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"The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on."
Business

"The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully."
Business

"Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much."

"It requires wisdom to understand wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf."
Wisdom

"We are quite rich enough to defend ourselves, whatever the cost. We must now learn that we are quite rich enough to educate ourselves as we need to be educated."

"The radical novelty of modern science lies precisely in the rejection of the belief... that the forces which move the stars and atoms are contingent upon the preferences of the human heart."
Science

"Brains, you know, are suspect in the Republican Party."

"Once you touch the biographies of human beings, the notion that political beliefs are logically determined collapses like a pricked balloon."

"Certainly he is not of the generation that regards honesty as the best policy. However, he does regard it as a policy."

"There is nothing so good for the human soul as the discovery that there are ancient and flourishing civilized societies which have somehow managed to exist for many centuries and are still in being though they have had no help from the traveler in solving their problems."

"Industry is a better horse to ride than genius."

"Men who are orthodox when they are young are in danger of being middle-aged all their lives."

"I would have carved on the portals of the National Press Club, "Put not your trust in princes." Only the very rarest of princes can endure even a little criticism, and few of them can put up with even a pause in the adulation."

"The senator might remember that the Evangelists had a more inspiring subject."

"Successful politicians are insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle or otherwise manage to manipulate the demanding and threatening elements in their constituencies."

"The opposition is indispensable. A good statesman, like any other sensible human being, always learns more from his opposition than from his fervent supporters."

"'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world."

"Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort it brings."

"He has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct though it is inconvenient, unprofitable, or dangerous to do so."

"Ideals are an imaginative understanding of that which is desirable in that which is possible."

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