There are no accidents in my philosophy

There are no accidents in my philosophy.  Every effect must have its cause.  The past is the cause of the present, and the present will be the cause of the future.  All these are links in the endless chain stretching from the finite to the infinite.  ~Abraham Lincoln

The public history of all countries and

The public history of all countries, and all ages, is but a sort of mask, richly colored.  The interior working of the machinery must be foul.  ~John Quincy Adams, Diary, 9 Nov 1822SH

The best leader is the one who

The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.  ~Theodore Roosevelt

A capacity and taste for reading gives

A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.  It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems.  And not only so.  It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the unsolved ones.  ~Abraham Lincoln

But friendship is precious not only in

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.  ~Thomas Jefferson

It is well that you should celebrate

It is well that you should celebrate your Arbor Day thoughtfully, for within your lifetime the nation’s need of trees will become serious. We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted.  ~Theodore Roosevelt, 1907 Arbor Day Message

The lesson of history is rarely learned

The lesson of history is rarely learned by the actors themselves.  ~James A. Garfield, quoted in Maxims of James Abram Garfield by William Ralston Balch; SH

The courage of life is often a

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.  ~John F. Kennedy

The real differences around the world today

The real differences around the world today are not between Jews and Arabs; Protestants and Catholics; Muslims, Croats, and Serbs.  The real differences are between those who embrace peace and those who would destroy it; between those who look to the future and those who cling to the past; between those who open their arms and those who are determined to clench their fists.  ~William J. Clinton, 1997

Washingtons is the mightiest name of earth

Washington’s is the mightiest name of earth – long since mightiest in the cause of civil liberty; still mightiest in moral reformation.  On that name no eulogy is expected.  It cannot be.  To add brightness to the sun, or glory to the name of Washington, is alike impossible.  Let none attempt it.  In solemn awe pronounce the name, and in its naked deathless splendor leave it shining on.  ~Abraham LincolnCOE

If you look at his portraits they

If you look at his portraits they always give you an indelible impression of his great height.  So does his life.  Height of purpose, height of ideal, height of character, height of intelligence.  ~David Lloyd GeorgeCOE

A martyr to the cause of man

A martyr to the cause of man,
His blood is freedom’s eucharist,
And in the world’s great hero list
His name shall lead the van.
~Charles G. HalpinCOE

Labor is prior to and independent of

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital.  Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed.  Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.  ~Abraham Lincoln

He raised his hands not to strike

He raised his hands, not to strike, but in benediction.  Lincoln was the grandest figure of the fiercest civil war.  He is the gentlest memory of our world.  ~Robert G. IngersollCOE

A conservative is a man with two

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt, radio speech, 26 October 1939

The important thing today is not what

The important thing today is not what we say of Lincoln but what Lincoln would say of us if he were here in this hour and could note the drift and tendency in American life and American politics.  ~Stephen Samuel WiseCOE

Freedom has its life in the hearts

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.  ~Dwight D. EisenhowerGCLE

The government which was designed for the

The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests.  An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.  ~Woodrow Wilson

Washingtons appointments when president were made with

Washington’s appointments, when president, were made with a view to gather all the talent of the country in support of the national government; and he bore many things which were personally disagreeable in an endeavor to do this.  ~Paul Leicester FordCOE

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When written in Chinese the word "crisis" is composed of two characters – one represents danger and the other represents opportunity.  ~John F. Kennedy, address, 12 April 1959LCD

Let him who looks for a monument

Let him who looks for a monument to Washington look around the United States.  Your freedom, your independence, your national power, your prosperity, and your prodigious growth are a monument to him.  ~Louis KossuthCOE

He showed that fame may be won

He showed that fame may be won and what services be rendered by a plain son of the people unaided by any gifts of fortune.  ~James BryceCOE

Modern cynics and skeptics see no harm

Modern cynics and skeptics… see no harm in paying those to whom they entrust the minds of their children a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom they entrust the care of their plumbing.  ~John F. KennedyLLDT

We are not enemies but friends must

We are not enemies, but friends.  We must not be enemies.  Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.  The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.  ~Abraham Lincoln

I believe there are more instances of

I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.  ~James Madison, speech, Virginia Convention, 1788LCD

He was a common man expanded into

He was a common man expanded into giant proportions; well acquainted with the people, he placed his hand on the beating pulse of the nation, judged of its disease and was ready with a remedy.  ~Joshua SpeedCOE

No man will ever bring out of

No man will ever bring out of the Presidency the reputation which carries him into it.  ~Thomas Jefferson, letter, 1796MCTO

The problem in defense is how far

The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.  ~Dwight D. EisenhowerGCLE

We cannot blame the schools alone for

We cannot blame the schools alone for the dismal decline in SAT verbal scores.  When our kids come home from school do they pick up a book or do they sit glued to the tube, watching music videos?  Parents, don’t make the mistake of thinking your kid only learns between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  ~George Bush

The idea that you can merchandise candidates

The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal – that you can gather votes like box tops – is… the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.  ~Adlai Stevenson, speech, Democratic National Convention, 18 August 1956LCD

This statesman was no conqueror but his

This statesman was no conqueror, but his superiority consisted in his moral conquest; this President vanquished no foreign people, and his superiority lay in his self-constraint; this excellent judge of human nature cast a spell over nobody, yet is more fascinating than the shining victors of history.  ~Emil LudwigCOE

The flag of the united states has

The flag of the United States has not been created by rhetorical sentences in declarations of independence and in bills of rights.  It has been created by the experience of a great people, and nothing is written upon it that has not been written by their life.  It is the embodiment, not of a sentiment, but of a history.  ~Woodrow WilsonCOE

May it please heaven that his example

May it please Heaven that his example shall continue to serve as a beacon to our Republics in their darkest moments of doubt and adversity.  ~Jorge UbicoCOE

Blot out from the page of history

Blot out from the page of history the names of all the great actors of his time in the drama of nations, and preserve the name of Washington, and the century would be renowned.  ~Chauncey M. DepewCOE

I am rather inclined to silence and

I am rather inclined to silence, and whether that be wise or not, it is at least more unusual nowadays to find a man who can hold his tongue than to find one who cannot.  ~Abraham Lincoln

The presidency is now a cross between

The presidency is now a cross between a popularity contest and a high school debate, with an encyclopedia of cliches the first prize.  ~Saul Bellow

It was a very lonely spirit that

It was a very lonely spirit that looked out from underneath those shaggy brows and comprehended men without fully communing with them, as if in spite of all its genial efforts at comradeship, it dwelt apart, saw its visions of duty where no man looked on.  ~Woodrow WilsonCOE

The taxpayer thats someone who works

The taxpayer – that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take
the civil service examination.  ~Ronald Reagan

He is one of those giant figures

He is one of those giant figures, of whom there are very few in history, who lose their nationality in death.  ~David Lloyd GeorgeCOE

If you want total security go to

If you want total security, go to prison.  There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on.  The only thing lacking… is freedom.  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Ohio claims they are due a president

Ohio claims they are due a president as they haven’t had one since Taft.  Look at the United States, they have not had one since Lincoln.  ~Will Rogers

War will exist until that distant day

War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.  ~John F. Kennedy

To waste to destroy our natural resources

To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.  ~Theodore Roosevelt, seventh annual message, 3 December 1907

Not in vain has lincoln lived for

Not in vain has Lincoln lived, for he has helped to make this republic an example of justice, with no caste but the caste of humanity.  ~George BancroftCOE

I have been driven many times upon

I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.  My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.  ~Abraham Lincoln