This is a time for action -- not for war, but for mobilization of every bit of peace machinery.
Any citizen should be willing to give all that he has to give his country in work or sacrifice in times of crisis.
To be a citizen in a democracy, a human being must be given a healthy start.
Nothing has ever been achieved by the person who says, ‘It can't be done.'.
When you look fear in the face, you are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'
I know that we will be the sufferers if we let great wrongs occur without exerting ourselves to correct them.
As with all children, the feeling that I was useful was perhaps the greatest joy I experienced.
The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.
I can not believe that war is the best solution. No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.
I do not think that I am a natural born mother... If I ever wanted to mother anyone, it was my father.
The kind of man who thinks that helping with the dishes is beneath him will also think that helping with the baby is beneath him, and then he certainly is not going to be a very successful father.
Since everybody is an individual, nobody can be you. You are unique. No one can tell you how to use your time. It is yours. Your life is your own. You mold it. You make it.
Character building begins in infancy and continues until death.
Light a candle instead of cursing the darkness.
Unused ability, like unused muscles, will atrophy.
No one won the last war, and no one will win the next war.
Usefulness, whatever form it may take, is the price we should pay for the air we breathe and the food we eat and the privilege of being alive.
A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.
At all times, day by day, we have to continue fighting for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom from want... for these are things that must be gained in peace as well as in war.
Spiritual leadership should remain spiritual leadership and the temporal power should not become too important in any church.
Each time you learn something new you must readjust the whole framework of your knowledge.
Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one.
Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this.
Life has got to be lived -- that's all there is to it.
No relationship in this world ever remains warm and close unless good effort is made on both sides to keep it so.
Furnish an example, stop preaching, stop shielding, don't prevent self-reliance and initiative, allow your children to develop along their own lines.
There is a widespread understanding among the people of this nation, and probably among the people of the world, that there is no safety except through the prevention of war.
Those who attack always do so with greater fervor than those who defend.
The war for freedom will never really be won because the price of freedom is constant vigilance over ourselves and over our Government.
You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.
The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government.
Some people are going to leave a mark on this world, while others will leave a stain.
There are three fundamentals for human happiness -- love and faith, and work which will produce at least a minimum of material security. These things must be made possible for all human beings, men and women alike.
Be flexible, but stick to your principles.
True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on Earth.
Great leaders inspire people to have confidence in themselves.
There is not a human being from whom we cannot learn something if we are interested enough to dig deep.
When it's better for everyone, it's better for everyone.
For our own success to be real, it must contribute to the success of others.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right -- for you'll be criticized anyway.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
Beautiful old people are works of art.
Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
I think somehow we learn who we really are and then we live with that decision.
The greatest gift you can give a child is an imagination.
You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.
The only joy in this hard life is serving others.
Good leaders inspire people to have confidence in their leader. Great leaders inspire people to have confidence in themselves.
Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be.
Ambition is pitiless. Any merit that it cannot use it finds despicable.
It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life.
It seems to me of great importance to teach children respect for life. Towards this end, experiments on living animals in classrooms should be stopped. To encourage cruelty in the name of science can only destroy the finer emotions of affection and sympathy, and breed an unfeeling callousness in the young towards suffering in all living creatures.
The mobilization of world opinion and methods of negotiation should be developed and used by every nation in order to strengthen the United Nations.
You never know anyone until you marry them.
In the long run there is no more exhilarating experience than to determine one's position, state it bravely and then act boldly.
In the long run there is no more liberating, no more exhilarating experience than to determine one's position, state it bravely, and then act boldly. Action brings with it its own courage, its own energy, a growth of self-confidence that can be acquired in no other way.
Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home.
Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world ... Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.
I often wonder how we can make the more fortunate in this country fully aware of the fact that the problem of the unemployed is not a mechanical one. It is a problem alive and throbbing with human pain.
A society in which there is widespread economic insecurity can turn freedom into a barren and vapid right for millions of people.
The word communist, of course, has become a rallying cry for certain people here just as the word Jew was in Hitler's Germany, a way of arousing emotion without engendering thought.
Perhaps the basic thing which contributes to charm is the ability to forget oneself and be engrossed in other people.
To be mature you have to realize what you value most... Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one's own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.
You do the things that need to be done according to priority.
We have reached a point today where labor-saving devices are good only when they do not throw the worker out of his job.
We are afraid to care too much, for fear that the other person does not care at all.
A democratic form of government, a democratic way of life, presupposes free public education over a long period; it presupposes also an education for personal responsibility that too often is neglected.
It is a curious thing in human experience, but to live through a period of stress and sorrow with another person, creates a bond which nothing seems able to break.
We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life. In a real sense, by the time we are adults, we are the sum total of the choices we have made.
I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.
Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without being related to you and repeatedly questioning why you're in nonprofit.
Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people?
There are practical little things in housekeeping which no man really understands.
The leisure class is one in which individuals have sufficient economic security and sufficient leisure to find opportunity for a variety of satisfactions in life.
We need not fear any isms if our democracy is achieving the ends for which it was established.
To tell the people in the West not to use their cars means that these people may never see another soul for weeks and weeks nor have a way of getting a sick person to a doctor.
The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.
Once I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: "No good in a bed, but fine up against a wall."
No man is defeated without until he has first been defeated within.
Poor minds talk about people. Average minds talk about events. Great minds talk about ideas.
All wars eventually act as boomerangs and the victor suffers as much as the vanquished.
Friendship with one's self is all important, because without it, one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
Actors are one family over the entire world.
This is not a time when women should be patient. We are in a war and we need to fight it with all our ability and every weapon possible. Women pilots, in this particular case, are a weapon waiting to be used.
The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself.
I am convinced that every effort must be made in childhood to teach the young to use their own minds. For one thing is sure: If they don't make up their minds, someone will do it for them.
When you build a memorial, you build it not because the person wanted it, but for the future -- for generations who didn't know the man and didn't know the era in which he lived.
Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.
Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.'.
In business courtesy and efficiency have a symbiotic relationship.
We must do that which we think we cannot.
We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face...we must do that which we think we cannot.
There is nothing to regret, either for those who go, or for those who stay behind -- only an inheritance of good accomplishment to be lived up to by those who carry a loving memory in their hearts.
It is curious how much more interest can be evoked by a mixture of gossip, romance and mystery than by facts.
When life is too easy for us, we must beware or we may not be ready to meet the blows which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.
The basis of world peace is the teaching which runs through almost all the great religions of the world. Love thy neighbor as thyself.
The basis of world peace is the teaching which runs through almost all the great religions of the world. "Love thy neighbor as thyself." Christ, some of the other great Jewish teachers, Buddha, all preached it. Their followers forgot it. What is the trouble between capital and labor, what is the trouble in many of our communities, but rather a universal forgetting that this teaching is one of our first obligations.
If you approach each new person you meet in a spirit of adventure, you will find yourself endlessly fascinated by the new channels of thought and experience and personality that you encounter.
Poverty is an expensive luxury. We cannot afford it.
No matter how avid they themselves may be for praise and appreciation, people are often niggardly in giving it to others, however merited it is.
Anger is only one letter short of danger.
Philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes.
The basis of all good human behavior is kindness.
I know that given great responsibility men sometimes change, but Mr. Nixon's Presidency would worry me.
Criticism ... makes very little dent upon me, unless I think there is some real justification and something should be done.
None of us can afford to stop learning or to check our curiosity about new things, or to lose our humility in the face of new situations.
Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.
We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.
If you lose money you lose much, If you lose friends you lose more, If you lose faith you lose all.
Each generation supposes that the world was simpler for the one before it.
Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.
As for accomplishments, I just did what I had to do as things came along.
No writing has any real value which is not the expression of genuine thought and feeling.
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.
If man is to be liberated to enjoy more leisure, he must also be prepared to enjoy this leisure fully and creatively.
Once your children are grown up and have children of their own, the problems are theirs and the less the older generation interferes the better.
The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are.
You future first ladies will feel that you are no longer clothing yourself, you are dressing a public monument.
Many people will walk in and out of your life but only true friends leave footprints in your heart.
Success must include two things: the development of an individual to his utmost potentiality and a contribution of some kind to one's world.
Do not be afraid of mistakes, provided you do not make the same one twice.
I do not think I will ever become deadened, because I live in other people's lives, I must admit there are times when it weighs me down because I can't do some of the things I want.
Life was meant to be lived.
There is in every country an antipathy to the foreigner.
I think it is impossible for one human being really to know another without first knowing and being at peace with himself.
I found that almost everyone had something interesting to contribute to my education.
Happiness is not a goal -- it's a by-product of a life well lived.
Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. For what keeps our interest in life and makes us look forward to tomorrow is giving pleasure to other people.
It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.
You can't move so fast that you try to change the mores faster than people can accept it.
Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
If you have any interests you can gain a wider audience for those interests while the goldfish bowl is yours!
Curiosity must be kept alive.
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.
Have convictions. Be friendly. Stick to your beliefs as they stick to theirs. Work as hard as they do.
Practically nothing we do ever stands by itself. If it is good, it will serve some good purpose in the future. If it is evil, it may haunt us and handicap our efforts in unimagined ways.
Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.
Before we can make friends with anyone else, we must first make friends with ourselves.
Talking too much is a far greater social fault than talking too little.
The choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.
To undo a mistake is always harder than not to create one originally but we seldom have the foresight. Therefore we have no choice but to try to correct our past mistakes.
If we do not pay for children in good schools, then we are going to pay for them in prisons and mental hospitals.
You must do the things you think you cannot do.
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
The most important word in the English language is hope.
A little simplification would be the first step toward rational living, I think.
I used to tell my husband that, if he could make me ‘understand' something, it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
If it's a man's game so decidedly that a woman would be soiled by entering it, then there is something radically wrong with the American game of politics.
A respect for the rights of other peoples to determine their forms of government and their economy will not weaken our democracy. It will inevitably strengthen it.
Sailors have the cleanest bodies and the filthiest minds.
The hard part of loving is that one has to learn so often to let go of those we love, so they can do things, so they can grow, so they can return to us with an even richer, deeper love.
Lest I keep my complacent way I must remember somewhere out there a person died for me today. As long as there must be war, I ask and I must answer was I worth dying for?
I could never say in the morning, "I have a headache and cannot do thus and so." Headache or no headache, thus and so had to be done.
I learned then that practically no one in the world is entirely bad or entirely good, and that motives are often more important than actions.
The important thing is neither your nationality nor the religion you professed, but how your faith translated itself in your life.
If you want a world ruled by law and not by force you must build up, from the very grassroots, a respect for law.
The giving of love is an education in itself.
I have often felt that I cheated my children a little. I was never so totally theirs as most mothers are. I gave to audiences what belonged to my children, got back from audiences the love my children longed to give me.
One thing is for sure -- none of the arts flourishes on censorship and repression. And by this time it should be evident that the American public is capable of doing its own censoring.
No one can insult you without your permission.
I'm so glad I never feel important, it does complicate life!
Understanding is a two-way street.
It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
Autobiographies are only useful as the lives you read about and analyze may suggest to you something that you may find useful in your own journey through life.
We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind, that is the approval by the General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind. This declaration may well become the international Magna Carta for all men everywhere. We hope its proclamation by the General Assembly will be an event comparable to the proclamation in 1789 of the French Declaration of the Rights of Man, the adoption of the Bill of Rights by the people of the U.S., and the adoption of comparable declarations at different times in other countries.
Courage is exhilarating.
I have a great objection to seeing anyone, particularly anyone whom I care about, lose his self-control.
It is impossible to be a cynic if you live a good deal with young people. Fundamentally, every young person has a feeling that the future is going to hold something of value.
To some of us, hunger was more academic than real, but we must try to develop the ability to feel the urgency of such a situation.
The Bible illustrated by Dore occupied many of my hours -- and I think probably gave me many nightmares.
Conservation of land and conservation of people frequently go hand in hand.
You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
Your ambition should be to get as much life out of living as you possibly can, as much enjoyment, as much interest, as much experience, as much understanding. Not simply be what is generally called a ‘success.'
Every woman wants to be first to someone sometime in her life and that desire is the explanation for many strange things women do.
Too many of us stay walled in because we are afraid of being hurt. We are afraid to care too much; for fear that the other person does not care as much or not at all.
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.
A woman is like a tea bag -- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.
I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do.
What could we accomplish if we knew we could not fail?
Do one thing everyday that scares you. Those small things that make us uncomfortable help us build courage to do the work we do.
To leave the world richer--that is the ultimate success.
When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.
Mr. Richard M. Nixon never has anything but hindsight.