The Ripon Forum

Volume 40, No. 2

April - May 2006 Issue

The Party Line: Great Republican Quotes from Lincoln to Reagan and Bush

By on October 8, 2015

Great Republican Quotes from Lincoln to Reagan and Bush

“The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot do as well for themselves in their separate and individual capacities.”

Abraham Lincoln, Speeches & Writings 1832-1858


“Ideas are the great warriors of the world, and a war that has no ideas behind it is simple brutality.”

James A. Garfield, Maxims of James, Abram Garfield 1880


“Into the life of every generation comes some opportunity for great public good.”

Robert La Follette, Accepting Nomination for Governor August 8, 1900


“The mother is the one supreme asset of national life; she is more important by far that the successful statesman, or businessman, or artist or scientist.”

President Theodore Roosevelt, Speech in Washington, DC. March 10, 1908


“It must be remembered that the welfare of our people is not recorded on the financial pages of the newspapers. It cannot be measured in stock market prices. the real test is to be found in the ability of the average American to engage in business, to obtain a hob, to be a self-supporting and a self-respecting member of his community.”

Alf Landon, July 23, 1936


“Peace is never handed to a nation on a platter of complacency. Peace must be waged. Peace must be earned.”

U.S. Rep. Katherine St. George (NY), Chicago, IL, July 9, 1952


“A responsible patriotism does not deny – but does demand – a responsible partisanship. For the way a party speaks and acts can – and should – inspire the way a nation speaks and acts.”

Nelson Rockefeller, June 8, 1960


“above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will or moral courage of free men and women.”

President Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address, January 27, 1981


“Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.”

President George W. Bush, Speech before Joint Session of Congress, September 20, 2001

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