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  1. The shift to a cleaner energy economy wont happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way. But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.
  2. The last thing you want to do is raise taxes in the middle of the recession because that would just suck up and take more demand out of the economy and put businesses in a further hole.
  3. The immigration issue is, I recognize, one that generates a lot of passion, but it does not make sense for us to want to push talent out.
  4. The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.
  5. The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt.
  6. 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.
  7. The United States is not, and never will be, at war with Islam.
  8. 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.
  9. The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.
  10. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet. The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together.
  11. 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.
  12. That’s what the Affordable Care Act is all about. It’s about filling the gaps in employer-based care so that when we lose a job, or go back to school, or start that new business, we’ll still have coverage.
  13. That’s the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want.
  14. That is America. That is America. Those bonds of affection; that common creed. We don’t fear the future; we shape it. We embrace it, as one people, stronger together than we are on our own.
  15. Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes,’ he said, his voice rising as applause and cheers mounted. ‘Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.
  16. Surveys show our standing around the world is higher than when I was elected to this office, and when it comes to every important international issue, people of the world do not look to Beijing or Moscow to lead – they call us.
  17. So while an incredible amount of progress has been made, on this fifth anniversary, I wanted to come here and tell the people of this city directly: My administration is going to stand with you – and fight alongside you – until the job is done. Until New Orleans is all the way back, all the way.
  18. So while I will never minimize the costs involved in military action, I am convinced that a failure to act in Libya would have carried a far greater price for America.
  19. So long as I’m Commander-in-Chief, we will sustain the strongest military the world has ever known. When you take off the uniform, we will serve you as well as you’ve served us – because no one who fights for this country should have to fight for a job, or a roof over their head, or the care that they need when they come home.
  20. Since I’m the president and Democrats have controlled the House and the Senate, it’s understandable that people are saying, you know, ‘What have you done?’
  21. People of Berlin – people of the world – this is our moment. This is our time.
  22. Part of the reason that our politics seems so tough right now and facts and science and argument does not seem to be winning the day all the time is because we’re hardwired not to always think clearly when we’re scared. And the country’s scared.
  23. 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.
  24. Ours is a nation of laws: of citizens who live under them and for the citizens who enforce them. So, to a community in Ferguson that is rightly hurting and looking for answers, let me call once again for us to seek some understanding rather than simply holler at each other. Let’s seek to heal rather than to wound each other.
  25. Our public life withers when only the most extreme voices get attention. Most of all, democracy breaks down when the average person feels their voice doesn’t matter; that the system is rigged in favor of the rich or the powerful or some narrow interest.
  26. Our priority is to go after ISIL. And so what we have said is that we are not engaging in a military action against the Syrian regime. We are going after ISIL facilities and personnel who are using Syria as a safe haven, in service of our strategy in Iraq.
  27. Our higher education system is one of the things that makes America exceptional. There’s no place else that has the assets we do when it comes to higher education. People from all over the world aspire to come here and study here. And that is a good thing.
  28. Our friends at the Republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with America, but they didn’t have much to say about how they’d make it right. They want your vote, but they don’t want you to know their plan.
  29. Our combat mission is ending, but our commitment to Iraq’s future is not.
  30. Our brand of democracy is hard. But I can promise that a year from now, when I no longer hold this office, I’ll be right there with you as a citizen – inspired by those voices of fairness and vision, of grit and good humor and kindness that have helped America travel so far.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. On every front there are clear answers out there that can make this country stronger, but we’re going to break through the fear and the frustration people are feeling. Our job is to make sure that even as we make progress, that we are also giving people a sense of hope and vision for the future.
  34. Of course, violence will not end with our combat mission. Extremists will continue to set off bombs, attack Iraqi civilians and try to spark sectarian strife. But ultimately, these terrorists will fail to achieve their goals.
  35. Of course, there is no question that Libya – and the world – will be better off with Gaddafi out of power. I, along with many other world leaders, have embraced that goal, and will actively pursue it through non-military means. But broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake.
  36. Now, as a nation, we don’t promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That’s an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up.
  37. Now, anybody who thinks that we can move this economy forward with just a few folks at the top doing well, hoping that it’s going to trickle down to working people who are running faster and faster just to keep up, you’ll never see it.
  38. Now you have a choice: we can give more tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, or we can start rewarding companies that open new plants and train new workers and create new jobs here, in the United States of America.
  39. Now we’re in the midst of not just advocating for change, not just calling for change – we’re doing the grinding, sometimes frustrating work of delivering change – inch by inch, day by day.
  40. Nobody wants to put the creditworthiness of the United States in jeopardy. Nobody wants to see the United States default. So we’ve got to seize this moment, and we have to seize it soon.
  41. No party has a monopoly on wisdom. No democracy works without compromise. But when Governor Romney and his allies in Congress tell us we can somehow lower our deficit by spending trillions more on new tax breaks for the wealthy – well, you do the math. I refuse to go along with that. And as long as I’m President, I never will.
  42. No other country in the world does what we do. On every issue, the world turns to us, not simply because of the size of our economy or our military might – but because of the ideals we stand for, and the burdens we bear to advance them.
  43. No one is pro-abortion.
  44. My task over the last two years hasn’t just been to stop the bleeding. My task has also been to try to figure out how do we address some of the structural problems in the economy that have prevented more Googles from being created.
  45. 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.
  46. My job is not to represent Washington to you, but to represent you to Washington.
  47. My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too.
  48. My family, frankly, they weren’t folks who went to church every week. My mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew but she didn’t raise me in the church, so I came to my Christian faith later in life and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead.
  49. Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.
  50. Millions of us, myself included, go back generations in this country, with ancestors who put in the painstaking work to become citizens. So we don’t like the notion that anyone might get a free pass to American citizenship.
  51. Michelle and I don’t want anyone telling us who our family’s doctor should be – and no one should decide that for you either. Under our proposals, if you like your doctor, you keep your doctor. If you like your current insurance, you keep that insurance. Period, end of story.
  52. Let’s be honest – tracking down, rounding up, and deporting millions of people isn’t realistic. Anyone who suggests otherwise isn’t being straight with you. It’s also not who we are as Americans.
  53. Let us remember we are all part of one American family. We are united in common values, and that includes belief in equality under the law, basic respect for public order, and the right of peaceful protest.
  54. Let me even say before I even get inaugurated, during the transition we are going to be having meetings all across the country with community organizations so that you have input into the agenda for the next presidency of the United States of America.
  55. Let me be absolutely clear. Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. It will be a strong friend of Israel’s under a McCain administration. It will be a strong friend of Israel’s under an Obama administration. So that policy is not going to change.
  56. John Kerry believes in an America where hard work is rewarded.
  57. 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.
  58. It’s one of the few regrets of my presidency – that the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better. There’s no doubt a president with the gifts of Lincoln or Roosevelt might have better bridged the divide, and I guarantee I’ll keep trying to be better so long as I hold this office.
  59. 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.
  60. It’s not enough to train today’s workforce. We also have to prepare tomorrow’s workforce by guaranteeing every child access to a world-class education.
  61. It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label.
  62. It was not a religion that attacked us that September day. It was al-Qaeda. We will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust.
  63. 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.
  64. Issues are never simple. One thing I’m proud of is that very rarely will you hear me simplify the issues.
  65. In too many communities, too many young men of color are left behind and seen only as objects of fear. Through initiatives like My Brother’s Keeper, I’m personally committed to changing both perception and reality.
  66. In the white community, the path to a more perfect union means acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination – and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past – are real and must be addressed.
  67. In the end, that’s what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?
  68. In the absence of sound oversight, responsible businesses are forced to compete against unscrupulous and underhanded businesses, who are unencumbered by any restrictions on activities that might harm the environment, or take advantage of middle-class families, or threaten to bring down the entire financial system.
  69. In fact, the best thing we could do on taxes for all Americans is to simplify the individual tax code. This will be a tough job, but members of both parties have expressed an interest in doing this, and I am prepared to join them.
  70. In a world of complex threats, our security and leadership depends on all elements of our power – including strong and principled diplomacy.
  71. In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri – where a young man was killed, and a community was divided. So yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions.
  72. In December, I agreed to extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans because it was the only way I could prevent a tax hike on middle-class Americans. But we cannot afford $1 trillion worth of tax cuts for every millionaire and billionaire in our society. We can’t afford it. And I refuse to renew them again.
  73. In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world.
  74. Immigrants aren’t the reason wages haven’t gone up enough; those decisions are made in the boardrooms that too often put quarterly earnings over long-term returns.
  75. If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.
  76. If you’re looking for the safe choice, you shouldn’t be supporting a black guy named Barack Obama to be the next leader of the free world.
  77. If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help… 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. Somebody else made that happen.
  78. If we choose to keep those tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires, if we choose to keep a tax break for corporate jet owners, if we choose to keep tax breaks for oil and gas companies that are making hundreds of billions of dollars, then that means we’ve got to cut some kids off from getting a college scholarship.
  79. 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.
  80. If the critics are right that I’ve made all my decisions based on polls, then I must not be very good at reading them.
  81. If people continue to feel like Democrats are looking after poor folks and Republicans are looking after rich folks and nobody is looking after me, then we don’t get a lot of stuff done. And the trend lines evidence the fact that folks have gotten squeezed. And obviously, 2007, 2008 really ripped open for people how vulnerable they were.
  82. If everybody that voted in 2008 shows up in 2010, we will win this election. We will win this election.
  83. I’ve said very clearly, including in a State of the Union address, that I’m against ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and that we’re going to end this policy.
  84. 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.
  85. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone – and I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward.
  86. I’ve been fighting with Acorn, alongside Acorn, on issues you care about, my entire career.
  87. I’m the president of the United States. I’m not the emperor of the United States.
  88. I’m no longer just a candidate. I’m the President. I know what it means to send young Americans into battle, for I have held in my arms the mothers and fathers of those who didn’t return. I’ve shared the pain of families who’ve lost their homes, and the frustration of workers who’ve lost their jobs.
  89. I’m going to try to unite all Americans.
  90. I’m a warrior for the middle class.
  91. I’m a Christian by choice.
  92. I would put our legislative and foreign policy accomplishments in our first two years against any president – with the possible exceptions of Johnson, FDR, and Lincoln – just in terms of what we’ve gotten done in modern history. But, you know, but when it comes to the economy, we’ve got a lot more work to do. And we’re gonna keep on at it.
  93. I will never turn Medicare into a voucher. No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. They should retire with the care and dignity they have earned.
  94. 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.
  95. I will continue to believe that Israel’s security is paramount.
  96. I want to reform the tax code so that it’s simple, fair, and asks the wealthiest households to pay higher taxes on incomes over $250,000 – the same rate we had when Bill Clinton was president; the same rate we had when our economy created nearly 23 million new jobs, the biggest surplus in history, and a lot of millionaires to boot.
  97. I want to be very clear: I will not sign on to any health plan that adds to our deficits over the next decade.
  98. I think when you spread the wealth around it’s good for everybody.
  99. I think what you’re seeing is a profound recognition on the part of the American people that gays and lesbians and transgender persons are our brothers, our sisters, our children, our cousins, our friends, our co-workers, and that they’ve got to be treated like every other American. And I think that principle will win out.
  100. I think there are a whole host of things that are civil rights, and then there are other things – such as traditional marriage – that, I think, express a community’s concern and regard for a particular institution.
  101. I think that there’s no doubt that as I see friends, families, children of gay couples who are thriving, you know, that has an impact on how I think about these issues.
  102. I think same sex couples should be able to get married.
  103. I think one of the great things about the United States has been our ability to maintain a distinction between our military and domestic law enforcement.
  104. 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.
  105. I see Americans of every party, every background, every faith who believe that we are stronger together: black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American; young, old; gay, straight; men, women, folks with disabilities, all pledging allegiance under the same proud flag to this big, bold country that we love. That’s what I see. That’s the America I know!
  106. I said that America’s role would be limited; that we would not put ground troops into Libya; that we would focus our unique capabilities on the front end of the operation, and that we would transfer responsibility to our allies and partners.
  107. 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.
  108. I miss Saturday morning, rolling out of bed, not shaving, getting into my car with my girls, driving to the supermarket, squeezing the fruit, getting my car washed, taking walks.
  109. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.
  110. I know that there are millions of Americans who are content with their health care coverage – they like their plan and, most importantly, they value their relationship with their doctor.
  111. I know that campaigns can seem small, and even silly. Trivial things become big distractions. Serious issues become sound bites. And the truth gets buried under an avalanche of money and advertising. If you’re sick of hearing me approve this message, believe me – so am I.
  112. 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.
  113. I just want to go through Central Park and watch folks passing by. Spend the whole day watching people. I miss that.
  114. I just miss – I miss being anonymous.
  115. I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries.
  116. I found this national debt, doubled, wrapped in a big bow waiting for me as I stepped into the Oval Office.
  117. I don’t think marriage is a civil right, but I think that being able to transfer property is a civil right.
  118. I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.
  119. 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.
  120. I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.
  121. I cannot swallow whole the view of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator.
  122. I can say with confidence there has never been a man or a woman – not me, not Bill, nobody – more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America.
  123. 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.
  124. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage. But when you start playing around with constitutions, just to prohibit somebody who cares about another person, it just seems to me that’s not what America’s about. Usually, our constitutions expand liberties, they don’t contract them.
  125. I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.
  126. I am the commander in chief of the United States armed forces, and Iraq is gonna have to ultimately provide for its own security.
  127. Here at this site, Solyndra expects to make enough solar panels each year to generate 500 megawatts of electricity. And over the lifetime of this expanded facility, that could be like replacing as many as eight coal-fired power plants.
  128. For more than four decades, the Libyan people have been ruled by a tyrant – Moammar Gaddafi. He has denied his people freedom, exploited their wealth, murdered opponents at home and abroad, and terrorized innocent people around the world – including Americans who were killed by Libyan agents.
  129. Food Stamp recipients didn’t cause the financial crisis; recklessness on Wall Street did.
  130. 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.
  131. Fixing a broken immigration system. Protecting our kids from gun violence. Equal pay for equal work, paid leave, raising the minimum wage. All these things still matter to hardworking families; they are still the right thing to do; and I will not let up until they get done.
  132. First, how do we give everyone a fair shot at opportunity and security in this new economy? Second, how do we make technology work for us, and not against us – especially when it comes to solving urgent challenges like climate change? Third, how do we keep America safe and lead the world without becoming its policeman?
  133. Fifty years of isolating Cuba had failed to promote democracy, setting us back in Latin America. That’s why we restored diplomatic relations, opened the door to travel and commerce, and positioned ourselves to improve the lives of the Cuban people.
  134. Even when folks are hitting you over the head, you can’t stop marching. Even when they’re turning the hoses on you, you can’t stop.
  135. Eight years ago, you may remember Hillary and I were rivals for the Democratic nomination. We battled for a year and a half. Let me tell you, it was tough, because Hillary was tough. I was worn out. She was doing everything I was doing, but just like Ginger Rogers, it was backwards in heels.
  136. Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine. It may make you feel like you’re flying high at first, but it won’t take long before you feel the impact.
  137. Contrary to the claims of some of my critics and some of the editorial pages, I am an ardent believer in the free market.
  138. Community colleges play an important role in helping people transition between careers by providing the retooling they need to take on a new career.
  139. 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.
  140. But what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people, and do our best to help them find their own grace. That’s what I strive to do, that’s what I pray to do every day.
  141. But let me perfectly clear, because I know you’ll hear the same old claims that rolling back these tax breaks means a massive tax increase on the American people: if your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime.
  142. But if you – if what – the reports are true, what they’re saying is, is that as a consequence of us getting 30 million additional people health care, at the margins that’s going to increase our costs, we knew that.
  143. But do I think that our actions in anyway violate the War Powers Resolution, the answer is no.
  144. Building new roads and bridges creates jobs. Growing our exports creates jobs. Reforming our outdated tax system and our broken immigration system creates jobs.
  145. As we speak, Iran has rolled back its nuclear program, shipped out its uranium stockpile, and the world has avoided another war.
  146. As president, I’m committed to making Washington work better and rebuilding the trust of the people who sent us here.
  147. As a nuclear power – as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon – the United States has a moral responsibility to act.
  148. As I’ve said, there were patriots who supported this war, and patriots who opposed it. And all of us are united in appreciation for our servicemen and women, and our hopes for Iraqis’ future.
  149. As I said last week in the wake of the grand jury decision, I think Ferguson laid bare a problem that is not unique to St. Louis or that area, and is not unique to our time, and that is a simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color.
  150. Are we a nation that educates the world’s best and brightest in our universities, only to send them home to create businesses in countries that compete against us? Or are we a nation that encourages them to stay and create jobs, businesses, and industries right here in America?
  151. And we have done more in the two and a half years that I’ve been in here than the previous 43 Presidents to uphold that principle, whether it’s ending ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ making sure that gay and lesbian partners can visit each other in hospitals, making sure that federal benefits can be provided to same-sex couples.
  152. And we can see the positive impacts right here at Solyndra. Less than a year ago, we were standing on what was an empty lot. But through the Recovery Act, this company received a loan to expand its operations. This new factory is the result of those loans.
  153. And that means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.
  154. And so our goal on health care is, if we can get, instead of health care costs going up 6 percent a year, it’s going up at the level of inflation, maybe just slightly above inflation, we’ve made huge progress. And by the way, that is the single most important thing we could do in terms of reducing our deficit. That’s why we did it.
  155. And I will do everything that I can as long as I am President of the United States to remind the American people that we are one nation under God, and we may call that God different names but we remain one nation.
  156. Americans… still believe in an America where anything’s possible – they just don’t think their leaders do.
  157. America’s promises do not come with a price tag. We meet our commitments. We bear our burdens. That’s one of the reasons why almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago when I took office.
  158. America thrived in the 20th century because we made high school free. We sent a generation to college. We cultivated the most educated workforce in the world.
  159. America isn’t Congress. America isn’t Washington. America is the striving immigrant who starts a business, or the mom who works two low-wage jobs to give her kid a better life. America is the union leader and the CEO who put aside their differences to make the economy stronger.
  160. America is the student who defies the odds to become the first in a family to go to college – the citizen who defies the cynics and goes out there and votes – the young person who comes out of the shadows to demand the right to dream. That’s what America is about.
  161. 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.
  162. All of us take offense to anyone who reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America. And undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace those responsibilities see little option but to remain in the shadows, or risk their families being torn apart.
  163. 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.
  164. After a century of trying, we declared that healthcare in America is not a privilege for a few, it is a right for everybody. After decades of talk, we finally began to wean ourselves off foreign oil. We doubled our production of clean energy. We brought more of our troops home to their families, and we delivered justice to Osama bin Laden.
  165. After a century of striving, after a year of debate, after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise. It is the law of the land.
  166. After 2014, we will support a unified Afghanistan as it takes responsibility for its own future.
  167. A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship – and you know what, a father does, too. It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a ‘Mad Men’ episode.
  168. A lot has happened over the years. And while this nation has been tested by war, and it’s been tested by recession and all manner of challenges – I stand before you again tonight, after almost two terms as your president, to tell you I am more optimistic about the future of America than ever before.
  169. 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.’
  170. With the dramatic increase in ease of transportation and the incredible decrease in the amount of time required to travel between far-flung areas of the United States, representatives began spending more and more time in Washington and less and less time in their home districts.
  171. Wishful thinking won’t make the Palestinians an Israeli peace partner, no matter how much President Barack Obama pressures Israel to make concessions; caustically mocking Putin’s worldview won’t make it any less real or mitigate the Russian threat.
  172. Why should Congresspeople have to visit D.C.? Thanks to Skype, meetings are possible across the country. Thanks to email, communications are simple. And we’ve had the technology to vote from afar for decades. Why should we have backroom deals made over cigars thousands of miles distant from those who are affected by those deals?
  173. While the West tries to turn its civilization into cultural variety hour, Islam tries to turn Muslim lands into a cultural monolith. The same West that justifies the rap culture thinks that every Muslim terrorist bombing is an expression of economic angst or social alienation.
  174. When we say ‘less fortunate,’ we generally mean the poor rather than the disabled, who actually are less fortunate. In truth, the poor are generally ‘less fortunate’ only in terms of genetics. They are certainly not less fortunate in the amount of help they receive.
  175. When the Soviet Union fell, optimistic scholars believed the world had shifted inexorably in the direction of free markets and liberal democracy. Instead, the West gradually embraced bigger government and weaker social bonds, creating a fragmented society in which the only thing we all belong to, as President Barack Obama puts it, is the state.
  176. When people are desperate or wealthy, they turn to socialism; only when they have no other alternative do they embrace the free market. After all, lies about guaranteed security are far more seductive than lectures about personal responsibility.
  177. When a black person kills a black person, the media ignores it completely.
  178. When Limbaugh entered the world of talk radio, the AM dial was essentially moribund. He turned it into a weapon for conservatism, and in the process, led the revolution that has ended in the disintegration of the old media monopoly.
  179. When I was a kid, I’d wake up extraordinarily early every morning and turn on the television, scanning for episodes of ‘The Jetsons.’ For some reason, I loved the notion of a future where there would be flying cars, supercomputers, and most of all, robot maids to take care of the chores.
  180. When Americans are faced with the prospect that they can never earn their way to wealth, they have two choices: to rebel against the system, or to settle into depressed complacency.
  181. What sort of job can you hold in America in which it is safe to hold the personal conviction that same-sex marriage is wrong? The answer: there is no such job. Except Democratic presidential candidate in 2008. Then you’re fine.
  182. Washington’s birthday is worthy of celebration – he is one of the greatest men in history. But Washington himself would likely have seen celebration of the office of the presidency itself as monarchic in nature.
  183. Vice President Joe Biden believes that illegal immigrants are citizens. Obama believes that some Americans who join Islamist groups are citizens, while others are not. Who is an American? Whomever the executive branch deems an American. Who isn’t? It depends on whether Obama ate his Wheaties or not.
  184. Vaccinations absolutely work, and have dramatically decreased rates of childhood diseases.
  185. There is no greater way to ensure that universities remain a hotbed of leftist thought than to guarantee that professors knight their own successors. But that’s basically how the Ph.D. system works, with sitting professors approving the work of would-be professors.
  186. There are times that everyone hates his or her job. Were they freed from the economic consequences of having these jobs, they’d drop out of the workforce. There are only two problems with this strategy: First, someone has to pay for it; second, it is not the recipe for human fulfillment.
  187. The violation of press freedoms has been egregious under this administration, even as the press fetes President Obama as an honest and effective commander-in-chief.
  188. The vast majority of murdered whites are murdered by other whites. That’s why there’s no national outrage when a white person is killed by a black person: it’s not evidence of some underlying black violence problem directed against white people.
  189. The story of Detroit’s bankruptcy was simple enough: Allow capitalism to grow the city, campaign against income inequality, tax the job creators until they flee, increase government spending in order to boost employment, promise generous pension plans to keep people voting for failure. Rinse, wash and repeat.
  190. The separation of church and state was meant to protect church from state; a state that declares religion off limits in public life is a state that declares itself supreme over all religious values.
  191. The real problem with Obamacare has little to do with the number of people signing up, and a lot to do with the restrictions on insurance companies and reimbursement rates to doctors.
  192. The ouster of Jill Abramson as executive editor of ‘The New York Times’ sent shock waves through the media landscape. Reports that she was fired thanks in part to a soured relationship based on the ‘Times’ alleged sexist pay discrepancy only made those shock waves stronger.
  193. The most formative time of our lives are the years between birth and age 21, when we explore who we are and learn from those who surround us.
  194. The greatest obstacle to the welfare state is not greed but private charity that makes the welfare state irrelevant; the greatest obstacle to re-education of children in the name of the collective is allegiance to a higher power. More than that, the greatest obstacle to the state as god is an actual God above the state.
  195. The greatest bulwark against an overreaching government, as tyrants know, is a religious population. That is because religious people form communities of interest adverse to government control of their lives; religious communities rely on their families and each other rather than an overarching government utilizing force.
  196. The argument that gay marriage doesn’t affect straight marriages is a ridiculous red herring: Gay marriage affects society and law in dramatic ways. Religious groups will come under direct assault as federal and state governments move to strip them of their non-profit statuses if they refuse to perform gay marriages.
  197. The Tea Party is almost solely grassroots-based; business interests have almost no grassroots organization. The Republican Party has for too long been run on behalf of business interests who favor candidates the grassroots hate; the minute that those candidates begin to flag, only loyal Tea Partiers stand behind them.
  198. The Obamacare contraception mandate was never about freedom. It was always about pitting secularism against religion, and using the power of government to sponsor secularism.
  199. The Obama administration has consistently refused to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli territory, let alone as the capital of Israel.
  200. The Obama administration has been curtailing press freedom – but that hasn’t ended the press’ drool-cup worship for their beloved president.
  201. The Muslim world just doesn’t believe that skin color is all that important. Obama may be half-black, but he’s still all-Western, according to them. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black, white or green – if you’re not a devotee of Muhammad, you don’t matter.
  202. The Left masks its distaste for the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality in a straw man argument that Bible believers are violent bigots. They are not. Citing the Bible doesn’t make you a bigot against human beings – it makes you a bigot against sin, which is a good thing.
  203. The Left despises Texas, with its stellar record of job growth; Texas, with its strong support for traditional marriage and the sanctity of life; Texas, the root of the conservative tree. Should the Left succeed in its attempt to turn Texas purple, America could turn permanently blue.
  204. The Fourth Amendment is quite clear on the notion that search and seizure must not be unreasonable. It is difficult to think of something more unreasonable than searching the private phone records and digital information of citizens who are suspected of nothing.
  205. The European style of living is seductive: fewer hours worked, more hours at the cafe, less concern over self-betterment. But that style of living does not produce a purposeful life.
  206. Thanks to presidential immunity and executive control of the Justice Department, there are no consequences to executive branch lawbreaking. And when it comes to presidential lawbreaking, the sitting president could literally strangle someone to death on national television and meet with no consequences.
  207. Technically, web browsers can control what users see, and sites using Javascript can overwrite anything coming from the original authors. Browsers heavily utilize Javascript to create an interactive Internet; sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Gmail could be crippled without it.
  208. Socialism violates at least three of the Ten Commandments: It turns government into God, it legalizes thievery and it elevates covetousness. Discussions of income inequality, after all, aren’t about prosperity but about petty spite. Why should you care how much money I make, so long as you are happy?
  209. Socialism states that you owe me something simply because I exist. Capitalism, by contrast, results in a sort of reality-forced altruism: I may not want to help you, I may dislike you, but if I don’t give you a product or service you want, I will starve. Voluntary exchange is more moral than forced redistribution.
  210. Socialism has no moral justification whatsoever; poor people are not morally superior to rich people, nor are they owed anything by rich people simply because of their lack of success. Charity is not a socialist concept – it is a religious one, an acknowledgment of God’s sovereignty over property, a sovereignty the Left utterly rejects.
  211. Show Republicans a shiny pro-life or pro-marriage issue and they’d much rather address that controversial topic than keep pressing on the tyranny that Obamacare represents.
  212. Selective Biblical quotation is a favorite of leftists who interpret the Bible the same way they do the Constitution: as a Chinese menu designed to allow picking and choosing. That’s because when many Democrats take the Bible as a whole, they realize how much they despise it.
  213. Same-sex marriage is not the final nail in the coffin for traditional marriage. It is just another road sign toward the substitution of government for God. Every moral discussion now pits the wisest moral arbiters among us – the Supreme Court, President Obama – against traditional religion.
  214. Putin himself is a character out of fiction, an uber-macho former Soviet thug running a massive, expansionist kleptocracy. The man stages photographs riding horses barechested and hunting tigers. His enemies find themselves on the wrong end of radioactive poisoning.
  215. Primarily affecting low-information voters and members of the mainstream media, Obama Worship Syndrome attributes impossible capabilities to Obama’s political opponents, finds excuses for every Obama failure in everyone around him and praises the president as the finest politician – nay, human being – of our time.
  216. President Obama’s respect for the Constitution does not extend to freedom of religion – his administration has forced religious businessowners to pay for insurance plans that cover activities in violation of religious precepts.
  217. President Obama’s consistent agenda has been to weaken the United States and our allies in pursuit of a more ‘balanced’ global power structure.
  218. President Obama’s biggest advocates believe that Americans are ready to embrace his vision for the United States: a less muscular America on the world stage, an America with a more controlling executive branch and less conflict in the legislative branch, an America in which the government takes care of us, be we Pajama Boys or Julias.
  219. President Obama is perhaps the most ideologically-motivated president in American history. But according to the ultimate authority, Barack Obama, he’s a mere pragmatist.
  220. President Obama is one of the great political knife-fighters in modern history. He is a failed president – his economy is bleak, his foreign policy bleaker, his vision for American even bleaker still. But he wins.
  221. President Obama is a gifted politician. He is gifted with rhetoric virtuosity. He is gifted with the ability to lie directly to camera without blinking. And he is gifted with some of the most incompetent conservative opposition in the history of the country.
  222. President Obama himself has attributed the legitimacy of the Jewish State not to its historic identity as Jewish territory, but to the Holocaust.
  223. President Obama has regularly granted special access to reporters who give him preferential coverage.
  224. President Obama has only had two major policy victories during his tenure: the stimulus package and Obamacare. Both are massively unpopular. The stimulus package launched the Tea Party movement. Obamacare led to the Republican wipeout of 2010.
  225. President Obama has created the image of an America under President Bush that routinely violated international law.
  226. President Obama has continually put off the deadline for implementation of Obamacare thanks to hang-ups in the system.
  227. President Obama and members of his administration constantly express rage and anger over events totally within their control. It’s an odd and unsettling fact of American life that so many Americans seem to think that such expressions of frustration should substitute for actual competence.
  228. Only reprobates father children and then abandon them.
  229. One wonders what exactly Israel did to earn Arab enmity between 1948 and 1967, when Egypt controlled the Gaza Strip and Jordan controlled Judea and Samaria.
  230. Obamacare has made the government part of our health care decisions. The IRS controls all of our financial information. The NSA apparently sees everything else.
  231. Obama’s respect for the Constitution does not apply to protections against unreasonable search and seizure, as Obama’s deeply intrusive National Security Agency programs prove.
  232. Obama’s pop-cultural focus may seem demeaning to the office of the presidency. It may be mockable. But it is also tremendously effective.
  233. Obama’s entire foreign policy was predicated on the notion that by existing, he would bridge all gaps and bury all hatchets. Instead, the Muslim world burns his picture even as he tells them he respects their radicalism. It turns out that diversity is a one-way street for the devotees of global Islam.
  234. Obama wants to raise the issue of immigration reform so that he can demonize Republicans as anti-Hispanic. That’s why Obama ignores the broad support for an immigration plan that would provide border security once and for all and then deal with the illegal immigrants who live here.
  235. Obama seems to inspire a bizarre personal loyalty among his advocates, particularly among young people who should by all rights be concerned with their fading futures and collapsing prospects.
  236. Obama rammed through Obamacare legislation without a single Republican vote.
  237. Obama has placed himself in perfect political position: he spent the 2008 campaign convincing the American people that he’s a racial unifier rather than a divider, without any evidence to prove it.
  238. No number of repairs will be able to fix Obamacare. The website is the least of Americans’ worries.
  239. Musicians are, by and large, not the most politically savvy crew.
  240. Michael Lewis, author of ‘Moneyball,’ got special access for a profile of Obama for ‘Vanity Fair’ – but Obama insisted on redlining his quotes.
  241. Members of Congress have more in common with the people they hobnob in Washington, D.C., than they do with the people they’re supposed to represent.
  242. Matt Damon’s anti-fracking diatribe was funded by the royal family of the United Arab Emirates.
  243. Limbaugh can rightly be said to be the greatest populist expositor of conservatism in America since Reagan, and the link between the Reagan generation and the so-called Rush Babies.
  244. Liberals in Hollywood can’t stand when Americans resonate to conservatives on television.
  245. Let’s assume for the moment that the logic behind Presidents Day is actually sound for certain presidents. Why not have a separate holiday for Lincoln and one for Washington – as we used to do, before we became so concerned with the ‘Every President Gets a Trophy’ ethos?
  246. Leisure time is only leisure time when it is earned; otherwise, leisure time devolves into soul-killing lassitude. There’s a reason so many new retirees, freed from the treadmill of work, promptly keel over on the golf course: Work fulfills us. It keeps us going.
  247. Kids are fat because of lack of parenting.
  248. It was the Obama administration that cut a faux deal with the Iranians that will not disarm Iran of its nuclear capabilities, and will in fact accelerate their nuclear development.
  249. It was always foolhardy for Republicans and conservatives to stake their objections to Obamacare on the number of sign-ups; Social Security is going bankrupt despite 100% enrollment. The reality is that Obama was always destined to hit his required numbers because, after all, he has the power of government to compel action.
  250. It took capitalism half a century to come back from the Great Depression.
  251. It is possible to take the story of Noah figuratively, although virtually every Near East ancient civilization has its own version of the flood story (including the amoral epic of Gilgamesh).
  252. It is no wonder that advocates of Obamacare blindly push forward with their agenda to force religious Americans to violate their own precepts: in the war between the state and the individual, religion is on the side of the individual and his or her relationship with God. That is why symbolic prayer matters. It is symbolic.
  253. In the aftermath of President Obama’s re-election, members of both the administration and the media trumpeted that Obama had received his long-sought mandate. Obamacare, Americans were told, was the law of the land. It could not be changed; it could not be stopped.
  254. In order for Obamacare’s cost structure to work, millions of Americans must sign up to pay inflated prices; that would help pay for the subsidies to cover insurance company costs on those with pre-existing conditions.
  255. In many cases, Obama’s exercise of authoritarian power is criminal. His executive branch is responsible for violations of the Arms Export Control Act in shipping weapons to Syria, the Espionage Act in Libya, and IRS law with regard to the targeting of conservative groups.
  256. In actuality, California could be a wonderful place to live. In fact, if you’re highly educated and ambitious, you can do quite well here while enjoying the sun and the fun. The only problem: California will then blame you for your success and recommend that all your cash be removed from you.
  257. In Britain, where the social safety net is more like a social swaddling cloth, crime rates other than murder are significantly higher than in the United States.
  258. If the United States had maintained its spending under Ronald Reagan, it is possible that the attacks of 9/11 – presaged by Islamic terror attacks on multiple American targets beginning with the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 – would have been stopped.
  259. If Republicans triumph in 2014, it will undoubtedly be as a result of Obamacare. In 2010, Republicans soared to historic victory because the much-maligned Tea Party spearheaded mass resistance to Obama’s takeover of the healthcare industry.
  260. Historically, professors have defended tenure as a way to protect their individualistic thought. But tenure can also be used as a club to wield against the powerless.
  261. Historically, defense spending cuts have preceded increased international turmoil as America’s global enemies sense a failure of will.
  262. Hillary Clinton is not that fascinating a person. According to those who have spent time with her, she’s harsh and demanding. According to those who haven’t – like her husband – she’s a delight.
  263. Having children truly ends adolescence. We are all either parents or children: responsibility-takers or those who demand from others.
  264. Google is a private company. It has the capacity to utilize its massive power for whatever political agenda it chooses. But for it to pretend to be an advocate for Internet freedom while simultaneously disadvantaging messages it finds politically incorrect is deeply hypocritical.
  265. Google has long been a leftist company.
  266. Geopolitical drama lessened but did not die after the Cold War; in 2008, the specter of thousands of seeming automatons banging drums at the opening of the Beijing Games frightened and enthralled the world, reminding us that China was a nation on the rise, a competitor for global dominance.
  267. Freedom of speech and thought matters, especially when it is speech and thought with which we disagree. The moment the majority decides to destroy people for engaging in thought it dislikes, thought crime becomes a reality.
  268. Few Americans have ever met their Congresspeople. They don’t see them at the grocery store; they don’t meet them at the bowling alley. They’re more likely to see their representatives in photographs from the Daily Grill in Washington, D.C., than at a local town hall.
  269. Every time we rock our babies in the night, we bring order back to a disordered world. Every time we look down at our children and cry, we make the world one shade brighter. That’s what children do to us – and for us.
  270. Every so often, we all gaze into the abyss. It’s a depressing fact of life that eventually the clock expires; eventually the sand in the hourglass runs out. It’s the leaving behind of everything that matters to us that hurts the most.
  271. During the Great Depression, levels of crime actually dropped. During the 1920s, when life was free and easy, so was crime. During the 1930s, when the entire American economy fell into a government-owned alligator moat, crime was nearly non-existent. During the 1950s and 1960s, when the economy was excellent, crime rose again.
  272. During the Cold War, America undertook serious military cuts only once: after the election of Richard Nixon, during the Vietnam War. The result: Vietnam fell to the Communists, the Russians moved into Afghanistan, and American influence around the globe waned dramatically.
  273. Distrust of government isn’t baseless cynicism. It’s realism.
  274. Despite the fact that he has run the most incompetent administration in history, President Obama remains a solid bet for re-election in 2012. Obama’s frontrunner status springs from two crucial facts: first, by overexposing himself in the public eye, he has made himself larger than life; second, the Republican field is pathetically weak.
  275. Conservatives are routinely pilloried on television. A&E likely greenlit ‘Duck Dynasty’ in the first place because executives believed Americans would laugh at the redneck antics of the self-described ‘white trash’ family.
  276. Capitalism requires individual responsibility and accountability. People are seen as atomized units in a capitalist system – they are either useful, or they are not. They are not seen racially or ethnically or religiously. They consume and they produce, and those are their only relevant characteristics.
  277. Capitalism invariably boils down to barter between two willing parties, neither of whom uses force to work with the other.
  278. By giving professors jobs for life, universities create a feeling of unanswerable power among too many. Tenured professors who are uninterested in serving the student body are less likely to respond favorably to criticism, and are more likely to feel the freedom to intimidate or harass those with opposing viewpoints.
  279. Bad presidents don’t deserve holidays. They deserve scorn.
  280. As of September 2012, 168 out of the 602 released Guantanamo Bay detainees are suspected of returning to terrorism. So, is this a winning scenario for the United States? Of course not.
  281. Americans take justifiable pride in the freedoms given to them by nature or God and enshrined in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
  282. America’s liberal arts universities have long been safe zones for leftist thinking, protected ivory towers for the pseudo-elite who earn their livings writing papers nobody reads about gender roles in the poetry of Maya Angelou.
  283. Al Gore had no problem taking hundreds of millions of dollars from the government of Qatar to sell his Current TV to Al Jazeera America.
  284. After the killing of Osama Bin Laden, the Obama administration steadfastly refused to say which element of the U.S. military had participated in the assault. Until Vice President Joe Biden decided to talk about it on national television, that is.
  285. A West Virginia 10 is a California 4. Or at least that’s what legend tells us: The Legend of Dr. Feelgood. Plastic surgery has a permanent home here, which is why Nancy Pelosi loves our Botoxed beaches. Beverly Hills looks like a moving Madame Tussauds.
  286. 2013 was a year of myths falling apart. The myth of President Obama – a myth in which Obama was a messianic figure descending to bequeath health care, equality, and brotherhood on mankind – imploded. The myth of an America embracing the leftist social agenda collapsed.
  287. ‘The Butler’ has virtually nothing in common with its source material, the life of White House butler Gene Allen, except for the fact that the main character of the film and Allen were both black butlers in the White House.
  288. ‘Noah’ doesn’t merely get the story wrong; like all Biblical adaptations, it’s bound to do that (although some aspects of the film are out and out ridiculous). It gets the morality of the story wrong, and in the process turns God into Gaia and morality into radical deep green environmentalism.
  289. Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle, Old Age a regret.
  290. You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public life.
  291. You can tell the strength of a nation by the women behind its men.
  292. Worry – a God, invisible but omnipotent. It steals the bloom from the cheek and lightness from the pulse; it takes away the appetite, and turns the hair gray.
  293. Without tact you can learn nothing.
  294. Without publicity there can be no public support, and without public support every nation must decay.
  295. William Gladstone has not a single redeeming defect.
  296. Where knowledge ends, religion begins.
  297. When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world.
  298. What we anticipate seldom occurs: but what we least expect generally happens.
  299. What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary, error is often more earnest than truth.
  300. We should never lose an occasion. Opportunity is more powerful even than conquerors and prophets.
  301. We moralize among ruins.
  302. We cannot learn men from books.
  303. We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
  304. War is never a solution; it is an aggravation.
  305. Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends.
  306. Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other’s habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor.
  307. Travel teaches toleration.
  308. To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection: it is plunder.
  309. To supervise people, you must either surpass them in their accomplishments or despise them.
  310. To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge.
  311. Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.
  312. Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.
  313. Things must be done by parties, not by persons using parties as tools.
  314. There is no waste of time in life like that of making explanations.
  315. There is no index of character so sure as the voice.
  316. There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
  317. There is no gambling like politics.
  318. There is no education like adversity.
  319. There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour.
  320. There is moderation even in excess.
  321. There can be economy only where there is efficiency.
  322. There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
  323. The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.
  324. The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.
  325. The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.
  326. The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven.
  327. The very phrase ‘foreign affairs’ makes an Englishman convinced that I am about to treat of subjects with which he has no concern.
  328. The services in wartime are fit only for desperadoes, but in peace are only fit for fools.
  329. The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.
  330. The secret of success is constancy to purpose.
  331. The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
  332. The right honourable gentleman caught the Whigs bathing, and walked away with their clothes. He has left them in the full enjoyment of their liberal positions, and he is himself a strict conservative of their garments.
  333. The pursuit of science leads only to the insoluble.
  334. The practice of politics in the East may be defined by one word: dissimulation.
  335. The people of England are the most enthusiastic in the world.
  336. The palace is not safe when the cottage is not happy.
  337. The more you are talked about the less powerful you are.
  338. The more extensive a man’s knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do.
  339. The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend.
  340. The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
  341. The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other governments, with emperors, kings and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments’ plans.
  342. The fool wonders, the wise man asks.
  343. The first magic of love is our ignorance that it can ever end.
  344. The difference between a misfortune and a calamity is this: If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragged him out again, that would be a calamity.
  345. The choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation.
  346. The best security for civilization is the dwelling, and upon properly appointed and becoming dwellings depends, more than anything else, the improvement of mankind.
  347. The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.
  348. That fatal drollery called a representative government.
  349. Teach us that wealth is not elegance, that profusion is not magnificence, that splendor is not beauty.
  350. Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.
  351. Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
  352. Success is the child of audacity.
  353. Something unpleasant is coming when men are anxious to tell the truth.
  354. Silence is the mother of truth.
  355. Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.
  356. Real politics are the possession and distribution of power.
  357. Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.
  358. Power has only one duty – to secure the social welfare of the People.
  359. Plagiarists, at least, have the merit of preservation.
  360. One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
  361. Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.
  362. Nowadays, manners are easy and life is hard.
  363. Nobody is forgotten when it is convenient to remember him.
  364. No man is regular in his attendance at the House of Commons until he is married.
  365. No Government can be long secure without a formidable Opposition.
  366. Nine-tenths of the existing books are nonsense and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.
  367. Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.
  368. Never take anything for granted.
  369. Never complain and never explain.
  370. Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.
  371. Nature, like man, sometimes weeps from gladness.
  372. Nationality is the miracle of political independence; race is the principle of physical analogy.
  373. My objection to Liberalism is this that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind namely, politics of philosophical ideas instead of political principles.
  374. My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
  375. Moderation is the center wherein all philosophies, both human and divine, meet.
  376. Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit.
  377. Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe.
  378. Man is only great when he acts from passion.
  379. Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.
  380. Man is made to adore and to obey: but if you will not command him, if you give him nothing to worship, he will fashion his own divinities, and find a chieftain in his own passions.
  381. London is a roost for every bird.
  382. London is a modern Babylon.
  383. Little things affect little minds.
  384. Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
  385. Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor.
  386. Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger.
  387. King Louis Philippe once said to me that he attributed the great success of the British nation in political life to their talking politics after dinner.
  388. Justice is truth in action.
  389. It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
  390. It is easier to be critical than correct.
  391. It destroys one’s nerves to be amiable every day to the same human being.
  392. Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.
  393. In politics nothing is contemptible.
  394. In a progressive country change is constant; change is inevitable.
  395. If you’re not very clever you should be conciliatory.
  396. If a man be gloomy let him keep to himself. No one has the right to go croaking about society, or what is worse, looking as if he stifled grief.
  397. I repeat… that all power is a trust; that we are accountable for its exercise; that from the people and for the people all springs, and all must exist.
  398. I never deny. I never contradict. I sometimes forget.
  399. I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?
  400. I have brought myself, by long meditation, to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment.
  401. I have been ever of opinion that revolutions are not to be evaded.
  402. I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.
  403. How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
  404. He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.
  405. Grief is the agony of an instant; the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.
  406. Great countries are those that produce great people.
  407. Genius, when young, is divine.
  408. Frank and explicit – that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and confuse the minds of others.
  409. Finality is not the language of politics.
  410. Fear makes us feel our humanity.
  411. Fame and power are the objects of all men. Even their partial fruition is gained by very few; and that, too, at the expense of social pleasure, health, conscience, life.
  412. Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.
  413. Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.
  414. Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
  415. Every man has a right to be conceited until he is successful.
  416. Duty cannot exist without faith.
  417. Diligence is the mother of good fortune.
  418. Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.
  419. Despair is the conclusion of fools.
  420. Damn your principles! Stick to your party.
  421. Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.
  422. Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principle, disavows Progress; having rejected all respect for antiquity, it offers no redress for the present, and makes no preparation for the future.
  423. Colonies do not cease to be colonies because they are independent.
  424. Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.
  425. Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
  426. Change is inevitable. Change is constant.
  427. Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry. One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed. These are fearful odds.
  428. Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones.
  429. Assassination has never changed the history of the world.
  430. As for our majority… one is enough.
  431. As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
  432. An author who speaks about their own books is almost as bad as a mother who speaks about her own children.
  433. Almost everything that is great has been done by youth.
  434. Adventures are to the adventurous.
  435. Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
  436. A precedent embalms a principle.
  437. A man may speak very well in the House of Commons, and fail very completely in the House of Lords. There are two distinct styles requisite: I intend, in the course of my career, if I have time, to give a specimen of both.
  438. A majority is always better than the best repartee.
  439. A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art.
  440. A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance.
  441. A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.
  442. A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy.
  443. You’ve got the top 400 Americans owning more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans. Most folks do not think that is right.
  444. You want to know the way to raise money? Put a transaction fee on Wall Street, so maybe we can curb some of the speculation and raise some money.
  445. You know, let me be very clear. I supported Barack Obama originally.
  446. You know, I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. In truth that’s not the case. The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress.
  447. You go to your public library, or you call your fire department or police department, what do you think you are calling? These are socialist institutions.
  448. You go to Scandinavia, and you will find that people have a much higher standard of living, in terms of education, health care and decent paying jobs.
  449. Yes, we become stronger when men and women, young and old, gay and straight, native-born and immigrant fight together to create the kind of country we all know we can become.
  450. Yes, we become stronger when black and whites, Latino, Asian American, Native American, when all of us stand together.
  451. Why, over her political career has Wall Street been a major – the major campaign contributor to Hillary Clinton? You know, maybe they’re dumb and they don’t know what they’re going to get, but I don’t think so.
  452. Who do you think controls the Republican Party? Big money controls the Republican Party. This is where their campaign contributions come from.
  453. While commentators on Fox and right-wing radio have the backing of Rupert Murdoch, a major Republican contributor, and other conservative corporations, progressives understand that their position is extremely vulnerable.
  454. While I may not agree with all of President Obama’s energy policies, I strongly supported his successful effort to double fuel economy standards for cars and trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
  455. While Donald Trump is busy insulting one group after another, Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Yes. We become stronger when black and white, Latino, Asian-American, Native American – when all of us stand together.
  456. While Donald Trump believes in huge tax breaks for billionaires, he believes that states should actually have the right to lower the minimum wage below $7.25. What an outrage!
  457. Whether you are a low-income elderly woman living at the end of a dirt road in Vermont or a wealthy CEO living on Park Avenue, you get your mail six days a week. And you pay for this service at a cost far less than anywhere else in the industrialized world.
  458. When we talk about the healthcare crisis in America we’ve got to also be talking about the dental crisis and how to address it.
  459. When a mother goes to the store and purchases food for her child, she has the right to know what she is feeding her family.
  460. When World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988, there was no truly effective treatment for what was almost always a deadly disease.
  461. When I talk about democratic socialist, I’m not looking at Venezuela. I’m not looking at Cuba. I’m looking at countries like Denmark and Sweden.
  462. When I talk about democratic socialist, I am talking about Medicare, a single payer health care system for the elderly. And in my view, we should expand that concept to all people. I believe that everybody in this country should be entitled to health care as a right.
  463. When I ran for the Senate the first time, I ran against the wealthiest guy in the state of Vermont. He spent a lot on advertising – very ugly stuff. He kept attacking me as a liberal. He didn’t use the word ‘socialist’ at all because everybody in the state knows that I am that.
  464. What the Ten Million Solar Roofs Act does is provide consumer rebates for the purchase and installation of solar systems.
  465. What the American people want to see in their president is somebody who not necessarily can win every fight, but they want to see him stand up and fight for what he believes, take his case to the American people.
  466. What some of us believe is that it is possible that if chemicals are related to Gulf War illness that some of the more severe symptoms may not erupt until 10 or 20 years down the line.
  467. What being a socialist means is… that you hold out… a vision of society where poverty is absolutely unnecessary, where international relations are not based on greed… but on cooperation… where human beings can own the means of production and work together rather than having to work as semi-slaves to other people who can hire and fire.
  468. What Wall Street and credit card companies are doing is really not much different from what gangsters and loan sharks do who make predatory loans. While the bankers wear three-piece suits and don’t break the knee caps of those who can’t pay back, they still are destroying people’s lives.
  469. We still have people in the active duty, and if people are feeling ill, if they’re experiencing various symptoms and they’re still in the active duty, they’re less likely to come forward because that could result in their medical discharge.
  470. We should make a major financial commitment to improving our roads and bridges.
  471. We need leadership in this country, which will improve the lives of working families, the children, the elderly, the sick and the poor. We need leadership which brings our people together and makes us stronger.
  472. We need an energy revolution by breaking our dependence on fossil fuels, polluting fuels… I am very, very confident our small state will lead this. We will be noticed by the country and the world.
  473. We have over 13 million people who supported my candidacy. And I have no doubt that there are some of those people who will not vote for Hillary Clinton.
  474. We have got to defeat Donald Trump, and we have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.
  475. We all remember the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst oil spill in U.S. history. What is less well known is that BP is claiming a 9.9 billion tax deduction on the money they had to spend cleaning up their own mess and paying for damages they caused. That is absurd.
  476. Washington is dominated by big money.
  477. Wall Street is greedy, reckless and they operate illegally. That’s fine. But what do you do?
  478. Vermonters often ask me whether I am pessimistic about the future of our country. My honest answer is that I am not.
  479. Unemployment insurance, abolishing child labor, the 40-hour work week, collective bargaining, strong banking regulations, deposit insurance, and job programs that put millions of people to work were all described, in one way or another, as ‘socialist.’ Yet, these programs have become the fabric of our nation and the foundation of the middle class.
  480. Two-thirds of the directors at the New York Fed are hand-picked by the same bankers that the Fed is in charge of regulating.
  481. Together, together, my friends, we have begun a political revolution to transform America, and that revolution, our revolution, continues!
  482. Today the biggest problem in caring for those with AIDS is no longer mainly a medical or scientific problem. The crisis is access to affordable drugs.
  483. To me, democratic socialism means democracy. It means creating a government that represents all of us, not just the wealthiest people in the country.
  484. To be honest with you, I worry about concentration of ownership in media, where you have a handful of media conglomerates largely controlling what we see, hear and read.
  485. These are the same people who believe, in some cases, the federal government should not play any role in providing health care to our people or protecting the environment.
  486. There must be a major economic recovery package which puts Americans to work at decent wages.
  487. There is nobody that I know who believes that Bank of America is a human being who should be entitled for the same constitutional rights that the people of our country are.
  488. There are very powerful and wealthy special interests who want to privatize or dismember virtually every function that government now performs, whether it is Social Security, Medicare, public education or the Postal Service.
  489. There are a lot of smart honest, progressive people who I think can be good presidents.
  490. The right wing has monopolized the AM radio airwaves.
  491. The next time you hear me attacked as a socialist – like tomorrow – remember this: I don’t believe that government should take over the grocery store down the street or control the means of production. But I believe that the middle class and the working families who produce the wealth of America deserve a fair deal.
  492. The minimum wage in Denmark is about twice that of the United States, and people who are totally out of the labor market or unable to care for themselves have a basic income guarantee of about $100 per day.
  493. The history of American democracy, to say the least, has been checkered. Our nation was founded at a time when people of African descent were held in bondage. After slavery was abolished, they were forced to endure legal discrimination for another 100 years.
  494. The goal of real healthcare reform must be high-quality, universal coverage in a cost-effective way.
  495. The details of what the Fed did were kept secret until a provision in the Dodd-Frank Act that I sponsored required the Government Accountability Office to audit the Fed’s lending programs during the financial crisis.
  496. The deficit crisis is real and must be addressed. But it cannot be solved on the backs of the weak and vulnerable.
  497. 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.
  498. The bottom line is that when Senator Inhofe says, ‘Global warming is a hoax,’ he is just dead wrong, according to the vast majority of climate scientists.
  499. The U.S. constitution is an extraordinary document. In my view, it should not be amended often.
  500. The Senate voted 59 to 39 in favor of an amendment I offered to the Budget Resolution calling on the Fed to tell the American people who they loaned $2.2 trillion to and how much each bank received.
  501. The Postal Service is a vitally important institution for the American people. It must be saved.
  502. The Occupy Wall Street protests are shining a national spotlight on the most powerful, dangerous and secretive economic and political force in America.
  503. The Koch brothers, through the expenditure of billions of dollars and the creation and support of dozens of extreme right organizations, have taken fringe extremist ideas and made them mainstream within the Republican Party.
  504. The Federal Reserve needs to provide small businesses in America with the same low-interest loans it gave to foreign banks.
  505. The Federal Reserve has the responsibility to protect the credit rights of consumers.
  506. The Federal Reserve has a responsibility to ensure the safety and soundness of financial institutions and to contain systemic risks in financial markets.
  507. The Fed has got to become a more democratic institution that is responsive to the needs of the middle class, not just Wall Street CEOs.
  508. The Department of Defense, the largest single energy consumer in America, is bullish on solar.
  509. The Blunt Amendment would have allowed any employer who provided health insurance, or any insurance company, the right to deny coverage for contraception or any other kind of procedure if the employer had a ‘moral’ objection to it.
  510. Ted Kennedy will go down in history as one of the giants of the U.S. Senate and one the most accomplished legislators in American history.
  511. Ted Kennedy devoted his lifetime to protecting those most in need, and tens of millions of Americans have been the beneficiaries.
  512. States used to protect consumers from predatory lenders, but strong state usury laws were obliterated by a 1978 U.S. Supreme Court decision.
  513. Social Security, which transformed life for the elderly in this country, was ‘socialist.’ The concept of the ‘minimum wage’ was seen as a radical intrusion into the marketplace and was described as ‘socialist.’
  514. Social Security is a promise that we cannot and must not break.
  515. Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit.
  516. Shouting down and intimidating someone from speaking their mind is not exactly a Vermont town meeting value, nor should it be an American town meeting value.
  517. Senate Republicans have engaged in a record number of filibusters and other obstructionist tactics.
  518. Representative Spencer Bachus is one of the only people I know from Alabama. I bet I’m the only socialist he knows.
  519. Progressives know there is something very wrong when a nation divided politically has one major network operating as a propaganda arm of the Republican Party and 90 percent of talk radio is dominated by right-wing extremists.
  520. Progressive activists are angry that a Medicare-for-all single-payer approach was totally ignored during the health care debate.
  521. Private insurance companies in America are reaping huge profits.
  522. People don’t trust private health insurance companies for all the right reasons.
  523. Our job is to do two things – to defeat Donald Trump and to elect Hillary Clinton. It is easy to boo, but it is harder to look your kids in the face if we are living under a Trump presidency.
  524. One in four corporations doesn’t pay any taxes.
  525. Of course the Republicans have long wanted to privatize Social Security and destroy it. But Social Security has been the most important and valuable social program in the history of the United States.
  526. Nowadays you don’t need to be a senator or a CEO or a celebrity to have a voice in the media, and if you happen to be a senator, a CEO or a celebrity, you have a thousand people each with their own respective audiences to hold you accountable.
  527. Not only must we fight to end disastrous unfettered free trade agreements with China, Mexico, and other low wage countries, we must fight to fundamentally rewrite our trade agreements so that American products, not jobs, are our number one export.
  528. My view of democratic socialism builds on the success of many other countries around the world that have done a far better job than we have in protecting the needs of their working families, their elderly citizens, the children, the sick and the poor.
  529. Most of us have not heard about Master Limited Partnerships. These special financing arrangements allow oil and gas investors to avoid paying certain corporate income taxes, but are not available to clean energy businesses.
  530. Mitt Romney’s energy policy is a relic of the 19th century. We need a 21st century plan. The fate of the planet is at stake.
  531. Low-income people, racial or ethnic minorities, pregnant women, seniors, people with special needs, people in rural areas – they all have a much harder time accessing a dentist than other groups of Americans.
  532. Look, if you have somebody who doesn’t have health insurance, who doesn’t have a doctor or dentist, and in order to deal with their cold or flu or dental problem, they go to an emergency room – in general, that visit will cost ten times more than walking into a community health center.
  533. Let’s be honest, dental care in America is extremely expensive, period.
  534. Let us wage a moral and political war against war itself, so that we can cut military spending and use that money for human needs.
  535. Let us wage a moral and political war against the billionaires and corporate leaders, on Wall Street and elsewhere, whose policies and greed are destroying the middle class of America.
  536. Let me thank the 2 1/2 million Americans who helped fund our campaign with an unprecedented 8 million individual campaign contributions. Anyone know what that average contribution was? That’s right, $27.
  537. Legislation must be passed which undoes the damage caused by excessive de-regulation. That means reinstalling the regulatory firewalls that were ripped down in 1999.
  538. It used to be that I was known as ‘the longest-serving independent in the history of the United States Congress,’ which is true. Now I’m a ‘self-professed democratic socialist.’ Things change when you run for president.
  539. It makes a lot more sense for us to be investing in jobs and education rather than jails and incarceration.
  540. It is time we had democratic socialism for working families, not just Wall Street billionaires.
  541. It is time for Congress to save the Postal Service, not dismantle it.
  542. It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues.
  543. It is incomprehensible that drug companies still get away with charging Americans twice as much, or more, than citizens of Canada or Europe for the exact same drugs manufactured by the exact same companies.
  544. It has become clear that the function of a private health insurance is to make as much money as possible. Every dollar not paid out in claims is another dollar made in profits for the company.
  545. In terms of job creation, every billion dollars invested in the physical infrastructure creates 47,000 new jobs.
  546. In my view, a corporation is not a person. A corporation does not have First Amendment rights to spend as much money as it wants, without disclosure, on a political campaign.
  547. In cold weather states like Vermont, where the weather can get to 20 below zero, home heating assistance is critically important. In fact, it is a life and death issue.
  548. In any democratic, civilized – even non-democratic nations, if you are a nation, it means to say that in our case, if there’s a hurricane in Louisiana, the people of Vermont are there for them. If there’s a tornado in the Midwest, we are there for them. If there’s flooding in the East Coast, the people in California are there for us.
  549. In Vermont, Governor Madeleine Kunin has given years of service to our state after becoming the state’s first female governor in 1985. She is an inspiration to girls throughout Vermont and the country in allowing them to know that the opportunities they have are unlimited.
  550. In Finland, where 80 percent of workers belong to unions, all employees enjoy at least 30 days paid vacation, and the gap between the rich and poor is far more equitable than in the United States.
  551. In 49 countries around the world, including all of Europe, people have the opportunity of knowing whether or not they are eating food which contains genetically engineered ingredients. In the United States, we don’t.
  552. In 2009, UnitedHealth, a leading insurance company, paid $350 million to settle lawsuits brought by the American Medical Association and other physician groups for shortchanging consumers and physicians for medical services outside its preferred network.
  553. In 2008, Goldman Sachs only paid 1.1 percent of its income in taxes even though it earned a profit of $2.3 billion and received an almost $800 billion from the Federal Reserve and U.S. Treasury Department.
  554. In 2005, Republicans passed a 360-page reconciliation bill without a single Democratic vote that provided deep cuts to Medicaid and raised premiums on Medicare beneficiaries.
  555. In 2004, Warner-Lambert, a division of Pfizer Inc., pled guilty to two felonies and agreed to pay $430 million for fraudulently promoting the drug Neurontin.
  556. In 2003, GlaxoSmithKline paid $88 million in civil fines for overcharging Medicaid for its anti-depressant Paxil.
  557. In 2001, Republicans used reconciliation to pass President Bush’s $1.35 trillion tax cut that mainly benefited the wealthy.
  558. In 1999, Hoffmann-LaRoche paid a $500 million criminal fine for leading a worldwide conspiracy to fix prices for certain vitamins.
  559. In 1996, Republicans used reconciliation to pass major legislation that ended six decades of welfare policy.
  560. In 1940, then-Senator Harry Truman headed up a Senate Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program. In the course of World War II, more than $15 billion in unnecessary and fraudulent defense spending was identified.
  561. If you want to know if your food contains gluten, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, trans-fats or MSG, you simply read the ingredients listed on the label.
  562. If you look at the newspapers here – the Washington papers – most of the discussion deals with campaign gossip.
  563. If you don’t believe this election is important, if you think you can sit it out, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump would nominate and what that would mean to civil liberties, equal rights, and the future of our country.
  564. If you ask me about my views on the environment, on women’s rights, on gay rights, I am liberal. I don’t have a problem with that at all. Some of my best friends are liberal.
  565. If we completely repealed the estate tax, it would provide an estimated $32 billion tax break for the Walton family – the founders of Wal-Mart.
  566. If we are serious about moving toward energy independence in a cost-effective way, we should invest in solar energy. If we are serious about cutting air and water pollution and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we should invest in solar energy.
  567. If we are going to reverse the race to the bottom, workers must have the right to engage in collective bargaining.
  568. If there is a silver lining in the action of MSNBC against Keith Olbermann, it is that people will now pay more attention to the political role of corporate media in America.
  569. If the goal of health-care reform is to provide comprehensive, universal health care in a cost-effective way, the only honest approach is a single-payer approach.
  570. If the U.S. can transform its domestic market for HIV/AIDS drugs, it will certainly transform the world market and make HIV/AIDS drugs more affordable for everyone, everywhere.
  571. If credit unions can grow and prosper with a 15 percent cap, so can banks.
  572. If a financial institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist.
  573. I’m not that much of a socialist compared to Eisenhower.
  574. I’m not much into speculation.
  575. I’m not always a smiley kind of guy.
  576. I’m not a Democrat, I’m an Independent, but I caucus with the Democrats.
  577. I would ask… of my supporters to get away from the personality conflicts that media tries to bring forward and focus on the real issues impacting the American people. And when you do that, I think the choice is pretty clear and that is that Hillary Clinton is far and away the superior candidate.
  578. I thought the Bush economic policy was a disaster. We lost 500,000 private sector jobs during his tenure.
  579. I think there are a lot of people who, when they hear the word ‘socialist,’ get very, very nervous.
  580. I think the overwhelming majority of the American people know that we have got to stand together, that we’re going to grow together, that we’re going to survive together, and that if we start splintering, we’re not going to succeed in a highly competitive international economy.
  581. I think the American people in many cases want to transform our energy system.
  582. I think it makes people in the Pentagon kind of nervous to know that chemical agents and environmental factors could cause so much damage in terms of what may happen in the future.
  583. I see a future where states compete with one another to see which can be the most efficient, and where businesses seek out efficient states in which to locate so they can reap the economic and environmental benefits for their businesses and employees.
  584. I see a future where getting to work or to school or to the store does not have to cause pollution.
  585. I see a future where American companies lead the world in the production of hybrid-plug in cars and electric vehicles.
  586. I have seven beautiful grandchildren, four of whom are girls.
  587. I have known Hillary Clinton for 25 years. I remember her, as you do, as a great first lady who broke precedent in terms of the role that a first lady was supposed to play as she helped lead the fight for universal health care.
  588. I have introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and make it clear that the Congress and state legislatures do have the ability and the power to regulate and get corporate funding out of political campaigns.
  589. I don’t consider myself a pariah.
  590. I don’t believe there’s a red state in America where people believe you should cut Medicare, Social Security and veterans’ benefits rather than doing away with corporate tax loopholes.
  591. I come from a rural state. People drive 50, 100 miles to and from work every single day. That is true all over America.
  592. I certainly did not know what the word ‘socialism’ meant growing up, because I was brought up in a very nonpolitical family. My brother was somewhat active, but my parents were not.
  593. I am sure that there are some single payer advocates who think the only thing worth fighting for is single payer.
  594. I am not aware how you succeed politically when you insult women, who far more than men consistently provide you with great margins of support.
  595. I am a socialist; of course I am a socialist. To hold a vision that society can be fundamentally different, to believe that all people can be equal – that is not a new idea.
  596. I am a socialist, and everyone knows it.
  597. History will record that the Citizens United decision is one of the worst in the history of our country.
  598. Hillary Clinton will nominate justices to the Supreme Court who are prepared to overturn Citizens United!
  599. Hillary Clinton will nominate justices to the Supreme Court who are prepared to overturn Citizens United and end the movement toward oligarchy that we are seeing in this country.
  600. Hillary Clinton wants to see that all Americans have the right to choose a public option in their health care exchange.
  601. Hillary Clinton understands that we have to invest in education and jobs for our young people, not more jails or incarceration.
  602. Hillary Clinton understands that if someone in America this country works 40 hours a week, that person should not be living in poverty. She understands that we must raise the minimum wage to a living wage.
  603. Hillary Clinton understands that a president’s job is to worry about future generations, not the short-term profits of the fossil fuel industry.
  604. Hillary Clinton is listening to the scientists who tell us that – unless we act boldly and transform our energy system in the very near future – there will be more drought, more floods, more acidification of the oceans, more rising sea levels.
  605. Here is what the practical impact of Citizens United means. What Citizens United means is that corporations call hundreds of millions of dollars into television ads, radio ads, and other forms of advertising to defeat those candidates who stand up and take them on.
  606. Health care in Denmark is universal, free of charge and high quality. Everybody is covered as a right of citizenship.
  607. Good environmental policy is good economic policy.
  608. General Electric, NBC’s parent, is one of the largest corporations in the world, with an anti-labor history of outsourcing jobs and with financial links to military and nuclear power industries.
  609. From the beginning, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has presented very difficult challenges.
  610. Fossil fuel corporations are supposed to pay the government fair market royalties in exchange for the right to drill on public lands or in federal waters.
  611. Former Senator Al D’Amato in 1991 offered an amendment to cap credit card interest rates at 14 percent.
  612. Ford’s federal income tax rate was just 2.3 percent in 2009 even though it made $3 billion in profits.
  613. For too long, unfunded federal mandates have drained the budgets of states and communities. The strength and vitality of our communities must be restored.
  614. For much of America, the all-American values depicted in Norman Rockwell’s classic illustrations are idealistic. For those of us from Vermont, they’re realistic. That’s what we do.
  615. For many, the American dream has become a nightmare.
  616. For every $1 billion we invest in public transportation, we create 30,000 jobs, save thousands of dollars a year for each commuter, and dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions.
  617. For better or worse, when Sen. Inhofe speaks, the Republican Party follows. And when the Republican Party follows, it is impossible to get real work done in the Congress.
  618. Finland is no utopia.
  619. Finally, let us understand that when we stand together, we will always win. When men and women stand together for justice, we win. When black, white and Hispanic people stand together for justice, we win.
  620. Every working family in America knows how hard it is today to find affordable childcare or early childhood education.
  621. Every day we are paying more for energy than we should due to poor insulation, inefficient lights, appliances, and heating and cooling equipment – money we could save by investing in energy efficiency.
  622. Even the alternative weekly newspapers, traditionally a bastion of progressive thought and analysis, have been bought by a monopoly franchise and made a predictable shift to the right in their coverage of local news.
  623. Establishing a 0.03 percent Wall Street speculation fee, similar to what we had from 1914-1966, would dampen the dangerous level of speculation and gambling on Wall Street, encourage the financial sector to invest in the productive economy and reduce the deficit by more than $350 billion over 10 years.
  624. Election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the one percent – a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice – that struggle continues.
  625. Each and every year, the United States loses an estimated $100 billion a year in tax revenues due to offshore tax abuses by the wealthy and large corporations.
  626. Do the elected officials in Washington stand with ordinary Americans – working families, children, the elderly, the poor – or will the extraordinary power of billionaire campaign contributors and Big Money prevail? The American people, by the millions, must send Congress the answer to that question.
  627. Difficult times often bring out the best in people.
  628. Denmark is a small, homogenous nation of about 5.5 million people. The United States is a melting pot of more than 315 million people. No question about it, Denmark and the United States are very different countries.
  629. Democratic socialism means, that in a democratic, civilized society, the wealthiest people and the largest corporations must pay their fair share of taxes.
  630. Democratic socialism means that we must reform a political system that is corrupt, that we must create an economy that works for all, not just the very wealthy.
  631. Democratic socialism means that we must create an economy that works for all, not just the very wealthy.
  632. Democratic socialism means that our government does everything it can to create a full employment economy.
  633. Danes pay very high taxes, but in return enjoy a quality of life that many Americans would find hard to believe.
  634. Comcast rents modems directly to consumers, thereby competing directly with companies like Zoom. It has every reason to make Zoom modems more expensive or even to drive companies like Zoom out of business.
  635. Coal and oil lobbyists added fossil fuels to a bill aimed at helping American manufacturers, so they too could claim ‘manufacturing’ tax deductions.
  636. Clinton understands that in a competitive global economy we need the best-educated workforce in the world. She and I worked together on a proposal that will revolutionize higher education in America.
  637. Clinton understands that climate change is real, is caused by human activity and is one of the great environmental crises facing our planet. She knows that we must transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and move aggressively to energy efficiency and sustainable energy.
  638. Citizens in a democracy need diverse sources of news and information.
  639. Citigroup, Bank of America, and JP Morgan Chase should not be permitted to charge consumers 25- to 30-percent interest on their credit cards, especially while these banks received over $4 trillion in loans from the Federal Reserve.
  640. Capitalism does a number of things very well: it helps create an entrepreneurial spirit; it gets people motivated to come up with new ideas, and that’s a good thing.
  641. CEOs of large corporations earn 400 times what their workers make. That is not what America is supposed to be about.
  642. But what I intend to do, the day after Hillary Clinton is elected president of the United States, is to do everything I can to make sure she goes forward as progressively as she can.
  643. Bill Clinton is a moderate Democrat. I’m a democratic socialist.
  644. Before Social Security existed, about half of America’s senior citizens lived in poverty.
  645. Before Congress cuts funding for Head Start, Social Security, and financial aid for college, we have got to make sure that large, profitable corporations are paying their fair share of taxes.
  646. At the insistence of the Bush administration, Congress in 2006 passed legislation that required the Postal Service to prefund, over a 10-year period, 75 years of future retiree health benefits.
  647. At the current $5.15 an hour, the federal minimum wage has become a poverty wage. A full-time worker with one child lives below the official poverty line.
  648. At its worst, Washington is a place where name-calling partisan politics too often trumps policy.
  649. At a time when the Post Office is losing substantial revenue from the instantaneous flow of information by email and on the Internet, slowing mail service is a recipe for disaster.
  650. As a single-payer advocate, I believe that at the end of the day, if a state goes forward and passed an effective single-payer program, it will demonstrate that you can provide quality health care to every man, woman and child in a more cost-effective way.
  651. As a result of the digital age and the decline of first-class mail, there is no question that the Postal Service must change and develop a new business model.
  652. As a member of both the energy and environment committees, I am constantly astounded by how many of my colleagues prefer to focus on what the government can do for the nuclear or coal industries rather than why the government should support clean and sustainable energy.
  653. As Vermont’s senator and a member of the Budget Committee, I will not support a plan to reduce the deficit that does not call for shared sacrifice.
  654. Any objective observer will conclude that – based on her ideas and her leadership – Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States.
  655. All that socialism means to me, to be very frank with you, is democracy with a small ‘d.’ I believe in democracy, and by democracy, I mean that, to as great an extent as possible, human beings have the right to control their own lives. And that means that you cannot separate the political structure from the economic structure.
  656. After all, Wall Street is clearly the most powerful lobbying force on Capitol Hill. From 1998 through 2008, the financial sector spent over $5 billion in lobbying and campaign contributions to deregulate Wall Street.
  657. A president and a party that can provide insurance for 31 million more Americans is far preferable to most voters than a party that only says, ‘No.’
  658. Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth’s surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so.
  659. With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine.
  660. Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?
  661. When the intensity of emotional conviction subsides, a man who is in the habit of reasoning will search for logical grounds in favour of the belief which he finds in himself.
  662. What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.
  663. We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.
  664. War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
  665. To understand a name you must be acquainted with the particular of which it is a name.
  666. To teach how to live without certainty and yet without being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can do for those who study it.
  667. To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead.
  668. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
  669. To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
  670. To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy.
  671. Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
  672. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, Thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought is great and swift and free.
  673. Those who have never known the deep intimacy and the intense companionship of mutual love have missed the best thing that life has to give.
  674. Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires.
  675. There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths.
  676. There is no need to worry about mere size. We do not necessarily respect a fat man more than a thin man. Sir Isaac Newton was very much smaller than a hippopotamus, but we do not on that account value him less.
  677. There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.
  678. The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
  679. The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.
  680. The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.
  681. The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.
  682. The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
  683. The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
  684. The theoretical understanding of the world, which is the aim of philosophy, is not a matter of great practical importance to animals, or to savages, or even to most civilised men.
  685. The slave is doomed to worship time and fate and death, because they are greater than anything he finds in himself, and because all his thoughts are of things which they devour.
  686. The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.
  687. The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
  688. The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
  689. The pleasure of work is open to anyone who can develop some specialised skill, provided that he can get satisfaction from the exercise of his skill without demanding universal applause.
  690. The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf.
  691. The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation.
  692. The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.
  693. The most savage controversies are about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
  694. The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history.
  695. The man who can centre his thoughts and hopes upon something transcending self can find a certain peace in the ordinary troubles of life, which is impossible to the pure egoist.
  696. The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.
  697. The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
  698. The fundamental defect of fathers, in our competitive society, is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
  699. The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics.
  700. The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.
  701. The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice.
  702. The degree of one’s emotions varies inversely with one’s knowledge of the facts.
  703. The coward wretch whose hand and heart Can bear to torture aught below, Is ever first to quail and start From the slightest pain or equal foe.
  704. So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.
  705. Sin is geographical.
  706. Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don’t know.
  707. Right discipline consists, not in external compulsion, but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable activities.
  708. Religions, which condemn the pleasures of sense, drive men to seek the pleasures of power. Throughout history power has been the vice of the ascetic.
  709. Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction.
  710. Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.
  711. Reason is a harmonising, controlling force rather than a creative one.
  712. Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country.
  713. Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
  714. Order, unity, and continuity are human inventions, just as truly as catalogues and encyclopedias.
  715. One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.
  716. One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.
  717. Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
  718. Obscenity is whatever happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate.
  719. None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear.
  720. No; we have been as usual asking the wrong question. It does not matter a hoot what the mockingbird on the chimney is singing. The real and proper question is: Why is it beautiful?
  721. No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.
  722. Next to enjoying ourselves, the next greatest pleasure consists in preventing others from enjoying themselves, or, more generally, in the acquisition of power.
  723. Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
  724. Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.
  725. Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.
  726. Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.
  727. Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
  728. Mathematics takes us into the region of absolute necessity, to which not only the actual word, but every possible word, must conform.
  729. Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.
  730. Many people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.
  731. Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world, where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable, and praised when they are not praiseworthy.
  732. Many a man will have the courage to die gallantly, but will not have the courage to say, or even to think, that the cause for which he is asked to die is an unworthy one.
  733. Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.
  734. Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
  735. Machines are worshipped because they are beautiful and valued because they confer power; they are hated because they are hideous and loathed because they impose slavery.
  736. Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.
  737. Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.
  738. Liberty is the right to do what I like; license, the right to do what you like.
  739. Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.
  740. It seems to be the fate of idealists to obtain what they have struggled for in a form which destroys their ideals.
  741. It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
  742. It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion.
  743. It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
  744. Indignation is a submission of our thoughts, but not of our desires.
  745. In the revolt against idealism, the ambiguities of the word experience have been perceived, with the result that realists have more and more avoided the word.
  746. In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
  747. In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards.
  748. If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.
  749. If any philosopher had been asked for a definition of infinity, he might have produced some unintelligible rigmarole, but he would certainly not have been able to give a definition that had any meaning at all.
  750. If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give.
  751. I’ve made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I’m convinced of the opposite.
  752. I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
  753. I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn’t wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.
  754. I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its Churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.
  755. I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy.
  756. I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet or with the whole accidental universe – because, like Spinoza’s God, it won’t love us in return.
  757. I do not pretend to start with precise questions. I do not think you can start with anything precise. You have to achieve such precision as you can, as you go along.
  758. I believe in using words, not fists. I believe in my outrage knowing people are living in boxes on the street. I believe in honesty. I believe in a good time. I believe in good food. I believe in sex.
  759. Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.
  760. Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires.
  761. Freedom comes only to those who no longer ask of life that it shall yield them any of those personal goods that are subject to the mutations of time.
  762. Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
  763. Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery.
  764. Every philosophical problem, when it is subjected to the necessary analysis and justification, is found either to be not really philosophical at all, or else to be, in the sense in which we are using the word, logical.
  765. Ethics is in origin the art of recommending to others the sacrifices required for cooperation with oneself.
  766. Drunkenness is temporary suicide.
  767. Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance.
  768. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
  769. Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame.
  770. Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.
  771. Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people’s happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.
  772. Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
  773. Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.
  774. Boredom is… a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.
  775. Awareness of universals is called conceiving, and a universal of which we are aware is called a concept.
  776. Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives’ mouths.
  777. Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men, by the simple device of asking Mrs. Aristotle to keep her mouth open while he counted.
  778. Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.
  779. Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attributable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century.
  780. All movements go too far.
  781. Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me.
  782. Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.
  783. Admiration of the proletariat, like that of dams, power stations, and aeroplanes, is part of the ideology of the machine age.
  784. A truer image of the world, I think, is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is.
  785. A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation.
  786. A process which led from the amoeba to man appeared to the philosophers to be obviously a progress though whether the amoeba would agree with this opinion is not known.
  787. A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short.
  788. A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.
  789. A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.
  790. Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.
  791. With the newspaper strike on, I wouldn’t consider dying.
  792. We movie stars all end up by ourselves. Who knows? Maybe we want to.
  793. Wave after wave of love flooded the stage and washed over me, the beginning of the one great durable romance of my life.
  794. Today everyone is a star – they’re all billed as ‘starring’ or ‘also starring’. In my day, we earned that recognition.
  795. To look back is to relax one’s vigil.
  796. To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.
  797. This has always been a motto of mine: Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
  798. There are new words now that excuse everybody. Give me the good old days of heroes and villains, the people you can bravo or hiss. There was a truth to them that all the slick credulity of today cannot touch.
  799. The only reason anyone goes to Broadway is because they can’t get work in the movies.
  800. The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead.
  801. The best time I ever had with Joan Crawford was when I pushed her down the stairs in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
  802. That’s me: an old kazoo with some sparklers.
  803. Strong women only marry weak men.
  804. Sex is God’s joke on human beings.
  805. Psychoanalysis. Almost went three times – almost. Then I decided what was peculiar about me was probably what made me successful. I’ve seen some very talented actors go into analysis and really lose it.
  806. People often become actresses because of something they dislike about themselves: They pretend they are someone else.
  807. Old age is no place for sissies.
  808. Oh, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We’ve already got the stars.
  809. My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.
  810. Men become much more attractive when they start looking older. But it doesn’t do much for women, though we do have an advantage: make-up.
  811. Locations are all tough, all miserable. I never left the sound stage for 18 years at Warners. We never went outside the studio, not even for big scenes.
  812. Life is a jest; and all things show it. I thought so once; but now I know it.
  813. It is my last wish to be burried sitting up.
  814. In this rat-race everybody’s guilty till proved innocent!
  815. In this business, until you’re known as a monster you’re not a star.
  816. If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent.
  817. I’ve lost my faith in science.
  818. I’ve always liked men better than women.
  819. I’d marry again if I found a man who had fifteen million dollars, would sign over half to me, and guarantee that he’d be dead within a year.
  820. I’d luv to kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.
  821. I work to stay alive.
  822. I will not retire while I’ve still got my legs and my make-up box.
  823. I will never be below the title.
  824. I went back to work because someone had to pay for the groceries.
  825. I was the Marlon Brando of my generation.
  826. I was never very interested in boys – and there were plenty of them – vying with one another to see how many famous women they would get into the hay.
  827. I survived because I was tougher than anybody else.
  828. I sent my flowers across the hall to Mrs Nixon but her husband remembered what a Democrat I am and sent them back.
  829. I often think that a slightly exposed shoulder emerging from a long satin nightgown packs more sex than two naked bodies in bed.
  830. I never did pal around with actresses. Their talk usually bored me to tears.
  831. I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don’t remember ever having seen one weep.
  832. I don’t think of myself as a character actress – that’s become a phrase which means you’ve had it.
  833. I don’t take the movies seriously, and anyone who does is in for a headache.
  834. I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesn’t dare to make an enemy should get out of the business.
  835. I am just too much.
  836. I am doomed to an eternity of compulsive work. No set goal achieved satisfies. Success only breeds a new goal. The golden apple devoured has seeds. It is endless.
  837. Hollywood always wanted me to be pretty, but I fought for realism.
  838. Good actors I’ve worked with all started out making faces in a mirror, and you keep making faces all your life.
  839. Gay Liberation? I ain’t against it, it’s just that there’s nothing in it for me.
  840. From the moment I was six I felt sexy. And let me tell you it was hell, sheer hell, waiting to do something about it.
  841. Everybody has a heart. Except some people.
  842. Brought up to respect the conventions, love had to end in marriage. I’m afraid it did.
  843. Basically, I believe the world is a jungle, and if it’s not a bit of a jungle in the home, a child cannot possibly be fit to enter the outside world.
  844. Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.
  845. An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring… I ought to know.
  846. Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should all be bigger than life.
  847. A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.
  848. You know what, I’m very attracted to someone who makes me laugh and is that charming. Really, I could be charmed by anyone. I’m just a sucker for somebody that is charming.
  849. Y’all are so cute and y’all talk so proper over here. I love England.
  850. Who I am on stage is very, very different to who I am in real life.
  851. Whenever I’m confused about something, I ask God to reveal the answers to my questions, and he does.
  852. When you’re a pop star, it’s a little conservative; you always have to stay in a box. You have fans that are five and fans that are 65; there are so many people wanting so many things.
  853. When you really don’t like a guy, they’re all over you, and as soon as you act like you like them, they’re no longer interested.
  854. When you love and accept yourself, when you know who really cares about you, and when you learn from your mistakes, then you stop caring about what people who don’t know you think.
  855. When I was writing the Destiny’s Child songs, it was a big thing to be that young and taking control. And the label at the time didn’t know that we were going to be that successful, so they gave us all control. And I got used to it.
  856. We’re African-American and we work together as a family, so people assume we’re like the Jacksons. But I didn’t have parents using me to get out of a bad situation.
  857. We all have special numbers in our lives, and 4 is that for me. It’s the day I was born. My mother’s birthday, and a lot of my friends’ birthdays, are on the fourth; April 4 is my wedding date.
  858. We all have our imperfections. But I’m human, and you know, it’s important to concentrate on other qualities besides outer beauty.
  859. To be able to travel the world, especially to places I never thought I’d be… it’s really, you know, still fascinating for me.
  860. Tina Turner is someone that I admire, because she made her strength feminine and sexy. Marilyn Monroe, because she was a curvy woman. I’m drawn to things that have the same kind of silhouettes as what she wore because our bodies are similar.
  861. Tina Turner is someone that I admire, because she made her strength feminine and sexy.
  862. There’s my personal life, my sensitive side, and then me as a performer, sexy and energised and fun.
  863. There are a lot of things I never did, because I believe in watching those true Hollywood stories and I see how easy it is to lose track of your life.
  864. The more successful I become, the more I need a man.
  865. The great thing about McDonald’s is that they have a lot of different things on the menu. I love their salads.
  866. Power means happiness; power means hard work and sacrifice.
  867. Playing Etta James in the movie ‘Cadillac Records’ really changed me. It was a darker character, and I realized that if anything is too comfortable, I want to run from it. It’s no fun being safe.
  868. One of the reasons I connect to the Super Bowl is that I approach my shows like an athlete.
  869. My style offstage is so different from onstage. I love a pair of sexy heels with jeans, a nice jacket, or a little dress.
  870. My focus is my art, and that’s what I love to do. I have to be really passionate in order to do something. I’ve turned down many things that I just didn’t believe in.
  871. My fans kept asking where they could get clothes like Destiny’s Child’s, so it was only natural for us to do a clothing line.
  872. My fans kept asking where they could get clothes like ‘Destiny’s Child’s’, so it was only natural for us to do a clothing line. I was adamant about not putting my name on something that I didn’t love.
  873. In my videos, I always want to be a powerful woman. That’s my mission.
  874. If he invited you out, he’s got to pay.
  875. If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.
  876. If I weren’t performing, I’d be a beauty editor or a therapist. I love creativity, but I also love to help others. My mother was a hairstylist, and they listen to everyone’s problems – like a beauty therapist!
  877. I’ve worn dresses from all different price ranges, and the thing that couture dresses have in common is that the fit is amazing.
  878. I’m over being a pop star. I don’t wanna be a hot girl. I wanna be iconic. And I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot. I feel like I’m highly respected, which is more important than any award or any amount of records. And I feel like there comes a point when being a pop star is not enough.
  879. I’m a people pleaser. I hold a lot of things in. I’m always making sure everybody is okay. I usually don’t rage; I usually don’t curse.
  880. I’m a human being and I fall in love and sometimes I don’t have control of every situation.
  881. I wanted to sell a million records, and I sold a million records. I wanted to go platinum; I went platinum. I’ve been working nonstop since I was 15. I don’t even know how to chill out.
  882. I wanted to be famous for my music and my talent, and I always wished I could cut it out when I left the stage.
  883. I truly believe that women should be financially independent from their men. And let’s face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.
  884. I think music is something that can, and should, be used to get you into different things because eventually what goes up must come down – we’re not going to be the number one group in the world forever – so you have to have something else to fall back on.
  885. I think it’s healthy for a person to be nervous. It means you care – that you work hard and want to give a great performance. You just have to channel that nervous energy into the show.
  886. I remember being in Japan when Destiny’s Child put out ‘Independent Women,’ and women there were saying how proud they were to have their own jobs, their own independent thinking, their own goals. It made me feel so good, and I realized that one of my responsibilities was to inspire women in a deeper way.
  887. I mean, I feel like you get more bees with honey. But that doesn’t mean I don’t get frustrated in my life.
  888. I love my job, but it’s more than that: I need it.
  889. I love a pair of sexy heels with jeans, a nice jacket, or a little dress.
  890. I like to walk around with bare feet and I don’t like to comb my hair.
  891. I know I’m stronger in the songs than I really am. Sometimes I need to hear it myself. We all need to hear those empowering songs to remind us.
  892. I just try to write songs that people are going to have a dialogue about.
  893. I just hope people don’t get sick of us. I’m sick of us and I’m in Destiny’s Child.
  894. I hold a lot of things in. I’m always making sure everybody is okay. I usually don’t rage; I usually don’t curse. So for me, it’s a great thing to be able to scream and say whatever I want.
  895. I grew up upper-class. Private school. My dad had a Jaguar. We’re African-American, and we work together as a family, so people assume we’re like the Jacksons. But I didn’t have parents using me to get out of a bad situation.
  896. I grew up in a very nice house in Houston, went to private school all my life and I’ve never even been to the ‘hood. Not that there’s anything wrong with the ‘hood.
  897. I get nervous when I don’t get nervous. If I’m nervous I know I’m going to have a good show.
  898. I feel like you get more bees with honey. But that doesn’t mean I don’t get frustrated in my life. My way of dealing with frustration is to shut down and to think and speak logically.
  899. I don’t really like to call myself a brand, and I don’t like to think of myself as a brand. I’m a singer, a songwriter, a musician and a performer. And an actress, and all the other things that I do. When you add it all together, some might call it a brand, but that’s not my focus.
  900. I discovered after going to music festivals that I am a rock fan. I love the guitars, the phrasing, and the abandon of rock fans.
  901. I can never be safe; I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.
  902. I am really proud that I am one of the artists that has the opportunity to be on magazine covers and to be in the movies.
  903. I always try to be myself. Ever since I was an introverted kid, I’d get on stage and be able to break out of my shell.
  904. I always treat myself to one meal on Sundays when I can have whatever I want. Usually it’s pizza, which is my favorite indulgence.
  905. I always have breakfast, say, scrambled egg whites, a vegetable smoothie, or whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk. For lunch and dinner, I eat a lot of fish and vegetables. And throughout the day, I try to stay hydrated.
  906. For me, it’s about the way I carry myself and the way I treat other people. My relationship and how I feel about God and what He does for me, is something deeply personal. It’s where I came from, my family, I was brought up in a religious household and that’s very important to me.
  907. Diana Ross is a big inspiration to all of us. We all grew up watching everything about her – her mike placement, her grace, her style and her class.
  908. Any other woman who has to go to work and pick up the kids and make dinner – that’s way harder than what I have to do.
  909. Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
  910. You’re never going to get the amount of CO2 emitted to go down unless you deal with the one magic metric, which is CO2 per kilowatt-hour.
  911. You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There’s another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity.
  912. You know capitalism is this wonderful thing that motivates people, it causes wonderful inventions to be done. But in this area of diseases of the world at large, it’s really let us down.
  913. You have to have a certain realism that government is a pretty blunt instrument, and without the constant attention of highly qualified people with the right metrics, it will fall into not doing things very well.
  914. You can’t have a rigid view that all new taxes are evil.
  915. You can always think of something like the Xbox 360 as a super set-top box that can do everything the set-top box does, but then have the graphics to do the games as well.
  916. With tech companies, whoever’s the leader is always questioned, you know. They say, ‘Is this the end of them?’ And – there’s more – more times people think that’s the case than it really is the case.
  917. With Windows 8, Microsoft is trying to gain market share in what has been dominated by the iPad-type device. But a lot of those users are frustrated. They can’t type. They can’t create documents.
  918. Windows is probably the most important product in the entire PC industry. Everything we do in terms of supporting touch, new hardware, accessibility has incredible impact.
  919. Windows 8 is key to the future, the Surface computer.
  920. Who decides what’s in Windows? The customers who buy it.
  921. Whether it’s Google or Apple or free software, we’ve got some fantastic competitors and it keeps us on our toes.
  922. Whether I’m at the office, at home, or on the road, I always have a stack of books I’m looking forward to reading.
  923. Whenever you have multiple devices including multiple PCs that you want to share information with, it’s always been a bit complicated.
  924. When you want to do your homework, fill out your tax return, or see all the choices for a trip you want to take, you need a full-size screen.
  925. When you revolutionize education, you’re taking the very mechanism of how people be smarter and do new things, and you’re priming the pump for so many incredible things.
  926. When the PC was launched, people knew it was important.
  927. When a country has the skill and self-confidence to take action against its biggest problems, it makes outsiders eager to be a part of it.
  928. When Paul Allen and I started Microsoft over 30 years ago, we had big dreams about software. We had dreams about the impact it could have.
  929. When I was in my 40s, Microsoft was my primary activity.
  930. When I was growing up, my parents were almost involved in various volunteer things. My dad was head of Planned Parenthood. And it was very controversial to be involved with that.
  931. When Ford sells a car, a dealer isn’t allowed to take out the engine and put a different one in. When a newsstand sells the Washington Post, no one can go to the newsstand and pay them to rip out the classified section and put their own classified section in – if they could, they would do so.
  932. What’s amazing is, if young people understood how doing well in school makes the rest of their life so much interesting, they would be more motivated. It’s so far away in time that they can’t appreciate what it means for their whole life.
  933. What destroys more self-confidence than any other educational thing in America is being assigned to some remedial math when you get into some college, and then it’s not taught very well and you end up with this sense of, ‘Hey, I can’t really figure those things out.’
  934. Well-spent aid money is saving lives for a few thousand dollars per life saved.
  935. Well, no one gives aid to Zimbabwe through the Mugabe government.
  936. Well, I don’t think there’s any need for people to focus on my career.
  937. Well the protester I think is a very powerful thing. It’s basically a mechanism of democracy that, along with capitalism, scientific innovation, those things have built the modern world. And it’s wonderful that the new tools have empowered that protestor so that state secrets, bad developments are not hidden anymore.
  938. Well private money can take risks in a way that government money often isn’t willing to.
  939. Well I think any author or musician is anxious to have legitimate sales of their products, partly so they’re rewarded for their success, partly so they can go on and do new things.
  940. We’ve got to put a lot of money into changing behavior.
  941. We should all grow our own food and do our own waste processing, we really should.
  942. We make the future sustainable when we invest in the poor, not when we insist on their suffering.
  943. We have to find a way to make the aspects of capitalism that serve wealthier people serve poorer people as well.
  944. We are not even close to finishing the basic dream of what the PC can be.
  945. We are in the throes of a transition where every publication has to think of their digital strategy.
  946. We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.
  947. We all sort of do want incentives for creative people to still exist at a certain level. You know, maybe rock stars shouldn’t make as much; who knows? But you want as much creativity to take place in the future as took place in the past.
  948. We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.
  949. We all know that there are these exemplars who can take the toughest students, and they’ll teach them two-and-a-half years of math in a single year.
  950. Until we’re educating every kid in a fantastic way, until every inner city is cleaned up, there is no shortage of things to do.
  951. Unfortunately, the highly curious student is a small percentage of the kids.
  952. Unemployment rates among Americans who never went to college are about double that of those who have a postsecondary education.
  953. Understanding science and pushing the boundaries of science is what makes me immensely satisfied.
  954. U.K. companies are in very international and very competitive markets. If you look at PC penetration in the U.K., it is very similar to the United States market.
  955. Typically, your corporate e-mail account is not, today, that spam-targeted. It’s more the free e-mail accounts that are spam-targeted.
  956. Two out of every five people on Earth today owe their lives to the higher crop outputs that fertilizer has made possible.
  957. Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.
  958. Today, we’re very dependent on cheap energy. We just take it for granted – all the things you have in the house, the way industry works.
  959. To create a new standard, it takes something that’s not just a little bit different; it takes something that’s really new and really captures people’s imagination, and the Macintosh, of all the machines I’ve ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard.
  960. This whole phenomenon of the computer in a library is an amazing thing.
  961. This social-networking thing takes you to crazy places.
  962. This is a fantastic time to be entering the business world, because business is going to change more in the next 10 years than it has in the last 50.
  963. There’s no such thing as going to a soapbox and saying, ‘The government’s corrupt,’ and not having the intelligence service see your face. In the digital world, that can be done.
  964. There’s no magic line between an application and an operating system that some bureaucrat in Washington should draw.
  965. There’s always been a lot of information about your activities. Every phone number you dial, every credit-card charge you make. It’s long since passed that a typical person doesn’t leave footprints.
  966. There’s 20 companies that I have investments in – some batteries, some solar-thermal, one big nuclear thing. We need hundreds and hundreds of companies like that, so that in a 20-year time frame we really are starting to change the energy infrastructure.
  967. There is no doubt that as an economy grows in a great way like India has, that you have to step back and change your tax systems, because you start to get more disparities of wealth.
  968. There is no author whose books I look forward to more than Vaclav Smil.
  969. There is a difference between what technology enables and what historical business practices enable.
  970. There certainly is a case to be made that taxes should be more progressive.
  971. There are websites that any government wants to block. The truth about the Internet is that it’s extremely hard to block anything – extremely hard. You’ll never get perfect blocking.
  972. There are people who don’t like capitalism, and people who don’t like PCs. But there’s no-one who likes the PC who doesn’t like Microsoft.
  973. There are more people dying of malaria than any specific cancer.
  974. There are GMO skeptics more in Europe maybe than in other places, but not exclusively.
  975. The year I was born, 1955, the first big disease-eradication program in the world was declared for malaria. After about a decade of work, they realized that, at least in the tropical areas, they did not have the tools to get it done.
  976. The worst pandemic in modern history was the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed tens of millions of people. Today, with how interconnected the world is, it would spread faster.
  977. The world is not flat, and PCs are not, in the hierarchy of human needs, in the first five rungs.
  978. The world has been very careful to pick very few diseases for eradication, because it is very tough.
  979. The world at large is less inequitable today than at any time in history. Number of people in abject poverty, as a percentage, is at all-time low.
  980. The way to be successful in the software world is to come up with breakthrough software, and so whether it’s Microsoft Office or Windows, its pushing that forward. New ideas, surprising the marketplace, so good engineering and good business are one in the same.
  981. The typical project design time for a large company like IBM – and they keep track of this – is a little over four years.
  982. The truth of Moore’s law has made remarkable things possible. On the software side, I think natural user interfaces in all their forms are equally significant.
  983. The trouble with energy farming is that the energy isn’t always where you want to use it, and it isn’t always when you want to use it.
  984. The tool that’s most associated with the recent progress against malaria is the long-lasting bed net. Bed nets are a fantastic innovation. But we can do even better. We can invent new ways to control the mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite.
  985. The thing about HD-DVD that is attractive to Microsoft is that it’s very pro-consumer in letting you copy all movies up onto the hard disk.
  986. The tablet is not mainstream. Reading off the screen is not mainstream.
  987. The spread of online information isn’t just good for charities. It’s also good for donors. You can go to a site like Charity Navigator, which evaluates nonprofits on their financial health as well as the amount of information they share about their work.
  988. The quality of research in the U.S. is absolutely the best.
  989. The protestor I think will speak up for the world’s poorest.
  990. The potential financial reward for building the ‘next Windows’ is so great that there will never be a shortage of new technologies seeking to challenge it.
  991. The part of uranium that’s fissile – when you hit it with a neutron, it splits in two – is about 0.7%. The reactors we have today are burning that 0.7%.
  992. The outside perception and inside perception of Microsoft are so different. The view of Microsoft inside Microsoft is always kind of an underdog thing.
  993. The outpouring of support from millions of people in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti has been impressive.
  994. The only thing I understand deeply, because in my teens I was thinking about it, and every year of my life, is software. So I’ll never be hands-on on anything except software.
  995. The only definition by which America’s best days are behind it is on a purely relative basis.
  996. The nuclear industry has this amazing record, even equipment from generations one and two. But nuclear mishaps tend to come in these big events – Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and now Fukushima – so it’s more visible.
  997. The nuclear approach I’m involved in is called a traveling-wave reactor, which uses waste uranium for fuel. There’s a lot of things that have to go right for that dream to come true – many decades of building demo plants, proving the economics are right. But if it does, you could have cheaper energy with no CO2 emissions.
  998. The next time someone tells you we can trim the budget by cutting aid, I hope you will ask whether it will come at the cost of more people dying.
  999. The most interesting biofuel efforts avoid using land that’s expensive and has high opportunity costs. They do this by getting onto other types of land, or taking advantage of byproducts that aren’t used in the food chain today, or by intercropping.
  1000. The most impactful dollars that Australia can spend are actually what goes to help the poorest.
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