I would not have known at the time, for I was too young to realize that I was supposed to have a live-in father, just as I was too young to know that I needed a race. From an improbably short span it seems that my father fell under the same spell as my mother and her parents; and for the first six years of my life, even as that spell was broken and the worlds that they thought they'd left behind reclaimed each of them, I occupied the place where their dreams had been.
Barack Hussein Obama
Big things are expected of us, and nothing big ever came of being small.
The problem is not that the churches are filled with empty pews, but that the pews are filled with empty people.
God brings men into deep waters not to drown them, but to cleanse them.
John H Aughey
No TV performance takes such careful preparation as an off-the-cuff talk.
Richard M Nixon
Any pilot can describe the mechanics of flying. What it can do for the spirit of man is beyond description.
The Senate is the last primitive society in the world. We still worship the elders of the tribe and honor the territorial imperative.
Eugene J Mccarthy
Never forget that the most powerful force on earth is love.
The greatest enemy of individual freedom is the individual himself.
What can you say about a society that says God is dead and Elvis is alive?
Failure is just another way to learn how to do something right.
Marian Wright Edelman
Political image is like mixing cement. When it's wet, you can move it around and shape it, but at some point it hardens and there's almost nothing you can do to reshape it.
Walter F Mondale
It is simply untrue that all our institutions are evil that all politicians are mere opportunists, that all aspects of university life are corrupt. Having discovered an illness, it's not terribly useful to prescribe death as a cure.
Only the winners decide what were war crimes.
Unless both sides win, no agreement can be permanent.
Don't be afraid to see what you see.
People should be afraid of the cancer, not the mammogram.
I had to pick myself up and get on with it, do it all over again, only even better this time.
Sometimes I wish I weren't famous.
Remember always that you have not only the right to be an individual; you have an obligation to be one. You cannot make any useful contribution in life unless you do this.
They have computers, and they may have other weapons of mass destruction.
You can't underestimate the power of fear.
In this great nation there is but one order, that of the people, whose power, by a peculiarly happy improvement of the representative principle, is transferred from them, without impairing in the slightest degree their sovereignty, to bodies of their own creation, and to persons elected by themselves, in the full extent necessary for the purposes of free, enlightened, and efficient government.
Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from birth what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government to do good.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
We can determine America's future. After all, that's what an election is all about. So let's decide for optimism, not pessimism; for hope, not despair; for strength, not weakness; for victory, not defeat.
Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to.
H W Arnold
President Bush is a liar. He betrayed Nevada and he betrayed the country... All Americans should be concerned, not just because he lied to me or the people of Nevada and indeed all Americans, but because the President's decision threatens Americans' lives.
And we have so much work to do in America, because all across America, there are walls ... There's a wall around Washington, D.C. The American people are, today, on the outside of that wall. And on the inside are the big corporations and the lobbyists who are working to protect a system that takes care of them. ... There is another wall that divides us. It's the moral shame of 37 million of our own people who wake up in poverty every single day This is not OK. And for eight long, long years, this wall has gotten taller And there's also a wall that's divided our image in the world. The America as the beacon of hope is behind that wall. And all the world sees now is a bully. They see Iraq, Guantanamo, secret prison and government that argues that water boarding is not torture. This is not OK. That wall has to come down for the sake of our ideals and our security. We can change this. We can change it. Yes we can. If we stand together, we can change it. ... This is not going to be easy. It's going to be the fight of our lives. But we're ready, because we know that this election is about something bigger than the tired old hateful politics of the past. This election is about taking down these walls that divide us, so that we can see what's possible -- what's possible, that one America that we can build together.
I did not have sexual relations with that woman...
Become all that you are capable of becoming!
Robert J Mckain
Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.
Shirley Anita Chisholm
Do to others what you would have them do to you.
The African race is a rubber ball. The harder you dash it to the ground, the higher it will rise.
Man is not the enemy here, but the fellow victim.
If you're not brave, you're not going to be free.
My friends, it is solidarity of labor we want. We do not want to find fault with each other, but to solidify our forces and say to each other: "We must be together; our masters are joined together and we must do the same thing.
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
Sir Edmund Hillary
So long as the system of competition in the production and exchange of the means of life goes on, the degradation of the arts will go on; and if that system is to last for ever, then art is doomed, and will surely die; that is to say, civilization will die.
I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.