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You can't rise as a class.
by 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In 1965, I marched for equality.
- Alphonso Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life is not about how fast you run
or how high you climb
but how well you bounce.
- Vivian Komori

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Stand often in the company of dreamers.
They believe you can achieve impossible things.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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