Elizabeth Edwards

(Mary Elizabeth Anania Edwards)

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Compromise today is too often applauded simply for itself. The cost of compromise to principles and real lives doesn't seem to matter. Legislating & Legislative Process
A lot of people have great hope, and a lot of people who have great hope live. And, some of them who have great hope die. So it's not that hope is going to save you. Hope
A lot of sad stories in a row - that wears on you.
A positive attitude is not going to save you. What it's going to do is, everyday, between now and the day you die, whether that's a short time from now or a long time from now, that every day, you're going to actually live. Time
Almost everybody embraces life. Life
Brave people are the firemen who run into the burning building. That's brave.
But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful. Hope
By what you do, you teach your children how to respond to difficult information.
Cancer is not a straight line. It's up and down.
Concentrate on the things that matter to you.
Either you push forward with the things that you were doing yesterday or you start dying.
Every parent has gone through a period when their child wasn't so happy with them.
Everybody has their burdens, their grief that they carry with them.
Everybody makes personal decisions that are right for them and if you're in political life, you're used to having those analyzed. Life
Growing up in an Italian family, you use a harsh tone and 10 minutes later everybody forgets about it. Families, Children & Parenting
Having bought furniture for my own house, and bought furniture for our house in Washington, a furniture store seemed like a good idea, and it also played into my personal history. History
Honestly, I get energized by the crowds. They feed me emotionally.
I am imperfect in a million ways, but I always thought I was the kind of woman, the kind of wife to whom a husband would be faithful.
I can't turn on the television without seeing me, or open the newspaper without seeing me and, honestly, I'm sick to death of me. Death
I come out of real life. Life
I could be wrong, but I think heterosexual marriage is threatened more by heterosexuals. I don't know why gay marriage challenges my marriage in any way. Families, Children & Parenting
I do think voters do take into consideration - particularly early state voters - take into consideration a wide range of factors, including electability, and they know that part of electability is the total package that you're presenting.
I don't expect to get yesterday's medicine. If I can help it, I'd like to get tomorrow's medicine.
I don't know why someone else's marriage has anything to do with me. Families, Children & Parenting
I grew up in a Navy family. Families, Children & Parenting
I have a husband who adores me.
I have a lot that I intend to do in this life. Life
I have an obligation to try to live as long as I can for my family. Families, Children & Parenting
I have less energy than I did when I was a younger parent, although I was never really a young parent.
I have three living children for whom this is a father who I want them to love and on whom they're going to have to rely if my disease takes a bad turn. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I hope I have important things to say. Hope
I love children, love spending time with them; I love getting things for them. Time ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love my books. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I loved campaigning.
I think being an effective First Lady is first of all being the partner that your husband needs.
I think I did marry a marvelous man.
I think self-knowledge is the rarest trait in a human being.
I think that it is our intention to deny cancer any control over us.
I think that we're foolhardy to not be engaging in federal funding of stem-cell research in the most aggressive way we possibly can.
I took my son's name. I didn't take my husband's name.
I want to live.
I want to reclaim who I am.
I was a 16-year-old girl at one point, so of course I wrote poetry. Literature, Writers & Writing
I was an English major in college, and then I went to graduate school in English at the University of North Carolina for three years.
If people think that you're throwing babies out, dissecting children, to do stem-cell research, I'm not for that.
I'm a puzzle doer.
I'm a recovering lawyer. The practice of law has changed. Every agreement is a fight.
I'm actually one of those people who get up energetic in the morning. Morning
I'm completely comfortable with gay marriage. Families, Children & Parenting
I'm not a victim - I never want to be perceived that way.
I'm not just a cuckolded wife.
I'm not praying for God to save me from cancer. I'm not. God will enlighten me when the time comes. And if I've done the right thing, I will be enlightened. And if I believe, I'll be saved. And that's all he promises me. Time ;Religion & God
I'm not worried about me or what's going to happen to me.
I'm part of a community that holds each other up, and it's been great to be held up too.
In a sense, having cancer takes you by the shoulders and shakes you.
It takes a lot of work to put together a marriage, to put together a family and a home. Families, Children & Parenting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
It's just a part of our nature to hope. Nature ;Hope
I've had experiences that, you know, really couldn't be replaced.
I've had to come to grips with a God that fits my own experience, which is, my God could not be offering protection and not have protected my boy. Religion & God
I've often said that the most important thing you can give your children is wings. Because, you're not gonna always be able to bring food to the nest. You're... sometimes... they're gonna have to be able to fly by themselves. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I've spent a lot of words on my own mortality.
Life is this great big blackboard, and on it you write all the things that you do. Life
Maybe we all change over time. Time
My father had gone to Vietnam.
My heart goes out to the grieving parents who lost their two-year-old or their newborn.
My job as the mother of daughters is to make sure my children see that every opportunity is available to them.
My job is to stay alive until the medicine and research catch up.
One of the things that I think you see sometimes in politics is a certain degree of caution. It's usually advised by consultants who don't want to see you march to the end of a limb. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Part of resilience is deciding to make yourself miserable over something that matters, or deciding to make yourself miserable over something that doesn't matter.
Part of what I want to do is sort of reclaim my story - it belongs to me and to my children, who have to live with whoever their mother is.
People find it a great blessing if their child left behind a child.
Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before.
Sometimes you get politicians who dig their feet into the sand and aren't willing to listen to another voice.
Successful health reform must not just make health insurance affordable, affordable health insurance has to make health care affordable. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Tabloid news is tabloid news.
The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And yes, there are certainly times when we aren't able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It's called being human. Patience
The military is already sexually integrated.
The way campaign funds are distributed are all a matter of record.
The worst thing to me would be that you put on the face you think people want to see, and then they don't like it and you think, Would they have liked the real me?
There is nothing about resilience that I can say that my father did not first utter silently in eighteen years of living inside a two-dimensional cutout of himself.
To be perfectly frank, there is an odd place after losing a child, where you think somehow your life is worth less. Life
We were never a family that had a lot. We had enough, but not a lot. Families, Children & Parenting
We're all going to die.
What happened after Katrina is that people were stirred to action; there were an enormous number of contributions by people trying to make a difference. But then we forget. We've forgotten Katrina victims, we've forgotten the face of poverty.
What we hope to achieve is a society that doesn't value a white man because he's a white man, but also doesn't value a woman because she's a woman, or a black because he's a black. Society ;Hope
Whenever anyone pulls out of the race, you know, unless they've just been trounced in the days before, there's also - always a lot of questions about why that happened.
You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces - my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope. These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined. Life ;Hope ;Families, Children & Parenting
You have to have enough respect for other human beings to leave their lives alone. If you admire that life, build it for yourself. Don't just try to come in and take somebody else's life. Life ;Respect
You know, everybody knows some of what politicians say is malarkey, and having somebody there to call them on it is good. I'd be happy to do that any time and any place. Time
You know, I once read a short story about how much you could tell about people from their shoes. You could tell where they had been, what they did, whether they were real walkers.
You know, there are no guarantees on prognosis.
You never know when something's going to hit you in a particular way and just knock you loose.
You recognize a survivor when you see one. You recognize a fighter when you see one.
You wouldn't know I was sick unless you knew I was sick.