I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.
To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good, just because it’s accepted by a majority.
Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than to be in bad company.
Character, not circumstance, makes the person.
Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.
I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.
We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.
One person of integrity can make a difference.
I pray to the God within me that He will give me the strength to ask Him the right questions.
If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.
The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.
One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city, and if it can change a city, it can change a state, and if it change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation, it can change the world. Your voice can change the world.
We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.
Sometimes the “them” strategy is just a narcotic to feed the beast in all of us.
All too often anger works better than answers; resentment better than reason; emotion trumps evidence. A sanctimonious, sneering one-liner, no matter how bogus, is seen as straight talk, while a calm, well-argued response is seen as canned and phony.
America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.
The anchor in our world today is freedom, holding us steady in times of change, a symbol of hope to all the world.
The American Dream means giving it your all, trying your hardest, accomplishing something. And then I’d add to that, giving something back. No definition of a successful life can do anything but include serving others.
I am a conservative, but I’m not a nut about it.
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.
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.
Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.
When people are intimidated about having their own opinions, oppression is at hand.
War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.
Failure is a reality; we all fail at times, and it’s painful when we do. But it’s better to fail while striving for something wonderful, challenging, adventurous, and uncertain than to say, “ I don’t want to try because I may not succeed completely.