Who is Fit to Lead America?
The Words of Past Presidents
Compiled & Edited by David Hartley Mark
Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.
Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.
[The US has a] government of laws, and not of men.
I cannot live without books.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
When angry, count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
To educate a person in the mind, but not in morals, is to educate a menace to society.
Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.
You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.
Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.
Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses -because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened.
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