The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.
If you think the United States has stood still, who built The largest shopping center in the world?
A man who has never lost himself in a cause bigger than himself has missed one of life's mountaintop experiences. Only in losing himself does he find himself. Only then does he discover all the latent strengths he never knew he had and which otherwise would have remained dormant.
Let us move from the era of confrontation to the era of negotiation.
We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another -- until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices.
The easiest period in a crisis situation is actually the battle itself. The most difficult is the period of indecision -- whether to fight or run away. And the most dangerous period is the aftermath. It is then, with all his resources spent and his guard down, that an individual must watch out for dulled reactions and faulty judgment.
Defeat doesn't finish a man -- quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits.
Life isn't meant to be easy. It's hard to take being on the top -- or on the bottom. I guess I'm something of a fatalist. You have to have a sense of history, I think, to survive some of these things. Life is one crisis after another.
Finishing second in the Olympics gets you silver. Finishing second in politics gets you oblivion.
Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
Yet we can maintain a free society only if we recognize that in a free society no one can win all the time. No one can have his own way all the time, and no one is right all the time.
For its part, Government will listen. We will strive to listen in new ways -- to the voices of quiet anguish, to voices that speak without words, the voices of the heart, to the injured voices, and the anxious voices, and the voices that have despaired of being heard.
Always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them-and then you destroy yourself.
Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them; and then you destroy yourself.
I don't think that a leader can control to any great extent his destiny. Very seldom can he step in and change the situation if the forces of history are running in another direction.
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