QUOTES by FAMOUS AMERICANS
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
I may disagree with what you have to say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it.
If the American Revolution had produced nothing but the Declaration of Independence, it would have been worthwhile.
-Samuel Elliot Morrison
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to be free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
This is a country where a man can stand as a man, and where he can enjoy the fruits of his own exertions, with rational liberty to its fullest extent.
May our country be always successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right.
-John Quincy Adams
We are the standard-bearers in the only real authentic revolution, the democratic revolution against tyrannies. Our strength is not to be measured by our military capacity alone, by our industry, or by our technology. We will be remembered, not for the power of our weapons, but for the power of our compassion, our dedication to human welfare.
-Hubert H. Humphrey
I do believe we shall continue to grow, to multiply and prosper until we exhibit an association powerful, wise, and happy beyond what has yet been seen by men.
Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
America is not just a power: it is a promise. It is not enough for our country to be extraordinary in might; it must be exemplary in meaning. Our honor and our role in the world finally depend on the living proof that we are a just society.
The American people have encountered together great dangers and sustained severe trials with success. They constitute one great family with a common interest.
My country, ‘tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died;
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From every mountain side
Let freedom ring.
-Samuel Francis Smith
It has been the true glory of the United States to cultivate peace by observing justice.
America lives in the heart of every man everywhere who wishes to find a region where he will be free to work out his destiny as he chooses.
My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
They are not men, they are not women, they are Americans.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.
-John F. Kennedy
Our whole duty, for the present at any rate, is summed up in the motto: America first.
A President’s hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.
-Lyndon B. Johnson
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all,
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
The next year, the next decade, in all likelihood the next generation will require more bravery and wisdom on our part than any period in our history. We will be face to face, every day, in every part of our lives and times, with the real issue of our age—the issue of survival.
-John F. Kennedy
Driven from every other corner of the earth, freedom of thought and the right of private judgment in matters of conscience direct their course to this happy country as their last asylum.
The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight.
The beauty of a democracy is that you never can tell when a youngster is born what he is going to do with himself; and that no matter how humbly he is born, no matter where he is born, no matter what circumstances hamper him at the outset, he has got a chance to master the minds and lead the imagination of a whole country.
As long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost, and science can never regress.
-J. Robert Oppenheimer
The only soil in which liberty can grow is that of a united people. We must have faith that the welfare of one is the welfare of all. We must know that the truth can only be reached by the expression of our free opinions, without fear and without rancor…We must learn to abhor those disruptive pressures, whether religious, political, or economic, that the enemies of liberty employ.
Let our object be our country, our whole country, and nothing but our country.
To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
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 the success of liberty.
-John F. Kennedy
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Democracy is not a spectator sport.
-Marian Wright Edelman
Here in America, where our society is based on belief in the individual, not contempt for him, the free principle of life has a chance of surviving. I believe that it must and will survive. To understand freedom is an accomplishment which all men may acquire who set their minds in that direction; and to love freedom is a tendency which many Americans are born with. To live in the same room with freedom, or in the same hemisphere, is still a profoundly shaking experience for me.
From the halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country’s battles
On the land as on the sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marines.
What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness, but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice towards those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.
-Robert E. Kennedy
The Nation believes thoroughly in an honorable peace under which the rights of its citizens are to be everywhere protected.
Liberty cannot be caged into charter and handed on ready made to the next generation. Each generation must re-create liberty for its own times. Whether or not we establish freedom rests with ourselves.
Florence Ellinwood Allen
The passion for freedom is on the rise. Tapping this new spirit, there can be no nobler nor more ambitious task for America to undertake…than to help shape a just and peaceful world that is truly humane.
Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.
We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. And now, as in no other age, we seek it because we have been warned, by the power of modern weapons, that peace may be the only climate possible for human life itself.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense…human rights invented America.
I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms, until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal.
Freedom is an indivisible word. If we want to enjoy it, and fight for it, we must be prepared to extend it to everyone, whether they are rich or poor, whether they agree with us or not, no matter what their race or the color of their skin.
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.
I swear upon the altar of God, eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
More than an end of war, we want the end to the beginnings of all wars.
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
I have not yet begun to fight.
-John Paul Jones
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought—not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
The loss of liberty to a generous mind is worse than death.
A man’s house is his castle; and whilst he is quiet, he is as well guarded as a prince in his castle.
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.
Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it.
Men make history and not the other way around.
-Harry S. Truman
The peoples of the earth face the future with grave uncertainty, composed almost equally of great hope and great fears. In this time of doubt, they look to the United States an never before for good will, strength, and wise leadership.
-Harry S. Truman
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
If we wish to be free-if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending-if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have so long been engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained—we must fight!