The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.
A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
Patriotism is a lively sense of collective responsibility. Nationalism is a silly cock crowing on a dunghill.
Let's give a welcome to Macaca here.
The incestuous relationship between government and big business thrives in the dark.
There are three kinds of lie: a small lie, a big lie and politics.
There are three statements that you should never believe: (1)A cheque is in the post; (2)I am from the Government and I am here to help you; (3)Of course, darling, I will still respect you in the morning.
Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainty.
Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.
Had the employers of past generations all of them dealt fairly with their employees there would have been no unions.
Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
All war represents is a failure of diplomacy.
Under current law, on January 1st, 2013, there is going to be a massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases.
Poor fellow, he suffers from files.
We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.
Will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it.
Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable.
I do not regard the procuring of peace as a matter in which we should play the role of arbiter between different opinions ... more that of an honest broker who really wants to press the business forward.
Politics is the art of the possible.
The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.
If you are not yourself, if you surrender your personality, you have nothing left to give the world. You have no pleasure, no use, nothing which will attract and charm me, for by the suppression of your individuality, you lose your distinctive character.
Guidelines for bureaucrats: (1) When in charge, ponder. (2) When in trouble, delegate. (3) When in doubt, mumble.
I have what it takes to take what you've got.
It is hard to look up to a leader who keeps his ear to the ground.
What poor education I have received has been gained in the University of Life.
I know that upon 4th of July, our 4th of July orators talk of Liberty, while three million of their own country men are groaning in abject Slavery. This is calledthe land of the free and the home of the brave; it is called theasylum of the oppressed; and some have been foolish enough to call it theCradle of Liberty.If it is thecradle of liberty,they have rocked the child to death. It is dead long since, and yet we talk about democracy and republicanism, while one-sixth of our countrymen are clanking their chains upon the very soil which our fathers moistened with their blood.
My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Too bad that all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.
Who knows, somewhere out there in the audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps and preside over the White House as the President's spouse. I wish him well.
All skills begin with the basics of reading and math, which are supposed to be learned in the early grades of our schools. Yet for too long, for too many children, those skills were never mastered.
Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job.
I really am not the kind of guy that sits here and says,Oh gosh, I'm worried about my legacy.
Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundations of America.
These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of America's resolve.
By blaming others, we fail to find the real solutions to our problems and we do not carry out our own responsibilities.
Power intoxicates men. It is never voluntarily surrendered. It must be taken from them.
When they ask me,Who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan?I'm going to say,You know, I don't know. Do you know?
And finds, with keen discriminating sight,
Black's not so black; - nor white so very white.
Give me the avowed, the erect, the manly foe,
Bold I can meet - perhaps may turn his blow!
But of all plagues, Good Heaven, thy wrath can send,
Save, save, Oh, save me from the candid friend!
The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today.
There are two parties involved in every corrupt transaction, typically a government official and a business person. Yet those who pay bribes are often depicted as innocent victims ... The reality is that both parties conspire to defraud the public.
I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge.
I have a job to do. ... If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don't know me.
Dictators ride to and fro on tigers they dare not dismount. And the tigers are getting hungry.
Everyone threw the blame on me ... they nearly always do. I suppose ... they think I shall be able to bear it best.
History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.
I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.
I would like to have been examined in history, poetry and writing essays. The examiners, on the other hand, were partial to Latin and mathematics. And their will prevailed ... I should have liked to be asked to say what I knew. They always tried to ask what I did not know.
It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations ... The quotations when engraved upon the memory give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
Meeting jaw to jaw is better than war.*
Odd things animals. All dogs look up at you. All cats look down at you. Only a pig looks at you as an equal.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.*
Victory has a hundred fathers, but no one wants to recognise defeat as his own.
Everything you reprove in another, you must carefully avoid in yourself.
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
The sinews of war: unlimited money.
I responded in what I thought was the most truthful or least untruthful manner, by saying,No.
As we have throughout this century, we will lead with the power of our example, but be prepared, when necessary, to make an example of our power.
In every era, society must strike the right balance between the freedom businesses need to compete for a market share and to make profits and the preservation of family and community values.
There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard. There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives. There cannot be true democracy unless all citizens are able to participate fully in the lives of their country.
Too many companies, especially large ones, are driven more and more narrowly by the need to ensure that investors get good quarterly returns and to justify executives' high salaries. Too often, this means that they view most employees as costs.
Women do two thirds of the world's work ... Yet they earn only one tenth of the world's income and own less than one percent of the world's property. They are among the poorest of the world's poor.
Lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Government in the U.S. today is a senior partner in every business in the country.
When the private sector gains control over sociological function, then certainly government has failed.
The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that position be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one's contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time.
Never be haughty to the humble; never be humble to the haughty.
If a lady says No, she means Perhaps; if she says Perhaps, she means Yes; if she says Yes, she is no Lady. If a diplomat says Yes, he means Perhaps; if he says Perhaps, he means No; if he says No, he is no Diplomat.
A true leader always keeps an element of surprise up his sleeve, which others cannot grasp but which keeps his public excited and breathless.
I would rather a thousand times be a free soul in jail than to be a sycophant and coward in the streets ... If it had not been for the men and women who, in the past, have had the moral courage to go to jail, we would still be in the jungles.
Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
A fair day's wage for a fair day's work.
Is man an ape or an angel? Now I am on the side of the angels.
Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.
There is no education like adversity.
Yes, I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole.
Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle; Old Age a regret.
A Congresswoman must look like a girl, act like a lady, think like a man, speak on any given subject with authority and most of all work like a dog.
Passage of a meaningful equal pay bill will end a long and unfortunate pattern of discrimination against women and it will place the Federal Government in the same desirable position as the 20 states which have enacted equal pay laws. It will help all areas of the economy, men as well as women, by stabilizing wage rates, increasing job security, and discouraging the replacement of men with women at lower rates of pay.
A liberal mind is a mind that is able to imagine itself believing anything.
Nothing could be more calamitous than for patriotism to become the established religion of this country.
People who demand neutrality in any situation are usually not neutral but in favor of the status quo.
Socialism is no mean religion. But it is not a religion that binds or blesses the rich and powerful, and so it could hardly become established in a country like ours. For an established religion we needed something a little more like God... a little vaguer and more elegant and better adapted to bind in among other motives the economic self-interest of those who rule. We needed something that would give us the same emotional crystallization without greatly disturbing the profits on capital.
The words socialist and communist are changing their meaning just as the word Christian did. Just as heretics were burned by thousands in the name of the love of the neighbour, so peasants have been starved by millions in the name of the workers' and peasants' republic. The crude animal egoisms of men and classes of men thus grab ideas and use them, not as heroic lights to action, but as blinds to hide inaction or actions that are too base.
What is thesecret ballotwhen only one party can run candidates for office, and that the party in power? What isfree press and assemblagewhen no man can form, advocate, or support the platform of any but the gang in power, and when ten to twenty thousand of those who have done so are in jail or exile while you talk about it? What is the whole talk under these conditions about howweare going togive the Russian peoplethe most democratic constitution on earth? Is there any term in the language to describe it except apple-sauce?
Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.
In the councils of government we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving your subordinates credit for everything that goes well.
I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too!
All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means.
I'm not giving up politics entirely - I'm just giving up leadership of a political party.
You hit a reset button for the fall campaign; everything changes. It's almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and we start all over again.
Administrative purpose usually outruns the facts. Indeed the administrative official's ardor for facts usually begins when he wants to change the facts!
Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine. Have I tried it? Um, probably in one of my drunken stupors.
Whatever happens in government could have happened differently, and it usually would have been better if it had.
A little neglect may breed mischief ... for want of a nail the shoe was lost.
Creditors have better memories than debtors.
God heals and the doctor takes the fees.
He that falls in love with himself, will have no rivals.
If you would not be forgotten
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worth reading,
Or do things worth the writing.
In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Remember that time is money.
To sit back and say,Oh, we're going to let the government do whatever they want, right or wrong,is giving up.
The real problem for any government coming to power is to control the civil servants. They will all explain why it is quite impossible to do things other than the way they are currently done.
A wrong decision isn't forever; it can always be reversed. The losses from a delayed decision are forever; they can never be retrieved.
The salary of the chief executive of the large corporation is not a market award for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself.
Change is inevitable, but it is in us to control its content and directions.
It is possible for a business venture to be an island of efficiency in a sea of sloth.
Opportunities are not offered; they must be wrested and worked for. And this calls for perseverance and tenacity, determination and courage.
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
It is difficult but not impossible to conduct strictly honest business. What is true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a large fortune.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Seven social sins: politics without principles, wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, and worship without sacrifice.
What is a man if he is not a thief who openly charges as much as he can for the goods he sells.
You should be the change that you want to see in the world.
Four spectres haunt the Poor - Old Age, Accident, Sickness and Unemployment. We are going to exorcise them. We are going to drive hunger from the hearth. We mean to banish the workhouse from the horizon of every workman in the land.
I often think it's comical
How Nature always does contrive
That every boy and every gal
That's born into the world alive
Is either a little Liberal
Or else a little Conservative!
[The] city of New York and the United States of America is much stronger than any group of barbaric terrorists, that our democracy, that our rule of law, that our strength and our willingness to defend ourselves will ultimately prevail.
You can't fight against the future. Time is on our side.
Has anyone ever noticed that we live in the only country in the world where all the poor people are fat?
We have sort of become a nation of whiners.
Globalization is an opportunity. Well managed, it will help drive forward efforts to build prosperity and eliminate poverty. Badly managed it will increase the divide between rich and poor.
If you want to push something ... you're accused of being aggressive, and that's not supposed to be a good thing for a woman. If you get upset and show it, you're accused of being emotional.
Three things happen when you get to my age. First your memory starts to go ... and I have forgotten the other two.
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
The market has no morality.
Others appear frozen in the headlights - aware of the likely impact, yet paralysed by the fear of major transformations.
There's no such thing as interacting in society without it being a political act, the most fearsome of which is war. But all other acts are political, too. Even if you say,I don't believe in politics, you've just acted. You've acted for the status quo.
In the not too distant future the notion of the annual pay increase must become as exceptional as it was novel a generation ago.
Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the ease with which the many are governed by the few.
At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols.
Democracy teaches hard lessons.
Few rich men own their own property. The property owns them.
There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing.
We've got to stop being the stupid party. It's time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults.
I just find it absolutely bizarre that we are being lectured by the Americans about giving up our sovereignty and giving up control when the Americans won't even sign up to the international convention on the law of the seas, let alone the International Criminal Court.
If we are to be more prosperous we need more millionaires and more bankrupts.
Officials are highly educated but one-sided; in his own department an official can grasp whole trains of thought from a single word, but let him have something from another department explained to him ... he won't understand a word of it.
Too often our Washington reflex is to discover a problem and then throw money at it, hoping it will somehow go away.
Leadership is not about being nice. It's about being right and being strong.
Under the hypnosis of war hysteria, with a pusillanimous Congress rubber-stamping every whim of the White House, we passed the withholding tax.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.
Civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Poetry is the ultimate democracy.
You can only govern men by serving them. The rule is without exception.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time.
Media people should have long noses like an elephant to smell out politicians, mayors, prime ministers and businessmen. We need to know the reality, the good and the bad, not just the appearance.
What I want is men who will support me when I am in the wrong.
I've always favoured proposition over opposition.
I once said cynically of a politician,He'll double-cross that bridge when he comes to it.
If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. He who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or decisions possible or impossible to execute.
The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.
He was the consummate politician. He didn't lie, neither did he tell the truth.
Society needs to condemn a little more and understand a little less.
I would have been a success in anything. But I have chosen an activity that was socially useful and that aspect gives me extra satisfaction.
Ordinary people may not understand the meaning of democracy but they've a passionate regard for fair play.
The time has now definitely come when every intelligent individual must learn to think globally, beyond the horizon of a narrow nationalist point of view.
The fundamentals of America's economy are strong.
I dress like a Republican so I can talk like an Anarchist.
Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.
In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
Journalism is to politician as dog is to lamppost.
If the parties will at my hands call for justice, then, all were it my father stood on the one side, and the devil on the other, his cause being good, the devil should have right.
Simplicity of character is no hindrance to subtlety of intellect.
The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There's far less competition.
And one thing I'd like to point out is that the system worked.
When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.
The press is the enemy.
I'm not a witch.
You're telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?
Government proposes, bureaucracy disposes. And the bureaucracy must dispose of government proposals by dumping them on us.
A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say,Huh. It works. It makes sense.
Al Qaeda is still a threat. We cannot pretend somehow that because Barack Hussein Obama got elected as president, suddenly everything is going to be OK.
America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.
Americans... still believe in an America where anything's possible - they just don't think their leaders do.
As a nuclear power - as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon - the United States has a moral responsibility to act.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Community colleges play an important role in helping people transition between careers by providing the retooling they need to take on a new career.
Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.
I can make a firm pledge, under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.
I cannot swallow whole the view of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator.
I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.
I don't care whether you're driving a hybrid or an SUV. If you're headed for a cliff, you have to change direction. That's what the American people called for in November, and that's what we intend to deliver.
I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.
I don't take a dime of their [lobbyist] money, and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House.
I found this national debt, doubled, wrapped in a big bow waiting for me as I stepped into the Oval Office.
I inhaled, that was the point.
I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions.
I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying.
I think it is important for Europe to understand that even though I am president and George Bush is not president, Al Qaeda is still a threat.
I think when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody.
I will cut taxes - cut taxes - for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.
I've got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby.
If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost.
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you've got a business - you didn't build that.
If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.
In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world.
In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?
Issues are never simple. One thing I'm proud of is that very rarely will you hear me simplify the issues.
It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.
It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
It's time to fundamentally change the way that we do business in Washington. To help build a new foundation for the 21st-century, we need to reform our government so that it is more efficient, more transparent, and more creative. That will demand new thinking and a new sense of responsibility for every dollar that is spent.
John Kerry believes in an America where hard work is rewarded.
Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.
My administration is the only thing between you [CEO's] and the pitchforks.
My job is not to represent Washington to you, but to represent you to Washington.
My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success.
No one is pro-abortion.
One of the great strengths of the United States is... we have a very large Christian population - we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.
Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terrorism have reduced the pace of military transformation and have revealed our lack of preparation for defensive and stability operations. This Administration has overextended our military.
Over the last 15 months, we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.
People of Berlin - people of the world - this is our moment. This is our time.
Please proceed, Governor.
Poorly secured nuclear material in the former Soviet Union, or secrets from a scientist in Pakistan could help build a bomb that detonates in Paris. The poppies in Afghanistan become the heroin in Berlin. The poverty and violence in Somalia breeds the terror of tomorrow.
The Bush Administration's failure to be consistently involved in helping Israel achieve peace with the Palestinians has been both wrong for our friendship with Israel, as well as badly damaging to our standing in the Arab world.
The Cambridge police acted stupidly.
The fact that my 15 minutes of fame has extended a little longer than 15 minutes is somewhat surprising to me and completely baffling to my wife.
The relative decline of American education is untenable for our economy, unsustainable for our democracy, and unacceptable for our children, and we cannot afford to let it continue.
The thing about hip-hop today is it's smart, it's insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable.
The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans. Many other Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim-majority country - I know, because I am one of them.
The United States is not, and never will be, at war with Islam.
There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.
There is not a liberal America and a conservative America - there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and latino America and asian America - there's the United States of America.
There's not a liberal America and a conservative America - there's the United States of America.
This is the moment when we must build on the wealth that open markets have created, and share its benefits more equitably. Trade has been a cornerstone of our growth and global development. But we will not be able to sustain this growth if it favors the few, and not the many.
This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands.
Today we are engaged in a deadly global struggle for those who would intimidate, torture, and murder people for exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread those freedoms, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction.
Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation - not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago.
We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK. That's not leadership. That's not going to happen.
We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.
We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible.
We have real enemies in the world. These enemies must be found. They must be pursued and they must be defeated.
We need earmark reform, and when I'm President, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.
We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old - and that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges.
We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.
We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don't want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.
We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red States.
We're not going to baby sit a civil war.
What do you think a stimulus is? It's spending - that's the whole point! Seriously.
What Washington needs is adult supervision.
When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our shores, one from nature, not humans - an avian flu pandemic.
Where the stakes are the highest, in the war on terror, we cannot possibly succeed without extraordinary international cooperation. Effective international police actions require the highest degree of intelligence sharing, planning and collaborative enforcement.
Why can't I just eat my waffle?
With the changing economy, no one has lifetime employment. But community colleges provide lifetime employability.
You know, my faith is one that admits some doubt.
You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.
You will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime.
We are the 99 percent.
There is one category of advertising which is totally uncontrolled and flagrantly dishonest: the television commercials for candidates in Presidential elections.
Political language ... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
Don't retreat! Reload!
The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama'sdeath panel.
The difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick.
I don't pretend that I had not moments of trial and of temptation, but I do claim that never in thought, word, or deed, have I been false to the trust which Irishmen have confided in me.
No man shall have the right to fix the boundary to the march of a Nation.
I am ready to debate how we fight terrorism without giving up our liberty.
We have to pass the (health care) bill so you can find out what is in it.
Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.
They have a right to censure that have a heart to help.
Television has made dictatorship impossible, but democracy unbearable.
For the whole Earth is the Sepulchre of famous men; and their story is not graven only on Stone over their native earth, but lives on far away, without visible symbol, woven into the stuff of other men's lives.
I come from an environment where, if you see a snake, you kill it. At General Motors, if you see a snake, the first thing you do is hire a consultant on snakes.
The debt is like a crazy aunt we keep down in the basement. All the neighbors know she's there, but nobody wants to talk about her.
Coffee, (which makes the politician wise, and see thro' all things with his half-shut eyes).
Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
For a politician to complain about the press is like a ship's captain complaining about the sea.
Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S.
I doubt if there is any occupation which is more consistently and unfairly demeaned, degraded, denounced, and deplored than banking.
I am interested in politics so that one day I will not have to be interested in politics.
I'm from the government and I'm here to help.
Nations do not mistrust each other because they are armed; they are armed because they mistrust each other.
Wages should be left to the fair and free competition of the market, and should never be controlled by the interference of the legislature.
We should never be allowed to forget that it is the customer who, in the end, determines how many people are employed and what sort of wages companies can afford to pay.
I don't make jokes; I just watch the government and report the facts.
The invisible hand of the market always moves faster and better than the heavy hand of government.
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what ... who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. ... These are people who pay no income tax. ... and so my job is not to worry about those people. I'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.
We took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet [in Massachusetts]. I went to a number of women's groups and said,Can you help us find folks?and they brought us whole binders full of women.
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
Extremists think 'communication' means agreeing with them.
If we take the term in the strict sense, there never has been a real democracy, and there never will be. It is against the natural order for the many to govern and the few to be governed.
I have made mistakes, but in all I did my object was the public good.
The cost of college education today is so high that many young people are giving up their dream of going to college, while many others are graduating deeply in debt.
Malice is of a low stature, but it hath very long arms.
Crying is almost a ritual that male politicians must do to prove they are compassionate, but women are supposed to wear iron britches.
Giving up even an ounce of precious freedom is a very serious thing to do.
American people ... will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism:Our country - when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.
The awareness that we are all human beings together has become lost in war and through politics.
He who receives a benefit with gratitude repays the first installment on his debt.
Lack of confidence is not the result of difficulty; the difficulty comes from lack of confidence.
You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.
He knows nothing and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.
For lots of big companies, their brand is worth so much to them that they can't endanger their reputation for being a quality company without really endangering their business performance.
Financial markets ... resent any kind of government interference but they hold a belief deep down that if conditions get really tough the authorities will step in.
Common sense (which, in truth, is very uncommon) is the best sense I know of.
I recommend you to take care of the minutes for the hours will take care of themselves.
Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
A politician is a statesman who approaches every question with an open mouth.
Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy; but good administration can never save bad policy.
I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.
Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
The relationship of the toastmaster to the speaker should be the same as that of the fan to the fan dancer. It should call attention to the subject without making any particular effort to cover it.
A diplomat ... is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
The only people who never make mistakes are those who have never taken a decision.
I am a sportsman and not a politician. I am a sportsman and will always remain one. I am not going to enter politics giving up cricket, which is my life. I will continue to play cricket.
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.
I don't mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.
In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions. He had money as well.
Pennies don't fall from heaven. They have to be earned on earth.
We shall not be diverted from our course. To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catch-phrase, the U-turn, I have only this to say.You turn if you want; the lady's not for turning.
The depths and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.
Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination.
Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
In government it is order that matters; In action it is timeliness that matters.
A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.
All of us should have free choice when it comes to patriotic displays... a government wisely acting within its bounds will earn loyalty and respect from its citizens. A government dare not demand the same.
As governor, there isn't a lot I can do beyond that to crack down on crime. Law enforcement is really a local issue. It's the cops' job to tighten down on criminals.
Congratulations, you have a sense of humor. And to those who didn't: Go stick your head in the mud.
Government works less efficiently when it begins to grow out of control and takes on more and more of the responsibilities that belong to the citizens.
Government's role should be only to keep the playing field level, and to work hand in hand with business on issues such as employment. But beyond this, to as great an extent as possible, it should get the hell out of the way.
I also believe that government has no business telling us how we should live our lives. I think our lifestyle choices should be left up to us. What we do in our private lives is none of the government's business. That position rules out the Republican Party for me.
I asked Dalai Lama the most important question that I think you could ask - if he had ever seen Caddyshack.
I believe in the America people's ability to govern themselves. If government would just get out of the way and allow them to lead their lives as they choose, they will succeed.
I believe patriotism comes from the heart. Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief.
I decided to run for governor because I got mad... I want to make government more directly accountable to the people.
I don't believe we need the government's help as much as some think we do. That belief sets me apart from the Democrats, since their way of dealing with everything is to tax and spend.
I don't support abortion. I could never participate in one. But I think it would be a mistake to make them illegal again.
I don't think I would want the responsibility for enforcing the death penalties. There's always the inevitable question of whether someone you gave the order to execute might truly have been innocent.
I don't want to spend the rest of my life in politics. When I'm finished with my term as governor, I'm going back to the life that's waiting for me in the private sector.
I speak my mind. If it offends some people, well, there's not much I can do about that. But I'm going to be honest. I'm going to continue to speak my mind, and that's who I am.
I'm against the draft. I believe we should have a professional military; it might be smaller, but it would be more effective.
If I could be reincarnated as a fabric, I would come back as a 38 double-D bra.
If I wanna be president, I probably can.
If you were to come to Minnesota, I could have you locked up like that. That's power.
Industrial hemp is a very useful plant. I challenged the attorney general to get rid of the criminal stigma associated with hemp so we can look at it in terms of how it might be useful.
Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business.
Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their their patriotism through their actions, by their choice.
Politics is not my life. I have a career in radio and another career in film.
Remember that government doesn't earn one single dollar it spends. In order for you to get money from the government, that money must first be taken from somebody else.
Students often approached me about state-paid tuition while I was out campaigning. After I explained to them that if the state pays their tuition now, they will pay higher taxes to pay other people's tuition for the rest of their lives, most of them ended up agreeing with me.
The Constitution guarantees us our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That's all. It doesn't guarantee our rights to charity.
There are a lot of good causes out there, but they can't possibly all be served by government.
There is much more to being a patriot and a citizen than reciting the pledge or raising a flag.
There's no question that we need tougher drunk-driving laws for repeat offenders. We need to take a lesson from European countries where driving isn't a right but a privilege.
We call our country home of the brave and land of the free, but it's not. We give a false portrayal of freedom. We're not free - if we were, we'd allow people their freedom.
When the Constitution gave us the right to bear arms, it also made us responsible for using them properly. It's not fair of us as citizens to lean more heavily on one side of that equation than on the other.
Wrestling is ballet with violence.
You can't legislate morality.
You give me a water board, Dick Cheney and one hour, and I'll have him confess to the Sharon Tate murders.
The wicked can have only accomplices, the voluptuous have companions in debauchery, self-seekers have associates, the politic assemble the factions, the typical idler has connections, princes have courtiers. Only the virtuous have friends.
However many people complain about thered tape, it would be sheer illusion to think for a moment that continuous administrative work can be carried out except by means of officials working in offices ... The choice is only that between bureaucracy and dilettantism in the field of administration.
If we all say the same thing, then I think the government has to listen. But because no one is saying it, I become singled out, even though what I'm saying is common sense. It's very essential values that we all have to protect. But in Chinese society, people are giving up on protecting these values.
The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars.
To make a good salad is to be a brilliant diplomatist - the problem is entirely the same in both cases. To know how much oil one must mix with one's vinegar.
One man's wage increase is another man's price increase.
I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a cause that will some day lose!
Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.
I have no prefix or adjective for my anarchism. I think syndicalism can work, as can free-market anarcho-capitalism, anarcho-communism, even anarcho-hermits, depending on the situation. But I do have a strong individualist streak. Just plain anarchism-against government and authority-is what I'm for.
If human beings are fundamentally good, no government is necessary; if they are fundamentally bad, any government, being composed of human beings, would be bad also.
An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country.
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
Politics is war carried out without bloodshed, while war is politics carried out with bloodshed.