Lesson 1 about
acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost
all of the misery of life- Somerset
cannot open a book without learning something.- Confucious
A lot of
people ask me if I were shipwrecked and could only have 1 book- what would it
be? I always say” How to build a boat”.
book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.- Martin Tupper
without book is like a body without soul.- Cicero
is weightless, a treasure you can always carry.
you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more
places you will go- Seuss
Literature is a luxury , fiction is a necessity. – Gilbert Keith Chesterton
to know we are not alone.- CS Lewis
Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.-
are not make for furniture, but there is nothing else so beautifully furnishes a
house.- Henry W B
friends, good books and sleepy conscience, this is the ideal life.
of a dog, a book is man’s best friend, inside of the dog, it is too dark to
in life is to be feared- it is only to be understood.- Marie Curie
a book – everything or nothing – the eyes see it all.- Ralph Emerson
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
more treasure in books than in all pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.
want to have creative children/ workers – give them enough time to play.- John
- "Silence is more musical than any
- Christina Rossetti
- "There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace.
You will find that deep place of silence
right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub."
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
- "After silence, that which comes
nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
- Aldous Huxley
- "True silence is the rest of the
mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and
- William Penn
- "Silence is a text easy to misread."
- A. A. Attanasio, "The Eagle and the Sword"
- "Well-timed silence hath more
eloquence than speech."
- Martin Fraquhar Tupper
- "I have learnt silence from the
talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind;
yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers."
- Kahlil Gibran
- "Oppression can only survive through
- Carmen de Monteflores
- "The cruelest lies are often told in
- Robert Louis Stevenson
- "Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a
silence that is better.
Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time."
- Thomas Carlyle
- "In the attitude of silence the soul
finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive
resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous
quest after Truth."
- Mahatma Gandhi
- "You have not converted a man because you have
- John, Lord Morley
- "He had occasional flashes of silence,
that made his conversation perfectly delightful."
- Sydney Smith, referring to Macaulay
- "Music is the wine that fills the cup of
- Robert Fripp
- "Nothing is so good for an ignorant man as
silence; and if he was sensible of this he would not be
- "Silence is one of the great arts of
conversation, as allowed by Cicero himself, who says, 'there is not only
an art, but an eloquence in it.' A well bred woman may easily and
effectually promote the most useful and elegant conversation without
speaking a word. The modes of speech are scarcely more variable than the
modes of silence."
- Tom Blair
- "I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he
approaches nearest to gods who knows how to be
silent, even though he is in the right."
- "The unspoken word never does harm."
- "It is better wither to be silent,
or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at
hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many
words, but a great deal in a few."
- "My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and
- Edith Sitwell
- "Not merely an absence of noise, Real
Silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise
in order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary."
- Peter Minard
Lesson 2 famous
quotes, witty quotes, and funny quotations collected by
over the years.
"Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame."
"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake."
Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)
"Don't be so humble - you are not that great."
- Golda Meir
(1898-1978) to a visiting diplomat
man does his best, what else is there?"
George S. Patton (1885-1945)
write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than
anybody who can write better."
- A. J.
"People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which
- Soren Aabye
everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be
two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure
about the former."
gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants
- Sir Winston
artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work."
- Emile Zola
theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice,
- Yogi Berra
find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."
problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other
Descartes (1596-1650), "Discours de la Methode"
the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our
Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
"Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right."
- Henry Ford
or do not. There is no 'try'."
- Yoda ('The
Empire Strikes Back')
only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it."
- Oscar Wilde
stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed."
- George Burns
don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy
"There are no facts, only interpretations."
to learn something about everything and everything about something."
- Thomas Henry
you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance."
Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will
find a way around the laws."
power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don't
Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
"Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'."
"Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn."
"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."
have nothing to declare except my genius."
- Oscar Wilde
(1854-1900) upon arriving at U.S. customs 1882
"Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe."
- H. G. Wells
"Talent does what it can; genius does what it must."
George Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)
difference between 'involvement' and 'commitment' is like an eggs-and-ham
breakfast: the chicken was 'involved' - the pig was 'committed'."
you are going through hell, keep going."
- Sir Winston
who has a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'."
wealthy people are little more than janitors of their possessions."
- Frank Lloyd
all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start
- Frank Lloyd
cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."
- Oscar Wilde
is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."
ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of
meeting me is another matter."
- Sir Winston
shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them."
- Ian L.
you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars."
- J. Paul
are the enemy of truth."
- Don Quixote
- "Man of La Mancha"
you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the
attention of the world."
Washington Carver (1864-1943)
have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
- Thomas Alva
"Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy
evidence of the fact."
- George Eliot
you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must
be the truth."
Holmes (by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859-1930)
"Black holes are where God divided by zero."
had a wonderful time, but this wasn't it."
- Groucho Marx
kind of fun to do the impossible."
- Walt Disney
didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time."
optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds, and the
pessimist fears this is true."
- James Branch
friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship."
- John D.
can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it."
Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)
inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an
inconvenience rightly considered."
Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)
have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that
is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an
- Umberto Eco
nice to people on your way up because you meet them on your way down."
true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no
people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."
- Dwight D.
Eisenhower (1890-1969), Inaugural Address, January 20, 1953
significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we
were at when we created them."
"Basically, I no longer work for anything but the sensation I have while
"There's a limit to how many times you can read how great you are and what an
inspiration you are, but I'm not there yet."
- Randy Pausch
is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion,
however satisfying and reassuring."
- Carl Sagan
truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is
violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street."
"There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer
- Frank Zappa
is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing
left to take away."
- Antoine de
much more comfortable to be mad and know it, than to be sane and have one's
- G. B. Burgin
is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action."
Goldfinger, in "Goldfinger" by Ian L. Fleming (1908-1964)
love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance"
- Oscar Wilde
"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens."
- Jimi Hendrix
clever man commits no minor blunders."
for your limitations, and sure enough they're yours."
- Richard Bach
witty saying proves nothing."
is an excellent way of listening to an opera."
nice thing about being a celebrity is that if you bore people they think it's
"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance."
- Will Durant
have often regretted my speech, never my silence."
was the experience of mystery -- even if mixed with fear -- that engendered
not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I
do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure -- that is all that
Darrow, Scopes trial, 1925.
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your
- Henry Ford
"There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except
in the form of bread."
usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it"
- Henry David
we are postponing, life speeds by."
- Seneca (3BC
what's empty, empty what's full, and scratch where it itches."
- the Duchess
of Windsor, when asked what is the secret of a long and happy life
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you
is the residue of design."
Rickey - former owner of the Brooklyn Dodger Baseball Team
people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so."
is educated insolence."
advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not,
you'll become a philosopher."
"Egotist: a person more interested in himself than in me."
narcissist is someone better looking than you are."
- Gore Vidal
men make proverbs, but fools repeat them."
has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."
secret of success is to know something nobody else knows."
man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is
over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains."
- Sir Winston
opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound
truth may well be another profound truth."
- Niels Bohr
all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough?"
- Niels Bohr
I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to
solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I
know it is wrong."
science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone,
something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite."
- Paul Dirac
any contest between power and patience, bet on patience."
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's
work is terribly important."
little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation."
- H. H. Munro
"There are two ways of constructing a software design; one way is to make it so
simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it
so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far
- C. A. R.
everything as simple as possible, but not simpler."
"Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do."
doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to
- Frank Lloyd
is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid."
Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
you haven't got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me."
Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980)
man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies."
- Oscar Wilde
"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."
- John F.
is in the eye of the logician."
one can earn a million dollars honestly."
Jennings Bryan (1860-1925)
"Everything has been figured out, except how to live."
"Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech."
"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book - I'll waste no time reading it."
- Moses Hadas
the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with
laughter. Some day I intend reading it."
- Groucho Marx
ideas fail, words come in very handy."
QUOTATIONS BY SUBJECT
Quotations By Subject
Lesson 4 SPIRITUAL
All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is
love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of
our daily lives.
whenever possible. It is always possible.
not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
I find hope
in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
If you can, help others; if you
cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least
don't hurt them.
necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we
find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them.
If you want
others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice
It is very
important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From
this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and
others will come.
compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
is very simple. My religion is kindness.
pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a
new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful
friend - or a meaningful day.
Sleep is the
one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates
as significant an impression by remaining silent.
of our lives is to be happy.
The roots of
all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical
There is no
need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart
are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no
need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the
philosophy is kindness.
than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal
responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to
other forms of life.
We can live
without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
We can never
obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there
isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.
realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can
build a better world.
Be faithful in small things because
it is in them that your strength lies.
Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a
much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to
Do not think
that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to
love without getting tired.
Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
Each one of them
is Jesus in disguise.
Even the rich
are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone
to call their own.
smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful
God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.
Good works are links that form a chain of love.
I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing - God who is sending a love letter
to the world.
I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness.
I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more
hurt, only more love.
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't
trust me so much.
I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No,
I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the
love of God.
I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each
If we want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp
burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
If you want a
love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we
have to keep putting oil in it.
In this life we
cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.
Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.
It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you
It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.
It is not the magnitude of our actions but the amount of love that is put into
them that matters.
Jesus said love one another. He didn't say love the whole world.
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of
Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of
understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God -
the rest will be given.
Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can
be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere
Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the
graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.
Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in
Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home.
Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of
One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
Our life of poverty is as necessary as
the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for
helping us to love God better because of them.
Peace begins with a smile.
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no
one ever come to you without leaving happier.
Sweetest Lord, make me appreciative of
the dignity of my high vocation, and its many responsibilities. Never permit me
to disgrace it by giving way to coldness, unkindness, or impatience.
The biggest disease today is not leprosy
or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
The greatest destroyer of peace is
abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill
you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.
The hunger for love is much more
difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
The miracle is not that we do this work,
but that we are happy to do it.
The most terrible poverty is loneliness
and the feeling of being unloved.
The success of love is in the loving -
it is not in the result of loving. Of course it is natural in love to want the
best for the other person, but whether it turns out that way or not does not
determine the value of what we have done.
There are no great things, only small
things with great love. Happy are those.
There is always the danger that we may
just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the
love and the devotion come in - that we do it to God, to Christ, and that's why
we try to do it as beautifully as possible.
There is more hunger in the world for
love and appreciation in this world than for bread.
There must be a reason why some people
can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I
see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use.
We are all pencils in the hand of God.
We can do no great things, only small
things with great love.
We need to find God, and he cannot be
found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature -
trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun,
how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls.
We ourselves feel that what we are doing
is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing
We shall never know all the good that a
simple smile can do.
We think sometimes that poverty is only
being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and
uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy
this kind of poverty.
We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing,
are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long,
with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.
Words which do not give the light of
Christ increase the darkness.
Lesson 5 SCIENTIFIC
A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.
of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.
A person who
never made a mistake never tried anything new.
that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?
A table, a
chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.
All that is
valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded
primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man's
stomach is not a good political adviser.
only in the bosom of fools.
Any fool can
make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -
and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction.
intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of
genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
Any man who
can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the
attention it deserves.
Any man who
reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of
doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones
has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
As far as
I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
As far as
the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as
they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.
is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all
technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and
enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.
Do not worry
about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.
should be as simple as it is, but not simpler.
that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot
necessarily be counted.
those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the
prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of
forming such opinions.
attracts men of low morality.
takes the simplest way.
God does not
God may be
subtle, but he isn't plain mean.
is not responsible for people falling in love.
spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
He who can
no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes
joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He
has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would
command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the
name of patriotism - how passionately I hate them!
must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
I am a
deeply religious nonbeliever - this is a somewhat new kind of religion.
am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace.
Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.
believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best
both for the body and the mind.
cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is
but a reflection of human frailty.
do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an
exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it.
do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.
do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the
atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.
have just got a new theory of eternity.
have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will
be fought with sticks and stones.
live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of
never think of the future - it comes soon enough.
shall never believe that God plays dice with the world.
think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is
false. The hundredth time I am right.
used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.
want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details.
people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we
are a sorry lot indeed.
the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good
sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, 'Huh.
It works. It makes sense.'
Al Qaeda is still a threat. We cannot pretend somehow that because Barack
Hussein Obama got elected as president, suddenly everything is going to be OK.
America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in
competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and
progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.
Americans... still believe in an America where anything's possible - they just
don't think their leaders do.
As a nuclear power - as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon -
the United States has a moral responsibility to act.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are
the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
Community colleges play an important role in helping people transition between
careers by providing the retooling they need to take on a new career.
Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition.
It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to
something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.
I can make a firm pledge, under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a
year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll
tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.
I cannot swallow whole the view of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator.
I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to
fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.
I don't care whether you're driving a hybrid or an SUV. If you're headed for a
cliff, you have to change direction. That's what the American people called for
in November, and that's what we intend to deliver.
I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed
to is a rash war.
I don't take a dime of their [lobbyist] money, and when I am president, they
won't find a job in my White House.
I found this national debt, doubled, wrapped in a big bow waiting for me as I
stepped into the Oval Office.
I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep
the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share
of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not
lived up to our best intentions.
I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It should be repealed and I will
vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to
amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying.
I think it is important for Europe to understand that even though I am president
and George Bush is not president, Al Qaeda is still a threat.
I think when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody.
I will cut taxes - cut taxes - for 95 percent of all working families, because,
in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the
I've got two daughters. 9 years old and 6
years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if
they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby.
If the people cannot trust their government
to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common
welfare - all else is lost.
If you're walking down the right path and
you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.
In America, there's a failure to appreciate
Europe's leading role in the world.
In the end, that's what this election is
about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?
Issues are never simple. One thing I'm proud
of is that very rarely will you hear me simplify the issues.
It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to
get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the
work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit
better than the one we inhabit today.
It's not surprising, then, they get bitter,
they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or
anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their
It's time to fundamentally change the way
that we do business in Washington. To help build a new foundation for the 21st
century, we need to reform our government so that it is more efficient, more
transparent, and more creative. That will demand new thinking and a new sense of
responsibility for every dollar that is spent.
John Kerry believes in an America where hard
work is rewarded.
Money is not the only answer, but it makes a
My administration is the only thing between
you [CEO's] and the pitchforks.
My job is not to represent Washington to you,
but to represent you to Washington.
My parents shared not only an improbable
love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They
would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a tolerant
America your name is no barrier to success.
No one is pro-abortion.
One of the great strengths of the United
States is... we have a very large Christian population - we do not consider
ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider
ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.
Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the
war on terrorism have reduced the pace of military transformation and have
revealed our lack of preparation for defensive and stability operations. This
Administration has overextended our military.
Over the last 15 months, we've traveled to
every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states? I think one left
People of Berlin - people of the world - this
is our moment. This is our time.
Poorly secured nuclear material in the former
Soviet Union, or secrets from a scientist in Pakistan could help build a bomb
that detonates in Paris. The poppies in Afghanistan become the heroin in Berlin.
The poverty and violence in Somalia breeds the terror of tomorrow.
The Bush Administration's failure to be
consistently involved in helping Israel achieve peace with the Palestinians has
been both wrong for our friendship with Israel, as well as badly damaging to our
standing in the Arab world.
We worship an awesome God in the Blue States,
and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States.
We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red
The fact that my 15 minutes of fame has
extended a little longer than 15 minutes is somewhat surprising to me and
completely baffling to my wife.
The thing about hip-hop today is it's smart,
it's insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short
space is remarkable.
The United States has been enriched by Muslim
Americans. Many other Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in
a Muslim-majority country - I know, because I am one of them.
The United States is not, and never will be,
at war with Islam.
There are patriots who opposed the war in
Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people,
all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the
United States of America.
There is not a liberal America and a
conservative America - there is the United States of America. There is not a
black America and a white America and latino America and asian America - there's
the United States of America.
There's not a liberal America and a
conservative America - there's the United States of America.
This is the moment when we must build on the
wealth that open markets have created, and share its benefits more equitably.
Trade has been a cornerstone of our growth and global development. But we will
not be able to sustain this growth if it favors the few, and not the many.
This is the moment when we must come together
to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world
where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our
Today we are engaged in a deadly global
struggle for those who would intimidate, torture, and murder people for
exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread
those freedoms, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction.
Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of
our nation - not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our
military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple
premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago.
We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we
want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times... and then just expect that
other countries are going to say OK. That's not leadership. That's not going to
We cannot continue to rely only on our
military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set.
We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful,
just as strong, just as well-funded.
We have an obligation and a responsibility to
be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who
have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the
best education possible.
We have real enemies in the world. These
enemies must be found. They must be pursued and they must be defeated.
We need earmark reform, and when I'm
President, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money
We need somebody who's got the heart, the
empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to
understand what it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or
old - and that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges.
We need to internalize this idea of
excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.
We need to steer clear of this poverty of
ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live
in nice apartments but don't want to work hard to accomplish these things.
Everyone should try to realize their full potential.
We're not going to baby sit a civil war.
What do you think a stimulus is? It's
spending - that's the whole point! Seriously.
What Washington needs is adult supervision.
When we think of the major threats to our
national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue
states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our shores,
one from nature, not humans - an avian flu pandemic.
Where the stakes are the highest, in the war
on terror, we cannot possibly succeed without extraordinary international
cooperation. Effective international police actions require the highest degree
of intelligence sharing, planning and collaborative enforcement.
Why can't I just eat my waffle?
With the changing economy, no one has
lifetime employment. But community colleges provide lifetime employability.
You know, my faith is one that admits some
You will not see any of your taxes increase
one single dime.
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