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'And so if America is to become a great nation, this must become true.'
'And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.'
'So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself'
'Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 -- a date which will live in infamy'
'I have confidence that the Democratic Party can lead the way.'
'I am going at this time to give to this television and radio audio -- audience, a complete financial history, everything I've earned, everything I've spent, everything I own.'
'I'm one of the 22 million black people who are the victims of Americanism.'
'We've grown used to the idea of space, and, perhaps we forget that we've only just begun.'
'I am the Democratic Party's candidate for President who happens also to be a Catholic.'
'I urge every member of both parties, Americans of all religions and of all colors, from every section of this country, to join me in that cause.'
'Mr. President you ought to know that this nation is more a 'Tale of Two Cities' than it is just a 'Shining City on a Hill.''
'Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow -- red, yellow, brown, black and white -- and we're all precious in God's sight.'
'And I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction, of the Constitution.'
'But once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end.'
'I would go on, even to the great heyday of the Roman Empire. And I would see developments around there, through various emperors and leaders. But I wouldn't stop there.'
'The material problems that face us today are not such as they were in Washington's time, but the underlying facts of human nature are the same now as they were then. '
'What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness'
'In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.'
'The present German submarine warfare against commerce is a warfare against mankind.'
'Always there echoes and re-echoes: Duty, Honor, Country.'
'Because let us understand -- North Vietnam cannot defeat or humiliate the United States. Only Americans can do that.'
'But we have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in.'
'We read of killing one hundred thousand men in a day. We read about it and we rejoiced in it -- if it was the other fellows who were killed.'
'instead of wretchedness, starvation, and death by suicide in a strange land, he would have had ‘acres of diamonds.’'
'Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth.'
'to say that all me were created equal and that that meant that any one man was born to inherit $10,000,000,000 and that another child was to be born to inherit nothing?'
'If woman's suffrage is wrong, it is a great wrong; if it is right, it is a profound and fundamental principle'
'One hundred and seventeen years ago the Monroe Doctrine was conceived by our government as a measure of defense.'
'the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire'
'Those who say that we’re in a time when there are no heroes -- they just don’t know where to look.'
'I do not promise you that every bank will be reopened or that individual losses will not be suffered, but there will be no losses that possibly could be avoided'
'Should we fail to aid Greece and Turkey in this fateful hour, the effect will be far reaching to the West as well as to the East.'
'The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.'
'I recognize the feebleness of my effort, but, fortunately, I am not alone.'
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'Tragically, women are most often the ones whose human rights are violated.'
'It is with the book of history, and not with isolated pages, that the United States will ever wish to be identified.'
'I speak of peace because of the new face of war.'
'It’s about the American dream -- those who want to keep it for the few and those who know it must be nurtured and passed along.'
'To have served in this office is to have felt a very personal sense of kinship with each and every American.'
'We cannot be separated in interest or divided in purpose. We stand together until the end.'
'I speak as a Republican. I speak as a woman. I speak as a United States Senator. I speak as an American.'
'In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.'
'And so, such thoughts take us beyond Vietnam, but not beyond our calling as sons of the living God.'
'It is certain that it would be difficult to find a worse misnomer for Washington than 'The Colored Man's Paradise''
'Man is the master, money the servant, but upon all important questions today Republican legislation tends to make money the master and man the servant.'
'Upon these principles the Birth Control movement in America stands.'
'Find the joy in life, because as Ferris Bueller said on his day off, 'Life moves pretty fast; and ya don't stop and look around once in a while, ya gonna miss it.''
'that this is the land of the free except for the Negroes; that we have no second-class citizens except Negroes'
'Neither the United States of America nor the world community of nations can tolerate deliberate deception and offensive threats on the part of any nation, large or small.'
'A single, dramatic piece of the mosaic becomes in the minds of millions the entire picture.'
'I was born in the slum, but the slum was not born in me.'
'In the context of an election year, I ask you, here in this great hall, or listening in the quiet of your home, to recognize that AIDS virus is not a political creature.'
'Will you join in the battle to give every citizen an escape from the crushing weight of poverty?'
'Any assistance that this Government may render in the future should provide a cure rather than a mere palliative.'
'I am perfectly prepared to debate the nuclear freeze on policy grounds, or moral ones.'
'I accept your nomination and your program. I should have preferred to hear those words uttered by a stronger, a wiser, a better man than myself.'
'The field of human rights is not one in which compromise on fundamental principles are possible.'
'It isn't right that every year the share of taxes paid by individual citizens is going up, while the share paid by large corporations is getting smaller and smaller.'
'I believe that whatever there is of honest difference of opinion concerning this war, arises precisely at this point.'
'We're bound today by what bound us 40 years ago, the same loyalties, traditions, and beliefs. We're bound by reality.'
'Catholicism is a religion of the head as well as the heart, and to be a Catholic is to say 'I believe' to the essential core of dogmas that distinguishes our faith.'
'Today, as I mentioned, I felt morally obligated to plead guilty to the charge of leaving the scene of an accident.'
'The workers of the nation were tired of waiting for corporate industry to right their economic wrongs, to alleviate their social agony and to grant them their political rights.'
'I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.'
'they must stop denying freedom. They never give it to anyone.'
'In these times of world economic, political, and spiritual -- above all spiritual crisis, we cannot and we must not turn from the path so plainly before us.'
'Gentlemen of the jury, I do not wish to influence you. I do not wish to appeal to you passions. I do not wish to influence you by the fact that I am a woman.'
'The Political emancipation of our sex calls you: Women of America, arise!'
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'to help broadcasting, not to harm it; to strengthen it, not weaken it; to reward it, not to punish it; to encourage it, not threaten it; and to stimulate it, not censor it.'
'He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in time of happiness.'
'During the latter part of my time at the Department of Education, the social pressures and any conversation of his offensive behavior ended.'
' I find, moreover, that there is an organized propaganda against the League of Nations'
'Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.'
'The action I have announced tonight puts the leaders of North Vietnam on notice that we will be patient in working for peace. We will be conciliatory at the conference table.'
'Woman suffrage is coming -- you know it. Will you, Honorable Senators and Members of the House of Representatives, help or hinder it?'
'And that nominee whose name is Ronald Reagan has no right to quote Franklin Delano Roosevelt.'
'Throughout my entire public career I have followed the personal philosophy that I am a free man, an American, a public servant, and a member of my party -- in that order'
'But failure is not an American habit; and in the strength of great hope we must all shoulder our common load.'
'This is not a day of triumph; it is a day of dedication. Here muster, not the forces of party, but the forces of humanity.'
'We're going to learn about freedom up there, and we're going to learn by doing!!'
'While they play games with numbers, people are dying. I believe in America, but an America where there is a light in every home.'
'Don’t let your conscience disturb you—that would interfere with business.'
'I would like to suggest Civil Service examinations for parenthood!'
'to speak aloud in public in the language of women.'
'Two self-supporting adults decide to make a home together: if both are women it is a pleasant partnership, more fun than work; if one is a man, it is almost never a partnership'
'But, different with Mr. Roosevelt. He got his plans through Congress. But on cold analysis they were found to be the same things Hoover tried to pass and failed.'
'I am indebted to no man, and only to one woman -- my dear wife -- as I begin this very difficult job.'
'We ask the Church to sacrifice with the people for social change, for justice, and for love of brother.'
'We have advocated socialism as a system of society best guaranteeing to women full equal rights in all spheres and insuring to them the possibility of exercising these rights.'
'Why have we not been able to get together as a nation to resolve our serious energy problem?'
'How can you justify being nonviolent in Mississippi and Alabama, when your churches are being bombed, and your little girls are being murdered'
'You have lost too much, but you have not lost everything. And you have certainly not lost America, for we will stand with you for as many tomorrows as it takes.'
'The argument that this amendment will not solve the problem of sex discrimination is not relevant.'
'For I join you, as I join your fellow countrymen in the West, in this firm, this unalterable belief: Es gibt nur ein Berlin.'
'In the place that I come from, society was composed of three simple categories: the killers, the victims, and the bystanders.'
'Richard Nixon, and his loyal wife and family. Theirs is an American tragedy in which we all -- all have played a part.'
'Fourteen nations were represented, among them all of those powers which for convenience we have called the Great Powers'
'All I have I would have given gladly not to be standing here today.'
'Until this moment, Senator, I think I never really gauged your cruelty, or your recklessness.'
'it is a significant fact that 58 states have found such a large measure of agreement in the complex field of human rights'

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