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Jimmy Carter Quotes & Speeches



We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.

Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future.

Wherever life takes us, there are always moments of wonder.

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.

There should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting to combat.

To be true to ourselves, we must be true to others.
Innaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1977

We cannot resort to simplistic or extreme solutions which substitute myths for common sense. 
State of the Union Address, Jan. 25, 1979

The love of liberty is a common blood that flows in our American veins.
Farewell Address, Jan. 14, 1981

We have no desire to be the world's policeman. But America does want to be the world's peacemaker.
State of the Union Address, Jan. 25, 1979

America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way round. Human rights invented America .Farewell Address, Jan. 14, 1981

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