You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.
We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.
Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense... human rights invented America.
I've looked on a lot of women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times.
There should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting to combat.
Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.
If you don't want your tax dollars to help the poor, then stop saying you want a country based on Christian values, because you don't
At the Carter Center we work with victims of oppression, and we give support to human rights heroes.
I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can't get my wife to go swimming.
We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon.
My great-grandfather and his two brothers fought at Gettysburg.
They were in artillery, and they survived the war, thank goodness. So I revere what they did. I think their motivations were honorable when they undertook the war and participated in it along with other Southerners.
We can't equate democracy with Christianity because the largest democracy on earth is India, which is primarily Hindu. The third largest democracy is Indonesia, which is Islamic. Democracy and freedom are not dependent on Christian beliefs.
I thought a lot about our Nation and what I should do as President.
And Sunday night before last, I made a speech about two problems of our countryenergy and malaise.
The abuse of women and girls is the most pervasive
I was totally dominated and revered my father.
I admired everything he did. He was a great sports person. He loved me. I was his only boy at that time, before my brother Billy came along.
We have a tendency to condemn people who are different from us, to define their sins as paramount and our own sinfulness as being insignificant.
You just have to have a simple faith.
Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future.
I remember the last three days that I was president, I never went to bed at all.
I never went to bed until we had negotiated the final release of the hostages.
We must make it clear that a platform of 'I hate gay men and women' is not a way to become president of the United States.
My understanding of racial discrimination as a child was highly distorted because the most prominent man in Archery was an African-American bishop. When he came home from up north, where he was in charge of A.M.E. churches in five states, it was front-page news. He was the most successful man in my life.
There's no way now for you to get a Democratic or Republican nomination without being able to raise $200 or $300 million or more. I would not be inclined to do that, and I would not be capable of doing it.
The awareness that health is dependent upon habits that we control makes us the first generation in history that to a large extent determines its own destiny.
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants.
People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom.
I separated from the Southern Baptists when they adopted the discriminatory attitude towards women, because I believe what Paul taught in Galatians that there is no distinction in God's eyes between men and women, slaves and masters, Jews and non-Jews - everybody is created equally in the eyes of God.
Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.
People make a big fuss over you when you're President.
But I'm very serious about doing everything I can to make sure that it doesn't go to my head.
We cannot be both the world's leading champion of peace and the world's leading supplier of the weapons of war.
Put on a sweater.
My constant prayer, my number one foreign goal, is to bring peace to Israel.
And in the process to Israel's neighbours.
My position has always been, along with many other people, that any differences be resolved in a nonviolent way.
All my playmates on the farm were black, and later, when I started school in Plains, it was all white. But I was always eager to get back home to my friends in Archery.
I think, in many people's minds, the Confederate battle flag is not only a memorial to our ancestors, which is perfectly OK, but also a symbol of white superiority and an inclination for people to believe that even slavery would've been OK.
I personally have always been in favor of people who are gay being permitted to marry legally - and I still feel that way.
I had just as much support from Republicans as I did Democrats when I ran for president. But I should have organized the Democratic Party to get me re-elected.
Testing oneself is best when done alone.
The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.
In religious and in secular affairs, the more fervent beliefs attract followers.
If you are a moderate in any respect - if you're a moderate on abortion, if you're a moderate on gun control, or if you're a moderate in your religious faith - it doesn't evolve into a crusade where you're either right or wrong, good or bad, with us or against us.
What has happened at Guantanamo Bay... does not represent the will of the American people. I'm embarrassed about it, I think its wrong. I think it does give terrorists an unwarranted excuse to use the despicable means to hurt innocent people.
My favourite president, and the one I admired most, was Harry Truman.
I don't think that the total creation took place in six days as we now measure time. If we can confirm, say, the Big Bang theory, that doesn't at all cause me to question my faith that God created the Big Bang.
I think I was identified as a failed president because I wasn't re-elected.
You can not divorce religious belief and public service.
I've never detected any conflict between God's will and my political duty. If you violate one, you violate the other.
It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.
I'll never tell a lie. I'll never make a misleading statement. I'll never betray the confidence that any of you had in me. And I'll never avoid a controversial issue.
A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It's a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.
My decision to register women confirms what is already obvious throughout our society-that women are now providing all types of skills in every profession. The military should be no exception.
When I was president, I announced and I still maintain that I can live with Roe v. Wade. I did everything I possibly could as president under that ruling, which I don't think ought to be changed, to minimize the need for abortions. I think every abortion is a result of a horrible series of errors on the part of people involved.
I'm going to stay active as long as I can politically, and with the Carter Center primarily, and if I'm able mentally and physically, will continue to be quite active.
Unfortunately, after Sept. 11, there was an outburst in America of intense suffering and patriotism, and the Bush administration was very shrewd and effective in painting anyone who disagreed with the policies as unpatriotic or even traitorous.
I don't think the Tea Party people are racist, except maybe a tiny portion of them. But there has been a deliberate effort - again, referring to Fox Broadcasting - to inject the race issue into it. They have actually called Obama a racist on television.
I've looked on many women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times. God knows I will do this and forgives me.