I am not a centrist.
I'm a politician. I run for office. That's my profession.
I will undoubtedly have to seek what is happily known as gainful employment, which I am glad to say does not describe holding public office.
No people in history have ever survived who thought they could protect their freedom by making themselves inoffensive to their enemies.
The trouble with this country is that there are too many politicians who believe, with a conviction based on experience, that you can fool all of the people all of the time.
No man, however strong, can serve ten years as schoolmaster, priest, or Senator, and remain fit for anything else.
A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
A government of laws, and not of men.
Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.
All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.
As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children.
Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide.
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
Fear is the foundation of most governments.
Genius is sorrow's child.
Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war.
Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination - everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell.
I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth.
I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children. I give you this warning that you may prepare your mind for your fate.
I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.
I, poor creature, worn out with scribbling for my bread and my liberty, low in spirits and weak in health, must leave others to wear the laurels which I have sown, others to eat the bread which I have earned. A common case.
In politics the middle way is none at all.
Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.
Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.
Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.
My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.
Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.
Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty.
Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
The Declaration of Independence I always considered as a theatrical show. Jefferson ran away with all the stage effect of that... and all the glory of it.
The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries.
The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws.
The furnace of affliction produces refinement, in states as well as individuals.
The happiness of society is the end of government.
The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations.
The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea.
There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.
Thomas Jefferson still survives.
When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.
While all other sciences have advanced, that of government is at a standstill - little better understood, little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago.
According to the Stoics, all vice was resolvable into folly: according to the Christian principle, it is all the effect of weakness.
All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.
America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy.
Democracy, pure democracy, has at least its foundation in a generous theory of human rights. It is founded on the natural equality of mankind. It is the cornerstone of the Christian religion. It is the first element of all lawful government upon earth.
Gratitude, warm, sincere, intense, when it takes possession of the bosom, fills the soul to overflowing and scarce leaves room for any other sentiment or thought.
Heaven has given to every human being the power of controlling his passions, and if he neglects or loses it, the fault is his own, and he must be answerable for it.
I have no predilection for unpopularity as such, but I hold it much preferable to the popularity of a day, which perishes with the transient topic upon which it is grounded.
In order to preserve the dominion of our own passions, it behooves us to be constantly and strictly on our guard against the influence and infection of the passions of others.
Is not the brand ofdouble-dealerstamped on the forehead of every democratic slaveholder? Are not fraud and hypocrisy the religion of the man who calls himself a democrat, and hold his fellow-man in bondage?
It is among the evils of slavery that it taints the very sources of moral principle. It establishes false estimates of virtue and vice: for what can be more false and heartless than this doctrine which makes the first and holiest rights of humanity to depend upon the color of the skin?
It is of no use to discover our own faults and infirmities unless the discovery prompts up to amendment.
It was the special purpose of Christ's appearance upon earth to bring immortality to light.
Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people.
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
The Declaration of Independence pronounced the irrevocable decree of political separation, between the United States and their people on the one part, and the British king, government, and nation on the other.
The great object of the institution of civil government is the improvement of those who are parties to the social compact.
The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.
This idea of the transcendent power of the Supreme Being is essentially connected with that by which the whole duty of man is summed up: obedience to His will.
The more you meditate on the laws of Moses, the more striking and brighter does their wisdom appear.
This is the last of earth! I am content.
To read the Bible is of itself a laudable occupation and can scarcely fail of being a useful employment of time; but the habit of reflecting upon what you have read is equally essential as than of reading itself, to give it all the efficacy of which it is susceptible.
Where annual elections end, there slavery begins.
Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable.
If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't Black.
The Breakfast Clubradio program, May 22, 2020.
Isn't it a bitch? I mean, ... this vice president thing?
Let's build back better.
Poor kids are just as bright, just as talented, as white kids.
We have to be remembered for what's been done.
You're a lying dog-faced pony soldier.
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.
I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense.
Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundations of America.
There's an old saying in Tennessee - I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, fool me once, shame on - shame on you. Fool me - you can't get fooled again.
These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of America's resolve.
They misunderestimated me.
Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country.
You're working hard to put food on your family.
Each man the architect of his own fate.
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!
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.
Great nations need organizing principles, andDon't do stupid stuffis not an organizing principle.
I don't think they're piling on because I'm a woman. I think they're piling on because I'm winning.
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.
(In politics) you need both a public and a private position.
Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is as a marriage always has been, between a man and a woman.
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.
We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt.
What, like with a cloth or something?
You could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call thebasket of deplorables.
When we're dancing with the angels, the question will be asked: In 2019, what did we do to make sure we kept our democracy intact? Did we stand on the sidelines and say nothing? Did we play games?
The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.
There is no education like adversity.
I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm, so when I come to Washington, I'll know how to cut pork.
I'm not giving up politics entirely - I'm just giving up leadership of a political party.
If we want to preserve the foundation of our democracy, it's vital that we find common ground that allows us to work for the greater good of this nation. This does not mean giving up our values. This does not mean swallowing a bitter compromise.
An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
You can't fight against the future. Time is on our side.
We did it, Joe. You're going to be the next president of the United States.
Three things happen when you get to my age. First your memory starts to go ... and I have forgotten the other two.
I like a nice cup of tea in the morning,
For to start the day, you see,
And at half-past eleven
Well, my idea of Heaven
Is a nice cup of tea:
I like a nice cup of tea with me dinner
And a nice cup of tea with me tea,
And when it's time for bed
There's a lot to be said
For a nice cup of tea.
There are those who never stretch out the hand for fear it will be bitten. But those who never stretch out the hand will never feel it clasped in friendship.
Others appear frozen in the headlights - aware of the likely impact, yet paralysed by the fear of major transformations.
When I started out, people were afraid of parish priests. Now they're afraid of newspaper editors.
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.
I would rather be dead in a ditch than ask the European Union for a delay in Brexit.
We have a great new Brexit deal that takes back control.
I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.
The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us.
Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either.
Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can.
What do we want our kids to do? Sweep up around Japanese computers?
We can pay the ecological debt by changing economic models, and by giving up luxury consumption, setting aside selfishness and individualism, and thinking about the people and the planet Earth.
I am ready to debate how we fight terrorism without giving up our liberty.
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.
Every time I get an opponent - I mean, every time I get a chance - I'm home.
The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.
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.
Giving up even an ounce of precious freedom is a very serious thing to do.
I have a message for you. You are not welcome here. You have blood on your hands.
Those who are not giving up their nefarious activities even in the holy month of Ramzan, should their activities not be called unholy?
I suppose flattery hurts no one - that is, if he doesn't inhale.
Be careful, be cautious, do not rush into negotiations ... be careful what you give away now, you may wish you had not done so should in future the balance of forces turn in your favour.
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.
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions. He had money as well.
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.
He's not a war hero. ... He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured.
I alone can fix it.
[I am] not smart, but genius ... and a very stable genius at that!
I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters.
I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off.
I see the disinfectant that knocks it out in a minute, one minute. And is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning?
I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky to do the right thing.
I wasn't satisfied just to earn a good living. I was looking to make a statement.
I would like you to do us a favor, though.
If you don't have passion ... you might as well give up ... you have no chance of making it. Passion is the essence of life, and certainly the essence of success.
If you're going to be thinking only one thing, you might as well be thinking big.
In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish.
Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?
My style of dealmaking is quite simple and straightforward. I just keep pushing and pushing to get what I'm after.
One day - it's like a miracle - it will disappear.
Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make.
I have a plan for that.
She the Peopleforum, Houston, April 24, 2019.
There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there - good for you! But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for.
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.