My dream of politics all my life has been that it is the common business, that it is something we owe to each other to understand and discuss with absolute frankness.
The government, which was designed for the people, has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.
At every crisis in one's life, it is absolute salvation to have some sympathetic friend to whom you can think aloud without restraint or misgiving.
Absolute identity with one's cause is the first and great condition of successful leadership.
Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose.
The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.
Caution is the confidential agent of selfishness.
Politics I conceive to be nothing more than the science of the ordered progress of society along the lines of greatest usefulness and convenience to itself.
There can be no equality or opportunity if men and women and children be not shielded in their lives from the consequences of great industrial and social processes which they cannot alter, control, or singly cope with.
As compared with the college politician, the real article seems like an amateur.
Neutrality is a negative word. It does not express what America ought to feel. We are not trying to keep out of trouble; we are trying to preserve the foundations on which peace may be rebuilt.
America is not anything if it consists of each of us. It is something only if it consists of all of us.
Sometimes people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American. America is the only idealistic nation in the world.
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.
The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.
Property as compared with humanity, as compared with the red blood in the American people, must take second place, not first place.