Every generation inherits a world it never made; and, as it does so, it automatically becomes the trustee of that world for those who come after.
All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don’t. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts, will be written the history of this generation.
It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task.
Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.
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?
Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.
One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
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.
Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.
Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago; to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.