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"Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world..."
James Knox Polk

"Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic societies and destroy the basic rules of international life."
Jacques Chirac

"I wouldn't attach too much importance to these student riots. I remember when I was a student at the Sorbonne in Paris, I used to go out and riot occasionally."
John Foster Dulles

"If any foreign minister begins to defend to the death a "peace conference," you can be sure his government has already placed its orders for new battleships and airplanes."
Joseph Stalin

"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."
John F. Kennedy

"I came, I saw, I conquered."
Julius Caesar

"What is sad for women of my generation is that they weren't supposed to work if they had families. What were they going to do when the children are grown - watch the raindrops coming down the window pane?"
Jacqueline Kennedy

"The construction of Europe is an art. It is the art of the possible."
Jacques Chirac

"History never looks like history when you are living through it."
John W. Gardner

"We peruse one ideal, that of bringing people together in peace, irrespective of race, religion and political convictions, for the benefit of mankind."
Juan Antonio Samaranch

"We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it."
John F. Kennedy

"Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it."
John Quincy Adams

"History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided."
Konrad Adenauer

"Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty, while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world."
Kofi Annan

"Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There's nothing to do but to stand there and take it."
Lyndon B. Johnson

"If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: "President Can't Swim.""
Lyndon B. Johnson

"The Russians feared Ike. They didn't fear me."
Lyndon B. Johnson

"Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears."
Louis D. Brandeis

"Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done."
Louis D. Brandeis

"The real 1960s began on the afternoon of November 22, 1963. It came to seem that Kennedy's murder opened some malign trap door in American culture, and the wild bats flapped out."
Lance Morrow

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