There are blessed intervals when I forget by one means or another that I am President of the United States.
Uncompromising thought is the luxury of the closeted recluse.
A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits.
If you think too much about being re-elected, it is very difficult to be worth re-electing.
A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults his grandmother when in doubt.
By ‘radical,’ I understand one who goes too far; by ‘conservative,’ one who does not go far enough; by ‘reactionary,’ one who won’t go at all.
Excesses accomplish nothing. Disorder immediately defeats itself.
Our object now, as then, is to vindicate the principles of peace and justice in the life of the world as against selfish and autocratic power, and to set up among the really free and self-governed peoples of the world such a concert of purpose and of action as will henceforth insure the observance of those principles.
Liberty is its own reward.
Only free peoples can hold their purpose and their honor steady to a common end, and prefer the interests of mankind to any narrow interest of their own.
There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.
Absolute identity with one’s cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership.
Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise. Once and again one of those great influences which we call a Cause arises in the midst of a nation. Men of strenuous minds and high ideals come forward…. The attacks they sustain are more cruel than the collision of arms…. Friends desert and despise them…. They stand alone and oftentimes are made bitter by their isolation…. They are doing nothing less than defy public opinion, and shall they convert it by blows. Yes.
Leadership does not always wear the harness of compromise.