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Something as curious as the monarchy won't survive unless you take account of people's attitudes. After all, if people don't want it, they won't have it.

Statutes authorizing unreasonable searches were the core concern of the framers of the 4th Amendment.

Tell the FBI that the kidnappers should pick out a judge that Nixon wants back.

Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic societies and destroy the basic rules of international life.

That great dust-heap called 'history'.

The 1st Amendment protects the right to speak, not the right to spend.

The best thing which we derive from history is the enthusiasm that it raises in us.

The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.

The construction of Europe is an art. It is the art of the possible.

The deliberate and deadly attacks which were carried out yesterday against our country were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war.

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

The fleet sailed to its war base in the North Sea, headed not so much for some rendezvous with glory as for rendezvous with discretion.

The future has a way of arriving unannounced.

The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.

The historian is a prophet looking backward.

The history of the past is a mere puppet show.-A little man comes out and blows a little trumpet, and goes in again.-You look for something new, and lo! another little man comes out and blows another little trumpet, and goes in again.-And it is all over.

The impartiality of history is not that of the mirror, which merely reflects objects, but of the judge who sees, listens, and decides.

The judicial system is the most expensive machine ever invented for finding out what happened and what to do about it.

The lesson of History is rarely learned by the actors themselves. See quote detail

The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.


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