I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.
In war there is no substitute for victory.
Last, but by no means least, courage -- moral courage, the courage of one’s convictions, the courage to see things through. The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It’s the age-old struggle -- the roar of the crowd on one side and the voice of your conscience on the other.
Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.
One cannot wage war under present conditions without the support of public opinion, which is tremendously molded by the press and other forms of propaganda.
There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.
The inescapable price of liberty is an ability to preserve it from destruction.
Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear - kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervour - with the cry of grave national emergency. Always, there has been some terrible evil at home, or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the
exorbitant sums demanded. Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened, seem never to have been quite real.
History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster.
No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.
The object and practice of liberty lies in the limitation of government power.
Wars are caused by undefended wealth.