This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking.
This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. ”“We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Despite these holocausts, America is today the strongest, the most influential, and most productive nation in the world.
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
Splendid as can be the blessings of such a peace, high will be its cost: in toil patiently sustained, in help honorably given, in sacrifice calmly borne.” Second Inaugural address (21 January 1957)“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage.We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”“Character in many ways is everything in leadership.Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.Throughout America’s adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace, to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among peoples and among nations.