“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.”
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”
This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.
“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”
We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”
Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
“Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”
A house divided against itself cannot stand.