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Believe you can and you're halfway there.


When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.


The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.


At sometime in our lives a devil dwells within us, causes heartbreaks, confusion and troubles, then dies.




It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.


It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.


Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.


A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.


To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.

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The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything


There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.


It is better to be faithful than famous.


Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.


The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.


I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!


Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell em, Certainly I can! -- and get busy and find out how to do it.

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Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

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I want to see you shoot the way you shout.


Absence and death are the same - only that in death there is no suffering.


Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

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I am only an average man but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man.


A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.


Comparison is the thief of joy.

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Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.


A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.

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Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.


With self-discipline most anything is possible.


I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.


Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.

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There can be no fifty-fifty Americanism in this country. There is room here for only 100 % Americanism, only for those who are Americans and nothing else.




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If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.


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Believe you can and you're halfway there


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The only man who never makes mistakes, is the man who never does anything.


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Comparison is the thief of joy.


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Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort.


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Believe you can and you're halfway there.


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Believe you can and you are half way there


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Do what you can, with what you have, where you are


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Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

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Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.

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I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.

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It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.


We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood. We need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will, of power to do without shrinking the rough work that must always be done.

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Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it.


When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.

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The most successful politician is he who says what everybody is thinking most often and in the loudest voice.


No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse.

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The old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on artificial lines, boss-ridden and privilege-controlled, each a jumble of incongruous elements, and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly on what should be said on the vital issues of the day.

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A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.


When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not Guilty'.


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The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.

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Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell em, Certainly I can! -- and get busy and find out how to do it.

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It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.


The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.

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Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

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The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.

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Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.


People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.


The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.


The American people abhor a vacuum.


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The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.


Peace is normally a great good, and normally it coincides with righteousness, but it is righteousness and not peace which should bind the conscience of a nation as it should bind the conscience of an individual; and neither a nation nor an individual can surrender conscience to another's keeping.

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Germany has reduced savagery to a science, and this great war for the victorious peace of justice must go on until the German cancer is cut clean out of the world body.


If there is not the war, you don't get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don't get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.


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No man is above the law, and no man is below it.


All the resources we need are in the mind


People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.

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It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing save by effort.

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Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.


To announce that there must be no criticism of the president... is morally treasonable to the American public.

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I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.


No man needs sympathy because he has to work. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.


Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft.


Don't foul, don't flinch. Hit the line hard.


Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.

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The most practical kind of politics is the politics of decency.


I have always been fond of the West African proverb: Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.


No man who is not willing to bear arms and to fight for his rights can give a good reason why he should be entitled to the privilege of living in a free community.


I don't pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.

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The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.

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The most successful politician is he who says what everybody is thinking most often and in the loudest voice.

  • politics

The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name.


The boy who is going to make a great man must not make up his mind merely to overcome a thousand obstacles, but to win in spite of a thousand repulses and defeats.

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No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.


The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value.


Obedience of the law is demanded; not asked as a favor.


Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.


Wars are, of course, as a rule to be avoided; but they are far better than certain kinds of peace.


Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.

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Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past.

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When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.


No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expedience.

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The government is us; we are the government, you and I.

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Every reform movement has a lunatic fringe.


No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse.

  • politics

The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife.


A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.


I took the Canal Zone and let Congress debate; and while the debate goes on, the canal does also.


The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.


Some men can live up to their loftiest ideals without ever going higher than a basement.


My hat's in the ring. The fight is on and I'm stripped to the buff.


Order without liberty and liberty without order are equally destructive.


It is difficult to make our material condition better by the best law, but it is easy enough to ruin it by bad laws.

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There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother.


In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

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It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.


The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.


It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.

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The one being abhorrent to the powers above the earth and under them is the hyphenated American


Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage.

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We cannot afford merely to sit down and deplore the evils of city life as inevitable, when cities are constantly growing, both absolutely and relatively. We must set ourselves vigorously about the task of improving them; and this task is now well begun.


When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not Guilty'.

  • government

The old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on artificial lines, boss-ridden and privilege-controlled, each a jumble of incongruous elements, and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly on what should be said on the vital issues of the day.

  • politics

If there is not the war, you don't get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don't get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.

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Every man among us is more fit to meet the duties and responsibilities of citizenship because of the perils over which, in the past, the nation has triumphed; because of the blood and sweat and tears, the labor and the anguish, through which, in the days that have gone, our forefathers moved on to triumph.


Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

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If we are to be a really great people, we must strive in good faith to play a great part in the world. We cannot avoid meeting great issues. All that we can determine for ourselves is whether we shall meet them well or ill.


The men and women who have the right ideals... are those who have the courage to strive for the happiness which comes only with labor and effort and self-sacrifice, and those whose joy in life springs in part from power of work and sense of duty.


A man must first care for his own household before he can be of use to the state. But no matter how well he cares for his household, he is not a good citizen unless he also takes thought of the state. In the same way, a great nation must think of its own internal affairs; and yet it cannot substantiate its claim to be a great nation unless it also thinks of its position in the world at large.


We can have no '50-50' allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.


When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.

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Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.


Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it.

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We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted...So any nation which in its youth lives only for the day, reaps without sowing, and consumes without husbanding, must expect the penalty of the prodigal whose labor could with difficulty find him the bare means of life.


Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.


The weakling and the coward are out of place in a strong and free community. In a republic like ours the governing class is composed of the strong men who take the trouble to do the work of government; and if you are too timid or too fastidious or too careless to do your part in this work, then you forfeit your right to be considered one of the governing and you become one of the governed insteadone of the driven cattle of the political arena.


Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihoodthe virtues that made America. The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.


We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood. We need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will, of power to do without shrinking the rough work that must always be done.

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Yes, Haven, most of us enjoy preaching, and Ive got such a bully pulpit!


He has been called a mediocre man; but this is unwarranted flattery. He was a politician of monumental littleness.


There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all. This is just as true of the man who puts

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The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.


The most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice.

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No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it.


It is essential that there should be organization of labor. This is an era of organization. Capital organizes and therefore labor must organize.


Willful sterility is, from the standpoint of the nation, from the standpoint of the human race, the one sin for which the penalty is national death, race death; a sin for which there is no atonement. No man, no woman, can shirk the primary duties of life, whether for love of ease and pleasure, or for any other cause, and retain his or her self-respect.


I am among those Americans whose ancestors include men and women from many different European countries. The proportion of Americans of this type will steadily increase. I do not believe in hyphenated Americans. I do not believe in German-Americans or Irish-Americans; and I believe just as little in English-Americans. I do not approve of American citizens of German descent forming organizations to force the United States into practical alliance with Germany because their ancestors came from Germany. Just as little do I believe in American citizens of English descent forming leagues to force the United States into an alliance with England because their ancestors came from England.

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For unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.

  • children

After the war, and until the day of his death, his position on almost every public question was either mischievous or ridiculous, and usually both.


Conservation and rural-life policies are really two sides of the same policy; and down at bottom this policy rests upon the fundamental law that neither man nor nation can prosper unless, in dealing with the present, thought is steadily taken for the future.


There is something to be said for government by a great aristocracy which has furnished leaders to the nation in peace and war for generations; even a democrat like myself must admit this. But there is absolutely nothing to be said for government by a plutocracy, for government by men very powerful in certain lines and gifted with the money touch, but with ideals which in their essence are merely those of so many glorified pawnbrokers.

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The need for collecting large campaign funds would vanish if Congress provided an appropriation for the proper and legitimate expenses of each of the great national parties, an appropriation ample enough to meet the necessity for thorough organization and machinery, which requires a large expenditure of money. Then the stipulation should be made that no party receiving campaign funds from the Treasury should accept more than a fixed amount from any individual subscriber or donor; and the necessary publicity for receipts and expenditures could without difficulty be provided.


If we lose the virile, manly qualities, and sink into a nation of mere hucksters, putting gain over national honor, and subordinating everything to mere ease of life, then we shall indeed reach a condition worse than that of the ancient civilizations in the years of their decay.


Some reformers may urge that in the ages distant future, patriotism, like the habit of monogamous marriage, will become a needless and obsolete virtue; but just at present the man who loves other countries as much as he does his own is quite as noxious a member of society as the man who loves other women as much as he loves his wife. Love of country is an elemental virtue, like love of home.


We are face to face with our destiny and we must meet it with a high and resolute courage. For us is the life of action, of strenuous performance of duty; let us live in the harness, striving mightily; let us rather run the risk of wearing out than rusting out.


The death-knell of the republic had rung as soon as the active power became lodged in the hands of those who sought, not to do justice to all citizens, rich and poor alike, but to stand for one special class and for its interests as opposed to the interests of others.


The American people abhor a vacuum.

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Aggressive fighting for the right is the greatest sport in the world.


A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled to, and less than that no man shall have.

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It is impossible to win the great prizes of life without running risks, and the greatest of all prizes are those connected with the home.


Germany has reduced savagery to a science, and this great war for the victorious peace of justice must go on until the German cancer is cut clean out of the world body.

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Every man has a right to one country. He has a right to love and serve that country and to feel that it is absolutely his country and that he has in it every right possessed by anyone else. It is our duty to require the man of German blood who is an American citizen to give up all allegiance to Germany wholeheartedly and without on his part any mental reservation whatever. If he does this it becomes no less our duty to give him the full rights of an American, including our loyal respect and friendship without on our part any mental reservation whatever. The duties are reciprocal, and from the standpoint of American patriotism one is as important as the other.


Peace is normally a great good, and normally it coincides with righteousness, but it is righteousness and not peace which should bind the conscience of a nation as it should bind the conscience of an individual; and neither a nation nor an individual can surrender conscience to another's keeping.

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The plea of good intentions is not one that can be allowed to have much weight in passing historical judgment upon a man whose wrong-headedness and distorted way of looking at things produced, or helped to produce, such incalculable evil; there is a wide political applicability in the remark attributed to a famous Texan, to the effect that he might, in the end, pardon a man who shot him on purpose, but that he would surely never forgive one who did so accidentally.


Our loyalty is due entirely to the United States. It is due to the President only and exactly to the degree in which he efficiently serves the United States. It is our duty to support him when he serves the United States well. It is our duty to oppose him when he serves it badly. This is true about Mr. Wilson now and it has been true about all our Presidents in the past. It is our duty at all times to tell the truth about the President and about every one else, save in the cases where to tell the truth at the moment would benefit the public enemy.


Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.


Only those are fit to live who do not fear to die; and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of life and the duty of life. Both life and death are parts of the same Great Adventure.


The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.

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We must remember not to judge any public servant by any one act, and especially should we beware of attacking the men who are merely the occasions and not the cause of disaster.


People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.

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Of all the officers of the Government, those of the Department of Justice should be kept most free from any suspicion of improper action on partisan or factional grounds, so that there shall be gradually a growth, even though a slow growth, in the knowledge that the Federal courts and the representatives of the Federal Department of Justice insist on meting out even-handed justice to all.


A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues.

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One of our defects as a nation is a tendency to use what have been called weasel words. When a weasel sucks eggs the meat is sucked out of the egg. If you use a weasel word after another there is nothing left of the other.


My position as regards the monied interests can be put in a few words. In every civilized society property rights must be carefully safeguarded; ordinarily and in the great majority of cases, human rights and property rights are fundamentally and in the long run, identical; but when it clearly appears that there is a real conflict between them, human rights must have the upper hand; for property belongs to man and not man to property.


The reactionary is always willing to take a progressive attitude on any issue that is dead.


Here in the United States we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping-grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy forests, and exterminate fishes, birds, and mammalsnot to speak of vulgarizing charming landscapes with hideous advertisements. But at last it looks as if our people were awakening. Many leading men, Americans and Canadians, are doing all they can for the Conservation movement.


Our chief usefulness to humanity rests on our combining power with high purpose. Power undirected by high purpose spells calamity, and high purpose by itself is utterly useless if the power to put it into effect is lacking.


The men with the muck-rake are often indispensable to the well-being of society, but only if they know when to stop raking the muck.


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