The great French Marshal Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow-growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The marshal replied: In that case, there is no time to lose, plant it this afternoon.
The path we have chosen for the present is full of hazards, as all paths are. The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
If at times our actions seem to have made life difficult for others, it is only because history has made life difficult for us all.
It is much easier in many ways for me – and for other Presidents, I think, who felt the same way – when Congress is not in town.
In the dark days and darker nights when England stood alone – and most men save Englishmen despaired of England’s life – Churchill mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.
Sorrow is a form of self-pity.
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
The supreme reality of our time is the vulnerability of this planet.
Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
There is a terrific disadvantage in not having the abrasive quality of the press applied to you daily. Even though we never like it, and even though we wish they didn’t write it, and even though we disapprove, there isn’t any doubt that we could not do the job at all in a free society