Politics is a war of causes; a joust of principles.
There is such a thing as man being too proud to fight. There is such a thing as a nation being so right that it does not need to convince others by force that it is right.
The Civil War created in this country what had never existed before – a national consciousness. It was not the salvation of the Union; it was the rebirth of the Union.
This is a war to end all wars.
There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized peace.
It must be a peace without victory… Victory would mean peace forced upon the loser, a victor’s terms imposed upon the vanquished. It would be accepted in humiliation, under duress, at an intolerable sacrifice, and would leave a sting, a resentment, a bitter memory upon which terms of peace would rest, not permanently, but only as upon quicksand. Only a peace between equals can last.
I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.
No thoughtful man ever came to the end of his life, and had time and a little space of calm from which to look back upon it, who did not know and acknowledge that it was what he had done unselfishly and for others, and nothing else, that satisfied him in the retrospect, and made him feel that he had played the man.
When you have read the Bible, you will know it is the word of God, because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness and your own duty.
That a peasant may become king does not render the kingdom democratic.
…to make the world safe for democracy.
The whole purpose of democracy is that we may hold counsel with one another, so as not to depend upon the understanding of one man.
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.
I believe in Democracy because it releases the energies of every human being.
An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of Democracy.