At twenty a man is full of fight and hope. He wants to reform the world. When he is seventy he still wants to reform the world, but he know he can’t.
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- You can protect your liberties in this world only by protecting the other man’s freedom. You can be free only if I am free.
- I wish I could believe in the Bible, like you people—I just can’t. And I wish I could get hope out of it like you do. I’ve got no hope.
- I am a friend of the working man, and I would rather be his friend, than be one.
- I would be pretty near the last one in the world to do anything to take it away. If anybody finds anything in this life that brings them consolation and health and happiness I think they ought to have it.
- With all their faults, trade unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed. They have done more for decency, for honesty, for education, for the betterment of the race, for the developing of character in man, than any other association of men.
- He’s the greatest man who ever came out of Plymouth, Vermont. [On Calvin Coolidge]