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We are a people trying not only to solve the problems of the present:
by Barbara Jordan

We are a people trying not only to solve the problems of the present:
unemployment,
inflation...
but we are attempting on a larger scale to fulfill the promise of America.
- Barbara Jordan

Think what a better world it would be if we all,
the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock
every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.
- Barbara Jordan

Do not call for black power or green power.
Call for brain power.
- Barbara Jordan

For all of its uncertainty, we cannot flee the future.
- Barbara Jordan

 

It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations,
guide our debate, and guide our decision.
- Barbara Jordan

In other times, I could stand here and give this kind
of exposition on the beliefs of the Democratic Party
and that would be enough.
But today that is not enough.
People want more.
- Barbara Jordan

The citizens of America expect more.
They deserve and they want more than a recital of problems.
- Barbara Jordan

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A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us
to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good.
- Barbara Jordan

What the people want is very simple -
they want an America as good as its promise.
- Barbara Jordan

Education remains the key to both economic and political empowerment.
- Barbara Jordan

We are a people in a quandary about the present.
We are a people in search of our future.
We are a people in search of a national community.
- Barbara Jordan

One thing is clear to me: We, as human beings,
must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves.
- Barbara Jordan

I have confidence that we can form this kind of national community.
- Barbara Jordan

Let us heed the voice of the people and recognize their common sense.
If we do not, we not only blaspheme our political heritage,
we ignore the common ties that bind all Americans.
- Barbara Jordan

I believe that women have a capacity for understanding
and compassion which man structurally does not have,
does not have it because he cannot have it.
He's just incapable of it.
- Barbara Jordan

Our concept of governing is derived from our view of people.
It is a concept deeply rooted in a set of beliefs firmly
etched in the national conscience,
of all of us.
- Barbara Jordan

We have a positive vision of the future founded on
the belief that the gap between the promise and reality
of America can one day be finally closed.
We believe that.
- Barbara Jordan

We must exchange the philosophy of excuse -
what I am is beyond my control for the philosophy of responsibility.
- Barbara Jordan

Life is too large to hang out a sign:
"For Men Only."
- Barbara Jordan

There is no obstacle in the path of young people who
are poor or members of minority groups that hard work
and preparation cannot cure.
- Barbara Jordan

If we promise as public officials, we must deliver.
If we as public officials propose, we must produce.
- Barbara Jordan

A government is invigorated when each of us is willing
to participate in shaping the future of this nation.
- Barbara Jordan

The imperative is to define what is right and do it.
- Barbara Jordan

If you're going to play the game properly,
you'd better know every rule.
- Barbara Jordan

What we have to do is strike a balance between the
idea that government should do everything and the idea,
the belief, that government ought to do nothing.
Strike a balance.
- Barbara Jordan

I never intended to become a run-of-the-mill person.
- Barbara Jordan

We must not become the new puritans and reject our society.
We must address and master the future together.
It can be done if we restore the belief that we share
a sense of national community,
that we share a common national endeavor.
It can be done.
- Barbara Jordan

Let each person do his or her part.
If one citizen is unwilling to participate,
all of us are going to suffer.
For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us,
is realized in each one of us.
- Barbara Jordan

Let there be no illusions about the difficulty of forming
this kind of a national community.
It's tough, difficult, not easy.
But a spirit of harmony will survive in America only
if each of us remembers that we share a common destiny.
- Barbara Jordan

There is no executive order; there is no law that can
require the American people to form a national community.
This we must do as individuals and if we do it as individuals,
there is no President of the United States who can veto that decision.
- Barbara Jordan

I think it no accident that most of those emigrating
to America in the 19th century identified with the Democratic Party.
We are a heterogeneous party made up of Americans of diverse backgrounds.
- Barbara Jordan

But this is the great danger America faces.
That we will cease to be one nation and become instead
a collection of interest groups:
city against suburb,
region against region, individual against individual.
Each seeking to satisfy private wants.
- Barbara Jordan

We have made mistakes.
In our haste to do all things for all people,
we did not foresee the full consequences of our actions.
And when the people raised their voices,
we didn't hear.
But our deafness was only a temporary condition,
and not an irreversible condition.
- Barbara Jordan

I felt somehow for many years that George Washington
and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake.
But through the process of amendment,
interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in "We,
the people."
- Barbara Jordan

Throughout out history, when people have looked for
new ways to solve their problems,
and to uphold the principles of this nation,
many times they have turned to political parties.
They have often turned to the Democratic Party.
- Barbara Jordan

More is required of public officials than slogans and
handshakes and press releases.
More is required.
We must hold ourselves strictly accountable.
We must provide the people with a vision of the future.
- Barbara Jordan

Even as I stand here and admit that we have made mistakes
I still believe that as the people of America sit in judgment on each party,
they will recognize that our mistakes were mistakes of the heart.
They'll recognize that.
- Barbara Jordan

Let's all understand that these guiding principles
cannot be discarded for short-term political gains.
They represent what this country is all about.
They are indigenous to the American idea.
And these are principles which are not negotiable.
- Barbara Jordan

We are a party of innovation.
We do not reject our traditions, but we are willing
to adapt to changing circumstances,
when change we must.
We are willing to suffer the discomfort of change in
order to achieve a better future.
- Barbara Jordan

We call ourselves public servants but I'll tell you this:
we as public servants must set an example for the rest of the nation.
It is hypocritical for the public official to admonish
and exhort the people to uphold the common good.
- Barbara Jordan

We cannot improve on the system of government handed
down to us by the founders of the Republic.
There is no way to improve upon that.
But what we can do is to find new ways to implement
that system and realize our destiny.
- Barbara Jordan

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

Don't live your life to please other people.
- Oprah Winfrey

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

People that seem so glorious are all show;
underneath they are like everyone else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
- Village People

The enlightened give thanks
for what most people take for granted.
- Michael Beckwith

When dealing with people, remember you are
not dealing with creatures of logic,
but creatures of emotion.
- Dale Carnegie

Whenever you're in conflict with someone,
there is one factor that can make the difference
between damaging your relationship and deepening it.
That factor is attitude.
- William James

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

Many people excuse their own faults
but judge other persons harshly.
We should reverse this attitude
by excusing others' shortcomings
and by harshly examining our own.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

People seem not to see that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Success seems to be connected with action.
Successful people keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

Be a yardstick of quality.
Some people aren't used to an environment
where excellence is expected.
- Steve Jobs

Ninety-nine percent of the failures
come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
- George Washington Carver

You can't base your life on other people's expectations.
- Stevie Wonder

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
- Joseph Joubert

What people often mean by getting rid of conflict
is getting rid of diversity,
and it is of the utmost importance
that these should not be considered the same.
- M. P. Follett


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