Herbert Clarke Hoover

A citizen has a complex duty. He ought to learn to express his opinions and to make up his own mind on the principal public issues. He ought never to miss the ballot box. And when he casts his vote for somebody, he should weigh that somebody in the scale of morals – which includes intellectual integrity.


A splendid storehouse of integrity and freedom has been bequeathed to us by our forefathers. In this day of confusion, of peril to liberty, our high duty is to see that this storehouse is not robbed of its contents.


All progress and growth is a matter of change, but change must be growth within our social and government concepts if it should not destroy them.


Along this road of spending, the government either takes over, which is Socialism, or dictates institutional and economic life, which is Fascism.


Ältere Herren erklären den Krieg. Aber es ist die Jugend, die kämpfen und sterben muß.


American business needs a lifting purpose greater than the struggle of materialism.


Any man who is physically able has no right to refuse service to his country.


Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.


Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body, the producers and consumers themselves.


Freedom is the open window through which pours the sunlight of the human spirit and human dignity.


Governments know that the life of the world cannot be saved if the soul of the world is allowed to be lost.


Honest differences of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policymaking among free men.


If America is to be run by the people, it is the people who must think. And we do not need to put on sackcloth and ashes to think. Nor should our minds work like a sundial which records only sunshine. Our thinking must square against some lessons of history, some principles of government and morals, if we would preserve the rights and dignity of men to which this nation is dedicated.


If you take a worm's eye view of the ills in American life and our foreign relations, you may worry that we are entering the decline and fall to the greatest nation in history. If you take a bird's eye view you will see the increasing skills, growing productivity, and the expansion of education and understanding, with improving health and growing strength all over our nation. And from whence came this strength? It lies in freedom of men's initiative and the rewards of their efforts. It comes from our devotion to liberty and religious faith. We will have no decline and fall of this nation, provided we stand guard against the evils which would weaken these forces.


It is those moral and spiritual qualities which rise alone in free men, which will fulfill the meaning of the word American. And with them will come centuries of further greatness to our country.


La sagesse consiste moins à savoir ce qu'il faut faire à la fin, mais plutôt à savoir ce qu'il faut faire d'abord.


Liberty is a thing of the spirit – to be free to workship, to think, to hold opinions, and to speak without fear – free to challenge wrong and oppression with surety of justice.


New discoveries in science . . . will continue to create a thousand new frontiers for those who still would adventure.


No public man can be a little crooked. There is no such thing as a no-man's-land between honesty and dishonesty.


Older men declare war. But it is youth who must fight and die.


Once upon a time my opponents honored me as possessing the fabulous intellectual and economic power by which I created a worldwide depression all by myself.


Our country has deliberately undertaken a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose.


Presidents cannot always kick evil-minded persons out of the front door. Such persons are often selected by the electors to represent them.


Recently, in my opinion, there has been too much talk about the Common Man. It has been dinned into us that this it the Century of the Common Man. The idea seems to be that the Common Man has come into his own at last. But I have never been able to find out who this is. In fact, most Americans will get mad and fight if you try calling them common . . . I have never met a father and mother who did not want their children to grow up to be uncommon men and women. May it always be so. For the future of America rests not in mediocrity, but in the constant renewal of leadership in every phase of our national life.


That the government takes up to 50% of the profits from professional earnings or business transactions, while the individual takes all the risks, is intensely discouraging to initiative.


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