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Paul Farmer Quotes and Sayings

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Civil and political rights are critical,
but not often the real problem for the destitute sick.
My patients in Haiti can now vote but they can't get
medical care or clean water.
- Paul Farmer

Again, conventional Catholicism does not much appeal to me.
- Paul Farmer

I would say that, intellectually, Catholicism had no
more impact on me than did social theory.
- Paul Farmer

I'm not an austere person.
- Paul Farmer

 

I'm one of six kids, and the eight of us lived for
over a decade in either a bus or a boat.
- Paul Farmer

It is clear that the pharmaceutical industry is not,
by any stretch of the imagination, doing enough to
ensure that the poor have access to adequate medical care.
- Paul Farmer

The only way to do the human rights thing is to do
the right thing medically.
- Paul Farmer

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But as for activism, my parents did what they could,
given the constraints, but were never involved in the
causes I think of when I think of activists.
- Paul Farmer

I critique market-based medicine not because I haven't
seen its heights but because I've seen its depths.
- Paul Farmer

At the same time, it is obvious that clinicians in
Haiti are faced with different,
and, in fact, greater, challenges when attempting to
treat complications of HIV disease.
- Paul Farmer

The human rights community has focused very narrowly
on political and civil rights for many decades,
and with reason, but now we have to ask how can we broaden the view.
- Paul Farmer

So I can't show you how, exactly, health care is a basic human right.
But what I can argue is that no one should have to
die of a disease that is treatable.
- Paul Farmer

The thing about rights is that in the end you can't
prove what should be considered a right.
- Paul Farmer

For me, an area of moral clarity is:
you're in front of someone who's suffering and you
have the tools at your disposal to alleviate that suffering or even eradicate it,
and you act.
- Paul Farmer

I think we will see better vaccines within the next 15 years,
but I'm not a scientist and am focused on the short-term -
what will happen in the interim.
- Paul Farmer

I mean we grew up in a TB bus and I became a TB doctor.
- Paul Farmer

The poorest parts of the world are by and large the
places in which one can best view the worst of medicine
and not because doctors in these countries have different
ideas about what constitutes modern medicine.
It's the system and its limitations that are to blame.
- Paul Farmer

We've taken on the major health problems of the poorest -
tuberculosis,
maternal mortality, AIDS, malaria - in four countries.
We've scored some victories in the sense that we've
cured or treated thousands and changed the discourse about what is possible.
- Paul Farmer

I recommend the same therapies for all humans with HIV.
There is no reason to believe that physiologic responses
to therapy will vary across lines of class,
culture, race or nationality.
- Paul Farmer

Anywhere you have extreme poverty and no national health insurance,
no promise of health care regardless of social standing,
that's where you see the sharp limitations of market-based health care.
- Paul Farmer

In fact, it seems to me that making strategic alliances
across national borders in order to treat HIV among
the world's poor is one of the last great hopes of
solidarity across a widening divide.
- Paul Farmer

But if you're asking my opinion, I would argue that
a social justice approach should be central to medicine
and utilized to be central to public health.
This could be very simple: the well should take care of the sick.
- Paul Farmer

I've been impressed, over the last 15 years,
with how often the somewhat conspiratorial comments
of Haitian villagers have been proven to be correct
when the historical record is probed carefully.
- Paul Farmer

Since I do not believe that there should be different
recommendations for people living in the Bronx and
people living in Manhattan,
I am uncomfortable making different recommendations
for my patients in Boston and in Haiti.
- Paul Farmer

A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society,
and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching.
- A. Bartlett Giamatti

The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal
government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.
- Ronald Reagan

All wars are civil wars, because all men are brothers.
- Francois Fenelon

I have no difficulty with the recognition of civil
unions for non-traditional relationships but I believe
in law we should protect the traditional definition of marriage.
- Stephen Harper

The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution,
the Civil War-when I really think about them they all
seem about as likely as the parting of the Red Sea.
- Sarah Vowell

I, like many members of my generation,
was concerned with segregation and the repeated violation of civil rights.
- Joseph E. Stiglitz

Liberals are stalwart defenders of civil liberties -
provided we're only talking about criminals.
- Ann Coulter

The Court today completes the process of converting
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 from a guarantee
that race or sex will not be the basis for often will.
- Antonin Scalia

I had advocated the establishment of a Negro industrial commission.
I had gestured against the growth of monopoly power.
I had introduced a few civil rights bills.
- Emanuel Celler

I came out of the Civil Rights Movement,
and I had a different kind of focus than most people
who have just the academic background as their primary training experience.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

We are losing each day an average 50 to 60 people throughout the country,
if not more.
If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is.
- Iyad Allawi

Health care is not a privilege.
It's a right.
It's a right as fundamental as civil rights.
It's a right as fundamental as giving every child a
chance to get a public education.
- Rod Blagojevich

Individual and national rights to wealth rest on the
basis of civil and international law,
or at least of custom that has the force of law.
- Alfred Marshall

I was in school studying civil engineering.
A guy approached me on the street and said that I had
a interesting look-very exotic.
He told me I should try to be in the industry.
- Thuy Trang

If there is anything worse than international warfare,
is civil warfare, and the United States was destined
to experience it in the extreme of bitterness.
- Paul Harris

Civil libertarians have raised concerns that some of
the Patriot Act's provisions infringe on Constitutional rights.
Those concerns are not supported by the facts.
- Roger Wicker

On the last morning of Virginia's bloodiest year since the Civil War,
I built a fire and sat facing a window of darkness
where at sunrise I knew I would find the sea.
- Patricia Cornwell

My father, who had previously been a civil engineer,
died in the great influenza epidemic of 1918.
- James Rainwater

In Downing Street they called me 'Boss'.
Civil servants would always call me 'Prime Minister'.
- Tony Blair

I honestly do not know if civil disobedience has any
effect on the government.
I can promise you it has a great effect on the person who chooses to do it.
- Martin Sheen

The Crows are very handsome and gentlemanly Indians
in their personal appearance:
and have been always reputed,
since the first acquaintance made with them,
very civil and friendly.
- George Catlin

When I started graduate school I was interested in
the culture of the Civil Rights Movement.
- Bernice Johnson Reagon

I began to see during the civil war,
in that part of the states of Missouri and Kansas where
the doctors were shut out,
the children did not die.
- Andrew Taylor Still

King consciously steered away from legal claims and
instead relied on civil disobedience.
- Constance Baker Motley

John Brown first swam into my vision in the 1960s when
I was a political activist in the civil rights movement
and the anti-war movement at Chapel Hill,
where I went to university.
- Russell Banks

You can't be a Red if you're married to a civil servant.
- Doris Lessing

Rosa Parks was a woman of strength, conviction,
and morality.
Her action on December 1, 1955, to defy the law made
her a leading figure in our nation's civil rights history.
- John Shimkus

I'm in the civil discourse business.
I think it takes all kinds.
And more power to everybody.
- Jim Lehrer

The film of tomorrow will not be directed by civil servants of the camera,
but by artists for whom shooting a film constitutes
a wonderful and thrilling adventure.
- Francois Truffaut

Our government just won't enforce civil rights laws.
The laws will be ignored.
- Major Owens

For the gay establishment, the death of right and wrong
began when gaining civil rights ceased to be enough.
- Tammy Bruce

We show deference to the civil authorities when they
respect the divine origin of their power and when they
serve the people with objective reference to the law of God.
- Angelo Scola

Baptists are very strong believers that the civil magistrate
is ordained by God to punish those who do evil.
- Richard Land

It would be immoral to walk away from the consequences of our actions,
leaving behind anarchy and civil war in Iraq.
- Kenneth Clarke

All civil rights and the right to hold office were
to be extended to persons of any Christian denomination.
- Roger Sherman

The arts and a belief in the values of the civil rights movement,
in the overwhelming virtue of diversity,
these were our religion.
My parents worshipped those ideals.
- Jonathan Lethem

In situations of military conflict, civil strife,
lawlessness, bad governance, and human rights violations,
terrorists find it easier to hide, train and prepare their attacks.
- Gijs de Vries

The liberty of the Press is the Palladium of all the civil,
political and religious rights of an Englishman.
- Junius

Iraq is in a civil war.
There is no road in that country that is safe.
- Mark Shields

There's a real question at stake now.
Is President Obama creating a civil war in our own country?
- Jon Voight

Civil rights are more important today than they ever
have been in our country.
There is so much divisiveness today.
- David Harris

It's the most rewarding thing to be a civil servant.
- Sargent Shriver

I don't call myself a white supremacist.
I'm a civil rights activist concerned about European-American rights.
- David Duke

We want to keep the actual Civil War experience alive.
- Bobby Riggs

You know, the thing that struck me about Civil War
music was how bloody it was;
it was full of hatred.
There was incredible vitriol in it.
- T-Bone Burnett

The civil war which has so long prevailed between Spain
and the Provinces in South America still continues,
without any prospect of its speedy termination.
- James Monroe

As a civil rights leader, Mrs.
King's vision of racial peace and nonviolent social
change was a fortifying staple in advancing the civil rights movement.
- James T. Walsh


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