George J. Mitchell

(George John Mitchell Jr.)

George J. Mitchell
George J. Mitchell
  • Born: August 20, 1933
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









Quote Topics Cited
... a tax break for the wealthy paid for by the middle class. Taxes
[Cost-benefit analysis is used:] ... to produce lofty academic-sounding reasons for endless inaction. Legislating & Legislative Process
… disagreement with the policies of the government is not evidence of lack of patriotism. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Although he's regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics. Religion & God ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
American democracy is a unique form of government which at the same time requires [political] competition and cooperation. Democracies & Republics
Anyone who works in the Senate is often in doubt as to the will of the Senate. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Bipartisanship means you work together to work it out. Legislating & Legislative Process
Do you want to make a statement or do you want to make a law? Legislating & Legislative Process
Elections are the means we use to establish the will of the people in order to assure the rule of the people. Voters, Voting & Elections
Every American knows that political campaigns are too long and too expensive. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Every organized human society has sought to manipulate trade to its advantage. Foreign Trade
Hardly a week goes by where somebody doesn't tell me that they won't support me unless I vote a certain way. Lobbying & Special Interests
I don't think we ought to base our policy on what the conventional wisdom is.... The conventional wisdom usually is wrong. Policy & Policy Making
In a democracy no one person's word is taken as gospel. Democracies & Republics
In human affairs the solution to every problem contains within it the seeds of a new problem. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It's very difficult for those who gather intelligence to totally divorce themselves from the policies of their superiors. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
Jessie Helms is an evil man. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
No society can give people free choice in economic affairs and deny it to them in political affairs. Freedom & Liberty
Peace, political stability and reconciliation are not too much to ask for. They are the minimum that a decent civilized society provides. Miscellaneous
The position should not be regarded as permanent to the person. Public service is not the private domain or the private possession of any one person. It is a temporary opportunity for the individual to act for the larger and common good. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
The President is going around the country handing out so much pork that the Agriculture Department is going to have to station a meat inspector on board Air Force One. Patronage & Pork Barrel
The United States government is the most powerful entity in the world, but even it does not have the power to force a single child to make any pledge or take any oath that he or she does not want to say or take. Freedom & Liberty
The United States has the best health system in the world. Unfortunately this is true only for those who can afford it. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
There is no conflict that can’t be solved. Negotiating & Negotiations
There is no such thing as a conflict that can’t be ended. Conflicts are started by human beings, sustained by human beings, and they can be ended by human beings. War & Peace
There is no such thing as a conflict that cannot be ended. War & Peace
This system stinks and every senator who participates in it knows it stinks. And the American people are right when they mistrust this system, when what matters most in seeking public office is not integrity, not ability, not judgment, not reason, not responsibility, not experience, not intelligence, but money …. Money dominates the system. Money infuses the system. Money is the system. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Those who make the most and loudest speeches about deficit reduction are least likely to vote against spending. Bureaucracy
We should not check American ideals at the door when we engage in discussions with other nations. Negotiating & Negotiations ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
You don't have smooth sailing in the American system no matter who's in charge. Management & Managing Government
And I spent that time working as an insurance adjuster and going to law school in the evening, and then when I left law school, I joined the Department of Justice in Washington. Time
As they say, one thing led to another, and, ultimately, the British and Irish governments asked me to serve as chairman of the peace negotiations, which ironically began six years ago this week. War & Peace
First, the American legislative process isn't well suited to large and complex measures.
From my parents, I learned a very strong work ethic, and all of my brothers and sisters all worked from the earliest days of life right through to the present time. Life ;Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I didn't want to make it a lifetime thing. I don't believe in statutory term limits, but people can limit themselves if they want to, and that's what I decided to do.
I enjoyed practicing law.
I got a job with a law firm in Portland after a couple of years with Senator Muskie. But by then, my interest in politics had been sparked, through meeting Senator Muskie, through seeing what he did. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I had a great interest in sports. I had three older brothers who were great athletes. I was not. Sports & Athletics
I had been involved in U.S. intelligence in Berlin, Germany, while in the military and had worked with a contact with the Central Intelligence Agency office there.
I really owe everything to my parents and their devotion and drive to see to it that their children had the education which led to the opportunities that they never were able to have. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I spent two years in the Army. And my older brother, who was also a great positive influence on me, encouraged me to think about law school, and I said - well, I didn't have any money. Money, Coins & Minting
I was born and raised in a small town in Maine, Waterville. I enjoyed living there - still do - and my goal in life was a fairly specific and focused one of practicing law in Maine. Life
I was the United States Attorney for Maine for three years, and then was appointed a federal judge.
I'm glad I made the decision, although the practice of law - and particularly serving as a federal judge - was a part of my life that I really enjoyed and treasured and look back on it with fondness. Life
In every society in human history, including the United States, those in power seek to imbue themselves with the attributes of religion and patriotism as a way of getting greater support for their policy and insulating themselves from any criticism. Power ;History ;Religion & God
In the spring of 1994 I decided not to seek reelection to the Senate. I had made the decision 12 years earlier, Christmas Day of 1982, just after I had been first elected to a full term, that I would do the best I could for a limited time. Time
My father was the orphaned son of immigrants to the United States from Ireland. My father never knew his parents. His mother died - we're not sure - either at or shortly after his birth, and he and all of his siblings were placed in orphanages in the Boston area.
My mother was an immigrant from Lebanon to the United States. She came when she was 18 years old in 1920.
My parents were very poor, but we never felt any sense of need or want. It was a very close, loving, tightly-knit family growing up, and I never felt any sense of deprivation or anything like that. Families, Children & Parenting
So I developed very early a massive inferiority complex, and I've told the story often about how that inspired me later in life to get involved in other things, because I couldn't out-do my brothers in sports, and it's a very competitive relationship. Life ;Sports & Athletics
So my father grew up in an orphanage in Boston. He was then adopted by an elderly childless couple from Maine, who gave him the name of Mitchell. He moved to Maine, and there he met my mother and was married.
The result was, of course, that today, tragically, more than 40 million Americans don't have health insurance, and for many, not having health insurance means they don't have access to good health care. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
What is good about the United States is the sense that you can disagree with the government and not be seen as unpatriotic, although many in the government will try to make you seem unpatriotic. Government
When I went to college, my goal was to be a college history teacher. I majored in history. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;History
You know, the pessimism which exists now in the Middle East existed in Northern Ireland, but we stayed at it.