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" 90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world. "
" A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. "
" As I have done in every election since I started voting so many years ago, I always like to take my time and examine the two candidates, see not only the two candidates but the policies they will bring in, the people they will bring in, who they might appoint to the Supreme Court, and look at the whole range of issues before making a decision. "
" Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. "
" Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age. "
" But just as they did in Philadelphia when they were writing the constitution, sooner or later, you've got to compromise. You've got to start making the compromises that arrive at a consensus and move the country forward. "
" Children need to get a high-quality education, avoid violence and the criminal-justice system, and gain jobs. But they deserve more. We want them to learn not only reading and math but fairness, caring, self-respect, family commitment, and civic duty. "
" Diplomacy is listening to what the other guy needs. Preserving your own position, but listening to the other guy. You have to develop relationships with other people so when the tough times come, you can work together. "
" Don't be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard. "
" Don't bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself. "
" Don't let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn't go with it. "
" Drones are just another weapon, and they turn out to be a very effective weapon that puts no American troops at risk, and I don't see why we shouldn't use them against identified enemy targets. "
" Economy's got to get moving, we've got to get the unemployment rate down. That may be the defining issue of the campaign. "
" Engineering didn't take to me. And what saved me and kept me in college was I ran into ROTC cadets who were in a fraternity called The Persian Rifles. And I found my place. I found discipline. I found structure. I found people that were like me and I liked. "
" Experts often possess more data than judgment. "
" Fit no stereotypes. Don't chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team's mission. "
" Foe means enemy. Now, will we have differences of opinion with the Russians? Yes. Will they get mad at us from time to time, and we get mad at them? That's part of the normal diplomatic relations. "
" Get mad, then get over it. "
" Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up. "
" Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand. "
" Have fun in your command. Don't always run at a breakneck pace. Take leave when you've earned it, spend time with your families. "
" High-quality early-childhood programs and health coverage have expanded, and the number of mentoring relationships for at-risk youth has risen dramatically. That progress is encouraging, but it's not evenly distributed. "
" I always like to take my time and examine the two candidates, see not only the two candidates but the policies they will bring in, the people they will bring in, who they might appoint to the Supreme Court, and look at the whole range of issues before making a decision. "
" I consider myself a moderate Republican. I have very, very moderate social views, and I'm pretty strong on, on defense matters. "
" I don't know that there is much the United States can do except work with the international community. "
" I don't think we handled the aftermath of the fall of Baghdad as well as we might have. But that's now history. "
" I don't want to spend the rest of my life giving speeches. "
" If a leader doesn't convey passion and intensity then there will be no passion and intensity within the organization and they'll start to fall down and get depressed. "
" If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude. "
" In 2008, I spoke out against calling the president a Muslim as if that was a curse. And then in 2012, once again, I was very disturbed about some of the intolerance I was seeing in the party, so I made a statement saying there's a level of intolerance in some parts of the Republican Party. And there was, and I think there still is. "
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