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All Quotes by author - Barbara Jordan
" A government is invigorated when each of us is willing to participate in shaping the future of this nation. "
" A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good. "
" But this is the great danger America faces. That we will cease to be one nation and become instead a collection of interest groups: city against suburb, region against region, individual against individual. Each seeking to satisfy private wants. "
" Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power. "
" Education remains the key to both economic and political empowerment. "
" For all of its uncertainty, we cannot flee the future. "
" I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in 'We, the people.' "
" If you're going to play the game properly, you'd better know every rule. "
" I never intended to become a run-of-the-mill person. "
" It is reason, and not passion, which must guide our deliberations, guide our debate, and guide our decision. "
" Let each person do his or her part. If one citizen is unwilling to participate, all of us are going to suffer. For the American idea, though it is shared by all of us, is realized in each one of us. "
" Let's all understand that these guiding principles cannot be discarded for short-term political gains. They represent what this country is all about. They are indigenous to the American idea. And these are principles which are not negotiable. "
" Let there be no illusions about the difficulty of forming this kind of a national community. It's tough, difficult, not easy. But a spirit of harmony will survive in America only if each of us remembers that we share a common destiny. "
" Life is too large to hang out a sign: 'For Men Only.' "
" More is required of public officials than slogans and handshakes and press releases. More is required. We must hold ourselves strictly accountable. We must provide the people with a vision of the future. "
" One thing is clear to me: We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves. "
" The citizens of America expect more. They deserve and they want more than a recital of problems. "
" The imperative is to define what is right and do it. "
" There is no executive order; there is no law that can require the American people to form a national community. This we must do as individuals and if we do it as individuals, there is no President of the United States who can veto that decision. "
" Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap. "
" Throughout out history, when people have looked for new ways to solve their problems, and to uphold the principles of this nation, many times they have turned to political parties. They have often turned to the Democratic Party. "
" We are a party of innovation. We do not reject our traditions, but we are willing to adapt to changing circumstances, when change we must. We are willing to suffer the discomfort of change in order to achieve a better future. "
" We are a people in a quandary about the present. We are a people in search of our future. We are a people in search of a national community. "
" We must exchange the philosophy of excuse - what I am is beyond my control for the philosophy of responsibility. "
" We must not become the new puritans and reject our society. We must address and master the future together. It can be done if we restore the belief that we share a sense of national community, that we share a common national endeavor. It can be done. "
" What the people want is very simple - they want an America as good as its promise. "
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