To us Americans much has been given; of us much is required. With all our faults and mistakes, it is our strength in support of the freedom our forefathers loved which has saved mankind from subjection to totalitarian power.
The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.
Kennedy said that if we had nuclear war we’d kill 300 million people in the first hour. McNamara, who is a good businessman and likes to save, says it would be only 200 million.
In both the presence of evil and the eventual triumph over evil the sweep is cosmic. It embraces the entire universe, what to man is both seen and unseen. The victory is to be accomplished through Christ.
The smallest deed is better than the grandest intention.
Man is an imagining being.
We must, however, note that what are usually called the high religions made their appearance within about twenty-five hundred years – most of them within fifteen hundred years.
I regard the principle of conscription of life as a flat contradiction of all our cherished ideals of individual freedom, democratic liberty and Christian teaching.
Poetry is one of the destinies of speech… One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language.
So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we’ll be called a democracy.