Reporters are like puppets. They simply respond to the pull of the most powerful strings.
Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time.
This is a moment that I deeply wish my parents could have lived to share. My father would have enjoyed what you have so generously said of me-and my mother would have believed it.
We must not only protect the countryside and save it from destruction, we must restore what has been destroyed and salvage the beauty and charm of our cities.
We must not only protect the country side and save it from destruction, we must restore what has been destroyed and salvage the beauty and charm of our cities ... Once our natural splendor is destroyed, it can never be recaptured. And once man can no longer walk with beauty or wonder at nature, his spirit will wither and his sustenance be wasted.
The great society is a place where men are more concerned with the quality of their goods than with the quantity of their goods.
The best way to begin disarming is to begin-and the United States is ready to conclude firm agreements in these areas and to consider any other reasonable proposal.
This nation, this generation, in this hour has man's first chance to build a Great Society, a place where the meaning of man's life matches the marvels of man's labor.
The Russians feared Ike. They didn't fear me.
There is nothing that exasperates people more than a display of superior ability or brilliance in conversation. They seem pleased at the time, but their envy makes them curse the conversationalist in their heart.
Education is the key to opportunity in our society, and the equality of educational opportunity must be the birthright of every citizen.
I'm tired. I'm tired of feeling rejected by the American people. I'm tired of waking up in the middle of the night worrying about the war.
It's too bad, but the way American people are, now that they have all this capability, instead of taking advantage of it, they'll probably just piss it all away.
We did not choose to be the guardians of the gate, but there is no one else.
The separation of church and state is a source of strength, but the conscience of our nation does not call for separation between men of state and faith in the Supreme Being.
We decided that our first job was to help the schools serving the children from the very lowest income groups. Those families constitute the number one burden, the number one burden in this Nation on the school systems.
If we quit Vietnam, tomorrow we'll be fighting in Hawaii, and next week we'll have to fight in San Francisco.
As man draws nearer to the stars, why should he not also draw nearer to his neighbor?
We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood.
Our objective in South Vietnam has never been the annihilation of the enemy. It has been to bring about a recognition in Hanoi that its objective -- taking over the South by force -- could not be achieved.
All of us realize that war requires action. What is sometimes harder for us to realize is that peace and neutrality also require action.
I want real loyalty. I want someone who will kiss my ass in Macy's window, and say it smells like roses.
When things haven't gone well for you, call in a secretary or a staff man and chew him out. You will sleep better and they will appreciate the attention.
Greater love hath no man than to attend the Episcopal Church with his wife.
Every President wants to do right.
I wake up 5 a.m. some mornings and hear the planes coming in at National Airport and I think they are bombing me.
People do not come out to vote for a United States Senator. They come out to vote for the Sheriff or the County Commissioner.
Every man should know that his conversations, his correspondence, and his personal life are private.
Presidents quickly realize that while a single act might destroy the world they live in, no one single decision can make life suddenly better or can turn history around for the good.
Every man has a right to a Saturday night bath.
The Great Society is a place where every child can find knowledge to enrich his mind and enlarge his talents.
I will do my best. That is all I can do. I ask for your help -- and God's.
If you're not listening, you're not learning.
For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest that is sleeping in the unplowed ground.
While you're saving your face, you're losing your ass.
John F. Kennedy was the victim of the hate that was a part of our country. It is a disease that occupies the minds of the few but brings danger to the many.
Boys, it is just like the Alamo. Somebody should have by God helped those Texans. I'm going to Vietnam.
He's a nice guy, but he played too much football with his helmet off.
When the burdens of the presidency seem unusually heavy, I always remind myself it could be worse. I could be a mayor.
Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty.
I report to you that our country is challenged at home and abroad: that it is our will that is being tried and not our strength; our sense of purpose and not our ability to achieve a better America.
The United States and Israel share many common objectives ... chief of which is the building of a better world in which every nation can develop its resources and develop them in freedom and peace.
There are plenty of recommendations on how to get out of trouble cheaply and fast. Most of them come down to this: Deny your responsibility.
Never make a speech at a country dance or a football game.
I don't believe I'll ever get credit for anything I do in foreign affairs, no matter how successful it is, because I didn't go to Harvard.
My most fervent prayer is to be a President who can make it possible for every boy in this land to grow to manhood by loving his country -- instead of dying for it.
We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.
This administration here and now declares unconditional war on poverty.
Our most tragic error may have been our inability to establish a rapport and a confidence with the press and television with the communication media. I don't think the press has understood me.
I'd rather give my life than be afraid to give it.
Freedom is not enough.
We are not about to send American boys 9 or 10 thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves.
A President must call on many persons -- some to man the ramparts and to watch the far away, distant posts; others to lead us in science, medicine, education and social progress here at home.
Did you ever think that making a speech on economics is a lot like pissing down your leg? It seems hot to you, but it never does to anyone else.
Victory is no longer a truth. It is only a word to describe who is left alive in the ruins.
Light at the end of the tunnel? We don't even have a tunnel; we don't even know where the tunnel is.
Scarcely any law of our Redeemer is more openly transgressed, or more industriously evaded, than that by which he commands his followers to forgive injuries. Samuel.
If one little old general in shirt sleeves can take Saigon, think about 200 million Chinese comin' down those trails. No sir, I don't want to fight them.
A man can take a little bourbon without getting drunk, but if you hold his mouth open and pour in a quart, he's going to get sick on it.
It is the excitement of becoming -- always becoming, trying, probing, falling, resting, and trying again- but always trying and always gaining.
If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.
Art is a nation's most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.
For the primary and secondary school years, we will aid public schools serving low-income families and assist students in both public and private schools.
The CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them to Princeton but wouldn't let them into the family brokerage business.
In a thousand unseen ways we have drawn shape and strength from the land.
I am going to build the kind of nation that President Roosevelt hoped for, President Truman worked for, and President Kennedy died for.
Doing what's right isn't the problem. It is knowing what's right.
The crotch, down where your nuts hang, is always a little too tight.
Not merely a nation but a nation of nations.
True poverty does not come from God.
All that Hubert needs over there is a gal to answer the phone and a pencil with an eraser on it.
In 1790, the nation which had fought a revolution against taxation without representation discovered that some of its citizens weren't much happier about taxation with representation.
For the college years we will provide scholarships to high school students of the greatest promise and greatest need and guarantee low-interest loans to students continuing their college studies.
If you have a mother-in-law with only one eye and she has it in the center of her forehead, don't keep her in the living room.
Above the pyramid on the great seal of the United States it says in Latin: "God has favored our undertaking." God will not favor everything that we do. It is rather our duty to divine His will.
I seldom think of politics more than eighteen hours a day.
For me, it is a deep personal tragedy. I know that the world shares the sorrow that Mrs. Kennedy and her family bear. I will do my best. That is all I can do. I ask for your help -- and God's.
The debris of civilization litters the landscapes and spoils the beaches. Conservation's concerns now is not only for man's enjoyment-but for man's survival.
If we are to live together in peace, we must come to know each other better.
I believe the destiny of your generation -- and your nation -- is a rendezvous with excellence.
I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. First, let her think she's having her own way. And second, let her have it.
A President's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.
A clear stream, a long horizon, a forest wilderness and open sky -- these are man's most ancient possessions. In a modern society, they are his most priceless.
Only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. One is to let her think she is having her own way, and the other is to let her have it.
When the family collapses, it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale, the community itself is crippled.
There's something special for everyone to do. Remember, no experience is a bad experience unless you gain nothing from it.
Emancipation was a proclamation, but not a fact.
I believe in the American tradition of separation of church and state which is expressed in the First Amendment to the Constitution. By my office -- and by personal conviction -- I am sworn to uphold that tradition.
Americans have always built for the future. That is why we established land grant colleges and passed the Homestead Act to open our Western lands more than 100 years ago.
If we become tow people-the suburban affluent and the urban poor, each filled with mistrust and fear of the other-then we shall effectively cripple each generation to come.
There are two kinds of speeches: the Mother Hubbard speech, which, like the garment, covers everything but touches nothing, and the French bathing suit speech, which covers only the essential points.
It will help at every state along the road to learning. For the pre-school years we will help needy children become aware of the excitement of learning.
Any jackass can kick down a barn but it takes a good carpenter to build one.
When I was young, poverty was so common that we didn't know it had a name.
America has not always been kind to its artists and scholars. Somehow the scientists always seem to get the penthouse while the arts and humanities get the basement.
You never want to give a man a present when he's feeling good. You want to do it when he's down.
The future holds little hope for any government where the present holds no hope for the people.
There is no issue of States' rights or National rights. There is only the struggle for human rights.
When a person finds themselves predisposed to complaining about how little they are regarded by others, let them reflect how little they have contributed to the happiness of others.
Let us close the springs of racial poison. Let us pray for wise and understanding hearts. Let us lay aside irrelevant differences and make our nation whole.
When I was a boy we didn't wake up with Vietnam and have Cyprus for lunch and the Congo for dinner.
Curtis Le May wants to bomb Hanoi and Haiphong. You know how he likes to go around bombing.
This right to vote is the basic right without which all others are meaningless. It gives people, people as individuals, control over their own destinies.
Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
In our home there was always prayer -- aloud, proud and unapologetic.
The fifth freedom is freedom from ignorance.
Success only feeds the appetite of aggression.
There are no favorites in my office. I treat them all with the same general inconsideration.
Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact.
I am concerned about the whole man. I am concerned about what the people, using their government as an instrument and a tool, can do toward building the whole man, which will mean a better society and a better world.
You might say that Lyndon Johnson is a cross between a Baptist preacher and a cowboy.
Effective law enforcement and social justice must be pursued together, as the foundation of our efforts against crime.
The Air Force comes in every morning and says, 'Bomb, bomb, bomb' ... And then the State Department comes in and says, 'Not now, or not there, or too much, or not at all.'
To conclude that women are unfitted to the task of our historic society seems to me the equivalent of closing male eyes to female facts.
Whoever won't fight when the President calls him, deserves to be kicked back in his hole and kept there.
Not now, or not there, or too much, or not at all.
We must open the doors of opportunity.
We must open the doors of opportunity. But we must also equip our people to walk through those doors.
So here is the Great Society. It's the time -- and it's going to be soon -- when nobody in this country is poor.
For the first time in our history it is possible to conquer poverty.
It will be controlled when the people of America, through their elected representatives, demand the right to air that they and their children can breathe without fear..
I am a freeman, an American, a United States Senator, and a Democrat, in that order.
The best fertilizer for a piece of land is the footprints of its owner.
Jack was out kissing babies while I was out passing bills. Someone had to tend the store.
The thing I would like to do most is to find somehow to bring peace to the world. It has eluded me.
Men who have worked together to reach the stars are not likely to descend together into the depths of war and desolation.
If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: 'President Can't Swim.'
We can and should have an abundance of trails for walking, cycling, and horseback riding, in and close to our cities. In the backcountry we need to copy the great Appalachian Trail in all parts of America.
I'm gonna hunker down like a jack rabbit in a dust storm.
He's Gerald Ford a nice guy but he played too much football with his helmet off.
New laboratories and centers will help our schools lift their standards of excellence and explore new methods of teaching. These centers will provide special training for those who need and deserve special treatment.
The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.
Conservation is ethically sound. It is rooted in our love of the land, our respect for the rights of others, our devotion to the rule of law.
Poverty has many roots, but the tap root is ignorance.
Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity.
Every American citizen must have an equal right to vote. There is no reason which can excuse the denial of that right. There is no duty which weighs more heavily on us than the duty we have to ensure that right.
Our numbers have increased in Vietnam because the aggression of others has increased in Vietnam. There is not, and there will not be, a mindless escalation.
No national sovereignty rules in outer space. Those who venture there go as envoys of the entire human race. Their quest, therefore, must be for all mankind, and what they find should belong to all mankind.
Second, this law has become a special symbol of our Nation's most important purpose: to fulfill the individual -- his freedom, his happiness, his promise.
It is a truism that education is no longer a luxury. Education in this day and age is a necessity.
It is important that the United States remain a two-party system. I'm a fellow who likes small parties and the Republican Party can't be too small to suit me.