Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement.
The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.
Wars are, of course, as a rule to be avoided; but they are far better than certain kinds of peace.
A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.
Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.
I am only an average man but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man.
When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.
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.
With self-discipline most anything is possible.
The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.
I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.'
To announce that there must be no criticism of the president... is morally treasonable to the American public.
The American people abhor a vacuum.
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.
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.
I am a part of everything that I have read.
It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.
I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also.
The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.
Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.
Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
Appraisals are where you get together with your team leader and agree what an outstanding member of the team you are, how much your contribution has been valued, what massive potential you have and, in recognition of all this, would you mind having your salary halved.
Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it.
Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young.
Absence and death are the same - only that in death there is no suffering.
The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.
Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.