it is a great advantage to be a president, and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know that he is not a great man
the fundamental precept of liberty is toleration
the nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten
prosperity is only an instrument to be used, not a deity to be worshipped
the power to tax is the power to destroy. a government which lays taxes on the people not required by urgent public necessity and sound public policy is not a protector of liberty, but an instrument of tyranny.
the worst evil of disregard for some law is that it destroys respect for all law
no nation or individual has been able to squander itself into prosperity
free speech does not live many hours after free industry and free commerce die
it is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own
our Constitution is so simple and practical that it is possible always to meet extraordinary needs by
changes in emphasis and arrangement with out loss of essential form
the test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether
we provide enough for those who have too little
we must be the great arsenal of democracy
the truth is found when men are free to pursue it
when peace has been broken anywhere, the peace of all countries everywhere is in danger
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