If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them.— Paul Wellstone
The most fantastic Paul Wellstone quotes that may be undiscovered and unusual
I was talking about no nukes, the farm crisis.
People said that wasn't stuff that a state auditor was supposed to be talking about. Maybe they were right.
There are three critical ingredients to democratic renewal and progressive change in America: good public policy, grassroots organizing and electoral politics.
Politics is not about power. Politics is not about money. Politics is not about winning for the sake of winning. Politics is about the improvement of people's lives.
A politics that is not sensitive to the concerns and circumstances of people's lives, a politics that does not speak to and include people, is an intellectually arrogant politics that deserves to fail.
The future will not belong to those who sit on the sidelines.
The future will not belong to the cynics. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
The people of this country, not special interest big money, should be the source of all political power.
Sometimes, the only realists are the dreamers
Politics is about the improvement of people's lives.
It's about advancing the cause of peace and justice in our country and the world. Politics is about doing well for the people.
...how can we live in the richest, most privileged country in the world, at the peak of its economic performance, and still hear the Republicans, and too many Democrats, that we cannot afford to provide a good education for every child, that we cannot afford to provide health security for all our citizens?
The idea of democracy has been stripped of it moral imperatives and come to denote hollowness and hypocrisy.
Above and beyond the question of how to grow the economy there is a legitimate concern about how to grow the quality of our lives.
We must regain our vision and hope and move our country forward on an agenda of peace and justice.
Education and democracy have the same goal: the fullest possible development of human capabilities.
As free citizens in a political democracy, we have a responsibility to be interested and involved in the affairs of the human community, be it at the local or the global level.
The only way to change is to vote. People are responsible.
I emphasize self-esteem, self-confidence, and dignity, not as an ideal, but as a real test of community organization. Without leadership development, community organizations do not have staying power.
Successful organizing is based on the recognition that people get organized because they, too, have a vision.
It is the belief that extremes and excesses of inequality must be reduced so that each person is free to fully develop his or her full potential. This is why we take precious time out of our lives and give it to politics.
When too many Americans don't vote or participate, some see apathy and despair.
I see disappointment and even outrage. And I believe that out of this frustration can come hope and action.
Our politics are our deepest form of expression: they mirror our past experiences and reflect our dreams and aspirations for the future.
If a teacher does not involve himself, his values, his commitments, in the course of discussion, why should the students?
I saw as a teacher how, if you take that spark of learning that those children have, and you ignite it, you can take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment.
Why don't we call on the credit card companies to be accountable? They need to be held accountable for their predatory lending practices.
I represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic party.
The American polity is infected with a serious imbalance of power between elites and masses, a power which is the principal threat to our democracy.
The Democratic Party has lost much of it credibility with working class and low-income people. It retards progress toward presenting a genuine alternative.
What makes community organizing especially attractive is the faith it places in the ability of the poor to make decisions for themselves.
The best kind of politics is when you help people become their own best selves.
The kind of national goal we ought to be thinking about is way beyond national product - it is how do we as a nation help our children be the best kinds of people they could possibly be?
What the poor, the weak, and the inarticulate desperately require is power, organization, and a sense of identity and purpose, not rarefied advice of political scientists.
We can and must move U.S. politics forward by means of committed participation.
Our aims in political activism are not, and should not be, to create a perfect utopia.
The first task in teaching is to bring to consciousness what the students already believe by virtue of their personal experiences about themselves and society.
The problem with party politics is that people get involved every two or four years and that is it. In the meantime, the legislature and Minnesota politics are on a separate track.
We're not going to have real security until we invest in our children.
I'm short, I'm Jewish and I'm a liberal
We must renew democracy itself. We have to fight cynicism and inertia and restore faith in the advancement of our country.
There is a major ingredient missing from our perception of how changes are brought about; that ingredient is power.
Politics is not predictions and politics is not observations.
Politics is what we do. Politics is what we do, politics is what we create, by what we work for, by what we hope for and what we dare to imagine.
Politics is not about winning for the sake of winning.
I do believe that there's going to be a pretty strong consensus for a very strong .. censure resolution.
Politics is not about power.
Our aims in political activism are not, and should not be, to create a perfect utopia. What we seek is more simply to improve the quality of human life while at the same time respecting the natural environment which sustains it: 'Not a heaven on earth but a better earth on earth.' This is not at all a timid agenda, far from it. The work ahead of us is enormous!
Never separate the life you lead from the words you speak.
Without trying, I'm different.
I think the future also will not belong to those who are cynical or those who stand on the sidelines
The future will belong to those who have passion and are willing to work hard to make our country better
Politics is not left, right or center ... It's about improving people's lives.
Let there be no distance between the words you say and the life you live.