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George J. Mitchell Quotes and Sayings

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I didn't want to make it a lifetime thing.
I don't believe in statutory term limits,
but people can limit themselves if they want to,
and that's what I decided to do.
- George J. Mitchell

I had been involved in U.S.
intelligence in Berlin, Germany, while in the military
and had worked with a contact with the Central Intelligence Agency office there.
- George J. Mitchell

I was the United States Attorney for Maine for three years,
and then was appointed a federal judge.
- George J. Mitchell

My mother was an immigrant from Lebanon to the United States.
She came when she was 18 years old in 1920.
- George J. Mitchell

 

I had a great interest in sports.
I had three older brothers who were great athletes.
I was not.
- George J. Mitchell

Although he's regularly asked to do so,
God does not take sides in American politics.
- George J. Mitchell

When I went to college, my goal was to be a college history teacher.
I majored in history.
- George J. Mitchell

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I enjoyed practicing law.
- George J. Mitchell

From my parents, I learned a very strong work ethic,
and all of my brothers and sisters all worked from
the earliest days of life right through to the present time.
- George J. Mitchell

You know, the pessimism which exists now in the Middle
East existed in Northern Ireland,
but we stayed at it.
- George J. Mitchell

First, the American legislative process isn't well
suited to large and complex measures.
- George J. Mitchell

And I spent that time working as an insurance adjuster
and going to law school in the evening,
and then when I left law school, I joined the Department
of Justice in Washington.
- George J. Mitchell

I really owe everything to my parents and their devotion
and drive to see to it that their children had the
education which led to the opportunities that they never were able to have.
- George J. Mitchell

In the spring of 1994 I decided not to seek reelection to the Senate.
I had made the decision 12 years earlier,
Christmas Day of 1982, just after I had been first elected to a full term,
that I would do the best I could for a limited time.
- George J. Mitchell

I spent two years in the Army.
And my older brother, who was also a great positive influence on me,
encouraged me to think about law school,
and I said - well, I didn't have any money.
- George J. Mitchell

So my father grew up in an orphanage in Boston.
He was then adopted by an elderly childless couple from Maine,
who gave him the name of Mitchell.
He moved to Maine, and there he met my mother and was married.
- George J. Mitchell

I was born and raised in a small town in Maine,
Waterville.
I enjoyed living there - still do - and my goal in
life was a fairly specific and focused one of practicing law in Maine.
- George J. Mitchell

So I developed very early a massive inferiority complex,
and I've told the story often about how that inspired
me later in life to get involved in other things,
because I couldn't out-do my brothers in sports,
and it's a very competitive relationship.
- George J. Mitchell

The result was, of course, that today,
tragically, more than 40 million Americans don't have health insurance,
and for many, not having health insurance means they
don't have access to good health care.
- George J. Mitchell

I got a job with a law firm in Portland after a couple
of years with Senator Muskie.
But by then, my interest in politics had been sparked,
through meeting Senator Muskie, through seeing what he did.
- George J. Mitchell

In every society in human history, including the United States,
those in power seek to imbue themselves with the attributes
of religion and patriotism as a way of getting greater
support for their policy and insulating themselves from any criticism.
- George J. Mitchell

My parents were very poor, but we never felt any sense of need or want.
It was a very close, loving, tightly-knit family growing up,
and I never felt any sense of deprivation or anything like that.
- George J. Mitchell

What is good about the United States is the sense that
you can disagree with the government and not be seen as unpatriotic,
although many in the government will try to make you seem unpatriotic.
- George J. Mitchell

I'm glad I made the decision, although the practice of law -
and particularly serving as a federal judge -
was a part of my life that I really enjoyed and treasured
and look back on it with fondness.
- George J. Mitchell

As they say, one thing led to another,
and, ultimately, the British and Irish governments
asked me to serve as chairman of the peace negotiations,
which ironically began six years ago this week.
- George J. Mitchell

My father was the orphaned son of immigrants to the
United States from Ireland.
My father never knew his parents.
His mother died - we're not sure - either at or shortly after his birth,
and he and all of his siblings were placed in orphanages in the Boston area.
- George J. Mitchell

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 PHOTO

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson PHOTO

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong PHOTO

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago?
Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy
on account of most of them?
Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
- Dale Carnegie

When you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.
When you can see that, you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid,
and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

If I hadn't met you, I wouldn't like you.
If I didn't like you, I wouldn't love you.
If I didn't love you, I wouldn't miss you.
But I did, I do, and I will.
- Anonymous

Choose love. Choose to release all resentments.
Forgive everyone. Choose to release all regrets.
Forgive yourself for all decisions that you have ever made
that didn't work out as you hoped.
Forgive yourself for any financial decisions
that didn't meet your expectations.
Release your regrets if you choose
the "wrong" spouse or the "wrong" career.
Today, choose love.
Choose to love yourself.
Choose to love your life.
Choose to love all the friends, family, co-workers,
acquaintances, and others who share your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I didn't want to marry anybody else in town.
I want my baby to look like you.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood,
but it didn't because parenting can only be learned
by people who have no children.
- Bill Cosby

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish he didn't trust me so much.
- Mother Teresa

I haven't spoken to my wife in years.
I didn't want to interrupt her.
- Rodney Dangerfield

The earth is like a spaceship
that didn't come with an operating manual.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I was always shocked when I went to the doctor's office
and they did my X-ray and didn't find that I had eight
more ribs than I should have or that my blood was the color green.
- Nicolas Cage

My mom's a Catholic, and my dad's a Jew,
and they didn't want anything to do with anything.
- Isabelle Huppert

I quit high school on my birthday.
It was my senior year and I didn't see the point.
This was 1962, and I was ready to make music.
- Barry White

Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people
couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
- Kin Hubbard

I was a brownie for a day.
My mom made me stop.
She didn't want me to conform.
- Sandra Bullock

Growing up, I didn't have a lot of toys,
and personal entertainment depended on individual ingenuity and imagination -
think up a story and go live it for an afternoon.
- Terry Brooks

Bachelors know more about women than married men;
if they didn't they'd be married too.
- H. L. Mencken

I would think twice about designing stuff for which
there was no need and which didn't endure.
- Robin Day

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

When I turned 60, it didn't bother me at all.
- Yoko Ono

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
- Satchel Paige

My boyfriend and I broke up.
He wanted to get married and I didn't want him to.
- Rita Rudner

Disneyland is a work of love.
We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.
- Walt Disney

I didn't have the same fitness or ability as the other girls,
so I had to beat them with my mind.
- Martina Hingis

My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and
I told him of course he could,
so long as he didn't take it out of my garden.
- Eric Morecambe

I have this sense that I didn't really start growing up until my twenties.
- Winona Ryder

I'm more comfortable with whatever's wrong with me
than my father was whenever he felt he failed or didn't
measure up to the standard he set.
- John Malkovich

I kept my babies fed.
I could have dumped them, but I didn't.
I decided that whatever trip I was on,
they were going with me.
You're looking at a real daddy.
- Barry White

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why
the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
- Laurence J. Peter

I got up with my wife, I sat down at the computer when she went to work,
and I didn't stop until she got home.
- George Stephen

Life's like Vegas. You're up, you're down,
but in the end the house always wins.
Doesn't mean you didn't have fun.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

What if happiness were found in the serenity of simple pleasures.
What if we didn't need the newest gizmo... the highest high?
What if happiness is in the air we breathe...
slowly, deeply, and consciously?
What if happiness is one fresh grape, savored with gratitude?
What if happiness is in our oneness with all creation?
What if happiness is about enjoying life exactly as it comes to us -
without chasing after it?
What if happiness is something we CHOOSE...
regardless of our circumstances?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.
- Aristotle Onassis

We didn't actually overspend our budget.
The health Commission allocation simply fell short of our expenditure.
- Frank Howard Clark

You define a good flight by negatives:
you didn't get hijacked,
you didn't crash, you didn't throw up,
you weren't late, you weren't nauseated by the food.
So you are grateful.
- Paul Theroux

The Vatican is against surrogate mothers.
Good thing they didn't have that rule when Jesus was born.
- Elayne Boosler

Mommy smoked but she didn't want us to.
She saw smoke coming out of the barn one time,
so we got whipped.
- Loretta Lynn

Dad taught me everything I know.
Unfortunately, he didn't teach me everything he knows.
- Al Unser

I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one.
So I got a cake.
- Mitch Hedberg

I crashed my boyfriend's birthday when I was 12 years old.
He didn't invite me and so I showed up.
- Isla Fisher

The Russians feared Ike.
They didn't fear me.
- Lyndon B. Johnson


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