A compassionate government keeps faith with the trust of the people and cherishes the future of their children.

The fifth freedom is freedom from ignorance.

It is always a strain when people are being killed. I don't think anybody has held this job who hasn't felt personally responsible for those being killed.

The moon and other celestial bodies should be free for exploration and use by all countries. No country should be permitted to advance a claim of sovereignty.

We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. It is time now to write the next chapter - and to write it in the books of law.

There is but one way for a president to deal with Congress, and that is continuously, incessantly, and without interruption. If it is really going to work, the relationship has got to be almost incestuous.

It may be, it just may be, that life as we know it with its humanity is more unique than many have thought.

I'm tired. I'm tired of feeling rejected by the American people. I'm tired of waking up in the middle of the night worrying about the war.

They call upon us to supply American boys to do the job that Asian boys should do.

Jack was out kissing babies while I was out passing bills. Someone had to tend the store.

We are not about to send American boys 9 or 10 thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves.

I report to you that our country is challenged at home and abroad: that it is our will that is being tried and not our strength; our sense of purpose and not our ability to achieve a better America.

No member of our generation who wasn't a Communist or a dropout in the thirties is worth a damn.

If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.

The noblest search is the search for excellence.

There are plenty of recommendations on how to get out of trouble cheaply and fast. Most of them come down to this: Deny your responsibility.

One lesson you better learn if you want to be in politics is that you never go out on a golf course and beat the President.

Doing what's right isn't the problem. It is knowing what's right.

The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.

The last thing I wanted to do was to be a wartime President.

I feel like I just grabbed a big juicy worm with a right sharp hook in the middle of it.

Our purpose in Vietnam is to prevent the success of aggression. It is not conquest, it is not empire, it is not foreign bases, it is not domination. It is, simply put, just to prevent the forceful conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam.

Freedom is not enough.

A President's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.

Just like the Alamo, somebody damn well needed to go to their aid. Well, by God, I'm going to Viet Nam's aid!

To conclude that women are unfitted to the task of our historic society seems to me the equivalent of closing male eyes to female facts.

Greater love hath no man than to attend the Episcopal Church with his wife.

The presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was; and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands.

I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. First, let her think she's having her own way. And second, let her have it.

I'd rather give my life than be afraid to give it.

Our society is illuminated by the spiritual insights of the Hebrew prophets. America and Israel have a common love of human freedom, and they have a common faith in a democratic way of life.

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.

Whether we are New Dealer, Old Dealer, Liberty Leaguer or Red, whether we agree or not, we still have the right to think and speak how we feel.

We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood.

I once told Nixon that the Presidency is like being a jackass caught in a hail storm. You've got to just stand there and take it.

Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity.

This is not Johnson's war. This is America's war. If I drop dead tomorrow, this war will still be with you.

You might say that Lyndon Johnson is a cross between a Baptist preacher and a cowboy.

John F. Kennedy was the victim of the hate that was a part of our country. It is a disease that occupies the minds of the few but brings danger to the many.

Our numbers have increased in Vietnam because the aggression of others has increased in Vietnam. There is not, and there will not be, a mindless escalation.

I want to make a policy statement. I am unabashedly in favor of women.

What convinces is conviction. Believe in the argument you're advancing. If you don't you're as good as dead. The other person will sense that something isn't there, and no chain of reasoning, no matter how logical or elegant or brilliant, will win your case for you.

I believe the destiny of your generation-and your nation-is a rendezvous with excellence.

You aren't learning anything when you're talking.

Doing what is right isn't the problem. It is knowing what is right.

The Russians feared Ike. They didn't fear me.

Every man has a right to a Saturday night bath.

Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.

I am making a collection of the things my opponents have found me to be and, when this election is over, I am going to open a museum and put them on display.