Jimmy Carter

(James Earl Carter Jr.)

Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter
  • Born: October 1, 1924
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

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James Earl Carter Jr. is an American politician and philanthropist who served as the 39th president of the United States from 1977 to 1981. A Democrat, he previously served as a Georgia State senator from 1963 to 1967 and as the 76th governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975. Carter has remained active in public life during his post-presidency, and in 2002 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in co-founding the Carter Center.

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Richard Lehman The scales dropped from his eyes only after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Carter felt betrayed by Brezhnev, but Brezhnev never betrayed him; Carter was just too naïve and too stubborn to listen
Anonymous A government as good as the people.
Anonymous Jimmy Carter's idea of self-deprecating humor is to criticize his staff.
Joey Adams [Referring to Jimmy Carter:] Jimmy's basic problem is that he's super cautious. He looks before and after he leaps.
Boston Globe More Mush From the Wimp
Jimmy Breslin When [Jimmy] Carter ran for President, he made many promises to people in big cities.... I never believed a word he said, and therefore did not believe he was lying.
Douglas Brinkley His Presidency gave his post-Presidency credibility.
Billy Carter I think he [President Jimmy Carter]'s around too many people that kiss his ass all the time.
Lillian Carter Sometimes when I look at my children I say to myself, "Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin.
Clark M. Clifford [President Jimmy Carter] had so much going for him. He was elected without any real commitments.... To come in with no commitments gives a President a marvelous, broad flexible horizon of operation.
Bob Dole History buffs probably noted the reunion at a Washington party a few weeks ago of three ex-presidents. Carter, Ford and Nixon. See no evil, hear no evil and evil.
Bob Hope I don't know what people have against Jimmy Carter. He's done nothing.
Lyndon B. Johnson I don't think anybody from the South will be nominated [for President] in my lifetime. If so, I don't think he will be elected.
Eugene McCarthy I would not want Jimmy Carter and his men put in charge of snake control in Ireland.
Walter F. Mondale [Jimmy Carter's] campaign strategy was to remain unclear on all the issues.
Larry L. King You are the only man in history to every use the Presidency as a stepping stone to greatness.
Paul A. Volcker If you appoint me, I will raise interest rates and choke off the inflation, and that will have bad political repercussions for you.
Paul A. Volcker If you appoint me, I will raise interest rates and choke off the inflation, and that will have bad political repercussions for you.
United Mine Workers of America Taft can mine it - Hartley can haul it.
Robert Byrd I'm the President's friend, I'm not the President's man.
Bert Lance Tell the President [Jimmy Carter] not to appoint [Paul A.] Volcker [as Federal Reserve Chairman.] If he appoints Volcker, he will be mortgaging his re-election to the Federal Reserve.
Johnston J. Bennett Jr. When I go down in my state, I see virtually none of the independent oil producers for [President Jimmy] Carter … We’ve gotten higher drilling rig counts, more dollars being spent, more activity, more profits being made by oil people than ever before. But do they like Carter? Oh no. they hate him because of his rhetoric.
W. Averell Harriman He [Jimmy Carter] can't win the presidency. I don't even know him.
Gerald R. Ford It was a good election, a good campaign, and a good friend won.
Gerald R. Ford Teddy Roosevelt once said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick." Jimmy Carter wants to speak loudly and carry a fly swatter.
Jimmy Carter If I'm elected, at the end of four years or eight years I hope the people will say, "You know, Jimmy Carter made a lot of mistakes, but he never told a lie."
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[Describing out tax system:] ... a disgrace to the human race. Taxes
[The Khmer Rouge are] the worst violators of human rights in the world. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
[The Republican Party is] a party with a narrow vision, a party that is afraid of the future. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
[The test of government] ... is not how popular it is among the powerful and privileged few, but how honestly and fairly it deals with the many who must depend upon it. Management & Managing Government
… extremely dangerous … completely uncontrollable. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
… in the future, dozens of governments—acquire these weapons [WMDs], it may be only a matter of time before madness, desperation, greed or miscalculation lets loose the terrible force.. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
… male religious leaders have had -- and still have -- an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women. They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter. Religion & God
Access to government-held information allows citizens to hold their government accountable for policy decisions and public expenditures…. Access to information bridges the gap between state and society …. Management & Managing Government
All the legislation in the world cannot fix what is wrong with America. Legislating & Legislative Process
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense it’s the other way around. Human rights invented America. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way round. Human rights invented America. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Any system of economics is bankrupt if it sees either value or virtue in unemployment. Work, Workers & The Labor Force ;Social Sciences
Anyone who is able to work ought to work. Welfare
Are you honest people or thieves? Voters, Voting & Elections
As the first man from the Deep South in 130 years to be President of this nation, I say that these people in white sheets do not understand our region and what it's been through. They do not understand what our country stands for. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
Because of the greatness of the Shah, Iran is an island of stability in the Middle East. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Because we are free we can never be indifferent to the fate of freedom elsewhere. Freedom & Liberty ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Because we are now running out of gas and oil, we must prepare quickly for a third change, to strict conservation and to the use of coal and permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power. Energy
Compared to Nixon. Media, Journalism & The Press
Democracies can no longer tolerate bribery, fraud and dishonesty, especially as such practices disproportionately hurt the poor. Democracies & Republics
Even our great nation has its recognized limits. Miscellaneous
Every time something has gone wrong with foreign policy, it’s been because the American people have not been involved in the process. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Everybody always wants more staff. That’s why the federal government gets so overloaded. Bureaucracy
For myself and for our nation I want to thank my predecessor for all he has done to heal our land. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
For the first time in the history of our country the majority of our people believe that the next five years will be worse than the past five years. Public Opinion & Polling
Government cannot solve our problems. It can't set our goals. It cannot define our vision. Government cannot eliminate poverty or provide a bountiful economy or reduce inflation or save our cities. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
has a tendency to treat the Palestinians with scorn, to look down on them almost as subhumans and to rationalize his abusive attitude toward them by categorizing all Palestinians as terrorists. Diplomacy & Diplomats
History teaches, perhaps, very few clear lessons. But surely one such lesson learned by the world at great cost is that aggression, unopposed, becomes a contagious disease. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. Human Nature
Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I am not satisfied with the quality of our political intelligence. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
I am pretty rigid. It’s very hard for me to compromise on things I feel strongly about. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I can't deny I'm a better ex-president than I was a president. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I could have been very popular if I had launched a military attack on Iran but I chose patience. Public Opinion & Polling
I do not see my election of 1976 or my defeat in 1980 in the narrow focus of God's will for this specific event. I believe He has a purpose for individual lives as well as for the sweep of human events. He works out those purposes in ways far beyond our understanding. I was His in 1976. I am His in 1980. Now, let's go eat supper. Religion & God
I don’t allow my staff to criticize each other…. Evan Rosalyn … She knows that nothing can make me madder then for her to criticize staff. Management & Managing Government
I don't have any influence over the Fed [Federal Reserve System], none at all. It's carefully isolated from any influence by the President or Congress. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I don't intend to lose. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I don't know of anything illegal or even unethical that Bert Lance has ever done. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I don't know, it may be that poor people are the only ones who commit crimes, but I do know that they are the only ones who serve prison sentences. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I favor school integration. I do not favor mandatory busing. The only kids who were bused are the poor children. The rich parents either move or put the kid in private schools. Minorities & Women
I feel as if I have lost control of the government and the leadership of the people. Leaders & Leadership
I have looked on a lot of women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times. God recognizes I will do this and forgives me. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
I have to be careful not to excite people. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I look forward to these confrontations with the press to kind of balance up the nice and pleasant things that come to me as president. Media, Journalism & The Press
I reject the advice of those who think the only way to fight inflation is to throw millions of people out of work .... I guarantee you that I will not fight inflation with your jobs. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
I see no reason why big-shot crooks should go free while the poor ones go to jail. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
I think the United States has to take the leadership for the entire world [on human trafficking]. Leaders & Leadership ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
I told him that Mrs. Carter and I would be deeply hurt and shocked and disappointed—because our daughter is only seven years old. Families, Children & Parenting
I will never lie to you. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I’ll whip his ass! Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If all the things the Republicans are saying about me are true, I wouldn't vote for myself either. Voters, Voting & Elections
If any agreement between two nations is to last, it must serve the best interests of both nations. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
If I ever give another interview on the biblical sins of pride and lust, it will be to a reporter from Our Sunday Visitor Scandals
If I wasn't President, I'd be out on the streets myself and would probably take a swing at any Khomeini demonstrator I could get my hands on. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
If I'm elected, at the end of four years or eight years I hope the people will say, "You know, Jimmy Carter made a lot of mistakes, but he never told a lie."
If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement. Leaders & Leadership
I'll never tell a lie. I'll never make a misleading statement. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
I'm not a good joke teller. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I'm surprised that a government organization could do it that quickly. Bureaucracy
In a nuclear age, each of us is threatened when peace is not secured everywhere. Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy ;Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
In a very Christian way, as far as I’m concerned, he can go to hell. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
In my opinion, the polarization of our politics has mostly been brought about by the massive infusion of money—mostly spent on negative advertising that create divisions among the population that watches television and the two parties. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In terms of the impact around the world this administration has been the worst in history. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Inflation eats away at ties that bind us together as a people. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Iraq is an unjust war. I thought then, and I think now, that the invasion of Iraq was unnecessary and unjust. And I think the premises on which it was launched were false. War & Peace
It is not easy for me to accept criticism and reassess my way of doing things. Human Nature
It is now time to stop and ask ourselves the question which my last commanding officer, Admiral Hyman Rickover, asked me and every other naval officer who serves or has served in an atomic submarine. For our nation—for all of us—that question is, Why not the best? Miscellaneous
It is time for our government leaders to respect the law no less than our humblest citizen, so that we can end the double standard of justice in America. Leaders & Leadership
It’s going to prove to be one of the greatest blunders any American President has ever made. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It’s very hard for me to compromise when I believe in something very deeply. Negotiating & Negotiations
No. That's how I won the nomination. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
One of the reasons that I did not win reelection, was that I was unable to hold the Democratic Party together. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
One third of African American males are destined to be in prison sometime in their lifetime. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Our fear of communism led us to embrace any dictator that joined us in that fear. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
Our Nation can be strong abroad only if it is strong at home. And we know that the best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation. Freedom & Liberty ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Our nation has been called a melting pot. I think of it more as a mosaic, one to which many groups make their own distinct contributions. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Penalties against drug use should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against the possession of marijuana in private for personal use. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Politicians are half ego and half humility. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Raise your hand if you have a poor friend? Poverty
Ronald Reagan at the beginning of his political career went all around the country campaigning against Medicare. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Roz, what think?? Policy & Policy Making
Show me a good loser and I'll show you a loser. Human Nature
The American people believe that we ought to control our government. On the other hand, we've seen government more and more controlling us Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The awareness that health is dependent upon habits that we control makes us the first generation in history that to a large extent determines its own destiny.. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The best way to address a problem is at its initial stages. Management & Managing Government
The core of detente [with Russia] is the reduction in arms. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The drug culture has shaped at least one major change since the Sixties; It became the basis for overloading our prisons. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
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. Democracies & Republics
The government ought to stay out of the prayer business. Religion & God
The intelligence agencies sometimes abuse people. The FBI abused Martin Luther King.. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
The most difficult issues—the toughest decisions—are the ones that invariably end up on the President’s desk. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The most important thing in my life is Jesus Christ. Religion & God
The oil companies legally bribe members of Congress to allow them to drill for oil in the ANWR. Corruption
The people of the United States have made their choice, and of course I accept that decision—but I have to admit not with the same enthusiasm that I accepted the decision four years ago. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The problems of the country look very different from the Oval Office than they do from the campaign trail. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The purchase of unnecessary military hardware is undoubtedly the most wasteful element in American government. Military & Veterans
The root of the problem [secrecy in government] is not so much that our people have lost confidence in government, but that government has demonstrated time and again its lack of confidence in the people. Secrecy & Transparency
The time to end racial segregation in the South is upon us now. Discrimination & Prejudice
The United States had an inordinate fear of Communism which once led us to embrace any dictator who joined us in that fear. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
There are many things in life that are not fair …. I don’t believe that the Federal Government should take action to try to make these opportunities exactly equal. Miscellaneous
There are real and growing dangers to our simple and most precious possessions: the air we breathe, the water we bring, and the land which sustains us.... If we do not act, the world of the year 2000 will be much less able to sustain life than it is now. Environment & Environmentalism
There is a strong religious commitment to the sanctity of human life, but, paradoxically, some of the most fervent protectors of microscopic stem cells are the most ardent proponents of the death penalty. Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
There was not an ambassador in the world who was not my personal human rights representative. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
There were two unpleasant surprises. One was the inertia of Congress, the length of time it takes to get a complicated piece of legislation through ... and the other was the irresponsibility of the press.. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women's equal rights across the world for centuries. At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. Discrimination & Prejudice ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we’ve discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. Human Nature ;Philosophy
Under the Nixon-Ford administration, there has evolved a kind of secretive "Lone Ranger" foreign policy—a one-man policy of international adventure. This is not an appropriate policy for America. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Unfortunately in this country we now have a demagogue ... one that is reckless with the truth. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children. War & Peace
We are a purely idealistic Nation, but let no one confuse our idealism with weakness. Miscellaneous
We are a strong nation and we do not have to prove it, but our patience is beginning to look like a demonstration of cowardice of which we cannot be proud and which I will not allow to become a way of life. Defense & National Security
We are of course a nation of differences. Those differences don't make us weak. They're the source of our strength. Minorities & Women
We are, of course, a nation of immigrants, but some of us too often forget that fact. Sometimes we forget that the question isn't when we came here, but why we came here. Immigration & Emigration
We cannot dwell on remembered glory. History
We have no desire to be the world's policeman. But America does want to be the world's peacemaker. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We have the heaviest concentration of lawyers on Earth—one for every five-hundred Americans; three times as many as are in England, four times as many as are in West Germany, twenty-one times as many as there are in Japan. We have more litigation, but I am not sure that we have more justice. No resources of talent and training in our own society, even including the medical care, is more wastefully or unfairly distributed than legal skills. Ninety percent of our lawyers serve 10 percent of our people. We are over-lawyered and under-represented. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
We simply cannot check inflation by keeping people out of work. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
We want to bring back to Washington people who are more interested in public service than they are in private gain. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
Well, as you know, there are many things in life that are not fair, that wealthy people can afford and poor people can’t. But I don’t believe that the federal government should take action to try to make these opportunities exactly equal, when there is a moral factor involved. Policy & Policy Making ;Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
Whatever starts in California unfortunately has an inclination to spread.
When the people's voice cannot be heard, that's when we make mistakes. Public Opinion & Polling
When we finally got school buses for African American students in Georgia, the state legislature ordained that the front bumpers be painted black. Not even the school busses could be equal. Discrimination & Prejudice
You can have 90% of the people for gun control, but the National Rifle Association will still prevailed. They go out and work harder. Guns & Gun Control
You can’t have simultaneous notification on important issues. Some people always get the word before others. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
You see every extreme position defended to the last vote, almost to the last breath by one unyielding group or another. You often see a balanced and fair approach that demands sacrifice, a little sacrifice from everyone, abandoned like an orphan without support and without friends.
A fundamentalist can't bring himself or herself to negotiate with people who disagree with them because the negotiating process itself is an indication of implied equality. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease.
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.
At the Carter Center we work with victims of oppression, and we give support to human rights heroes. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Because I know about the Holy Land, I've taught lessons about the Holy Land all my life, and - but you can't bring peace to Israel without giving the Palestinian also peace. And Lebanon and Jordan and Syria as well. Life ;War & Peace
Billy Graham is one of my great lifetime heroes. I think he epitomizes the essence of what a Christian leader should be. I have participated in some of his crusades a couple of times in Atlanta. I've seen the profound impact he's had on me personally, and on other people who were not Christians and accepted Christ as Savior.
Ever since Israel has been a nation the United States has provided the leadership. Every president down to the ages has done this in a fairly balanced way, including George Bush senior, Gerald Ford, and others including myself and Bill Clinton. Leaders & Leadership
For this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival, liberty is human rights, the pursuit of happiness is a planet whose resources are devoted to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants. Life ;Happiness & Unhappiness
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. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Governance should be designed as an equalizer. Democrats are more inclined towards working families and those who are struggling for a better life. Life
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom. Government
I am a nuclear physicist by training and a deeply committed Christian. I don't have any doubt in my own mind about God who created the entire universe. But I don't adhere to passages that so and so was created 4,000 years before Christ, and things of that kind. Religion & God
I am confident that when the facts and policies have been examined, when the record of performances have been reviewed, Barack Obama and Joe Biden will once again be elected to lead our beloved country to a better future. Future
I believe there is complete equality between men and women. And I believe those passages in the New Testament, not by Jesus, but by Paul, that say women should not adorn themselves, they should always wear hats or color their hair in church - things like that - I think they are signs of the times and should not apply to modern-day life. Life ;Women ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
I believed what my father taught me about the separation of church and state, so when I was President I never invited Billy Graham to have services in the White House because I didn't think that was appropriate. He was injured a little bit, until I explained it to him.
I can't really criticize the Tea Party people, because I came into the White House pretty much on the same basis that they have become popular. That is dissatisfaction with the way things are going in Washington and disillusionment and disencouragement about the government. Government
I don't claim to be knowledgeable about theology. Most of my knowledge comes out of my experience and the lessons in the Bible. Every Sunday I'm home I teach 45 minutes and we boiled them down to one page for the new book, 'Through the Year with Jimmy Carter.' Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I don't think that the total creation took place in six days as we now measure time. If we can confirm, say, the Big Bang theory, that doesn't at all cause me to question my faith that God created the Big Bang. Time ;Religion & God
I don't think the Tea Party people are racist, except maybe a tiny portion of them. But there has been a deliberate effort - again, referring to Fox Broadcasting - to inject the race issue into it. They have actually called Obama a racist on television.
I don't want to tell President Obama how to make a speech. He's a much better speech maker than I am. But I think always to tell the truth in a sometimes blatant way, even though it might be temporarily unpopular, is the best approach. Truth
I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents. Primarily because of the activism and the injection of working at the Carter Center, and in international affairs, and to some degree, domestic affairs, on energy conservation, on environment, and things of that kind.
I had very good support from Democrats and Republicans all throughout my administration. I had a very high batting average. We added more jobs per year in my four years than any other president since the Second World War. War & Peace
I hate to see complacency prevail in our lives when it's so directly contrary to the teaching of Christ.
I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can't get my wife to go swimming.
I oppose increased black-lung benefits for miners, because ‘they chose to be miners. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I remember the last three days that I was president, I never went to bed at all. I never went to bed until we had negotiated the final release of the hostages.
I say to you quite frankly that the time for racial discrimination is over. Time
I separated from the Southern Baptists when they adopted the discriminatory attitude towards women, because I believe what Paul taught in Galatians that there is no distinction in God's eyes between men and women, slaves and masters, Jews and non-Jews - everybody is created equally in the eyes of God. Women ;Religion & God
I think all Americans believe in human rights. And health is an often overlooked aspect of basic human rights. And it's one that's easily corrected. The reason I say that is that many of the diseases that we treat around the world, I knew when I was a child. My mother was a registered nurse. And they no longer exist in our country. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he's African American.
I think I was identified as a failed president because I wasn't re-elected.
I think there ought to be a strict separation or wall built between our religious faith and our practice of political authority in office. I don't think the President of the United States should extoll Christianity if he happens to be a Christian at the expense of Judaism, Islam or other faiths. Religion & God
I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A. I wouldn't say it's the cause of terrorism, but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts.
I thought then, and I think now, that the invasion of Iraq was unnecessary and unjust. And I think the premises on which it was launched were false.
I wish I had known when I was in the White House what I know now about the Third World.
If you're totally illiterate and living on one dollar a day, the benefits of globalization never come to you.
I'll never tell a lie. I'll never make a misleading statement. I'll never betray the confidence that any of you had in me. And I'll never avoid a controversial issue.
In religious and in secular affairs, the more fervent beliefs attract followers. If you are a moderate in any respect - if you're a moderate on abortion, if you're a moderate on gun control, or if you're a moderate in your religious faith - it doesn't evolve into a crusade where you're either right or wrong, good or bad, with us or against us. Respect ;Religion & God
In this outward and physical ceremony we attest once again to the inner and spiritual strength of our Nation. As my high school teacher, Miss Julia Coleman, used to say: 'We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.' Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
It is difficult for the common good to prevail against the intense concentration of those who have a special interest, especially if the decisions are made behind locked doors.
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nature
It's not necessary to fear the prospect of failure but to be determined not to fail. Failure
It's very difficult for the American people to believe that our government, one of the richest on Earth, is also one of the stingiest on Earth. Government
I've just finished my 20th book this past year and I'm working on my 21st book about the Middle East right now that I'll finish this year. And I get up early in the morning and when I get tired of the computer and tired of doing research, I walk 20 steps out to my woodshop and I either build furniture or paint paintings. I'm an artist too. Morning
I've looked on many women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times. God knows I will do this and forgives me. Women ;Religion & God
I've used the prestige and influence of having been a president of the United States as effectively as possible. And secondly, I've still been able to carry out my commitments to peace and human rights and environmental quality and freedom and democracy and so forth. Freedom & Liberty ;War & Peace
Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things - he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.
Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Nature ;Music, Chants & Rapps
My constant prayer, my number one foreign goal, is to bring peace to Israel. And in the process to Israel's neighbours. War & Peace
My decision to register women confirms what is already obvious throughout our society-that women are now providing all types of skills in every profession. The military should be no exception. Women
My favourite president, and the one I admired most, was Harry Truman.
My paintings have gotten to be pretty popular and I've taken a little bit more interest in painting the last few years. In fact, my novel that I wrote not too long ago, 'The Hornet's Nest,' I painted the cover picture for it and I do a good bit of painting now.
My position has always been, along with many other people, that any differences be resolved in a nonviolent way.
On balance, my life has been a constant stream of blessings rather than disappointments and failures and tragedies. I wish I had been re-elected. I think I could have kept our country at peace. I think I could have consolidated what we achieved at Camp David with a treaty between Israel and the Palestinians. Life ;War & Peace
People make a big fuss over you when you're President. But I'm very serious about doing everything I can to make sure that it doesn't go to my head.
Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future. Future ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Sadat was a great and good man, and his most bitter and dangerous enemies were people who were obsessed with hatred for his peaceful goals.
Testing oneself is best when done alone.
The awareness that health is dependent upon habits that we control makes us the first generation in history that to a large extent determines its own destiny. History ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation. Freedom & Liberty
The Carter Center has the only existing international taskforce on disease eradication. Which means a total elimination of a disease on the face of the Earth. In the history of the world, there's only been one disease eradicated: smallpox. The second disease, I think, is gonna be guinea worm. History
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. Life
The fact is that we would have had comprehensive health care now, had it not been for Ted Kennedy's deliberately blocking the legislation that I proposed in 1978 or '79. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
The first time I ever saw snow skis was when I was 62 years old and that was 19 years ago and I'm still skiing. So, we'll be skiing with some very close friends of the Carter Center letting them know what the Carter Center is doing around the world. We have programs in over 65 countries. Time
There should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting to combat.
There's always an element of self delusion among people who believe they ought to be President. There's an underestimation of your opponent and an overestimation of your own abilities. This is compatible with being rich and powerful, the idea that we were blessed by God because we deserve to be blessed. Religion & God
There's no doubt that the Christian right has gone to bed with the more conservative elements of the Republican Party. And there's been a melding in their goals when it comes to the separation of church and state. I've always believed in the separation of church and state.
There's no doubt that usually a president's public image is enhanced by going to war. That never did appeal to me. War & Peace
To deal with individual human needs at the everyday level can be noble sometimes.
Too many of us now tend to worship self indulgence and consumption.
Unfortunately, after Sept. 11, there was an outburst in America of intense suffering and patriotism, and the Bush administration was very shrewd and effective in painting anyone who disagreed with the policies as unpatriotic or even traitorous. Citizenship & Patriotism
Unless both sides win, no agreement can be permanent.
We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
We cannot be both the world's leading champion of peace and the world's leading supplier of the weapons of war. War & Peace
We can't equate democracy with Christianity because the largest democracy on earth is India, which is primarily Hindu. The third largest democracy is Indonesia, which is Islamic. Democracy and freedom are not dependent on Christian beliefs. Freedom & Liberty
We have a tendency to condemn people who are different from us, to define their sins as paramount and our own sinfulness as being insignificant.
We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.
We must make it clear that a platform of 'I hate gay men and women' is not a way to become president of the United States. Women
We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon.
We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children. War & Peace
Well, you know, I had been a peanut farmer. I had - you know who was the first president - Democratic president I ever met? Bill Clinton.
What has happened at Guantanamo Bay... does not represent the will of the American people. I'm embarrassed about it, I think its wrong. I think it does give terrorists an unwarranted excuse to use the despicable means to hurt innocent people.
When I speak at my local church, which I try to do 35 to 40 times a year, I try in every lesson to take the Old Testament text or New Testament text and apply them to what is happening to me or how that applies to the audience that I'm teaching in a modern, fast-changing, technological world. I use headlines, interfaith and that sort of thing.
When I was elected President nobody asked me to negotiate between Israel and Egypt. It was not even a question raised in my campaign. But I felt that one of the reasons that I was elected President was to try to bring peace to the Holy Land. War & Peace
When I was in the White House, I was confronted with the challenge of the Cold War. Both the Soviet Union and I had 30,000 nuclear weapons that could destroy the entire earth and I had to maintain the peace. War & Peace
When I was president, I announced and I still maintain that I can live with Roe v. Wade. I did everything I possibly could as president under that ruling, which I don't think ought to be changed, to minimize the need for abortions. I think every abortion is a result of a horrible series of errors on the part of people involved.
When we go to the Bible we should keep in mind that the basic principles of the Bible are taught by God, but written down by human beings deprived of modern day knowledge. So there is some fallibility in the writings of the Bible. But the basic principles are applicable to my life and I don't find any conflict among them. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life ;Religion & God
You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.
You can not divorce religious belief and public service. I've never detected any conflict between God's will and my political duty. If you violate one, you violate the other. Religion & God
You can't divorce religious belief and public service I've never detected any conflict between God's will and my political duty. If you violate one, you violate the other. Religion & God
You just have to have a simple faith. Religion & God