"There are men who cry out: We must sacrifice.
Well, let us rather ask them: Who will they sacrifice?
Are they going to sacrifice the children who seek the learning, or the sick who need medical care, or the families who dwell in squalor now brightened by the hope of home?
Will they sacrifice opportunity for the distressed, the beauty of our land, the hope of our poor?
Time may require further sacrifices.
And if it does, then we will make them.
But we will not heed those who wring it from the hopes of the unfortunate here in a land of plenty."
— Lyndon B. Johnson, 1966
"Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom.
The cause may lie deeper—in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children."
— Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964
"Wealth is the means—and people are the ends.
All our material riches will avail us little if we do not use them to expand the opportunities of our people."
— John F. Kennedy, 1962
"It is one of the ironies of our time that the techniques of a harsh and repressive system should be able to instill discipline and ardor in its servants—while the blessings of liberty have too often stood for privilege, materialism and a life of ease."
— John F. Kennedy, 1961
"On the Presidential Coat of Arms, the American eagle holds in his right talon the olive branch, while in his left he holds a bundle of arrows.
We intend to give equal attention to both."
— John F Kennedy, 1961