The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. We have no selfish ends to serve. We desire no conquest, no dominion. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely make.
That a peasant may become king does not render the kingdom democratic.
An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of Democracy
Big business is not dangerous because it is big, but because its bigness is an unwholesome inflation created by privileges and exemptions which it ought not to enjoy.
…to make the world safe for democracy.
I believe in Democracy because it releases the energies of every human being.
[We are] 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 the duress of small groups of dominant men.
A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men who, even if their action be honest and intended for the public interest, are necessarily concentrated upon the great undertakings in which their own money is involved and who necessarily, by very reason of their own limitations, chill and check and destroy genuine economic freedom.
I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country.
Only a peace between equals can last. Only a peace the very principle of which is equality and a common participation in a common benefit.
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.
There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized peace.
The world can be at peace only if the world is stable, and there can be no stability where the will is in rebellion, where there is not tranquility of spirit and a sense of justice, of freedom, and of right.
Where the great force lies, there must be the sanction of peace.
Settlements may be temporary, but the action of the nations in the interest of peace and justice must be permanent. We can set up permanent processes. We may not be able to set up permanent decisions.
I have long enjoyed the friendship and companionship of Republicans because I am by instinct a teacher, and I would like to teach them something.