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A president's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right.

If you're I politics and you can't tell when you walk into a room who's for you and who's against you, then you're in the wrong line of work.
Boys, I may not know much, but I know chicken shit from chicken salad.
Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time.
He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well.
What is true by lamplight is not always true by sunlight.
The worst of madmen is a saint run mad.
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
Men must be governed by God, or they will be ruled by tyrants.
The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; High towers fall with a heavier crash; And the lightning strikes the highest mountain.
It is easier to do one's duty to others than to one's self. If you do your duty to others, you are considered reliable. If you do your duty to yourself, you are considered selfish.
When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight.
Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty.
Never step over one duty to perform another.
Rank imposes obligation.
The sense of obligation to continue is present in all of us. A duty to strive is the duty of us all. I felt a call to that duty.
Activate yourself to duty by remembering your position, who you are, and what you have obliged yourself to be.
Duties are not performed for duty's sake, but because their neglect would make the man uncomfortable. A man performs but one duty --the duty of contenting his spirit, the duty of making himself agreeable to himself.
Truth in philosophy means that concept and external reality correspond.
Pity the man who has a character to support --it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.
Death makes no conquest of this conqueror: For now he lives in fame, though not in life.
O conscience, upright and stainless, how bitter a sting to thee is a little fault!
It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.
If I regard wickedness in my heart the Lord will not hear. [Psalms 66:18]
It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.
A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.
Men of ill judgment ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lost it.
Everything done in the world is done by hope.
Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
A shocking crime was committed on the unscrupulous initiative of few individuals, with the blessing of more, and amid the passive acquiescence of all.
Come live with me, and be my love, and we will all the pleasures prove.
If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.
It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.
I was young and foolish then; now I am old and foolisher.
A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.
We always love those who admire us; we do not always love those whom we admire.
The first faults are theirs that commit them, the second theirs that permit them.
One ought to examine himself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
At every word a reputation dies.
There is in most passions a shrinking away from ourselves. The passionate pursuer has all the earmarks of a fugitive.
A functioning police state needs no police.
Trouble shared is trouble halved.
A pilgrim is a wanderer with purpose.
In life, each of us must sometimes play the fool.
They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth.
If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words.
There is no limit to what a man can do or how far he can go if he doesn't mind who gets the credit.
It is better to be looked over than overlooked.
Obscurity and competence: That is the life that is worth living.
Obscurity brings safety.
Death is the wish of some, the relief of many, and the end of all.
No God and no religion can survive ridicule. No political church, no nobility, no royalty or other fraud, can face ridicule in a fair field, and live.
Don't think so much about who is for or against you, rather give all your care, that God be with you in everything you do.
A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable.
The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.
I am as comfortless as a pilgrim with peas in his shoes -- and as cold as Charity, Chastity or any other Virtue.
Blemishes are hid by night and every fault forgiven; darkness makes any woman fair.
You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.
No one has ever learned fully to know themselves.
People are getting smarter nowadays; they are letting lawyers, instead of their conscience, be their guide.
The problem with marriage is that it ends every night after making love, and it must be rebuilt every morning before breakfast.
The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state.
The liar's punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
Endurance is the crowning quality...
There are few sorrows, however poignant, in which a good income is of no avail.
When I am right, I get angry. Churchill gets angry when he is wrong. So we were often angry at each other.
Virtue craves a steep and thorny path.
Success breeds conservatism, and that means a love affair with the status quo and an aversion to change.
The way to be nothing is to do nothing.
An expert is someone who knows some of the worst mistakes, which can be made, in a very narrow field.
With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.
Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty.
One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests.
A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.
The successful people of this world take life as it comes. They just go out and deal with the world as it is.
It is the passions that do and undo everything.
Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
Great art is never produced for its own sake. It is too difficult to be worth the effort.
Never do anything standing that you can do sitting, or anything sitting that you can do lying down.
Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
The light shines in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not.
You are an extremely valuable, worthwhile, significant person even though your present circumstances may have you feeling otherwise.
Singular indeed that the people should be writhing under oppression and injury, and yet not one among them to be found, to raise the voice of complaint.
He stands erect by bending over the fallen. He rises by lifting others.
Politics is the profession of those who have neither trade nor art.
It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.
If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.
It makes a great deal of difference whether one wills not to sin or has not the knowledge to sin.
Public money is like holy water; everyone helps himself to it.
Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.
I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.
Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give luster, and many more people see than weigh.
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Anyone who is popular is bound to be disliked.
Knowledge is the best eraser in the world for disharmony, distrust, despair, and the endless physical deficiencies of man.
Much of your pain is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite.
To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it. The more things you do, the more you can do.
Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.
There are few cases in which mere popularity should be considered a proper test of merit; but the case of song-writing is, I think, one of the few.
Many a man never fails because he never tries.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
Public opinion is held in reverence. It settles everything. Some think it is the voice of God.
A lie can run around the world before the truth can get its boots on.
A hair divides what is false and true.
No eulogy is due to him who simply does his duty and nothing more.
When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.
Treating your adversary with respect is giving him an advantage to which he is not entitled.
The readiest and surest way to get rid of censure, is to correct ourselves.
He who is false to present duty breaks a thread in the loom, and will find the flaw when he may have forgotten its cause.
The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas and enthusiasm.
I want to live perfectly above the law, and make it my servant instead of my master.
We are usually the best men when in the worst health.
Divide each difficulty into as many parts as is feasible and necessary to resolve it.
Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means you've become a comfortable, trusted element in another person's life.
There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness and truth.
Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.
There is no sense in crying over spilt milk. Why bewail what is done and cannot be recalled?
He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak. Strong convictions precede great actions.
The world's a forest, in which all lose their way; though by a different path each goes astray.
When little is done, little is said; silence is the mother of truth.
Danger, the spur of all great minds.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Democracy means the opportunity to be everyone's slave.
Do not learn more than you absolutely need to get through life.
Better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
God will not look you over for medal, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.
There are no rewards or punishments -- only consequences.
But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Men of the noblest dispositions think themselves happiest when others share their happiness with them.
Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue.
Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.
Human beings, by change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.
Most people fail in life because they major in minor things.
You always pass failure on the way to success.
It's the niceties that make the difference fate gives us the hand, and we play the cards.
Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.
The more ignorant, reckless and thoughtless a doctor is, the higher his reputation soars even amongst powerful princes.
No sooner said than done -- so acts your man of worth.

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