The best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
It’s plain hokum. If you can’t convince ’em, confuse ’em. It’s an old political trick. But this time it won’t work.
Carry the battle to them. Don’t let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don’t ever apologize for anything.
A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who’s been dead for 15 years.
Experience has shown how deeply the seeds of war are planted by economic rivalry and social injustice.
Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.
I have no desire to crow over anybody or to see anybody eating crow, figuratively or otherwise. We should all get together and make a country in which everybody can eat turkey whenever he pleases.
If I hadn’t been President of the United States, I probably would have ended up a piano player in a bawdy house.
When you get to be President, there are all those things, the honors, the twenty-one gun salutes, all those things. You have to remember it isn’t for you. It’s for the Presidency.
Richard Nixon is a no good, lying bastard. He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, and if he ever caught himself telling the truth, he’d lie just to keep his hand in.
We shall never be able to remove suspicion and fear as potential causes of war until communication is permitted to flow, free and open, across international boundaries.
I remember when I first came to Washington. For the first six months you wonder how the hell you ever got here. For the next six months you wonder how the hell the rest of them ever got here.
You can never get all the facts from just one newspaper, and unless you have all the facts, you cannot make proper judgements about what is going on.
A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first.
In my opinion eight years as president is enough and sometimes too much for any man to serve in that capacity.
The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members.
I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.
It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow’s viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences.
The atom bomb was no “great decision.” It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness.
My choice early in life was either to be a piano-player in a whorehouse or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference.
When even one American – who has done nothing wrong – is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth – then all Americans are in peril.
Well, I wouldn’t say that I was in the great class, but I had a great time while I was trying to be great.
You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don’t believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can’t possibly foresee now.