Man is a strange animal. He generally cannot read the handwriting on the wall until his back is up against it.
The best reason I can think of for not running for President of the United States is that you have to shave twice a day.
The whole basis of the United Nations is the right of all nations – great or small – to have weight, to have a vote, to be attended to, to be a part of the twentieth century.
Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.
Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.
I’m not an old, experienced hand at politics. But I am now seasoned enough to have learned that the hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.
It will be helpful in our mutual objective to allow every man in America to look his neighbor in the face and see a man-not a color.
Do you know the difference between a beautiful woman and a charming one? A beauty is a woman you notice, a charmer is one who notices you.
To act coolly, intelligently and prudently in perilous circumstances is the test of a man – and also a nation.
The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal – that you can gather votes like box tops – is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.
We must recover the element of quality in our traditional pursuit of equality. We must not, in opening our schools to everyone, confuse the idea that all should have equal chance with the notion that all have equal endowments.
On the plains of hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who at the dawn of victory lay down to rest, and in resting died.
Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than the freedom to stagnate.
We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on it’s vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to it’s security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.
I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends… that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
I think that one of the most fundamental responsibilities is to give testimony in a court of law, to give it honestly and willingly.
After four years at the United Nations I sometimes yearn for the peace and tranquillity of a political convention.