Quotations for Daily Use


"A nation of sheep will begat a government of wolves." Edward R. Murrow (born Egbert Roscoe Murrow April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was an American broadcast journalist. He was generally referred to as Ed Murrow. He first came to prominence with a series of radio broadcasts for the news division of the Columbia Broadcasting System during World War II, which were followed by millions of listeners in the United States.

"As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy." Abraham Lincoln (1809–65), 16th president of the US 1861–65, written fragment, ca August 1, 1858

"Freedom is not free." U.S. Air Force Colonel Walter Hitchcock of New Mexico Military Institute; This quote is engraved into one wall at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

"Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." President George Washington (February 22, 1732– December 14, 1799) was an American political leader, military general, statesman, and Founding Father who served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797.

"In a society where there is democratic tolerance and freedom under the law, many kinds of evils will crop up, but give them a little time and they usually breed their own cure." William Bourke Cockran, (February 28, 1854 – March 1, 1923), commonly known as Bourke Cockran, was a United States Representative from New York and a noted political orator. This quote is from The Last Lion - Visions of Glory 1874 - 1932 by William Manchester

"In war, resolution; in defeat defiance; in victory, magnanimity; in peace, goodwill." Winston Churchill, (1874–1965), British statesman; prime minister 1940–45 and 1951–55. This quote is from The Last Lion - Visions of Glory 1874 - 1932 by William Manchester.

"It was not so much the difference in living standards but rather the lack of basic freedom of action and opportunity for advancement that defined the deep and profound discrepancy between enslaved and most free Virginians." Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, author, in A Slave in the White House

"My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. Where it's safe to say what's on your mind, especially when everyone disagrees. Where it's safe to believe what you believe, especially when everyone else's beliefs stand elsewhere." Adlai Ewing Stevenson II (5 February 1900 – 14 July 1965) was an American politician and statesman, noted for his skill in debate and oratory; Governor of Illinois, he was twice an unsuccessful candidate for President of the United States running against Dwight D. Eisenhower (in 1952 and 1956). Under the John F. Kennedy administration, he served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations.

"Permit no man to praise you because you are black, nor wrong you because you are black. Let it be known that you are ready and willing to work out your own material salvation by your own energy, your own worth, your own labor." 20th USA President James A. Garfield

"The responsibility of a great state is to serve and not to dominate the world." Harry Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the 33rd President of the United States (1945–53)

"There is no horizontal stratification of society in this country like the rocks in the earth, that hold one class down below forevermore, and let another come to the surface to stay there forever. Our stratification is like the ocean, where every individual drop is free to move, and where from the sternest depths of the mighty deep any drop may come up to glitter on the highest wave that rolls." 20th USA President James A. Garfield

"We have it in our power to begin the world over again." (He was talking about America, a place where an experiment in self-government might be conceived and even work.) Thomas Paine; (February 9, 1737 – June 8, 1809) was an English-American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he authored the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and he inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain.

"With Garfield in the White House, the New York Times wrote, Southerners “felt, as they had not felt before for years, that the Government . . . was their Government, and that the chief magistrate of the country had an equal claim upon the loyal affection of the whole people." Referring to 20th USA President James A. Garfield

"You were not made free merely to be allowed to vote, but in order to enjoy an equality of opportunity in the race of life." 20th USA President James A. Garfield

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