Never answer a question from a farmer.
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- The essence of statesmanship is not a rigid adherence to the past, but a prudent and probing concern for the future.
- A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.
- History teaches us that the great revolutions aren’t started by people who are utterly down and out, without hope and vision. They take place when people begin to live a little better — and when they see how much yet remains to be achieved.
- Leadership in today’s world requires far more than a large stock of gunboats and a hard fist at the conference table.
- Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.
- We should have learnt by now that laws and court decisions can only point the way. They can establish criteria of right and wrong. And they can provide a basis for rooting out the evils of bigotry and racism. But they cannot wipe away centuries of oppression and injustice — however much we might desire it.