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American History Quotes
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Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax
without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.
  • - Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)

3
Without freedom of thought there can be no such
thing as wisdom and no such thing as liberty
without freedom of speech.
  • - Benjamin Franklin,
  • Dogood Papers (1722)

4
If Patrick Henry thought that taxation without
representation was bad, he should see how bad it
is with representation.
  • - The Farmers Almanac

5
Associate yourself with men of quality if you
esteem your reputation, for tis better to be
alone than to be in bad company.
  • - George Washington

6
Reason and experience forbid us to expect public
morality in the absence of religious principle.
  • - George Washington

7
Honesty is always the best policy
  • - George Washington

8
"Without a moral compass, historians risk
becoming lost in an intellectual desert, beguiled
by the mirage of 'objectivity' that recedes as
one treks through 'facts' that pile up like
grains of sand."
  • - Peter Irons, A People's History of the Supreme
    Court, p. 184

9
Failure is the path of least persistence.
10
The country shall be independent, and we will be
satisfied with nothing short of it.
  • - Samuel Adams,
  • speech March 1774

11
Give me liberty or give me death!
  • - Patrick Henry,
  • Virginia Convention
  • 23rd March 1775

12
Dont fire until you see the whites of their
eyes!
  • - William Prescott,
  • Battle of Bunker Hill
  • 17th June 1775

13
No person among us desires any other reward for
performing a brave and worthwhile action, but the
consciousness of having saved his nation.
  • - Joseph Brant,
  • to King George III in 1776

14
The period of debate is closed. Arms, as a last
resource, must decide the contest.
  • - Thomas Paine,
  • Common Sense, 1776

15
Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us no
choice but a brave resistance or the most abject
submission.
  • - George Washington,
  • 2nd July 1776

16
The time is now near at hand which must
determine whether Americans are to be freemen or
slaves.
  • - George Washington,
  • Orders to Troops
  • 2nd July 1776

17
I only regret that I have but one life to lose
for my country.
  • - Nathan Hale,
  • New York City
  • 22nd September 1776

18
These are the times that try mens souls.
  • - Thomas Paine.
  • 23rd December 1776

19
I have not yet begun to fight.
  • - John Paul Jones,
  • 23rd September 1779

20
The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the
same time.
  • Thomas Jefferson,
  • Summary View of the
  • Rights of British America

21
What country before ever existed a century and a
half without a rebellion? . . . The tree of
liberty must be refreshed from time to time with
the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its
natural manure.
  • Thomas Jefferson,
  • Letter to William Stevens Smith,
  • 13th November 1787

22
A bill of rights is what the people are entitled
to against every government.
  • - Thomas Jefferson,
  • letter to James Madison
  • December 1787

23
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of
government. It can only exist until the voters
discover that they can vote themselves largess
from the public treasury. From that moment on,
the majority always votes for the candidate
promising the most benefits from the public
treasury with the result that a democracy always
collapses over loose fiscal policy.
  • Alexander Tyler,
  • 1787

24
Our new constitution is now established, and has
the appearance that promises permanency but in
this world nothing can be said to be certain,
except death and taxes.
  • - Benjamin Franklin,
  • in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy
  • 13th November 1789

25
The basis of our political system is the right
of the people to make and to alter their
constitutions of government.
  • - George Washington,
  • Farewell Address
  • 17th September 1789

26
To the memory of the Man, first in war, first in
peace, and first in the heart of his countrymen.
  • Henry Lee,
  • Eulogy on Washington

27
Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason
is left free to combat it.
  • Thomas Jefferson,
  • First Inaugural Address,
  • 4th March 1801

28
When a man assumes a public trust, he should
consider himself as public property.
  • Thomas Jefferson,
  • Rayners Life of Jefferson

29
Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect
that God is just.
  • Thomas Jefferson,
  • Notes on Virginia.
  • Querry XVIII, Manners.

30
These lands are ours. No one has a right to
remove us because we were the first owners.
  • - Tecumseh,
  • to President Monroe in 1810

31
Protection and patriotism are reciprocal.
  • John C. Calhoun,
  • Speech, U.S. House of Representatives,
  • 12th December 1811

32
If you wish to avoid foreign collisions, you had
better abandon the ocean.
  • Henry Clay,
  • Speech on the Increase of the Navy,
  • U.S. House of Representatives,
  • 22nd January 1812

33
Our country! In her intercourse with foreign
nations may she always be in the right but our
country, right or wrong.
  • Stephen Decatur,
  • Toast given at Norfolk,
  • April 1816

34
National honor is national property of the
highest value.
  • James Monroe,
  • First Inaugural Address,
  • 4th March 1817

35
A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare
as to be always valuable.
  • - Thomas Jefferson,
  • letter dated 8th September 1817

36
Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them
good citizens.
  • Daniel Webster,
  • Speech at Plymouth, Massachusetts,
  • 22nd December 1820

37
The American continents . . . Are henceforth not
to be considered as subjects for future
colonization by any European powers.
  • James Monroe,
  • Annual Message to Congress,
  • December 1823

38
Mind is the great lever of all things human
thought is the process by which human ends are
ultimately answered.
  • Daniel Webster,
  • Address on Laying the Cornerstone
  • of the Bunker Hill Monument,
  • 17th June 1825

39
Knowledge, in truth, is the great sun in the
firmament. Life and power are scattered with all
its beams.
  • Daniel Webster,
  • Address on Laying the Cornerstone
  • of the Bunker Hill Monument,
  • 17th June 1825

40
Let our object be our country, our whole
country, and nothing but our country.
  • Daniel Webster,
  • Address on Laying the Cornerstone
  • of the Bunker Hill Monument,
  • 17th June 1825

41
It is my living sentiment, and by the blessing
of God it shall be my dying sentiment, -
Independence now and Independence forever.
  • Daniel Webster,
  • Eulogy on Adams and Jefferson,
  • Faneuil Hall, Boston
  • 2nd August 1826

42
Government is a trust, and the officers of the
government are trustees and both the trust and
the trustees are created for the benefit of the
people.
  • Henry Clay,
  • Speech at Ashland, Kentucky,
  • March 1829

43
With a step, the white man bestrode the
mountains, and his feet covered the plains and
the valleys.
  • - Speckled Snake,
  • in a speech in 1829

44
History fades into fable.
  • - Washington Irving,
  • The Sketch Book

45
The peoples government, made for the people,
made by the people, and answerable to the people.
  • Daniel Webster,
  • Second Speech on Footes Resolution,
  • 26th January 1830

46
When my eyes shall be turned to behold for the
last time the sun in heaven, may I not see it
shining on the broken and dishonored fragments of
a once and glorious Union on States dissevered,
discordant, belligerent on a land rent with
civil feuds, or drenched, it may be, in fraternal
blood.
  • Daniel Webster,
  • Second Speech on Footes Resolution,
  • 26th January 1830

47
It is, sir, the peoples Constitution.
  • - Daniel Webster,
  • speech to the U. S. Senate
  • 26th January 1830

48
Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and
inseparable.
  • Daniel Webster,
  • Second Speech on Footes Resolution,
  • 26th January 1830

49
Our Federal Union it must be preserved.
  • Andrew Jackson,
  • Toast given on the Jefferson
  • Birthday Celebration, 1830

50
He smote the rock of the national resources, and
abundant streams of revenue gushed forth. He
touched the dead corpse of Public Credit, and it
sprung upon its feet.
  • Daniel Webster,
  • Speech on Hamilton,
  • 10th March 1831

51
God grants liberty only to those who love it,
and are always ready to guard and defend it.
  • Daniel Webster,
  • Speech,
  • 3rd June 1834

52
I lave this rule for others when Im dead,Be
always sure youre right then go ahead.
  • David Crockett,
  • Autobiography 1834

53
The very essence of a free government consists
in considering offices as public trusts, bestowed
for the good of the country, and not for the
benefit of an individual party member.
  • John C. Calhoun,
  • Speech,
  • 13th February 1835

54
We told the white man to let us alone, but they
followed on, beset our paths, and coiled
themselves among us like the snake.
  • - Black Hawk,
  • speech at Prairie du Chien
  • August 1835

55
A power has risen up in the government greater
than the people themselves, consisting of many
and various and powerful interests, combined into
one mass, and held together by the cohesive power
and vast surplus in the banks.
  • John C. Calhoun,
  • Speech,
  • 27th May 1836

56
One country, one constitution, one destiny.
  • Daniel Webster,
  • Speech,
  • 15th March 1837

57
There are persons who constantly clamor. They
claim of oppression, speculation, and pernicious
influence of wealth. They cry out loudly against
all banks and corporations, and a means by which
small capitalists become united in order to
produce important and beneficial results. They
carry on mad hostility against all established
institutions. They would choke the fountain of
industry and dry up all streams.
  • Daniel Webster,
  • Speech, U.S. Senate,
  • 12th March 1838

58
In charity to all mankind, bearing no malice or
ill-will to any human being, and even
compassionating those who hold in bondage their
fellow-men, not knowing what they do.
  • John Quincy Adams,
  • Letter to A. Bronson,
  • 30th July 1838

59
When tillage begins, other arts follow. The
farmers therefore are the founders of human
civilization.
  • Daniel Webster,
  • Remarks on Agriculture,
  • 13th January 1843

60
Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on
earth.
  • Daniel Webster,
  • On Mr. Justice Story,
  • 12th September 1845

61
The surrender of life is nothing to sinking down
into acknowledgement of inferiority.
  • John C. Calhoun,
  • Speech, U.S. Senate,
  • 19th February 1847

62
Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome
restraint.
  • Daniel Webster,
  • Speech at the Charleston Bar Dinner,
  • 10th May 1847

63
Your petitioner prays your Honorable Court to
grant him leave to sue as a poor person, in order
to establsih his right to freedom.
  • - Dred Scott,
  • Petition to the Court,
  • 1st July 1847

64
This is the last of earth! I am content.
  • John Quincy Adams,
  • His Last Words,
  • 21st February 1848

65
It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak,
and another to hear.
  • - Henry David Thoreau

66
The government is best which governs least.
  • - Henry David Thoreau,
  • Civil Disobedience (1849)

67
When were the good and the brave ever in a
majority?
  • - Henry David Thoreau

68
The Constitution of the United States was made
not merely for the generation that then existed,
but for posterity.
  • - Henry Clay,
  • speech to the U. S. Senate
  • 6th February 1850

69
I was born an American I will live an
American I shall die American.
  • Daniel Webster,
  • Speech,
  • 17th July 1850

70
Sir, I would rather be right than the President.
  • Henry Clay,
  • Speech, referring to the
  • Compromise of 1850

71
A sense of duty pursues us ever. It is
omnipresent, like the Deity. If we take to
ourselves the wings of the morning, and dwell in
the uttermost parts of the sea, duty performed or
duty violated is still with us, for our happiness
or our misery. If we say the darkness shall
cover us, in the darkness as in the light our
obligations are yet with us.
  • Daniel Webster,
  • Works, Vol. VI, Page 105

72
I have borne children, and seen them all sold
off to slavery.
  • - Sojourner Truth,
  • Aint I a Woman? speech,
  • 1851

73
Fear of something is at the root of hate for
others, and hate within will eventually destroy
the hater.
  • - George Washington Carver,
  • 1854

74
We are one, our cause is one, and we must help
each other if we are to succeed.
  • - Frederick Douglass

75
To give victory to the right, not bloody
bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are
necessary.
  • - Abraham Lincoln,
  • 18th May 1858

76
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
  • - Abraham Lincoln,
  • Republican State Convention
  • 16th June 1858

77
I believe this government cannot endure
permanently half slave and half free.
  • - Abraham Lincoln, Republican State Convention
  • 16th June 1858

78
It is an irrepressible conflict between opposing
and enduring forces.
  • - William H. Seward,
  • 25th October 1858

79
Let us have faith that right makes right and let
us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we
understand it.
  • - Abraham Lincoln,
  • speech
  • 27th February 1860

80
If anyone attempts to haul down the American
flag, shoot him on the spot.
  • John Adams Dix,
  • An Official Despatch,
  • 29th January 1861

81
A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nations flag,
sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself
and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he
reads chiefly in the flag the Government, the
principles, the truths, the history which belongs
to the Nation that sets it forth.
  • Henry Ward Beecher,
  • The American Flag

82
Where is human nature so weak as in the
book-store!
  • Henry Ward Beecher,
  • Star Paper. Subtleties of Book Buyers

83
Say to the seceded states Wayward sisters,
depart in peace.
  • - Winfield Scott,
  • to Wm. H. Seward
  • 3rd March 1861

84
Let us have faith that right makes might, and
let us to the end, dare to do our duty as we
understand it.
  • - Abraham Lincoln

85
This country, with its institutions, belongs to
the people who inhabit it.
  • - Abraham Lincoln,
  • First Inaugural Address,
  • 4th March 1861

86
All quiet along the Potomoc.
  • - George B. McClellan,
  • Dispatch to Washington, D.C.
  • 1861

87
The destiny of the colored American is the
destiny of America.
  • - Frederick Douglass,
  • Emancipation League speech,
  • 12th February 1862

88
My paramount object in this is to save the
Union.
  • - Abraham Lincoln,
  • in a letter 22nd April 1862

89
In giving freedom to the slave, we assure
freedom to the free.
  • - Abraham Lincoln,
  • Message to Congress
  • 1st December 1862

90
Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history.
  • - Abraham Lincoln,
  • Message to Congress
  • 1st December 1862

91
It is well that war is so terrible. We should
grow too fond of it.
  • - Robert E. Lee,
  • After Battle of Fredericksburg
  • December 1862

92
Finally do we hope, fervently do we pray, that
this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass
away.
  • - Abraham Lincoln,
  • Second Inaugural Address,
  • 4th March 1863

93
Fourscore and seven years ago, our fathers
brought forth on this continent a new nation,
conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the
proposition that all men are created equal.
  • - Abraham Lincoln,
  • Gettysburg Address
  • 19th November 1863

94
Government of the people, by the people, and for
the people shall not perish from earth.
  • - Abraham Lincoln,
  • Gettysburg Address
  • 19th November 1863

95
With malice toward none, with charity for all .
. . let us strive to finish the work we are in.
  • - Abraham Lincoln,
  • Second Inaugural Address
  • 4th March 1865

96
The war is over. The rebels are our countrymen
again.
  • - Ulysses S. Grant,
  • 9th April 1865

97
It is history that teaches us hope.
  • - Robert E. Lee,
  • in a letter written in March 1866

98
I had reasoned this out in my mind There were
two things I had a right to do, liberty and
death.
  • - Harriet Tubman,
  • 1869

99
I shall use the word America and democracy as
convertible terms.
  • - Walt Whitman,
  • Democratic Vistas (1871)

100
There is many a boy here today who looks on war
as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.
  • - William Tecumseh Sherman,
  • 11th August 1880

101
The real war will never get in the books.
  • - Walt Whitman,
  • The Real War
  • 1882

102
When in doubt, tell the truth.
  • - Mark Twain

103
Poverty is uncomfortable, I can testify, but
nine times out of ten the best thing that can
happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard
and compelled to sinkor swim for himself.
  • - James Garfield

104
Pray for lighter burdens, but stronger backs.
  • - Theodore Roosevelt

105
Once I moved about like the wind. Now I
surrender to you, and that is all.
  • Geronimo,
  • 27th March 1886

106
Our Constitution is color-blind, and neither
knows nor tolerates classes among citizens.
  • - John Marshall Harlan,
  • Plessy v. Ferguson dissenting opinion
  • 1896

107
Genius is one percent inspiration and
ninety-nine percent perspiration.
  • - Thomas Alva Edison

108
The problem of the twentieth century is the
problem of the color line.
  • - W. E. B. Du Bois,
  • speech to Pan-African Congress,
  • 1900

109
Success is to be measured not so much by the
position that one has reached in life as by the
obstacles which he has overcome trying to
succeed.
  • - Booker T. Washington,
  • Up From Slavery,
  • 1901

110
Speak softly and carry a big stick you will go
far.
  • - Theodore Roosevelt,
  • speech on 3rd April 1903

111
There never will be complete equality until
women themselves help make laws and elect
lawmakers.
  • - Susan B. Anthony

112
It is the darling delusion of mankind that the
world is progressive in religion, toleration,
freedom, as it is progressive in machinery.
  • - Reverend Moncure D. Conway (1832-1907)

113
There are some people who leave impressions not
so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the
water.
  • - Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

114
Terminological inexactitude.
  • Winston Churchill,
  • Speech in the House of Commons
  • 22nd February 1906

115
Our country means nothing unless it means the
triumph of real democracy.
  • - Theodore Roosevelt,
  • The New Nationalism (1910)

116
The history of every country begins in the heart
of a man or a woman.
  • - Willa Cather,
  • O Pioneers! (1913)

117
The only history that is worth anything is the
history we make today.
  • - Henry Ford,
  • Chicago Tribune
  • 25th May 1916

118
The world must be made safe for democracy.
  • - Woodrow Wilson,
  • speech to U. S. Congress
  • 2nd April 1917

119
No man ever made a great speech on a mean
subject.
  • - Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926)

120
There is no right to strike against the public
safety by anybody, anywhere, any time.
  • Calvin Coolidge,
  • Telegram to Samuel Gompers,
  • President of the American Federation of Labor,
  • On the occasion of the Boston police strike
  • 14th September 1919

121
If you are able to state a problem, it can be
solved.
  • - Edwin H. Land (1909-1991)

122
The makers of our Constitution conferred the
most comprehensive of rights and the rights most
valued by civilized men.
  • - Louis Brandeis,
  • Olmstead v. United States (1928)

123
Decide . . . whether or not the goal is worth
the risks involved. If it is, stop worrying . .
. .
  • - Amelia Earhart

124
Our Constitution is so simple and practical that
it is possible to meet extraordinary needs by
changes in emphasis without loss of essential
form.
  • - Franklin D. Roosevelt,
  • First Inaugural Address
  • 4th March 1933

125
Statistics prove that no Vermonter ever left the
state unless transportation was furnished in
advance. She is what you call a Hard Boiled
State. The principle ingredients are Granite,
Rock Salt, and Republicans. The last being the
hardest of the three.
  • - Will Rogers (1879-1935)

126
Politics are almost as exciting as war, and
quite as dangerous. In war you can only be
killed once, but in politics many times.
  • Winston Churchill

127
Decided only to be undecided, resolved to be
irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for
fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.
  • Winston Churchill
  • While England Slept (1936)

128
Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers which they
dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting
hungry.
  • Winston Churchill
  • While England Slept (1936)

129
I have watched this famous island descending
incontinently, fecklessly, the stairway which
leads to a dark gulf.
  • Winston Churchill
  • While England Slept (1936)

130
I see one-third of a nation ill-housed,
ill-clad, ill-nourished.
  • - Franklin D. Roosevelt,
  • Inaugural Address,
  • 20th January 1937

131
Freedom is never given. It is won.
  • - A. Philip Randolph,
  • speech to the National Negro Congress
  • 1937

132
The German dictator, instead of snatching the
victuals from the table, has been content to have
them served to him course by course.
  • Winston Churchill,
  • Speech on the Munich Agreement,
  • House of Commons
  • 5th October 1938

133
I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia.
It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an
enigma.
  • Winston Churchill,
  • Radio broadcast
  • 1st October 1939

134
For each and for all, as for the Royal Navy, the
watchword should be, Carry on, and dread
nought.
  • Winston Churchill,
  • Speech on the Traffic at Sea
  • House of Commons
  • 6th December 1939

135
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by
every experience in which you really stop to look
fear in the face. You are able to say to
yourself, I have lived through this horror. I
can take the next thing that comes along. You
must do the thing you think you cannot do.
  • - Eleanor Roosevelt

136
What is our aim? Victory, victory at all costs,
victory in spite of all terror victory, however
long and hard the road may be.
  • - Sir Winston Churchill,
  • 13th May 1940

137
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears
and sweat.
  • Winston Churchill,
  • First Statement as Prime Minister
  • House of Commons
  • 13th May 1940

138
We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to
the end. We shall fight in France, we shall
fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with
growing confidence and growing strength in the
air, we shall defend our island, whatever the
cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we
shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall
fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall
fight in the hills, we shall never surrender.
  • Winston Churchill,
  • Speech on Du nkirk
  • House of Commons
  • 4th June 1940

139
Never in the field of human conflict was so much
owed by so many to so few.
  • Winston Churchill,
  • Tribute to the RAF,
  • House of Commons
  • 20th August 1940

140
We must be the great arsenal of democracy.
  • - Franklin D. Roosevelt,
  • in a Fireside Chat to the nation
  • 29th December 1940

141
Here is the answer I will give to President
Roosevelt . . . Give us the tools, and we will
finish the job.
  • Winston Churchill,
  • Radio Broadcast
  • 9th February 1941

142
Nothing is more dangerous in wartime than to
live in the tempermental atmosphere of a Gallup
Poll, always feeling ones pulse and taking ones
temperature.
  • Winston Churchill,
  • Report on the war
  • House of Commons
  • 30th September 1941

143
Never give in, never give in, never, never,
never, never in nothing, great or small, large
or petty never give in except to convictions of
honour and good sense.
  • Winston Churchill,
  • Address at Harrow School
  • 29th October 1941

144
Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will
live in infamy, the United States of America was
suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and
dir forces of the empire of Japan.
  • - Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Message to Congress,
  • 8th December 1941

145
No army has ever done so much with so little.
  • - General Douglas A. MacArthur,
  • 11th April 1942

146
The late Greek statesman M. Venizelos observed
that in all her wars England he should have
said Britain, of course always wins one battle
the last.
  • Winston Churchill,
  • Speech at the Lord Mayors Day Luncheon in London
  • 10th November 1942

147
Now this is not the end. It is not even the
beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the
end of the beginning.
  • Winston Churchill,
  • Speech at the Lord Mayors Day Luncheon in London
  • 10th November 1942

148
The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes
and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere
march with you.
  • - General Dwight D. Eisenhower,
  • 6th June 1944

149
Older men declare war. But it is youth who must
fight and die.
  • - Herbert Hoover,
  • speech to the Republican National Convention -
    27th June 1944

150
The flags of freedom fly all over Europe.
  • - Harry S. Truman,
  • Victory Day (Europe)
  • 8th May 1945

151
Uncommon valor was a common virtue.
  • - Admiral Chester W. Nimitz,
  • 1945

152
No sane man is unafraid in battle, but
discipline produces in him a form of vicarious
courage.
  • - General George S. Patton,
  • 1945

153
From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the
Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the
Continent.
  • Winston Churchill,
  • Address at Westminster College,
  • Fenton, Missouri
  • 5th March 1946

154
In War Resolution.In Defeat Defiance.In
Victory Magnanimity.In Peace Good Will.
  • Winston Churchill,
  • The Gathering Storm 1948

155
The buck stops here.
  • - Harry S. Truman,
  • personal motto

156
In war, there is no second prize for the
runner-up.
  • - General Omar N. Bradley,
  • 1950

157
A fanatic is one who cant change his mind and
wont change the subject.
  • Winston Churchill,
  • At a White House luncheon
  • 26th June 1954

158
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal
sharing of blessings the inherent virtue of
socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
  • Winston Churchill,
  • At a White House luncheon
  • 26th June 1954

159
Men make history and not the other way around.
  • - Harry S. Truman,
  • speech given 22nd February 1959

160
I think that people want peace so much that one
of these days governments had better get out of
the way and let them have it.
  • - Dwight Eisenhower,
  • Radio Broadcast
  • 31st August 1959

161
Misquotations are the only quotations that are
never misquoted.
  • Hesketh Pearson (1887-1964)

162
Sometimes its worse to win a fight than to
lose.
  • - Billie Holiday (1915-1959)

163
Let the world go forth . . . To friend and foe
alike, that the torch has been passed to a new
generation of Americans.
  • - John F. Kennedy,
  • Inaugural Address
  • 20th January 1961

164
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of
Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons
of former slave owners will be able to sit
together at the table of brotherhood.
  • - Martin Luther King, Jr.,
  • I Have a Dream speech
  • 28th August 1961

165
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he
stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but
where he stands at times of challenge and
controversy.
  • - Martin Luther King, Jr.

166
Nothing is more desirable than to be released
from an affliction, but nothing is more
frightening than to be divested of a crutch.
  • - James Baldwin

167
It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if
greatness is expected of him.
  • - John Steinbeck (1902-1968)

168
We need to help students and parents cherish and
preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that
nourishes and strengthens this community - and
this nation.
  • - Cesar Chavez

169
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned
to repeat it.
  • - George Santayana,
  • The Life of Reason
  • Volume I, Chapter 12

170
If you dont have enemies, you dont have
character.
  • - Paul Newman

171
You dont have to be great to get started but
you have to get started to be great.
  • - Les Brown

172
The punishment of moral men who refuse to take
part in the affairs of government is to live
under the government of immoral men.
  • Joan Cobb,
  • Belleville News-Democrat

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