Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.
From the smallest necessity to the highest religious abstraction, from the wheel to the skyscraper, everything we are and everything we have comes from one attribute of man – the function of his reasoning mind.
If it is necessary for us to do anything (in view of peace), direct us and architect.
There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.
We are beginning a new era in our government. I cannot too strongly urge the necessity of a rigid economy and an inflexible determination not to enlarge the income beyond the real necessities of the government.
Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.