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Infinitely more important than sharing one's material wealth is sharing the wealth of ourselves - our time and energy, our passion and commitment, and, above all, our love.

William E. Simon
  • commitment

I asked a Burmese why women, after centuries of following their men, now walk ahead. He said there were many unexploded land mines since the war.

Robert Mueller
  • ahead

A right is not what someone gives you, it's what no one can take away from you.

Ramsey Clark
  • Right

If you are talking about terrorism, you need to sit down and understand what is making these people put dynamite around their waists and blow themselves up.

Lakhdar Brahimi
  • blow

I'm afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security.

Jim Garrison
  • afraid

The choice is between which mistake is easier to correct: underdoing it or overdoing it.

Timothy Geithner
  • between

Just the minute the FBI begins making recommendations on what should be done with its information, it becomes a Gestapo.

J. Edgar Hoover
  • becomes

The measure of your quality as a public person, as a citizen, is the gap between what you do and what you say.

Ramsey Clark
  • Public

The surest test of discipline is its absence.

Clara Barton
  • absence

I will be the first to admit I am not perfect and I make mistakes.

Alberto Gonzales
  • admit

Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than raising of the next generation.

C. Everett Koop
  • Responsibility

In life, as in chess, forethought wins.

Charles Buxton
  • Fate

That's not a lie, it's a terminological inexactitude. Also, a tactical misrepresentation.

Alexander Haig
  • DeceptionLying

The rule in carving holds good as to criticism; never cut with a knife what you can cut with a spoon.

Charles Buxton
  • Criticism

The lax multiculturalism that urges Americans to accept the unacceptable from their fellow citizens is one of this nation's greatest vulnerabilities in the war on terror.

Richard Perle
  • accept

You've got to give loyalty down, if you want loyalty up.

Donald T. Regan
  • down

Most consequential choices involve shades of gray, and some fog is often useful in getting things done.

Timothy Geithner
  • choices

You must never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.

Charles Buxton
  • Time

The social and industrial structure of America is founded upon an enlightened citizenship.

Bainbridge Colby
  • america

Here the skeptic finds chaos and the believer further evidence that the hand that made us is divine.

Robert Moses
  • believer

The hardest decisions in life are not between good and bad or right and wrong, but between two goods or two rights.

Joe Andrew
  • bad

The recognition that things that are not sustainable will eventually come to an end does not give us much of a guide to whether the transition will be calm or exciting.

Timothy Geithner
  • calm

To make pleasures pleasant shorten them.

Charles Buxton
  • Pleasure

Of all tasks of government the most basic is to protect its citizens against violence.

John Foster Dulles
  • Government

But you are absolutely right that when the international community decides to help in a meaningful manner a country like Afghanistan, then coordination between the various actors that are involved in these processes is very, very difficult indeed.

Lakhdar Brahimi
  • absolutely

Loyalty will not permit envy, hate, and uncharitableness to creep into our public thinking.

Bainbridge Colby
  • creep

An intelligent and conscientious opposition is a part of loyalty to country.

Bainbridge Colby
  • conscientious

Americanism demands loyalty to the teacher and respect for his lesson.

Bainbridge Colby
  • teacher

The test of good citizenship is loyalty to country.

Bainbridge Colby
  • citizenship

We have vastly increased the amount of funding that is available for conservation partnerships.

Gale Norton
  • amount

A thousand years will pass and the guilt of Germany will not be erased.

Hans Frank
  • erased

A man of character in peace is a man of courage in war.

Charles Wilson
  • character

A computer does not substitute for judgment any more than a pencil substitutes for literacy. But writing without a pencil is no particular advantage.

Robert McNamara
  • advantage

So we should all, me included, stop fighting each other and arguing about our differences on certain policies.

Robert Gibbs
  • arguing

Because if you say men and women are the same and if male behaviour is the norm, and women are always expected to act like men, we will never be as good at being men as men are.

Dee Dee Myers
  • act

I don't think women hold all the answers, but with their skills, their strengths, we can get to a better place.

Dee Dee Myers
  • answers

Unintelligent people always look for a scapegoat.

Ernest Bevin
  • Ignorance

The first duty to children is to make them happy, If you have not made them so, you have wronged them, No other good they may get can make up for that.

Charles Buxton
  • Children

The fact that the Arctic, more than any other populated region of the world, requires the collaboration of so many disciplines and points of view to be understood at all, is a benefit rather than a burden.

Bruce Jackson
  • arctic

This is my first visit to Africa, a region where President Bush has voiced a deep passion for fostering and encouraging economic development, investment and trade.

Donald Evans
  • africa

I didn't know the organization, but the one thing you can say about the FBI, it's tremendously professional.

Robert Mueller
  • fbi

I dealt with legal questions in the interest of Adolf Hitler and the NSDAP and its members during the difficult years of struggle for the victory of the Movement.

Hans Frank
  • adolf

Ours is a colourful and diversified world. It is also a complex one.

Li Peng
  • complex

Today, being the biggest developing countries in the world, China and India are both committed to developing their economy and raising their people's living standards.

Li Peng
  • being

For the Archivist, this role is a result of his obligation to preserve and assure timely and maximum access to our governmental records in the evolving historic saga of the American people.

Allen Weinstein
  • access

You get to a point where it gets very complex, where you have money laundering activities, drug related activities, and terrorist support activities converging at certain points and becoming one.

Sibel Edmonds
  • activities

I think most organizations have an interest in key recovery, at least with respect to stored data.

Dorothy Denning
  • data

I favor strategies that encourage industry to include some sort of key recovery capability in their systems which would also address user requirements for access.

Dorothy Denning
  • access

If we take as given that critical infrastructures are vulnerable to a cyber terrorist attack, then the question becomes whether there are actors with the capability and motivation to carry out such an operation.

Dorothy Denning
  • attack

An idea can be as flawless as can be, but its execution will always be full of mistakes.

Brent Scowcroft
  • execution


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