We ask justice, we ask equality, we ask that all the civil and political rights that belong to citizens of the United States, be guaranteed to us and our daughters forever.
Declaration of Rights for Women, July 1876
In the United States Christmas has become the rape of an idea.
The Constitution of the United States is not a mere lawyers' document; it is a vehicle of life, and its spirit is always the spirit of the age.
America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.
I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli.
We don't want an America that is closed to the world. What we want is a world that is open to America.
You cannot be President of the United States if you don't have faith. Remember Lincoln, going to his knees in times of trial in the Civil War and all that stuff.
America just works better when more people have a chance to live their dreams.
Speech at Democratic National Convention, July 26, 2004
The chief business of the American people is business.
Speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors (January 17, 1925).
In America only the successful writer is important, in France all writers are important, in England no writer is important, in Australia you have to explain what a writer is.
There cannot be any better cross-section of America and I think the soldiers represent the best we have. Today's soldiers are brighter and smarter, perhaps in a different way, than past generations because they've been brought up in the computer and information age.
We must never surrender. America will get better and better. Keep hope alive. Keep hope alive.
Radical changes in world politics leave America with a heightened responsibility to be, for the world, an example of a genuinely free, democratic, just and humane society.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
From the "I Have a Dream" speech, Aug. 28, 1963
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
There are lessons too valuable to forget, moments in time so precious that they lift us above our everyday existence and give us to history. Such a time was the beginning of the civil rights movement in America.
Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom
There are no magic beans that you can toss in the ground and suddenly a bunch of money grows on trees.
President of the United States. Emphasizing the importance of the November 23, 2011 deadline for a congressional supercommittee to reach an agreement on how to lower the deficit by $1.2 trillion.
America's finest - our men and women in uniform, are a force for good throughout the world, and that is nothing to apologize for.
Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving America a new sense of purpose.
I think it's very important for everyone in America to realize right now the state of our country, not just on this issue but on a lot of issues, that it is time to get active again. People have just sat back and just sort of said, oh, let somebody else do it for a long time, and we're seeing what's happening to the country, even freedom of speech. It's not going well. So I think this is a real opportunity for people to see, yes, if you do get out and you do get active, there are other people there. You just have to seek them out.
Human imagination thrives in the United States; we entice everyone to our shores by its magical lure.
Imagine: What America Could Be in the 21st Century (2000)