Tolerating organized crime promotes the cheap philosophy that everything is a racket. It promotes cynicism among adults. It contributes to the confusion of the young and to the increase of juvenile delinquency.
We know that if one man's rights are denied, the rights of all are endangered.
I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.
I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil. Government belongs wherever evil needs an adversary and there are people in distress.
Even as my father grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, signs told him: 'No Irish Need Apply.'
In the last analysis, our every right is only worth what our lawyer makes it worth.
It is the right of government to protect the weak; it is the right of the weak to find in their courts fair treatment before the law.
It is one thing to open job opportunities. It is another to train people to fill them, or to persuade American enterprise to seek Negro as well as white applicants.
The poor man looks upon the law as an enemy, not as a friend. For him, the law is always taking something away.
I am deeply impressed with the gravity and wisdom with which most federal judges approach the responsibility of sentencing. It is a difficult, soul-searching task at best.
Hand in hand with freedom of speech goes the power to be heard, to share in the decisions of government which shape men's lives.
Now I can go back to being ruthless again.
It is the essence of responsibility to put the public good ahead of personal gain.
If freedom makes social progress possible, so social progress strengthens and enlarges freedom.
If freedom makes social progress possible, so social progress strengthens and enlarges freedom. The two are inseparable partners in the great adventure of humanity.
Good union leaders make excellent public leaders in the legislative and executive branches.
In the cases that come before the Department of Justice involving a wide range of unlawful activities, we see repeated evidence of family and community failures.
Don't get mad, get even.
It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.
It is from the numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
The sharpest criticism often goes hand in hand with the deepest idealism and love of country.
Communism everywhere has paid the price of rigidity and dogmatism. Freedom has the strength of compassion and flexibility. It has, above all, the strength of intellectual honesty.
Our scientists grapple with the difficulties of placing a man on the moon, but the immediately troubling concern of our society is whether men of different races can sit together at a lunch counter.
Elections remind us not only of the rights but the responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy.
To the extent that laws are founded on morality and on logic, they can lead men's hearts and minds.
I love this city. If I am elected, I'll move the White House to San Francisco. Everybody's so friendly.
In your hands lies the future of your world and the fulfilment of the best qualities of your own spirit.
Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.
But suppose God is black? What if we go to Heaven and we, all our lives, have treated the Negro as an inferior, and God is there, and we look up and He is not white? What then is our response?
Victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed.
GNP measures neither our courage, our wisdom neither our compassion. It measures everything except what makes life worthwhile.
Circumstances of crimes vary. So do motives. And so do prospects for rehabilitation. The number of imponderables makes it impossible to sentence by formula and still sentence justly.
All of us will ultimately be judged on the effort we have contributed to building a new world order.
There has been far too much hypocrisy in the field of civil rights. It is easy enough to give rousing speeches or call for legislation which has no possibility of passage.
In my judgment, the slogan "black power" and what has been associated with it has set the civil rights movement back considerably in the United States over the period of the last several months.
Every dictatorship has ultimately strangled in the web of repression it wove for its people, making mistakes that could not be corrected because criticism was prohibited.
The world of sports knows no religious, racial or political differences. Athletes, from whatever land they come, speak the same language. The lessons of competition are lessons for life.
Every American has the duty to obey the law and the right to expect that the law will be enforced.
I like to be involved in politics. I like to be involved in government. I've been in politics all my life. I would like to remain in government. I don't think that's so sinister.
The fact that free men persist in the search for the truth is the essential difference between Communism and Democracy.
The United States was born in revolution and nurtured by struggle. Throughout our history, the American people have befriended and supported all those who seek independence and a better way of life.
Punishment is not prevention. History offers cold comfort to those who think grievance and despair can be subdued by force.
Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.
We develop the kind of citizens we deserve. If a large number of our children grow up into frustration and poverty, we must expect to pay the price.
Together, we can make ourselves a nation that spends more on books than on bombs, more on hospitals than the terrible tools of war, more on decent houses than military aircraft.
Desegregation of schools does not automatically transform them into better schools. It is only a step. The larger goal is to see that the education of our youth is not merely desegregated, but that it is excellent.
From the first moment of independence, the United States has been dedicated to innovation as a way of government and a way of life.
I dream of things that are not and ask why not.
Satellite communications connect television screens in Japan with television cameras in England, and the distance of half a world loses its meaning.
One can find a squalid America as easily as a scenic America; a bitter, hopeless America as easily as the confident America of polyethylene wrapping, new cars, and camping trips in the summer.
I was the seventh of nine children. When you come from that far down you have to struggle to survive.
It is an unfinished society that we offer the world-a society that is forever committed to change, to improvement and to growth, that will never stagnate in the certitude of ideology or the finalities of dogma.
I am ashamed to report that my father, who is 73, has never been beaten by any of his four sons in golf. We have all become resigned to the fact that he has determined that he won't be beaten.
Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things.
What is objectionable, what is dangerous, about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.
Too often we honor swagger and bluster and the wielders of force; too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others.
I believe that in this generation those with the courage to enter the conflict will find themselves with companions in every corner of the world.
If any man claims the Negro should be content... let him say he would willingly change the color of his skin and go to live in the Negro section of a large city. Then and only then has he a right to such a claim.
One of the great creative statesmen of our age was Franklin Roosevelt. He was creative precisely because he preferred experiment to ideology.
Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort.
I come from a family that has always emphasized and enjoyed sports -- golf, tennis, football, baseball and the rest.
We must continue to prove to the world that we can provide a rising standard of living for all men without loss of civil rights or human dignity to any man.
Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves.
Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.
The right to vote is the easiest of all rights to grant.
Where aspirations outstrip opportunities, law-abiding society becomes the victim. Attitudes of contempt toward the law are forged in this crucible and form the inner core of the beliefs of organized adult crime.
When companies get together secretly to fix prices and attempt to eliminate competition, honest businessmen suffer. I think this is wrong.
If I get to be president, what can I do anyway? With Congress and the press, what chance do I have to make basic changes?
This much is clear: violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.
While free markets tend to democratize a society, unfettered capitalism leads invariably to corporate control of government.
Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.
Perhaps to some extent we have lost sight of the fact that LSD can be very, very helpful in our society if used properly.
The greatest truth must be recognition that in every man, in every child is the potential for greatness.
I run because I am convinced that this country is on a perilous course and I have such strong feelings about what must be done.
Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world's ills... Yet many of the world's great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man.
Since the days of Greece and Rome, when the word 'citizen' was a title of honor, we have often seen more emphasis put on the rights of citizenship than on its responsibilities.
The Gross National Product measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile.
Religion is a salve for confusion and misdirection.
Industrial agriculture now accounts for over half of America's water pollution.
Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.
Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
Nothing is more false than the notion that the triumph of Communism is inevitable or that the Communists are steadily pushing the free world into a corner.
There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?