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The important thing to understand about legislators
by Mark Shields

The important thing to understand about legislators
is that there are dozens of competing interests and issues that occupy them.
They are stretched thin.
- Mark Shields

The advantage that hospitals have over other institutions
is that hospitals are community-based.
You can't outsource your work; you can't move your
emergency department to Pakistan.
- Mark Shields

John Kerry's biography was central to his campaign.
- Mark Shields

There is always strength in numbers.
The more individuals or organizations that you can rally to your cause,
the better.
- Mark Shields

 

You can't have someone with a pinkie out there at the U.N.
or any other place.
- Mark Shields

Iraq is in a civil war.
There is no road in that country that is safe.
- Mark Shields

The problem with smear campaigns is that too often they work.
- Mark Shields

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When the size of the group supporting your cause reaches a critical mass,
any legislator or elected official has to pay attention.
- Mark Shields

Character is destiny and character is important to American campaigns.
- Mark Shields

I didn't realize the president was such an historian.
- Mark Shields

Everybody who served in John Kerry's boat under his command,
save one, has stood with him.
- Mark Shields

When you run for president of the United States,
everybody does the same thing in the campaign-they talk about veterans,
how much they admire them, how grateful they are.
- Mark Shields

Let's not pretend that all of a sudden,
this is some new system.
- Mark Shields

You've got people who didn't serve with John Kerry
saying they did serve with John Kerry in the boat.
With George Bush, we can't find anybody who did serve with him.
- Mark Shields

John McCain has become the de facto running mate of George W. Bush.
- Mark Shields

George Bush is trying to play it both ways.
- Mark Shields

As Bill Clinton said so eloquently at the convention,
during Vietnam there was a chance to serve;
there was a chance not to serve.
- Mark Shields

George Bush says what John Kerry did was noble.
Yet he sees him being savaged by his own supporters.
- Mark Shields

John McCain was victimized in the South Carolina primary.
- Mark Shields

There's no question that Stalin broke the agreements
made at Yalta completely about elections that were
supposed to be held immediately in Poland,
and Eastern Europe was plunged into slavery as a consequence.
- Mark Shields

If I were John Bolton, I'd take great consolation in
the words of my principal supporter on the committee,
who gave a ringing endorsement, which was,
There is no evidence that he has broken any laws.
- Mark Shields

In the 2004 presidential election, we saw a wonderful
example of citizens making contributions.
In fact, individual giving to both the Kerry and Bush
campaigns was the highest in our nation's history.
- Mark Shields

Since the election, since the formation of a government,
the death in Iraq has increased.
The United States stands by, helpless to do anything about it.
That's the reality, not George Bush's revisionist history!
- Mark Shields

I think any advocate who is effective has fully acquainted
himself or herself with the legislator they are going to meet.
Know what committees they are on, what issues they are interested in,
all in an effort to build a bridge for communicating with them.
- Mark Shields

What you have is two men seeking the White House;
they're both products of prominent New England families.
They both went to private boarding schools.
They both went to a prestigious university.
- Mark Shields

Curiosity takes courage.
The most important promises are the ones you make to yourself.
Pay Attention.
Appreciate. Listen. Imagine.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
- Oscar Wilde

Love is when the other person's happiness
is more important than your own.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed
is more important than any other one thing.
- Abraham Lincoln

Most of the important things in the world
have been accomplished by people
who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all.
- Dale Carnegie

An idea that is developed and put into action
is more important than
an idea that exists only as an idea.
- The Buddha

One important key to success is self-confidence.
An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
- Arthur Ashe

It is a fine thing to be honest,
but it is also very important to be right.
- Winston Churchill

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited.
Imagination encircles the world.
- Albert Einstein

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

"It's not that important,
don't worry about it" is the answer,
now what was the question?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be alert. The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe in yourself. Dream big dreams.
Set important goals. Take action on those goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by dogma -
which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of others' opinions
drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage
to follow your heart and intuition.
They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Everything else is secondary.
- Steve Jobs

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
- Albert Einstein

It seems essential, in relationships and all tasks,
that we concentrate only
on what is most significant and important.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
- Albert Einstein

Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you,
but it is most important that you do it.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Make Today count. Today - each Today -
is the most important day of your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important
as what you become by achieving your goals.
- Henry David Thoreau

Know that you are a gift to the world.
Your life is important.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It's fine to celebrate success
but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
- Bill Gates

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters
cannot be trusted with important matters.
- Albert Einstein

Nearly everything you do is of no importance,
but it is important that you do it.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The practice of forgiveness is our most important
contribution to the healing of the world.
- Marianne Williamson

Truth is certainly a branch of morality
and a very important one to society.
- Thomas Jefferson

It is important to expect nothing,
to take every experience,
including the negative ones,
as merely steps on the path,
and to proceed.
- Ram Dass

Remember that nurturing yourself is as important
(if not more so) as nurturing others.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Never give up on the most important goals in your life.
Never give up on your life purpose.
Never give up on your core values.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take time to contemplate -
away from the opinions and influence of others -
what you really want
and what you believe to be important in your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is not what we choose that is important;
it is the reason we choose it.
- Carolyn Myss

Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
- Abraham Lincoln

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown
is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
- Bertrand Russell

Courage is not the absence of fear,
but rather the judgement that something else
is more important than fear.
- Ambrose Redmoon

How different our lives are when we
really know what is deeply important to us,
and keeping that picture in mind,
we manage ourselves each day
to be and to do what really matters most
- Stephen Covey

You have to accept whatever comes
and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage
and with the best that you have to give.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you
to reach the heights of your capabilities
or make the money that you want
without becoming very good at it.
- Brian Tracy

There is only one time that is important - NOW!
It is the most important time because
it is the only time that we have any power.
- Leo Tolstoy

Make your important choices in life
based on your values and your long-term objectives
rather than on a need for approval.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Confidence is the most important thing,
more important than gold or currency.
- Wen Jiabao

The truth is more important than the facts.
- Frank Lloyd Wright


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