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Born: 1941-02-14
Profession: Politician
Nation: American
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You are Americans. You love this country. Together we are entrusted with the principles that represent mankind's greatest political and social achievement.

Tags: Greatest, Love, Political

You are part of that horrid expression, the best and the brightest. It can be a terrible burden if you let it be, but it is the great challenge of your time. And being a warrior in that challenge should be wondrous.

Tags: Best, Great, Time

This land, this water, this air, this planet - this is our legacy to our young.

Tags: Land, Water, Young

Journey with me to a true commitment to our environment. Journey with me to the serenity of leaving to our children a planet in equilibrium.

Tags: Children, Environmental, True

No one on his deathbed ever said, I wish I had spent more time on my business.

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Thinking in generations also means enabling our young to have a decent standard of living.

Tags: Living, Thinking, Young

Two hundred years ago, our Founding Fathers gave us a democracy. It was based upon the simple, yet noble, idea that government derives its validity from the consent of the governed.

Tags: Democracy, Government, Simple

We are a continuum. Just as we reach back to our ancestors for our fundamental values, so we, as guardians of that legacy, must reach ahead to our children and their children. And we do so with a sense of sacredness in that reaching.

Tags: Children, Sense, Values

From a viable economy to the full funding of Headstart, from a clean environment to true equality for women, from a strong military to a commitment to racial brotherhood, from schools that are honored to streets free of excessive violence.

Tags: Equality, Strong, Women

America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.

Tags: America, Compassion, Hope

That's a good question. Let me try to evade you.

Tags: Good, Question, Try

A commencement is a time of joy. It is also a time of melancholy. But then again, so is life.

Tags: Joy, Life, Time

America is the sum of all our journeys as we search for our national community and our national culture.

Tags: America, Community, Culture

Don't fear your mortality, because it is this very mortality that gives meaning and depth and poignancy to all the days that will be granted to you.

Tags: Days, Fear, Meaning

I am an American. I love this country.

Tags: American, Country, Love

I have pretty much made up my mind to do this.

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I want to deploy the leadership to meet the challenges that face us and to restore America's greatness.

Tags: America, Greatness, Leadership

Let's try winning and see what it feels like. If we don't like it, we can go back to our traditions.

Tags: Feels, Try, Winning

My father's generation gave to my generation a land of wealth and purpose and world economic dominance.

Tags: Father, Purpose, Wealth

Our destiny is greatness and we must return to its fulfillment.

Tags: Destiny, Greatness, Return

Our only weapons in this war of your lifetime are the weapons of the mind.

Tags: Lifetime, Mind, War

That sense of sacredness, that thinking in generations, must begin with reverence for this earth.

Tags: Earth, Sense, Thinking

When George Bush used the Willie Horton ad, he knew what he was doing.

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In this era of the global village, the tide of democracy is running. And it will not cease, not in China, not in South Africa, not in any corner of this earth, where the simple idea of democracy and freedom has taken root.

Tags: Democracy, Freedom, Simple

It was a myth that's often perpetuated at commencement that holds that only hope and promise lie beyond the halls of academe. Don't worry, be happy. Everything is fine.

Tags: Happy, Hope, Lie

No one is immune from the larger events of his or her time - the Depression, World War II, civil rights, Vietnam, the spring of 1989 in China. These events intrude upon our lives and radically affect our directions.

Tags: Depression, Time, War

Seven and half years ago I began my own journey. For me and my family it was a time of adversity. But during that adversity I derived a deeper faith. And born out of that adversity was a commitment to devote myself to those people and to those issues that truly matter to me.

Tags: Faith, Family, Time

During the day, if I don't have any other commitments, I'm usually at my desk writing, revising, or researching anywhere from four to six hours.

Tags: Four, Hours, Writing

When I'm in the midst of finishing a book, I can be working around the clock.

Tags: Book, Finishing, Working

I also find doing the mundane, everyday things in life has a calming, creative influence on me. Some of my best ideas come when I'm vacuuming or waiting in lines.

Tags: Best, Life, Waiting