"War is an ugly thing, but it is not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling, which thinks that nothing is worth war, is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made so by the exertions of better men than himself."
"Oh! Thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation,
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: ‘In God is out trust.’
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.."
1. Treasure freedom above life.
2. Obey orders implicitly.
3. Shun pleasure for the sake of virtue.
4. Suffer pain and hardship in silence.
5. Find the enemies of Sparta wherever they may be and fight them fearlessly until victory or death.
"Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus…I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me."
"Believe and trust. Through stars and suns,
Through life and death, through soul and sense,
His wise, paternal purpose runs;
The darkness of His providence
Is star-lit with benign intents.
I know He is, and what He is,
Whose one great purpose is the good
Of all. I rest my soul on His
Immortal Love and Fatherhood;
And trust Him, as His children should."
"If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag."
"Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets."
"If I always appear prepared, it is because before entering an undertaking, I have meditated long and have foreseen what might occur. It is not genius where reveals to me suddenly and secretly what I should do in circumstances unexpected by others; it is thought and preparation."
"Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons."
"Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence."
"Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in."
"The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely."
"The battlefield is a scene of constant chaos. The winner will be the one who controls that chaos, both his own and the enemies."
"The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know."
"The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind."
"There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed."
"America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people."
"I believe the most solemn duty of the American president is to protect the American people. If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade, the world will drift toward tragedy. This will not happen on my watch."
"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject."
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."
"Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter."
"By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach."
"Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities... because it is the quality which guarantees all others."
"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
"Danger - if you meet it promptly and without flinching - you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!"
"Difficulties mastered are opportunities won."
"However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results."
"I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught."
"If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future."
"If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law."
"It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time."
"Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it."
"No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism."
"Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge."
"Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen."
"Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft."
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."
"The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is."
"Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival."
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life."
"A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril."
"I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents."
"I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals."
"Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events."
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."
>"Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall."
"If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace."
"We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights."
"A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel."
"In every battle there comes a time when both sides consider themselves beaten, then he who continues the attack wins."
"The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity."
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty. "
"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, "darkness" on the walls of his cell."
"Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil."
"If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this."
"Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see."
"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive."
"What we call Man's power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument."
"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him."
"The wise man does at once what the fool does finally."
"There is no surer sign of decay in a country than to see the rites of religion held in contempt."
"There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor through others. This first kind is excellent, the second good, and the third kind useless."
"When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred."
"We must always remember that America is a great nation today not because of what government did for people but because of what people did for themselves and for one another."
"A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week."
"In war the loss of life is incidental, but the loss of time is criminal."
"Always do everything you ask of those you command."
"All men are afraid in battle. The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty. Duty is the essence of manhood."
"Courage is fear holding on a minute longer."
"I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom."
"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."
"Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable."
"Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory."
"To be a successful soldier you must know history…What you must know is how man reacts. Weapons change but man who uses them changes not at all. To win battles you do not beat weapons-you beat the soul of the enemy man."
"Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash."
"A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood."
"The ideological struggle dividing the world is between communism and our own belief in freedom to the greatest extent possible consistent with an orderly society."
"We want to avoid a war and that is better achieved by being so strong that a potential enemy is not tempted to go adventuring."
"I believe it is our pre-ordained destiny to show all mankind that they, too, can be free without having to leave their native shore."
"Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have."
"Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man."
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."
"Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."
"Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives."
"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."
"History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap."
"How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin."
"I've never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a 'fat cat' and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a 'public-spirited philanthropist'."
"If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under."
"It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first."
"Our forbearance should never be misunderstood. Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act."
"Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means."
"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book."
"Protecting the rights of even the least individual among us is basically the only excuse the government has for even existing."
"Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15."
"Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out."
"The ultimate determinant in the struggle now going on for the world will not be bombs and rockets but a test of wills and ideas - a trial of spiritual resolve: the values we hold, the beliefs we cherish and the ideals to which we are dedicated."
"To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last - but eat you he will."
"We are never defeated unless we give up on God."
"We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions."
"We should measure welfare's success by how many people leave welfare, not by how many are added."
"Without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure."
"A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues."
"Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones."
"Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage."
"Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft."
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
"If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month."
"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed."
"Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering."
"No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it."
"Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care."
"Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive."
"The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it."
"The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats."
"The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife."
"The most successful politician is he who says what everybody is thinking most often and in the loudest voice."
"The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything."
"The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer."
"The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life."
"Wars are, of course, as a rule to be avoided; but they are far better than certain kinds of peace."
"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society."
"We can have no "50-50" allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all."
"We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood. We need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will, of power to do without shrinking the rough work that must always be done."
"When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer "Present" or "Not guilty.""
"Courage - a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it."
"Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster"
"[P]atriotism... is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime."
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."
"Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat."
"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting."
"Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win."
"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence."
"Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth."
"Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected."
"It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible."
"Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."