Aggressive conduct, if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged, ultimately leads to war.
All of this will not be finished in the first one hundred days, nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days, nor in the life of this administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.
If we are strong, our character will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be of no help.
In the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding on the back of the tiger ended up inside.
Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be President, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.
My experience in government is that when things are non-controversial and beautifully coordinated, there is not much going on.
The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.
There are three things which are real: God, human folly, and laughter. The first two are beyond our comprehension. So we must do what we can with the third.
There is always inequity in life. Some men are killed in a war, and some men are wounded, and some men are stationed in the Antarctic and some are stationed in San Francisco. It's very hard in military or personal life to assure complete equality.
The same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe -- the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.
Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.
We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.
We no longer live in a world where only the actual firing of weapons represents a sufficient challenge to a nation's security.
When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we'd been saying they were.