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Ansel Adams1972
The herculean task of a photographer is to capture a momentary frame as beautiful in reality, as it would be in a dream.
John Adams Jr.1770
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
John Quincy Adams1816
May our country always be successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right.
John Quincy Adams1848
This is the last of Earth! I am content.
Samuel Adams1771
The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards: And it is our duty to defend them against all attack.
Jane Addams
Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.
Jane Addams1933
Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all ...
Louisa May Alcott
Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Edgar Fiske Allen
Your life and mine should be valued not by what we take... but by what we give.
Susan Bronwell Anthony1902
I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do to their fellows, because it always coincides with their own desires.
Benedict Arnold1801
Let me die in this old uniform in which I fought my battles. May God forgive me for ever having put on another.
Roger Nash Baldwin
The smallest deed is better than the grandest intention.
Elizabeth Drew Barstow1895
I hail the seasons as they go, I woo the sunshine, brave the wind, I scan the lily and the rose, I nod to every nodding tree, I follow every stream that flows, And wait beside the steadfast sea.
Clara Barton
You must never so much think as whether you like it or not, whether it is bearable or not; you must never think of anything except the need, and how to meet it.
Katharine Lee Bates
One day some of the other teachers and I decided to go on a trip to 14,000-foot Pikes Peak... I was very tired. But when I saw the view, I felt great joy. All the wonder of America seemed displayed there, with the sea-like expanse.
Harriet Elizabeth Beecher1865
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
Henry Ward Beecher1858
The call to religion is not a call to be better than your fellows, but to be better than yourself.
Alexander Graham Bell
A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with -- a man is what he makes of himself.
Ballington Booth
Our work is not all bread and shelter. The underprivileged, the weak, and the unfortunate need more. They need sympathy, the warmth of fellowship, and the instilling of courage.
Jacqueline Lee Bouvier
We should all do something to right the wrongs that we see and not just complain about them.
William Cullen Bryant1828
Loveliest of lovely things are they, On earth, that soonest pass away. The rose that lives its little hour Is prized beyond the sculptured flower.
James Buchanan
What is right and what is practicable are two different things.
James Buchanan1861
I feel that my duty has been faithfully, though it may be imperfectly, performed, and, whatever the result may be, I shall carry to my grave the consciousness that I at least meant well for my country.
Luther Burbank1926
What a joy life is when you have made a close working partnership with Nature, helping her to produce for the benefit of mankind new forms, colors, and perfumes in flowers which were never known before.
Edmund Burke
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Aaron Burr
The rule of my life is to make business a pleasure and pleasure my business.
Nicholas Murray Butler
Problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think. The trouble is that men very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work.
Richard Evelyn Byrd1938
Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.
George Gordon Byron
A great poet belongs to no country; his works are public property, and his Memoirs the inheritance of the public.
Elizabeth Cady1848
Resolved, That is the duty of the women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise.
John Caldwell Calhoun1835
The very essence of a free government consists in considering offices as public trusts, bestowed for the good of the country, and not for the benefit of an individual or a party.
Wallace J. Campbell
Every human being is important and all human beings owe something to their fellow inhabitants on this planet.
Rachel Carson
We are challenged as mankind has never been challenged before to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature, but of ourselves.
Willa Sibert Cather1913
I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
George Catlin
nothing short of the loss of my life shall prevent me from visiting their country, and becoming their historian.
William Ellery Channing1819
God deliver us all from prejudice and unkindness, and fill us with the love of truth and virtue.
Salmon Portland Chase1845
True democracy makes no enquiry about the color of skin, or the place of nativity, whereever it sees man, it recognizes a being endowed by his Creator with original inalienable rights.
Mary Church
In the early 1890’s it required a great deal of courage for a woman to publicly to acknowledge before an audience that she believed in suffrage for her sex when she knew a majority did not.
Thomas March Clark1895
Jesus aimed to impregnate the natural with the spiritual, and to resolve all our avocations into a heavenly discipline.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens
The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.
Grover Cleveland1866
A stream of light shall pierce the darkness of ignorance and man's oppression, until Liberty enlightens the world.
William Sloane Coffin Jr.
I love the recklessness of faith. First you leap and then you grow wings.
John Calvin "Silent Cal" Coolidge II
The words of a President have an enormous weight and ought not to be used indiscriminately.
Fanny Crosby1873
Perfect submission, all is at rest! I in my Savior am happy and blessed, Watching and waiting, looking above, Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
George William Curtis
There is no gentleman in America, but he who feels that every man is his equal in natural right, and who does not know that he is cheated if every man does not have fair play.
James Dwight Dana
The grand old Book of God still stands; and this old earth, the more its leaves are turned over and pondered, the more it will sustain and illustrate the Sacred word.
Charles Robert Darwin1859
... from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.
Abraham Davenport1780
I am against adjournment. The day of judgment is either approaching, or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for an adjournment; if it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. (On rumor of end of world)
Julia Boggs Dent
the light of his glorious fame still reaches out to me, falls upon me, and warms me.
Charles John Huffam Dickens1864
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
Anna Elizabeth Dickinson
My head and heart, soul and brain, were all on fire with the words I must speak.
Emily Dickinson
I aimed my pebble, but myself; Was all the one that fell. Was it Goliath was too large, Or only I too small?
John Dickinson1768
Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
Dorothea Lynde Dix
I encounter nothing which a determined will, created by the necessities of the cause I advocate, does not enable me to vanquish.
Frederick Douglass
I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.
Frederick Douglass1855
I would unite with anybody to do right; and with nobody to do wrong.
Lorenzo Dow
You can and you can't, You will and you won't; You'll be damn'd if you do, You'll be damn'd if you don't. (definition of Calvinism)
Willliam Edward Burghardt DuBois
The time must come when, great and pressing as change and betterment may be, they do not involve killing and hurting people.
Eleuthere Irenee DuPont1803
Being without a garden was the greatest deprivation, and it is the first thing that occupied my time.
Amelia Mary Earhart
In my life I had come to realize that when things were going very well indeed it was just the time to anticipate trouble.
Thomas Alva Edison
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. (disputed)
Thomas Alva Edison
If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
Jonathan Edwards
Love is the active, working principle in all true faith. It is its very soul, without which it is dead. "Faith works by love."
Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower I1953
May the light of freedom, coming to all darkened lands, flame brightly -- until at last the darkness is no more.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be the happier.
George III of England
I wish nothing but good; therefore, everyone who does not agree with me is a traitor and a scoundrel.
Victoria of England
Since it has pleased Providence to place me in this station, I shall do my utmost to fulfil my duty towards my country.
Edward Everett1852
Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
Maria de Lourdes Villiers "Mia" Farrow
You learn by going where you have to go.
Eugene Field
Oh, you who've been a-fishing will indorse me when I say That it always is the biggest fish you catch that gets away!
Jayne Seymour "Jane" Fonda1977
To be a revolutionary you have to be a human being. You have to care about people who have no power.
Lydia Maria Francis1842
The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and crimes of humanity, all lie in that one word LOVE. It is the divine vitality that produces and restores life.
Robert Lee Frost1916
I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
James Abram Garfield1856
The world's history is a divine poem, of which the history of every nation is a canto, and every man a word.
William Lloyd Garrison
Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion.
William Lloyd Garrison
I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice.
Joshua Reed Giddings1859
When I shall have passed away, let my epitaph announce that I hated oppression and wrong, that I loved liberty and justice.
Juliette Gordon
The work of today is the history of tomorrow, and we are its makers.
Ulysses Simpson Grant1869
Protect the law-abiding citizen, whether of native or foreign birth, wherever his rights are jeopardized or the flag of our country floats.
Angelina Emily Grimke
The time to assert a right is the time when that right is denied.
Alfred Whitney Griswold
Liberal learning is both a safeguard against false ideas of freedom and a source of true ones.
Florence Ann Griswold
So you see, first the artists adopted Lyme, and then Lyme adopted the artists, and now, today, Lyme and art are synonymous.
Edward Everett Hale1909
I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
Nathan Hale1776
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
William Edwin Hall
What greater monument could a man hope for but the part he has played in the building of character and citizenship among our youth?
Alexander Hamiltonabt 1787
Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.
John Hancock1774
Some boast of being friends to government; I am a friend to righteous government, to a government founded upon the principles of reason and justice.
Warren Gamaliel Harding1921
The success of our popular government rests wholly upon the correct interpretation of the deliberate, intelligent, dependable popular will of America.
Benjamin Harrison1891
I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth or shapes it into a garment will starve in the process.
William Henry Harrison1829
The strongest of all governments is that which is most free.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes
Fighting battles is like courting girls: those who make the most pretensions and are boldest usually win.
Rutherford Birchard Hayes1877
He serves his party best who serves the country best.
Edgar James Helms
Friends of Goodwill, be dissatisfied with your work until every handicapped & unfortunate person in your community has an opportunity to develop to his fullest usefulness and enjoy a maximum of abundant living.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
I find that the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.
Oliver Wendell Holmes1918
A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.
Langston Hughes1941
Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly.
Lydia Howard Huntley
We speak of educating our children. Do we know that our children also educate us?
Robert Green Ingersoll1896
The present is the child, and the necessary child, of all the past, and the mother of all the future.
Andrew Jackson
Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
Robert Houghwout Jackson1943
Fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote, they depend on the outcome of no elections
John Jay1786
To contend for our own liberty, and to deny that blessing to others, involves an inconsistency not to be excused.
Sarah Orne Jewett
Look bravely up into the sky, and be content with knowing that God wished for a buttercup just here, where you are growing.
Melvin F. Jones
You can't get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.
Helen Adams Keller
A person who is severely impaired never knows his hidden sources of strength until he is treated like a normal human being and encouraged to shape his own life.
Will Keith Kellogg
It is my hope that the property that kind Providence has brought me may be helpful to many others, and that I may be found a faithful steward.
Eunice Mary Kennedy1968
In ancient Rome, the gladiators went into the arena with these words on their lips: let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt. - at the Special Olympics
John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy1963
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.
Robert Francis Kennedy Sr.1964
There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of a comfortable past which, in fact, never existed.
Sidney Lanier1867
Music means harmony, harmony means love. Love means God.
Emma Lazarus
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
Abraham "Abe" Lincoln1863
Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Henry Cabot Lodge1915
It is the flag just as much of the man who was naturalized yesterday as of the man whose people have been here many generations.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow1855
All your strength is in your union, All your danger is in discord; Therefore be at peace henceforward, And as brothers live together.
James Longstreet1867
The views that we hold cease to be principles because they are opposed to law. It is our duty to abandon ideas that are obsolete and conform to the requirements of law.
James Longstreet1885
Great God! I thought to myself, how my heart swells out out to such magnanimous touch of humanity. Why do men fight who were born to be brothers?
James Russell Lowell
Who speaks the truth stabs Falsehood to the heart.
James Madison Jr.abt 1787
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
James Madison Jr.1822
Religion & Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.
Horace Mann Sr.1838
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering cold iron.
Horace Mann Sr.1838
If any man seeks for greatness, let him forget greatness and ask for truth, and he will find both.
Anne Marbury
Better to be cast out of the church than to deny Christ.
John Marshall1821
A constitution is framed for ages to come, and is designed to approach immortality as nearly as human institutions can approach it.
George Mason IV1775
Every society, all government, and every kind of civil compact therefore, is or ought to be, calculated for the general good and safety of the community.
Stephen Tyng Mather
He is a better citizen with a keener appreciation of the privilege of living here who has toured the national parks.
Julia McWilliams
The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.
Moina Belle Michael
And now the Torch and Poppy Red We wear in honor of our dead. Fear not that ye have died for naught; We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought In Flanders Fields.
Harrison Miller
When the Mormons baptized me they dumped me in a lake so cold in the middle of January that I struggled and my shoulder didn't go under I always figured that's where the devil stayed in
James Monroe
The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.
John Pierpont "Jp" Morgan Sr.
A man I do not trust could not get money from me on all the bonds in Christendom. I think that is the fundamental basis of business.
Gouverneur Morris1810
It is not easy to be wise for all times, not event for the present - much less for the future; and those who judge the past must recollect that, when it was the present the present was future
Philip Mountbatten Duke of Edinburgh1970
The quality of life to be enjoyed or the existence to be survived by our children and future generations is in our hands now.
John Thomas Muir
When we try to pick out something by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
Charles Eliot Norton
The United States has lost her unique position as a leader in the progress of civilization and has taken up her place simply as one of the grasping and selfish nations of the present day.
Mary Ogle1784
The gallery full of ladies, the General [Washington] seem'd so much affected himself that everybody felt for him.... I think the World never produced a greater man & very few so good.
George Smith Patton III1933
Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of the men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.
Alice Stokes Paul
It should be very clear. Look into your own heart—I swear to you, mine is no different... You want a voice in the government under which you live; so do I. What is there to explain?
Samuel Pepys1665
Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.
Franklin Pierce1855
The storm of frenzy and faction must inevitably dash itself in vain against the unshaken rock of the Constitution.
Cole Porter1934
In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking; But now, Heaven knows, Anything goes.
Joseph Pulitzer1883
We will always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, always oppose privileged classes and public plunderers,...
John Davison Rockefeller Sr.
The impression was gaining ground with me that it was a good thing to let the money be my slave and not make myself a slave to money.
John Davison Rockefeller Jr.1956
I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.
Hillary Diane Rodham1995
Let it be that human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights once and for all.
Alice Lee Roosevelt
If you can't say something good about someone, sit right here by me.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt1939
Will people ever be wise enough to refuse to follow bad leaders or to take away the freedom of other people?
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt1951
It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt1933
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt1938
No democracy can long survive which does not accept as fundamental to its very existence the recognition of the rights of its minorities.
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt jr.1901
The first essential of civilization is law. Anarchy is simply the handmaiden and forerunner of tyranny and despotism.
Daniel Calhoun Roper1917
The history of civilization is the struggle for human rights. Basic in this struggle is the free communication on equal conditions. Progress in the facilities for such communication has made the US postal service a democratic institution.
Benjamin Rush
Temperate, sincere, and intelligent inquiry and discussion are only to be dreaded by the advocates of error. The truth need not fear them.
William H. Seward1858
As a general truth, communities prosper and flourish, or droop and decline, in just the degree that they practise or neglect to practise the primary duties of justice and humanity.
William Tecumseh Sherman1864
You have heretofore read public sentiment in your newspapers, that live by falsehood and excitement; and the quicker you seek for truth in other quarters, the better.
Abigail Smith1780
Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
Eleanor Rosalynn Smith2017
Compassion is what makes our nation great. When we invest in the health and happiness of our fellow Americans, we reap dividends that pay off for generations
Ellen Smith
By question and answer, by informal discussion, by the living contact of mind with mind, thought is quickened and stimulated, and many a problem independently suggested and solved.
Thaddeus Stevens1850
There can be no fanatics in the cause of genuine liberty. Fanaticism is excessive zeal.
Lucy Stone1847
If I would be true to myself, true to my Heavenly Father, I must pursue that course of conduct which, to me, appears best calculated to promote the highest good of the world.
Pearl Comfort Sydenstricker1962
All things are possible until they are proved impossible -- and even the impossible may only be so, as of now.
Henry David Thoreau1857
It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?
James Grover Thurber1955
The dog has seldom been successful in pulling Man up to its level of sagacity, but Man has frequently dragged the dog down to his.
Harry S. Truman1947
No government is perfect. One of the chief virtues of a democracy, however, is that its defects are always visible and under democratic processes can be pointed out and corrected.
Julia Ward
The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness.
John Wesley1771
May we not be of one heart, though we are not of one opinion? Without all doubt, we may. Herein all the children of God may unite, notwithstanding these smaller differences.
Walt Whitman
To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle, Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.
John Greenleaf Whittier
The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.
Thornton Niven Wilder1960
Many who have spent a lifetime in it can tell us less of love than the child that lost a dog yesterday.
Roger Williams
Enforced uniformity confounds civil and religious liberty and denies the principles of Christianity and civility. No man shall be required to worship or maintain a worship against his will.
Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams1944
I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.
Mary Shippen Willing
I wish well to all mankind, to America in particular. What am I but an American? All my friends and connexions are in America; my whole property is here -- could I wish ill to everything I have an interest in?
Elizabeth II Alexandra Mary Windsor1947
I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.
Elizabeth II Alexandra Mary Windsor1957
It has always been easy to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult.