Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.
True liberal government is founded on the emancipation of men.
New discoveries in science will continue to create a thousand new frontiers for those who still would adventure.
In America today, we are nearer a final triumph over poverty than is any other land.
My earliest realization of the stir of national life was the torch parade in the Garfield campaign. On that occasion, I was not only allowed out that night, but I saw the lamps being filled and lighted.
A whole people with the ballot in their hands possess the most conclusive and unlimited power ever entrusted to humanity.
When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned.
The glory of the nation rests in the character of her men. And character comes from boyhood. Thus, every boy is a challenge to his elders.
America means far more than a continent bounded by two oceans. It is more than pride of military power, glory in war, or in victory. It means more than vast expanse of farms, of great factories or mines, magnificent cities, or millions of automobiles and radios.
A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus.
The pause between the errors and trials of the day and the hopes of the night.
We must have government that builds stamina into communities and men. That makes men instead of mendicants.
When all the routines and details and the human bores get on our nerves, we just yearn to go away from here to somewhere else. To go fishing is a sound, a valid, and an accepted reason for an escape. It requires no explanation.
Democracy is not static. It is a living force. Every new idea, every new invention offers opportunity for both good and evil.
It is the youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow... that are the aftermath of war.
Freedom does not die from frontal attack. It dies because men in power no longer believe in a system based upon liberty.
One civilization after another has been wrecked upon the attempt to secure sufficient leadership from a single group or class.
The only trouble with capitalism is capitalists; they're too damned greedy.
America - a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.
I'm the only person of distinction who's ever had a depression named after him.
Free government is the most difficult of all government. But it is everlastingly true that the plain people will make fewer mistakes than any other group of men, no matter how powerful.
One has to bear in mind that one of the tactics of revolution is to destroy one's predecessors in authority at any cost or hazard.
At 15 years of age, I left school to practice the profession of Office Boy in a business firm in Salem, Oregon.
The opportunities of America opened out to me the public schools. They carried me to the professional training of an American university. I began by working with my own hands for my daily bread.
When we are sick, we want an uncommon doctor; when we have a construction job to do, we want an uncommon engineer, and when we are at war, we want an uncommon general. It is only when we get into politics that we are satisfied with the common man.
Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.
Doctors think a lot of patients are cured who have simply quit in disgust.
There are some principles that cannot be compromised. Either we shall have a society based upon ordered liberty and the initiative of the individual, or we shall have a planned society that means dictation no matter what you call it or who does it. There is no half-way ground. They cannot be mixed.
The spirit of liberalism is to create free men; it is not the regimentation of men.
This is not a showman's job. I will not step out of character.
I am sure I'd have made a better all-around man if I hadn't lost so much time just making a living.
Next to religion, baseball has had a greater impact on our American way of life than any other American institution.
The New Deal repudiation of democracy has left the Republican Party alone the guardian of the Ark of the Covenant with its charter of freedom.
Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.
Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body - the producers and consumers themselves.
We in America today are nearer to the final triumph over poverty than ever before.
The thing I enjoyed most were visits from children. They did not want public office.
There is no economic failure so terrible in its import as that of a country possessing a surplus of every necessity of life in which numbers willing and anxious to work, are deprived of dire necessities. It simply cannot be if our moral and economic system is to survive.
I am no supporter of factory labor for children, but I have never joined with those who clamored against proper work of children on farms outside their school hours.
Many years ago, I concluded that a few hair shirts were part of the mental wardrobe of every man. The president differs from other men in that he has a more extensive wardrobe.
I am proud to have been born in Iowa. Through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy, it was a place of adventure and daily discoveries - the wonder of the growing crops, the excitements of the harvest, the journeys to the woods for nuts and hunting, the joys of snowy winters, the comfort of the family fireside, of good food and tender care.
It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.
Self-government does not and should not imply the use of political agencies alone. Progress is born of cooperation in the community - not from governmental restraints.
Freedom conceives that the mind and spirit of man can be free only if he be free to pattern his own life, to develop his own talents, free to earn, to spend, to save, to acquire property as the security of his old age and his family.
There are things in the world that cannot be brought about. There are mistakes that cannot be repaired. But there is one thing sure -- that loyalty and friendship are the most precious possessions a man can have.