Give more than is expected. Love more than seems wise. Serve more than seems necessary. Help more than is asked.— Cory Booker
The most surprising Cory Booker quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
It is okay not to like someone, but it is never okay to try and degrade, humiliate, or dehumanize them.
The world you see outside of you will always be a reflection of what you have inside of you.
Before you speak to me about your religion, first show it to me in how you treat other people. Before you tell me how much you love your God, show me in how much you love all His children.
No matter what, we always have the power to choose hope over despair, engagement over apathy, kindness over indifference, love over hate.
The right attitude can transform a barrier into a blessing, an obstacle into an opportunity or a stumbling block into a stepping stone.
First class in life has nothing to do with the clothes you wear, the car you drive or the house you live in. First class is and always will be about the content of your character, the quality of your ideas and the kindness in your heart.
In life, it is never the big battle, the big moment, the big speech, the big election. That does not change things. What changes things is every day, getting up and rendering small acts of service and love beyond that what's expected of you or required of you.
Give the respect you want to receive;
embody the grace you hope to encounter; and help others with no expectations whatsoever.
May we help more than we hurt, may we seek to understand more than be understood and may we love more than we judge.
Real courage is holding on to a still voice in your head that says, 'I must keep going.' It's that voice that says nothing is a failure if it is not final. That voice that says to you, 'Get out of bed. Keep going. I will not quit.'
No matter who you are, no matter what your color, creed, how you choose to pray or who you choose to love, that if you are an American - first generation or fifth - one who is willing to work hard, play by the rules and apply your God-given talents - that you should be able to find a job that pays the bills.
You cannot find what you do not seek.
You cannot grasp when you do not reach. Your dreams won't come up to your front door. You have got to take a leap if you want to soar.
Never let your soul be silenced. Live life out loud. Every day tell your truth not with words but with actions from your heart.
Remember that the biggest thing you could do today is a small act of kindness.
Can you every single day tell a true testimony of who you are? That's really what life is about.
Go out there and swear to this world your oath, not with your words, but with what you do. Not with your hand over your heart, but with your hand outstretched to a world that desperately needs your hand, your help, your insights, your creativity, your honor, your courage. It needs you.
We choose forward. We choose inclusion. We choose growing together. We choose American economic might and muscle, standing strong on the bedrock of the American ideal: a strong, empowered and ever-growing middle class.
If you look at great human civilizations, from the Roman Empire to the Soviet Union, you will see that most do not fail simply due to external threats but because of internal weakness, corruption, or a failure to manifest the values and ideals they espouse.
When American citizens pull together, there is little we can't accomplish.
There is too much disagreement for disagreement's sake.
In a time of persistent challenges that still call into question our most sacred aspirations as a country, we cannot afford shallow callous divisiveness in our public debate.
Life is about where you are right now, and the choices you make.
If you understand the Black Lives Matter movement, there's no central leadership of the movement. This is an organic, grassroots movement all around America.
People who think I'm gay, some part of me thinks it's wonderful.
Because I want to challenge people on their homophobia. I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I'm gay, and I say, 'So what does it matter if I am? So be it. I hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption that I'm straight.'
Dream big & have huge ambition, but never forget life is lived in small moments and sustained by simple acts of love.
It's about time that we create first class citizenship for every American plain and simple. Every New Jersey-ian. This should not be a popular vote. This is something we should do now.
The only thing that weakens worry is work, so I will be working for Marie Corfield
We need to be acting responsible as adults, and I don't endorse in any way the irresponsible use of marijuana. But I do believe we have come to a point in our society where we need to end prohibition. We need to have taxed, regulated marijuana within American communities.
Our platform calls for a balanced deficit reduction plan where the wealthy pay their fair share. And when your country is in a costly war, with our soldiers sacrificing abroad and our nation facing a debt crisis at home, being asked to pay your fair share isn't class warfare - it's patriotism.
As you put your sights on your goals — no matter how great and compelling they are — as you look into the distance, don’t forget what is right in front of you today. No matter how great your dreams, no matter how great your destiny, the biggest thing you can do in any day is a small act of kindness.
I have seen things in my life that have broken me in spirit.
I love talking about the challenges [Newark, NJ] has because of the way they are always brilliantly disguised as opportunities.. .the biggest global challenge that there is is a challenge of the spirit, a challenge of our vision, a challenge and a test of our ideals, of who we SAY we are GOING TO BE.
This is our history - from the Transcontinental Railroad to the Hoover Dam, to the dredging of our ports and building of our most historic bridges - our American ancestors prioritized growth and investment in our nation's infrastructure.
Tolerance says I am just going to stomach your right to be different.
That if you disappear from the face of the earth, I am no better or worse off. But love - love knows that every American has worth and value, no matter what their background, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
I reject the idea that the guy who comes out of Yale and goes to work in the projects in Newark is good, and the guy who goes to work for a white-shoe law firm is bad. We're all mountain rangers. We all have peaks and valleys.
'Hamilton' is one of the best things I've ever seen on a stage, and for a guy who loves American history, hip-hop and theater, it was pure bliss.
You were not built for comfort and convenience. You were built to overcome.
Cynicism cripples our imagination and limits our ability to see faint possibilities amidst glaring problems.
If I just retweet the nice things, it rings hollow after a while.
More than anything, we must do better for our children's education.
The more you limit your choices, thereby limiting thought, the more you can simplify your life and focus your energy elsewhere.
I don't know what the strategy will be in Washington.
The reality is, is, I have got to go down there, as my mentor, as people like Bill Bradley have told me to do, get to know your colleagues on both sides of the aisle, recognize that they, too, beat with the same heart and the same type of blood.
The Constitution makes very clear what the obligation of the United States Senate is and what the obligation of the president of the United States is. To allow a Supreme Court position to remain vacant for well over a year cuts against what I think the intentions of the framers are and what the traditions of the Senate and the executive are.
The process of writing a book has given me a whole new reverence for writers.
Mechanically, it is a brutal process; emotionally, it's incredibly healing.
Heroism is not fighting some big battle.
It is not standing up to some fearsome foe ... Heroism is every day getting up with a mission to show this world that you are going to light it up with your spirit, to make the best out of yourself.
You can't have a physical transformation until you have a spiritual transformation.
I come from a mother who can cry at a G.E. commercial.
I'm a competitor. And I don't want to say, hey, just because this person is a woman or this person is a minority, that they're not going to get the white male vote.
If you want the things people don't have, you have to do the things other people will not do.
The history in our country speaks to our highest values of people who did not accept things as they are and go along with them. They resisted, they refused to accept the world as it is, they demanded it to be a better reflection of their highest dreams and highest aspirations.