The price of seeking to force our beliefs on others is that someday they might force their beliefs on us
I told them that my grandfather had died in the Great Crash of 1929 - a stockbroker jumped out of a window and crushed him and his pushcart down below.
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.
There are few things more amusing in the world of politics than watching moderate Republicans charging to the right in pursuit of greater glory.
I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in fifty years what my father taught me by example in one week.
We must get the American public to look past the glitter, beyond the showmanship, to the reality, the hard substance of things. And we'll do it not so much with speeches that will bring people to their feet as with speeches that bring people to their senses.
People expect Byzantine, Machiavellian logic from politicians. But the truth is simple. Trial lawyers learn a good rule: 'Don't decide what you don't have to decide.' That's not evasion, it's wisdom.
Indeed, as I think about it, I have to conclude that these young people before me today are the best reason for hope that this world knows.
When you've parked the second car in the garage, and installed the hot tub, and skied in Colorado, and wind-surfed in the Caribbean, when you've had your first love affair and your second and your third, the question will remain, where does the dream end for me?
Every time I've done something that doesn't feel right, it's ended up not being right.
The mugger who is arrested is back on the street before the police officer, but the person mugged may not be back on the street for a long time, if ever.
You want calamities? What about the Ice Age?
You want calamities? What about the Ice Age?... God made this world, but didn't complete it.
Lincoln isn't a man with ingrown toenails, he's an idea.
It was anticipating self-defense.