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Paul Wellstone Quotes and Sayings

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Politics is not about power.
- Paul Wellstone

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Sometimes, the only realists are the dreamers.
- Paul Wellstone

The first task in teaching is to bring to consciousness
what the students already believe by virtue of their
personal experiences about themselves and society.
- Paul Wellstone

There are three critical ingredients to democratic
renewal and progressive change in America:
good public policy,
grassroots organizing and electoral politics.
- Paul Wellstone

 

Politics is about the improvement of people's lives.
It's about advancing the cause of peace and justice
in our country and the world.
Politics is about doing well for the people.
- Paul Wellstone

Politics is not about money.
- Paul Wellstone

Politics isn't about big money or power games;
it's about the improvement of people's lives.
- Paul Wellstone

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Above and beyond the question of how to grow the economy
there is a legitimate concern about how to grow the quality of our lives.
- Paul Wellstone

There is a major ingredient missing from our perception
of how changes are brought about;
that ingredient is power.
- Paul Wellstone

If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for,
at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them.
- Paul Wellstone

The American polity is infected with a serious imbalance
of power between elites and masses,
a power which is the principal threat to our democracy.
- Paul Wellstone

If a teacher does not involve himself,
his values, his commitments, in the course of discussion,
why should the students?
- Paul Wellstone

Our politics are our deepest form of expression:
they mirror our past experiences and reflect our dreams
and aspirations for the future.
- Paul Wellstone

Politics is not about winning for the sake of winning.
- Paul Wellstone

Education and democracy have the same goal:
the fullest possible development of human capabilities.
- Paul Wellstone

I think the future also will not belong to those who
are cynical or those who stand on the sidelines.
- Paul Wellstone

Why don't we call on the credit card companies to be
accountable? They need to be held accountable for their
predatory lending practices.
- Paul Wellstone

The future will belong to those who have passion and
are willing to work hard to make our country better.
- Paul Wellstone

We can and must move U.S.
politics forward by means of committed participation.
- Paul Wellstone

Never separate the life you live from the words you speak.
- Paul Wellstone

The only way to change is to vote.
People are responsible.
- Paul Wellstone

We can remake the world daily.
- Paul Wellstone

The people of this country, not special interest big money,
should be the source of all political power.
- Paul Wellstone

What makes community organizing especially attractive
is the faith it places in the ability of the poor to
make decisions for themselves.
- Paul Wellstone

As free citizens in a political democracy,
we have a responsibility to be interested and involved
in the affairs of the human community,
be it at the local or the global level.
- Paul Wellstone

Successful organizing is based on the recognition that
people get organized because they,
too, have a vision.
- Paul Wellstone

I was talking about no nukes, the farm crisis.
People said that wasn't stuff that a state auditor
was supposed to be talking about.
Maybe they were right.
- Paul Wellstone

Without trying, I'm different.
- Paul Wellstone

I'm short, I'm Jewish and I'm a liberal.
- Paul Wellstone

The idea of democracy has been stripped of it moral
imperatives and come to denote hollowness and hypocrisy.
- Paul Wellstone

I represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic party.
- Paul Wellstone

I don't think politics has anything to do with left,
right, or center.
It has to do with trying to do right by people.
- Paul Wellstone

What the poor, the weak, and the inarticulate desperately require is power,
organization, and a sense of identity and purpose,
not rarefied advice of political scientists.
- Paul Wellstone

Our aims in political activism are not,
and should not be, to create a perfect utopia.
- Paul Wellstone

Politics is not predictions and politics is not observations.
Politics is what we do.
Politics is what we do, politics is what we create,
by what we work for, by what we hope for and what we dare to imagine.
- Paul Wellstone

It is the belief that extremes and excesses of inequality
must be reduced so that each person is free to fully
develop his or her full potential.
This is why we take precious time out of our lives and give it to politics.
- Paul Wellstone

A politics that is not sensitive to the concerns and
circumstances of people's lives,
a politics that does not speak to and include people,
is an intellectually arrogant politics that deserves to fail.
- Paul Wellstone

The kind of national goal we ought to be thinking about
is way beyond national product -
it is how do we as a nation help our children be the
best kinds of people they could possibly be?
- Paul Wellstone

When too many Americans don't vote or participate,
some see apathy and despair.
I see disappointment and even outrage.
And I believe that out of this frustration can come hope and action.
- Paul Wellstone

I emphasize self-esteem, self-confidence,
and dignity, not as an ideal, but as a real test of community organization.
Without leadership development, community organizations
do not have staying power.
- Paul Wellstone

I saw as a teacher how, if you take that spark of learning
that those children have,
and you ignite it, you can take a child from any background
to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment.
- Paul Wellstone

I never considered a difference of opinion
in politics, in religion, in philosophy,
as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
- Thomas Jefferson

When you are in any contest,
you should work as if there were -
to the very last minute - a chance to lose it.
This is battle, this is politics, this is anything.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

The flood of money that gushes into politics today
is a pollution of democracy.
- Theodore White

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in
politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
- Plato

Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you.
- Ralph Nader

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected.
The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.
- George MacDonald

Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed.
- Mao Tse-Tung

In politics the middle way is none at all.
- John Adams

Radical changes in world politics leave America with
a heightened responsibility to be,
for the world, an example of a genuinely free,
democratic, just and humane society.
- Pope John Paul II

Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
- Charles de Gaulle

Politics have no relation to morals.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

I think it's a terrible shame that politics has become show business.
- Sydney Pollack

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
- Ambrose Bierce

In politics nothing is contemptible.
- Benjamin Disraeli

One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth
is rarely a politician's objective.
Election and power are.
- Cal Thomas

Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot
of money even to be defeated.
- Will Rogers

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy.
- Martin L. Gross

In politics it is necessary either to betray one's
country or the electorate.
I prefer to betray the electorate.
- Charles de Gaulle

The world is governed by opinion.
- William Ellery Channing

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten
percent a bad reputation.
- Henry A. Kissinger

It is enough that the people know there was an election.
The people who cast the votes decide nothing.
The people who count the votes decide everything.
- Joseph Stalin

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

A healthy democracy requires a decent society;
it requires that we are honorable,
generous, tolerant and respectful.
- Charles W. Pickering

A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell
in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
- Caskie Stinnett

Do you ever get the feeling that the only reason we
have elections is to find out if the polls were right?
- Robert Orben

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation,
the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
- P. J. O'Rourke

There are many men of principle in both parties in America,
but there is no party of principle.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune.
For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure
in events that dismay the rest of humanity.
- Russell Baker


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