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You go out there and ask them what their future is today.
by Richard M. Daley

You go out there and ask them what their future is today.
If we don't build that today, there's nothing.
- Richard M. Daley

I've given it my all.
I've done my best.
Now, I'm ready with my family to begin the next phase of our lives.
- Richard M. Daley

I've very proud to be mayor of our great city.
It's a city with a heart and a soul.
Chicago has a unique spirit.
Our business community wants to give back.
- Richard M. Daley

You have nothing coming into a major metropolitan area
to relocate or locate your business and employees.
And you can go across the country and you'll see that.
- Richard M. Daley

 

People have to be confident about their sites.
We're confident, number one, because under my administration
we're managing our airports better than we've ever done before.
- Richard M. Daley

Why should a city be mandated to do something by the
federal government or state government without the money to do it?
- Richard M. Daley

I think the state has some serious problems.
Just look at the layoffs going on across the state,
not just in Chicago.
It affects the middle class.
It pushes people down.
- Richard M. Daley

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They knew that Roosevelt and the Democratic party made a difference on them,
on their quality of life issues, and they believed in that.
But today it is completely different.
- Richard M. Daley

And then for the first time in history a Cook County
state's attorney was reelected for a third time.
- Richard M. Daley

They really do a disservice because these men and women
came out of the Depression,
they came out of the war.
- Richard M. Daley

I don't fight the suburban areas or collar counties.
I get along with them; they're former Chicagoans anyway.
- Richard M. Daley

It has to be because unemployment problems in northwest
Indiana are similar to those in southeast Chicago.
- Richard M. Daley

We're competing against other great cities:
Madrid,
Rio de Janeiro, and Tokyo.
That's why it's important that we all join together
on the final path to Copenhagen.
Having the support of President Obama is key.
- Richard M. Daley

First National Bank laid off 1,000 people;
where do they go? There are no jobs for them.
So we are having serious economic problems in this country.
We are in a real economic crisis.
- Richard M. Daley

There has been loss of steel manufacturing.
Those people need jobs.
Where you have to build the third airport is where people are.
So you're right; if his site isn't playable,
then our site is right next to it.
- Richard M. Daley

Well, the problem of the federal government is that
they print money and go in debt.
That's their national policy, Democrats and Republicans it doesn't matter.
And this is where I differ.
- Richard M. Daley

So you keep raising these taxes, and all of a sudden
the business community says,
'Why are we here? We can go someplace else and use their phones.'
That's one of the problems that directly affects the business community.
- Richard M. Daley

We are going to sign a treaty with Mexico.
We are competing internationally.
We need another international airport for international cargo,
international travel, international businesses.
- Richard M. Daley

And the political system is changing rapidly in this country,
and we better realize that.
The elephants or donkeys are not what younger people look to.
They look at individual candidates' philosophy,
and I think it's a different time and a different generation.
- Richard M. Daley

I believe the way I describe the problems in Chicago
is that it's a metropolitan area.
I've said that everywhere.
The uneducated child is not just my problem,
it's the state's problem.
It's also the federal government's problem.
- Richard M. Daley

Everybody would love to be mayor of Chicago.
If you look at what we have done over many,
many years and where we are today and the commitment
by the business community,
the commitment by the not-for-profit community -
all this coming together -
this is a wonderful city.
- Richard M. Daley

I'm one who demands a lot from people.
I'm not afraid to look at alternative ways in city government.
That's what I've done in my two years and will continue to do in the next four.
- Richard M. Daley

We also need people like social workers,
volunteers, the Christian Industrial League,
drug treatment programs to make sure you are getting them a job.
That's what you have to do.
Otherwise, we just keep stepping around these things.
- Richard M. Daley

The spirit of the Olympic movement is great for young
people because it teaches them about the training and
discipline required to compete.
Even if they don't make the teams, they can rededicate
their lives to the art of sport,
discipline, and physical fitness.
- Richard M. Daley

I'm the one who gets called up about a problem.
I'm the one who gets called up about the street lighting and the abandoned car.
I'm the one who gets blamed if the police don't arrive.
I'm the one they blame if a city truck is broken down.
- Richard M. Daley

I've reached out to other mayors throughout the United
States to form an Olympic Task Force of Mayors,
and to community leaders, Congress, and businesspeople.
As thousands of people around the country join the movement,
it gets more and more exciting.
- Richard M. Daley

In the coming days, I know there will be some reflecting on my time as mayor.
Many of you will search to find what's behind my decision.
It's simple.
I have always believed that every person,
especially public officials, must understand when it is time to move on.
For me, that time is now.
- Richard M. Daley

That's an economic development program in the metropolitan area.
If they don't see that, and you don't get these things done,
then you're competing with Texas and California and Atlanta;
then you really have problems.
- Richard M. Daley

Alcohol and drug addiction are problems,
and we should use outside agencies that know the business.
They do business all over the country.
Why don't we contract them to do it? See,
we should be in certain businesses.
- Richard M. Daley

That area environmentally is a waste.
You can't do anything.
I don't care if the Sierra Club goes out there.
It is fully polluted!
You're not only going to work to clean up the environment,
but also you will put people to work.
- Richard M. Daley

I enjoy getting things done.
My philosophy is the edge, the edge of something.
There's where we have to go in local government,
in not only the philosophy but the creativity in people around you.
They have to go to the edge.
- Richard M. Daley

My dad came out of the Roosevelt era and the Depression.
One person and one party made a difference in his life.
That's what everybody forgot when they called my father
and other people political bosses.
- Richard M. Daley

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

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

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

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

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

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

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- 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

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich


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