They [the founders] proclaimed to all the world the revolutionary
doctrine of the divine rights of the common man. That doctrine has ever since
been the heart of the American faith.
This world of ours... must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate,
and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
I'm saving that rocker for the day when I feel as old as I really am.
Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must
be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots,
it will wither and die.
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted
influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The
potential for the disastrous rise of displaced power exists and will persist."
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies,
in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are
cold and are not clothed.
Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.
Only a fool would try to deprive working men and working women of their right
to join the union of their choice.
"The world no longer has a choice between force and law; if civilization is to
survive, it must choose the rule of law."
clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall
what has happened when there is no rule of law.
we have been warned by the power of modern weapons, that peace may be the only
climate possible for human life itself ... There must be law, steadily invoked
and respected by all nations, for without law, the world promises only such meager
justice as the pity of the strong upon the weak."
can be no peace without law.
You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.
the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants
to do it.
leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress,
riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of
world peace and human betterment."
“[Not achieving a nuclear test ban] would have to be classed as
the greatest disappointment of any administration of any decade, of any time and
of any party.”
"Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing
imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms,
but with intellect and decent purpose."
hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its
brutality, its futility and its stupidity.
people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it.
After my experience, I have come to hate war. War settles nothing.
"in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace
guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower
that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get
out of their way and let them have it."