still be waiting for an environmental impact statement.
  286. If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
  287. If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.
  288. Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.
  289. Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.
  290. It doesn’t do good to open doors for someone who doesn’t have the price to get in. If he has the price, he may not need the laws. There is no law saying the Negro has to live in Harlem or Watts.
  291. It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.
  292. It’s difficult to believe that people are still starving in this country because food isn’t available.
  293. It’s silly talking about how many years we will have to spend in the jungles of Vietnam when we could pave the whole country and put parking stripes on it and still be home by Christmas.
  294. It’s true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?
  295. Latinos are Republican. They just don’t know it yet.
  296. Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith.
  297. Let us not forget who we are. Drug abuse is a repudiation of everything America is.
  298. Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.
  299. Man is not free unless government is limited.
  300. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!