Quotes and Quotations
I had rather be first in a village than second at Rome.
I have found out in later years that we were very poor, but the glory of America is that we didn't know it then.
Alea iacta est. - The die is cast.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
But many people around the state and even around the country are going to get to experience that for the next three years.
Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality.
As we do bring our troops home, we cannot lose sight of our very real strategic national interests in this region... I will order specialized units to engage in narrow and targeted operations against al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in the region. They will also provide security for U.S. troops and personnel and train and equip Iraqi security services to keep order and promote stability in the country, but only to the extent we believe such training is actually working. I would also consider, as I have said before, leaving some forces in the Kurdish area to protect the fragile but real democracy and relative peace and security that has developed there.
I don't want a nation of thinkers, I want a nation of workers.
It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
Serving God is Doing Good to Man, but Praying is thought an easier Service, and therefore more generally chosen.
Weighty Questions ask for deliberate Answers.
I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.
Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.
There is always a way-if you're committed.
Our lives are a mixture of different roles. Most of us are doing the best we can to find whatever the right balance is.. For me, that balance is family, work, and service.
Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt. - Men willingly believe what they wish.
We will also stand united behind our President as he and his advisors plan the necessary actions to demonstrate America's resolve and commitment. Not only to seek out and exact punishment on the perpetrators, but to make very clear that not only those who harbor terrorists, but those who in any way aid or comfort them whatsoever will now face the wrath of our country. And I hope that that message has gotten through to everywhere it needs to be heard. You are either with America in our time of need or you are not.
As a cure for worrying, work is far better than whiskey. I always found that, if I began to worry, the best thing I could do was focus upon doing something useful and then work very hard at it. Soon, I would forget what was troubling me.
The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
Veni, vidi, vici. - I came, I saw, I conquered.
If parents pass enthusiasm along to their children, they will leave them an estate of incalculable value.
Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres.
Unlike presidential administrations, problems rarely have terminal dates.
Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.
I have far more respect for the person with a single idea who gets there than for the person with a thousand ideas who does nothing.
Any time you sincerely want to make a change, the first thing you must do is to raise your standards. When people ask me what really changed my life eight years ago, I tell them that absolutely the most important thing was changing what I demanded of myself. I wrote down all the things I would no longer accept in my life, all the things I would no longer tolerate, and all the things that I aspired to becoming.
My principal business consists of giving commercial value to the brilliant, but misdirected, ideas of others.... Accordingly, I never pick up an item without thinking of how I might improve it.
I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.
One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.
I now leave that bed which has afforded me little rest, and eagerly seek repose in the quiet enjoyments of rural life.
An empty bag will not stand upright.
Patronage is the sword and cannon by which war may be made on the liberty of the human race.
Human felicity is produc'd not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.
No matter what you think about the Iraq war, there is one thing we can all agree on for the next days - we have to salute the courage and bravery of those who are risking their lives to vote and those brave Iraqi and American soldiers fighting to protect their right to vote.
It was hard graft all the way and a good result in the end.
A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.
If Pride leads the Van, Beggary brings up the Rear.
The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they're not.