What do I believe? As an American I believe in generosity, in liberty, in the rights of man. These are social and political faiths that are part of me, as they are, I suppose, part of all of us. Such beliefs are easy to express. But part of me too is my relation to all life, my religion. And this is not so easy to talk about. Religious experience is highly intimate and, for me, ready words are not at hand.
If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.
Our strength lies, not alone in our proving grounds and our stockpiles, but in our ideals, our goals, and their universal appeal to all men who are struggling to breathe free.
Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than freedom to stagnate, to live without dreams, to have no greater aim than a second car and another television set.
We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present.
It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.
In youth, everything seems possible; but we reach a point in the middle years when we realize that we are never going to reach all the shining goals we had set for ourselves. And in the end, most of us reconcile ourselves, with what grace we can, to living with our ulcers and arthritis, our sense of partial failure, our less-than-ideal families—and even our politicians!
- Madeleine Albright Czech-born American Diplomat
- Henry Kissinger American Diplomat
- Carlos P. Romulo Philippine Diplomat
- Lyndon B. Johnson American Head of State
- Hubert Humphrey American Head of State
- R. James Woolsey, Jr. American Diplomat
- John Foster Dulles American Lawyer
- Douglas MacArthur American Military Leader
- Pierre Beaumarchais French Inventor
- Romain Gary French Diplomat