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Dick Thornburgh Quotes and Sayings

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Instead of generating either unnecessary alarm or a
false sense of security regarding these fundamental issues,
the best course is to empower people with the truth.
- Dick Thornburgh

The political status legislation which emerged in Congress
in 1990 and 1991 did not receive the support needed
for enactment into law during my tenure as Attorney General.
- Dick Thornburgh

Now that the there is a path for the people of Puerto
Rico to express their self-determination on Puerto Rico's political status,
there are some who seek to block that path.
- Dick Thornburgh

It is quite understandable that Puerto Ricans seek
to preserve a cultural sense of identity without separating politically from U.S.
national sovereignty.
- Dick Thornburgh

 

The need for a permanent status resolution approved
by Congress is made even more clear to me because of
my experience as a former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.
- Dick Thornburgh

Federal program and services outlay in Puerto Rico
is approximately $10 billion per year.
- Dick Thornburgh

Yet, individuals and corporations in Puerto Rico pay no federal income tax.
- Dick Thornburgh

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Yet, Puerto Rico's economic convergence and political
integration with the rest of the nation is in a state of arrest -
even though the island has been within the national borders,
political system and customs territory of the U.S.
for a century.
- Dick Thornburgh

Specifically, the reservation of sovereignty to the
people of the states in matters not governed by federal
law is constitutionally defined and permanently enshrined in the 10th Amendment.
- Dick Thornburgh

Apparently tired of waiting for clear direction from Congress,
the people of Puerto Rico have used the tools provided
by their own local constitution to schedule a vote for Dec.
13 on the status of the island.
- Dick Thornburgh

After one hundred years of federal rule,
the United States House of Representatives has moved
to provide for the first meaningful route to self-determination
for the Puerto Rican people under our federal system.
- Dick Thornburgh

As the highest ranking American official in the United Nations organization,
I came to understand thoroughly that the national constitutional
processes of the member states define the status of
territories under their sovereignty.
- Dick Thornburgh

The capacity of the commonwealth government created
under the local constitution to exercise governmental
powers in local affairs is like that of local government
in the states of the union in regard to non-federal
affairs at the local level.
- Dick Thornburgh

If U.S.
national sovereignty continues, it is only as a state
that Puerto Rico will have permanent 10th Amendment
powers over its non-federal affairs,
as well as voting power in Congress.
- Dick Thornburgh

Internal self-government under a local constitution
was authorized by Congress and approved by the residents in 1952,
but federal law is supreme in Puerto Rico and residents
do not have voting representation in the Congress.
- Dick Thornburgh

That is why, with optimism instead of fear,
all those who want to see Puerto Rico's status resolved
should seek the truth about each option,
including the upside and the downside of each.
- Dick Thornburgh

However, the sovereignty of the states is constitutionally defined and recognized,
while the powers of the local government in Puerto Rico are defined by,
and subject to alteration under, federal statutory law.
- Dick Thornburgh

The powers of government exercised locally derive from
a federal law authorizing government by consent in local affairs only,
unless those affairs are otherwise governed by federal law.
- Dick Thornburgh

If Congress does its job in this regard,
the residents of Puerto Rico will be empowered to act
in their own self-interest and express their future
political status aspirations accordingly.
- Dick Thornburgh

In historical and constitutional terms,
the recent political status vote in Puerto Rico was
a necessary but obviously not decisive step on the
road of self-determination leading to full self-government.
- Dick Thornburgh

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland PHOTO

Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is saying "I feel differently,"
instead of "You're wrong."
- Anonymous

Instead of worrying about what people say of you,
why not spend time trying to accomplish
something they will admire.
- Dale Carnegie

Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts,
cause your mind to dwell on peace and joy.
- Ernest Holmes

The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have,
instead of what you don't have.
- Woody Allen

To know what you prefer
instead of humbly saying Amen
to what the world tells you you ought to prefer,
is to have kept your soul alive.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Instead of comparing our lot with that
of those who are more fortunate than we are,
we should compare it with the lot
of the great majority of our fellow men.
It then appears that we are among the privileged.
- Helen Keller

Instead of needing lots of children,
we need high-quality children.
- Margaret Mead

Trust your own instinct.
Your mistakes might as well be your own,
instead of someone else's.
- Billy Wilder

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

Instead of being presented with stereotypes
by age, sex, color, class, or religion,
children must have the opportunity
to learn that within each range,
some people are loathsome and some are delightful.
- Margaret Mead

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue.
If we have enough friends, we may go on for years,
intending to leave, talking about leaving -
instead of actually getting up and leaving.
- Erica Jong

The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination
to see how much he can give for a dollar,
instead of how little he can give for a dollar,
is bound to succeed.
- Henry Ford

People are getting smarter nowadays;
they are letting lawyers,
instead of their conscience, be their guide.
- Will Rogers

I offer gentle understanding to myself.
I position myself in love, not fear.
I look behind me with forgiveness.
I look forward with festive anticipation.
I embrace this holy moment and assert,
"Now. This moment is the moment to love,
the moment to serve, the moment to seize
the legacy instead of the small.
Now. Now I will live large, love boldly,
reach to the edges of my unfurled heart and fully enrolled hope.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Politics, it seems to me, for years,
or all too long,
has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
- Richard Armour

Everything is discursive opinion instead of direct experience.
- A. R. Ammons

We need a data network that can easily carry voice,
instead of what we have today, a voice network struggling to carry data.
- Reed Hundt

Everything is blooming most recklessly;
if it were voices instead of colors,
there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

If everyone demanded peace
instead of another television set,
then there'd be peace.
- John Lennon

We waste time looking for the perfect lover,
instead of creating the perfect love.
- Tom Robbins

Instead of noblemen,
let us have noble villages of men.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is a sad commentary of our times when our young
must seek advice and counsel from "Dear Abby" instead of going to Mom and Dad.
- Abigail Van Buren

The left dismisses talk about the collapse of family
life and talks instead about the emergence of the growing
new diversity of family types.
- Christopher Lasch

If instead of a gem, or even a flower,
we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend,
that would be giving as the angels give.
- George MacDonald

Too many people are thinking of security
instead of opportunity.
They seem more afraid of life than death.
- James F. Bymes

If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago,
Catholic school children would be wearing little electric
chairs around their necks instead of crosses.
- Lenny Bruce

But what a cruel thing is war
to separate and destroy families and friends,
and mar the purest joys and happiness
God has granted us in this world,
to fill our hearts with hatred
instead of love for our neighbors,
and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world!
- Robert E. Lee

Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find
a woman I don't like and give her a house.
- Lewis Grizzard

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city,
it might be better to change the locks.
- Doug Larson

My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier,
you will become a general.
If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.'
Instead,
I was a painter, and became Picasso.
- Pablo Picasso

We need to become good citizens in the global village,
instead of competing.
What are we competing for - to drive more cars,
eat more steaks? That will destroy the world.
- Yuan T. Lee

If you have an emotional reaction in the presence of someone,
your heart is telling you that you have
not resolved your issues with them.
In other words, you have not truly forgiven that person.
All of this begs the question, how do we forgive?
First, cease lying to yourself and stop telling yourself stories
about why you behave the way you do.
Stop blaming your behavior on other people
and take responsibility for your emotional reactions.
If you could forgive all the people in your life
who have hurt or wounded you
it would be possible to be in control of your behavior
instead of being in reaction to other people all of the time.
Imagine living life without experiencing
a constant emotional roller-coaster of pain, anger, and jealousy!
That would be bliss!
-Sheri Rosenthal

I have been going to the gym instead of the bar,
trying to get back down to my fighting weight.
- Gregg Allman

We can make a commitment to promote vegetables and
fruits and whole grains on every part of every menu.
We can make portion sizes smaller and emphasize quality over quantity.
And we can help create a culture - imagine this -
where our kids ask for healthy options instead of resisting them.
- Michelle Obama

Democracy is only an experiment in government,
and it has the obvious disadvantage of merely counting
votes instead of weighing them.
- Dean Inge

Hollywood is a place where they place you under contract
instead of under observation.
- Walter Winchell

A palindrome is a word or pattern that instead of developing
in different directions it folds in on itself so that
the beginning and end mirror each other,
that they are the same.
- Todd Solondz

I've never considered myself to be working for a living;
I've enjoyed myself for a living instead.
- John Mills

Ours is the age of substitutes: instead of language,
we have jargon: instead of principles,
slogans: and, instead of genuine ideas,
bright ideas.
- Eric Bentley

Also, the more you're not focused on showbiz and instead focused on life,
learning about other people, and keeping your eyes
open and trying to be aware of the world.
- Jason Schwartzman

Basically he never went to work and didn't have a job.
Of course I thought he did.
I thought he was on the phone doing business deals
instead of borrowing money from people.
- Christie Brinkley

A symphony is a stage play with the parts written for
instruments instead of for actors.
- Colin Henry Wilson

I took lots of photographs and had planned to write
a treatise on how it worked,
but I quickly got bored with that idea and wrote a
scientific fairy tale instead.
- Kit Williams

Somewhere we turn ourselves into victims instead of
being the powerful women we really are meant to be.
- Judith Light

Investigations during the last few decades have brought
hydrogen instead of carbon,
and instead of CO2 water, the mother of all life,
into the foreground.
- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

I suggest that instead of criticising us,
the establishment has a bloody good look at itself.
- Trisha Goddard

So often we try to alter circumstances to suit ourselves,
instead of letting them alter us, which is what they are meant to do.
- Mother Maribel

I'm very happy to have a small, long,
career instead of one big hit and then oblivion.
- Susannah McCorkle


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