"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."
"Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists."
"I have left orders to be awakened at any time during national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting."
"A politician needs the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen."
"The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them. To summarize- it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary- anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job."
"Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views."
"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."
"A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar."
"By the late twentieth century, our time, a mythic time, we are all chimeras, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism; in short, we are cyborgs."
"The French have a new president, the British will soon have a new P.M., and we envy them as we endure the endless wait for this small dim man to go back to Texas and resume his life."
"If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams."
"If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet."