America

Barbara Jordan

"What the people want is very simple – they want an America as good as its promise."

Henry Ford quotes

"What right have you, save service to the world, to think that other men’s labor should contribute to your gains?"
Subject: Investment; Money; Knowledge of finances
Source: Ford News, p. 2.
Date: 4/1/1922

"Most people think that faith means believing something; oftener it means trying something, giving it a chance to prove itself"
Subject: Tradition/Faith/Ethics; Practicing old ideas
Source: Ford News, p. 2.
Date: 6/1/1922

"The only prosperity the people can afford to be satisfied with is the kind that lasts"
Subject: Economics; money; politics
Source: Ford News, p. 2.
Date: 6/15/1922

"The gifted man bears his gifts into the world, not for his own benefit, but for the people among whom he is placed; for the gifts are not his, he himself is a gift to the community."
Subject: Gifted People; Obligation of Talents; Service to Others
Source: Ford News, p. 2.
Date: 7/1/1922

"Profits made out of the distress of the people are always much smaller than profits made out of the most lavish service of the people at the lowest prices that competent management can make possible"
Subject: Business; Profit
Source: Ford News, p. 2.
Date: 10/15/1922

"Our modern industrialism, changed to motives of public service, will provide means to remove every injustice that gives soil for prejudice"
Subject: Race; Injustice
Source: Ford News, p. 2.
Date: 11/1/1922

"Politics in the true sense, have to do with the prosperity, peace and security of the people."
Subject: Politics
Source: Ford News, p. 2.
Date: 12/15/1922

"Be ready to revise any system, scrap any method, abandon any theory, if the success of the job requires it."
Subject: Pride
Source: Ford News, p. 2.
Date: 1/15/1923

"The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all but goes on making his own business better all the time."
Subject: Business; Competition
Source: Ford News, p. 2.
Date: 2/15/1923

"There is no failure except failure to serve one’s purpose."
Subject: Government; Progressive Government
Source: Ford News, p. 2.
Date: 3/15/1923

The experience which young people must crave is that of success in some service for which they are naturally fitted."
Subject: Education; Experience; Learning
Source: Ford News, p. 2.
Date: 4/15/1923

"I do not believe that material accumulation is the whole of success, and on the other hand I do not believe that true success ever excludes a sufficient possession of wealth-but wealth as a means, not as an end."
Subject: Success; Wealth; Self-sufficiency; Work
Source: The article "What is Success?" is from Coleman Cox
Date: 1/15/1924

"To be good is not enough; a man must be good for something"
Subject: Human Nature; Success; Achievement
Source: Ford News, p. 2.
Date: 8/1/1924

and more from: https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/digital-resources/popular-topics/henry-ford-quotes/

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Kennedy on Responsibility, Collective

"Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past – let us accept our own responsibility for the future." –Speech at Loyola College Alumni Banquet, Baltimore, Maryland, 18 February, 1958. Papers of John F. Kennedy. Pre-Presidential Papers. Senate Files. Series 12.1. Speech Files, 1953-1960, Box 899, Folder: "Loyola College annual alumni banquet, Baltimore, Maryland, 18 February 1958," JFKL.

"Never before has man had such capacity to control his own environment, to end thirst and hunger, to conquer poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and massive human misery. We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world – or make it the last." –"Address before the 18th General Assembly of the United Nations (366)," September 20, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963

Kennedy on war and peace

"My fellow Americans, let us take that first step. Let us…step back from the shadow of war and seek out the way of peace. And if that journey is a thousand miles, or even more, let history record that we, in this land, at this time, took the first step." –"Radio and Television Address to the American People on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (316)," July 26, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.

"I have said that control of arms is a mission that we undertake particularly for our children and our grandchildren and that they have no lobby in Washington." –"Statement by the President to American Women Concerning their Role in Securing World Peace (449)," November 1, 1963, Public Papers of the Presidents: John F. Kennedy, 1963.