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.

— Jimmy Carter

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The measure of a society is found in how they treat their weakest and most helpless citizens.


I have one life and one chance to make it count for something.

.. My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.

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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


What are the things that you can't see that are important? I would say justice, truth, humility, service, compassion, love...They're the guiding lights of a life.

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The abuse of women and girls is the most pervasive


America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense... human rights invented America.


We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.

Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.


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We cannot be both the world's leading champion of peace and the world's leading supplier of the weapons of war.


The test of a government is not how popular it is with the powerful and privileged few but how honestly and fairly it deals with the many who must depend on it.


Jesus never said a word about homosexuality.

In all of his teachings about multiple things - he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.


I believe that anyone can be successful in life, regardless of natural talent or the environment within which we live. This is not based on measuring success by human competitiveness for wealth, possessions, influence, and fame, but adhering to God's standards of truth, justice, humility, service, compassion, forgiveness, and love.


One of the most serious problems that our country has inherited an unwillingness to talk to anyone who disagrees with us or who won't accept, before a discussion, all the premises that we demand.


It is difficult for the common good to prevail against the intense concentration of those who have a special interest, especially if the decisions are made behind locked doors.


If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement.


About Jimmy Carter

Quotes 490 sayings
Nationality American
Profession President
Birthday October 16

We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.


Everyone has a right to peaceful coexistence, the basic personal freedoms, the alleviation of suffering, and the opportunity to lead a productive life.


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.


We can choose to alleviate suffering.

We can choose to work together for peace. We can make these changes - and we must.


I've never won an argument with my wife;

and the only time I thought I had I found out the argument wasn't over yet.


You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.


Because I know about the Holy Land, I've taught lessons about the Holy Land all my life, and - but you can't bring peace to Israel without giving the Palestinian also peace. And Lebanon and Jordan and Syria as well.


Every act of energy conservation... is more than just common sense: I tell you it is an act of patriotism.


Because we are now running out of gas and oil, we must prepare quickly for a third change, to strict conservation and to the use of ... permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power.


When your troops go to war, the prime minister or the president change overnight from an administrator, dealing with taxation and welfare and health and deteriorating roads, into the commander-in-chief. And it's just become almost unpatriotic to describe Bush's fallacious and ill-advised and mistaken and sometimes misleading actions.


The preeminent obstacle to peace is Israel's colonization of Palestine.


When people are intimidated about having their own opinions, oppression is at hand.


I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A. I wouldn't say it's the cause of terrorism, but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts.


We have a special relationship with Israel.

It's absolutely crucial that no one in our country or around the world ever doubt that our number one committment in the Middle East is to protect the right of Israel to exist, to exist permanently, and to exist in peace. It's a special relationship.


If you're totally illiterate and living on one dollar a day, the benefits of globalization never come to you.


We know that a peaceful world cannot long exist, one-third rich and two-thirds hungry.


America has always been a country of innovation and dynamism, entrepreneurship.

And I think that one of the things that has made our country great too is its heterogeneous population where people come here from all over the world.


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.


Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.


Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself


War may sometimes be a necessary evil.

But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.


Every advance in this half-century-Social Security, civil rights, Medicare, aid to education, one after another-came with the support and leadership of American Labor.


Globalization, as defined by rich people like us, is a very nice thing.

.. you are talking about the Internet, you are talking about cell phones, you are talking about computers. This doesn't affect two-thirds of the people of the world.


We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon.


The bond of our common humanity is stronger than the divisiveness of our fears and prejudices.


I hate to see complacency prevail in our lives when it's so directly contrary to the teaching of Christ.


We simply must balance our demand for energy with our rapidly shrinking resources. By acting now we can control our future instead of letting the future control us.


There's always an element of self delusion among people who believe they ought to be President. There's an underestimation of your opponent and an overestimation of your own abilities. This is compatible with being rich and powerful, the idea that we were blessed by God because we deserve to be blessed.


I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can't get my wife to go swimming.


Our American values are not luxuries but necessities, not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself. Our common vision of a free and just society is our greatest source of cohesion at home and strength abroad, greater than the bounty of our material blessings.


Too many of us now tend to worship self indulgence and consumption.


One of the most basic principles for making and keeping peace within and between nations. . . is that in political, military, moral, and spiritual confrontations, there should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting to combat


I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history... The overt reversal of America's basic values as expressed by previous administrations, including those of George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and others, has been the most disturbing to me.


The election of Barack Obama was a very wonderful step forward for America, which has unfortunately been tainted by the ugly reaction of some right wing activist who are doing their best to cast aspersions on his character and to question his religion and citizenship.


Go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is.


God always answers prayers. Sometimes it's 'yes.' Sometimes the answer is 'no.' Sometimes it's 'you gotta be kidding.


Because (grandparents) are usually free to love and guide and befriend the young without having to take daily responsibility for them, they can often reach out past pride and fear of failure and close the space between generations.