Never answer a question from a farmer.
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- A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.
- The essence of statesmanship is not a rigid adherence to the past, but a prudent and probing concern for the future.
- People in places many of us never heard of, whose names we can’t pronounce or even spell, are speaking up for themselves. They speak in languages we once classified as exotic but whose mastery is now essential for our diplomats and businessmen. But what they say is very much the same the world over. They want a decent standard of living. They want human dignity and a voice in their own futures. They want their children to grow up strong and healthy and free.
- 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.
- American public opinion is like an ocean — it cannot be stirred by a teaspoon.
- Profit and morality are a hard combination to beat.