But I do say this: life is not made up of just one decision here, or another one there.
It is the total of the decisions that you make in your daily lives with respect to politics, to your family, to your environment, to the people about you. It is only in the mass that finally philosophy really emerges." "Today there is a great ideological struggle going on in the world.
Well, that may be a good way to run a football team, but in these days it is no way to run a government." "We cannot safely confine government programs to our own domestic progress and our own military power.
We could be the wealthiest and the most mighty nation and still lose the battle of the world if we do not help our world neighbors protect their freedom and advance their social and economic progress.
For example, when we got into the Little Rock thing, it was not my province to talk about segregation or desegregation.
I had the job of supporting a federal court that had issued a proper order under the Constitution, and where compliance was prevented by action that was unlawful." "I believe that the United States as a government, if it is going to be true to its own founding documents, does have the job of working toward that time when there is no discrimination made on such inconsequential reason as race, color, or religion." "It is unwise to make education too cheap.
That should be the only censorship." "Youth -- our greatest resource -- is being seriously neglected in a vital respect.
Though sometimes necessary, as witness a professional and technical secret that may have a bearing upon the welfare and very safety of this country, we should be very careful in the way we apply it, because in censorship always lurks the very great danger of working to the disadvantage of the American nation." "Don't join the book burners.They are doing one of the most necessary and exacting jobs in the land.They are developing our most precious national resource: our children, our future citizens." "I am not here, of course, as one pretending to any expertness on questions of youth and children -- except in the sense that, within their own families, all grandfathers are experts on these matters." "We have erased segregation in those areas of national life to which Federal authority clearly extends.If everything is provided freely, there is a tendency to put no value on anything.Education must always have a certain price on it; even as the very process of learning itself must always require individual effort and initiative." "One of my predecessors is said to have observed that in making his decisions he had to operate like a football quarterback -- he could not very well call the next play until he saw how the last play turned out.