Let us seek the proper solution, not the Republican or Democratic answer. Let us not try to assign blame for the past. Accept personal responsibility for the future. President John F. Kennedy, Make the best of what you have and where you are. Roosevelt, Theodore When you've reached the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on. Lincoln, Abraham We must reject the idea that every problem has a single correct answer or that there is one right way to solve any issue. Different problems call for different solutions. Which is why we need many voices at the table.
He who lives by the sword dies by the sword. Many attribute this saying to King Leonidas I of Sparta (c. 1020-1034 B.C.), but it was probably made up by someone else. What it means is that if you live by fighting, you will die by fighting. It is a simple fact of life that people who fight for a living are going to get killed doing it.
The two most powerful men in the world - JFK and TR - both knew this. They also both learned that if you want to influence people you can't just tell them what they want to hear, you have to tell them what they need to hear. JFK's famous speech about the "missile gap" between the United States and Russia was meant to scare the hell out of Americans so that they would support more funding for his military program.
Quotes by Theodore Roosevelt
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest form of appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. "The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all." - James Madison
"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. My dear fellow citizens: I believe that we are summoned here today to rededicate ourselves to that great cause of liberty and justice for all. It is a cause that shines forth from every line of President Kennedy's speech before this nation four years ago today. That cause still holds true today. And yet, there are those who question whether it is time to set aside such lofty goals and content themselves with more modest aims. They suggest that we seek peace instead of victory, prosperity instead of justice. But as long as evil men plot their courses toward war, nations must prepare for battle. As long as tyranny and oppression exist, resistance to them will continue. As long as poverty and hunger affect the souls of millions, hope will not be lost. The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans - neither black nor white, rich or poor, young or old, male or female. They are the future leaders of our country, on which role depends the success or failure of our efforts to win the fight against terror.
Check out these smart presidential statements from previous presidents as well. 1. Formalized paraphrase "Change will not occur if we wait for another person or an other moment. We are the ones everyone has been waiting for. We are the change we want to see." - Barack Obama
Obama's formal speech on the subject was called "A More Perfect Union" at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
He later repeated this idea in a 2009 interview with Chris Matthews of MSNBC: "I think it's important for us to understand that while history may judge Obama harshly for what happens over the next few years, he did not start this crisis nor does he have any real control over its outcome. The truth is, we're all stuck with each other and we need to learn to live together better."
Obama also said: "And so tonight I ask you to join me in dreaming big about our country. To look beyond the turbulence of today's news and focus on the things we must do together to make this a better world for our children and grandchildren."
Finally, he concluded: "We can't rely on miracles alone. We have to be willing to work for them. And we have to be brave enough to dream bigger than we thought possible before."
Obama's ideas were very popular with voters who chose him in 2008.