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1856 - 1924, 28th President of the United States

If you want to make enemies, try to change something.
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I would rather fail in a cause that will ultimately triumph than to triumph in a cause that will
ultimately fail.
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I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
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I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is
controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the
nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be
one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in
the civilized world. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by
conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a
small group of dominant men.
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The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.
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Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are
afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so
watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above
their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.
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Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.
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Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting.
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Freedom exists only where the people take care of the government.
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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.
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There is a price which is too great to pay for peace, and that price can be put in one word.
One cannot pay the price of self-respect.
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I am not one of those who believe that a great standing army is the means of maintaining
peace, because if you build up a great profession, those who form parts of it want to exercise
their profession.
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I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being.
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Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of
the government. The history of government is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is
the history of the limitation of government, not the increase of it.
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War isn't declared in the name of God - it is a human affair entirely.
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A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults his grandmother when in
doubt.
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The most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates. The radicals are the
men past middle life.
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You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live
more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to
enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
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The seed of revolution is repression.
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We are citizens of the world. The tragedy of our times is that we do not know this.
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If you think too much about being re-elected, it is very difficult to be worth re-electing.
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One cool judgement is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and
not heat.
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We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a
spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die,
but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the
sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will
come true.
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No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation.
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The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief
greatness.
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If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and
examine your conscience.
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The person who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
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The things that the flag stands for were created by the experiences of a great people.
Everything that it stands for was written by their lives. The flag is the embodiment, not of
sentiment, but of history.
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