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I won vice president of my student body in high school.
by Al Sharpton

I won vice president of my student body in high school.
That doesn't mean anything.
- Al Sharpton

During my 2004 presidential campaign,
I was fond of saying that it was high time for the
Christian right to meet the right Christians.
- Al Sharpton

I was there during the first elections in South Africa.
I watched them take down the apartheid flag and raise the new flag.
- Al Sharpton

If you play the theatrics too much, you get in the way of your own cause.
- Al Sharpton

 

Dr. King's general principles are universal.
But the things he confronted took place in another era.
- Al Sharpton

I was raised by a single mother who made a way for me.
She used to scrub floors as a domestic worker,
put a cleaning rag in her pocketbook and ride the subways
in Brooklyn so I would have food on the table.
But she taught me as I walked her to the subway that
life is about not where you start,
but where you're going.
That's family values.
- Al Sharpton

The United States has got to adopt a policy of befriending
and creating allies around the world.
- Al Sharpton

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I'm a patriot in the truest sense of the word.
- Al Sharpton

The dream was not to put one black family in the White house,
the dream was to make everything equal in everybody's house.
- Al Sharpton

My ordination in the Church of God in Christ was at age 9,
and I later became a Baptist minister,
which I am today.
- Al Sharpton

I've seen enough things to know that if you just keep on going,
if you turn the corner, the sun will be shining.
- Al Sharpton

I was the first candidate to come out against this war,
spoke at every anti-war march.
- Al Sharpton

The right wing always mobilizes around constitutional amendments:
the right to bear arms,
school prayer.
- Al Sharpton

One of the reasons I get so much joy out of my own
children's childhoods is that I'm having my first childhood myself.
- Al Sharpton

Bill Clinton strikes me as the kind of guy who goes
wherever the polls lead him,
rather than leading the polls.
- Al Sharpton

We have defeated Jim Crow, but now we have to deal with his son,
James Crow Jr., esquire.
- Al Sharpton

It seems some have chosen to ignore or have simply
forgotten the big-picture vision promoted by Dr. King and his kin.
- Al Sharpton

My ministry's always been one of social activism.
I think a responsible minister must be at some levels
involved in the social order.
- Al Sharpton

We're not anti-police...
we're anti-police brutality.
- Al Sharpton

We need an amendment that gives us the right to vote
protected by the federal government and the Constitution.
- Al Sharpton

I very rarely read any fiction.
I love biographies; I read about all kinds of people.
I love theology and some philosophy.
- Al Sharpton

If you can get the proper definition of trouble,
then we can find out who the real troublemakers are.
- Al Sharpton

We're not willing to give black leaders second chances because,
in most cases, we're not willing to give them first chances.
- Al Sharpton

I do believe the Democratic party has moved far to the right.
I do believe that the party has a bunch of elephants
running around in donkey clothes.
- Al Sharpton

I grew up in the 1950s and '60s, when it was almost
a holiday when a black act would go on Ed Sullivan.
- Al Sharpton

National Action Network, the group I founded,
has affiliates or chapters in over 40 cities around the country.
- Al Sharpton

How do you make things fair?
- Al Sharpton

I've never done anything else in my life other than
preach and be an activist.
Way before I was known.
- Al Sharpton

James Brown became my father.
He would talk to me the way a father talked to a son.
He became the father I never had.
- Al Sharpton

Who defines terrorists? Today's terrorist is tomorrow's friend.
- Al Sharpton

Dr. King used Gandhi's commitment to non-violence and to passive resistance.
- Al Sharpton

If O.J.
had been accused of killing his black wife,
you would not have seen the same passion stirred up.
- Al Sharpton

The boxing world is full of all kinds of corruption.
- Al Sharpton

The United States government has the obligation to
educate all young people in this country.
- Al Sharpton

I've seen too much in life to give up.
- Al Sharpton

Evangelicals catapulted George W. Bush back to the White House.
- Al Sharpton

If Charlton Heston can have a constitutional right carry a rifle,
why can't grandma have a constitutional right to health care?
- Al Sharpton

It is true that Mr. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation,
after which there was a commitment to give 40 acres and a mule.
That's where the argument, to this day,
of reparations starts.
We never got the 40 acres.
We went all the way to Herbert Hoover,
and we never got the 40 acres.
We didn't get the mule.
So we decided we'd ride this donkey as far as it would take us.
- Al Sharpton

The promise of America is one immigration policy for
all who seek to enter our shores,
whether they come from Mexico, Haiti or Canada,
there must be one set of rules for everybody.
We cannot welcome those to come and then try and act
as though any culture will not be respected or treated inferior.
We cannot look at the Latino community and preach "one language."
No one gave them an English test before they sent them
to Iraq to fight for America.
- Al Sharpton

Old age has deformities enough of its own.
It should never add to them the deformity of vice.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer
silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
- Albert Einstein

Old age adds to the respect due to virtue,
but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice;
it whitens only the hair.
- Ira Gershwin

Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

The inherent vice of capitalism
is the unequal sharing of blessings;
the inherent virtue of socialism
is the equal sharing of miseries.
- Winston Churchill

Fast cars are my only vice.
- Michael Bay

The details are the very source of expression in architecture.
But we are caught in a vice between art and the bottom line.
- Arthur Erickson

The worst vice of the solitary is the worship of his food.
- Cyril Connolly

The Vice-Presidency is sort of like the last cookie on the plate.
Everybody insists he won't take it, but somebody always does.
- Bill Vaughan

Vice Is like a fury to the vicious mind,
And turns delight itself to punishment.
- Ben Jonson

A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal,
with possibilities of virtue and vice-
but as yet unstained.
- Lyman Abbott

In the midst of vice we are in virtue,
and vice versa.
- Samuel Butler

Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa.
- Casey Stengel

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.
- Alan Perlis

In a network situation, a vice president,
while he's shaving, can decide your history.
- Phil Donahue

People don't vote for vice president,
they vote for president.
- Susan Estrich

There are many sham diamonds in this life which pass for real,
and vice versa.
- William Makepeace Thackeray

Mission accomplished? The mission in Iraq,
as laid out by President Bush and Vice President Cheney,
has failed.
- Robert Byrd

My only aversion to vice, is the price.
- Victor Buono

A good general rule is to state that the bouquet is better than the taste,
and vice versa.
- Stephen Potter

I don't doubt a number of those ballots,
of those votes that were cast for me,
probably were intended for Vice President Gore.
- Pat Buchanan

The sight of a drunkard is a better sermon against
that vice than the best that was ever preached on that subject.
- George Savile

The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter,
while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice.
- Quintilian

There is a ceaseless war against drunkenness and cruelty and vice.
- Anthony Blunt

It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.
- Samuel Butler

For a solitary animal egoism is a virtue that tends
to preserve and improve the species:
in any kind of community it becomes a destructive vice.
- Erwin Schrodinger

Gluttony is not a secret vice.
- Orson Welles

There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence
that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.
- Oliver Goldsmith

The first step towards vice is to shroud innocent actions in mystery,
and whoever likes to conceal something sooner or later
has reason to conceal it.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Piety is the most solid goodness, and the vilest of what is evil is vice.
- Abu Bakr

Mom was the greatest influence of my childhood.
She wanted to save me from the vice,
lust,
and drinking that was all about me.
- Ethel Waters


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