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For the first half of my adult life,
by Alphonso Jackson

For the first half of my adult life,
I was a Democrat.
- Alphonso Jackson

And what most people don't understand is the bulk of
business in this country is small business.
- Alphonso Jackson

I think that there will always be a need for Housing and Urban Development.
- Alphonso Jackson

So, I have the responsibility of making sure that HUD functions and runs well.
- Alphonso Jackson

 

They take pride in their schools.
They begin to participate, where, when they are renters,
they don't do that.
So what we're doing by this program is strengthening America.
- Alphonso Jackson

The dream doesn't lie in victimization or blame;
it lies in hard work,
determination and a good education.
- Alphonso Jackson

And for far too long, the Democrats have had a monopoly
on black votes in this country.
- Alphonso Jackson

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I think serving your government is the greatest thing in the world.
- Alphonso Jackson

The other part of outsourcing is this:
it simply says where the work can be done outside better
than it can be done inside,
we should do it.
- Alphonso Jackson

HUD's mission is to provide decency and sanitary housing
for low and moderate income people in this country.
- Alphonso Jackson

After leaving law school, I intentionally said that
I never wanted to hold a job more than six years.
- Alphonso Jackson

Progress for black Americans depends on good schools
because education is the last great equalizer.
- Alphonso Jackson

But we look back now, and we realize the Great Society was not a success.
- Alphonso Jackson

In 1965, I marched for equality.
- Alphonso Jackson

As you know, in this country Anglo-Americans are about
75 to 76 percent home ownership in this country,
where Hispanics, African Americans are less than 50 percent.
- Alphonso Jackson

We believe that, by the time that we leave office,
it will be institutionalized, and these programs will
be addressing the needs and curing the problem that we set out to do.
- Alphonso Jackson

You can't rise as a class.
You have to rise individually.
It's what many of the civil rights-era people don't understand.
- Alphonso Jackson

I believe that if you are elderly, physically or mentally
handicapped we have an obligation too you,
but if you are able-bodied, you should be working.
- Alphonso Jackson

In the final analysis, it is your decision to make,
but it doesn't move as fast as I'd like it to move.
- Alphonso Jackson

One of the problems that we are confronted with is,
when we decide to buy or build a home,
we don't get a clear picture of what closing costs will be of that home.
- Alphonso Jackson

But I do know this: that the two and a half years that I've been at HUD,
I am absolutely convinced that some of the best workers
in the world are in Federal Government.
- Alphonso Jackson

And I'm the kind of manager that doesn't believe that
you micro-manage professionals.
They should understand their responsibility and carry
out those responsibility.
- Alphonso Jackson

America is a place where you can be born into a low-income
household but still lift yourself up,
and it doesn't matter what color you are.
- Alphonso Jackson

So, we're saying, if we can give developers and builders
incentives to cut down on the regulatory barriers that
are faced in this country,
then we might be able to address the needs of affordable housing.
- Alphonso Jackson

The Bush administration is the most diverse in history
because the president fills jobs on the basis of a
person's capabilities and qualifications,
not on the color of his or her skin.
- Alphonso Jackson

And I always like to stress, it's not a quota,
not a set-aside, it's not about race,
it's about giving opportunities to demonstrate their
abilities to do work with the Federal Government.
- Alphonso Jackson

The largest challenge that we face, from my perspective,
is the ability to continue moving forward so the agency
will have a single mission:
that is,
to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing.
- Alphonso Jackson

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

All things at first appear difficult.
- Chinese proverb

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To climb steep hills requires a slow pace at first.
- William Shakespeare

Do first things first, and second things not at all.
- Peter F. Drucker

When we step on the battlefield, I will be
The First Boots On and the Last Boots Off.
- LtG. Hal Moore

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Anonymous

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Seek first to understand,
then to be understood.
- Stephen Covey

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh, for the touch of a hand
and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Today is the first and last day of forever.
- Edward, from Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer

A little simplification would be
the first step toward rational living.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
- Carl Sandburg

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Give me six hours to chop down a tree
and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
- Abraham Lincoln

First say to yourself what you would be;
then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

The first sigh of love is the last breath of wisdom.
- Anonymous

If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
- Proverb

You grow up the day you have
your first real laugh - at yourself.
- Ethel Barrymore

Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
- Epictetus

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Recognizing my blindness is the first step
toward regaining my sight.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

We first make our habits, then our habits make us.
- John Dryden

If we could first know where we are,
and whither we are tending,
we could then better judge what to do,
and how to do it.
- Abraham Lincoln

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

There are two things to aim at in life:
first, to get what you want,
and after that to to enjoy it.
- Logan Pearsall Smith

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

Habits are cobwebs at first, cables at last.
- Chinese proverb

Put on your own oxygen mask first.
- Airline companies

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.
- Samuel Johnson

Self-trust is the first secret of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.
- Epictetus

The first step towards the solution
of any problem is optimism.
- John Baines

Let every day be the first day
of the rest of your life,
but especially let today be a new beginning.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

Know first that you have absolutely no power to change the world,
and then address all your energies and intent toward improving it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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