So let us begin anew -- remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate. Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.— John F. Kennedy
Unconventional Inaugural Speech quotations
Don't waste words on people who deserve your silence. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can say is nothing at all.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself-and possibly teh bogey man.
I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.
It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.
The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.
Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.
We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
So let us begin anew - remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof
Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it.
Let us strive on to finish the work we are in.
Don't exercise your freedom of speech until you have exercises your freedom of thought.
I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."
With firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.
If we are truly created equal then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well
I have often regretted my speech, but never my silence.
Care for him who shall have borne the battle
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.
We will respond to the threat of climate change
The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether government works.
For now, decisions are upon us and we cannot afford delay.
We cannot mistake absolutism for principle or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.
Do not hurt anyone with your speech, for the divine dwells in every heart.
Actually, you know who gave the shortest inauguration speech in history? George Washington. It was only like three minutes long. Well, sure. George Washington couldn't tell a lie.
Once he became president, George [H.] Bush revealed a vein of Styrofoam and no matter how deep he tried to go, he always ended up bobbing on the surface. His inaugural speech was like being present at the death of language.
When every high school graduate can spell the word, 'inauguration,' let's put lampshades on our heads and listen to his speeches until Obama's voice gives out.
It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination. Nelson Mandela's inaugural speech
I feel it is my first duty to make an unprecedented compact with my countrymen.
Not an inaugural address, not a fireside chat, not a campaign speech - just a little straight talk among friends.
John F.Kennedy gave probably the greatest inauguration speech ever that first time, but I guarantee you when he first walked out there he was thinking, "Goodness gracious this is big and I better be up to the task."
Don't exercise your freedom of speech until you have exercised your freedom of thought.
If you go to the Lincoln Memorial, the Second Inaugural is probably the most religious speech ever given by an American President. In its 732 words, it references God 14 times and has two verses of the Bible.
The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring this endeavor will light our bounty and all who serve it, and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
Then I went for a run with the other dog and just walked.
And I started thinking about a lot of things. I was able to - I can't remember what it was. Oh, the inaugural speech, started thinking through that.
If money is speech, then speech is no longer free - it's expensive. It's high time we overturn citizens united.
I actually think agendas are more often found in State of the Union speeches than in inaugural speeches.