Bill Clinton quotes page 1
born August 19, 1946; 42nd President
of the United States
Let us all take more responsibility, not only for ourselves and our families but for
communities and our country.
Politics gives guys so much power that they tend to behave badly around women.
And I hope I never get into that.
Being President is like being the groundskeeper in a cemetery: There are a lot of people under
you, but none of them are listening.
The real differences around the world today are not between Jews and Arabs; Protestants
and Catholics; Muslims, Croats, and Serbs. The real differences are between those who
embrace peace and those who would destroy it. Between those who look to the future and
those who cling to the past. Between those who open their arms and those who are
determined to clench their fists.
The economy has produced 6.1 million jobs since I became President, and if Michael Jordan
comes back to the Bulls, it will be 6,100,001 jobs.
If President Reagan could be an actor and become president, maybe I could become an
actor. I've got a good pension. I can work for cheap.
The problem with ideology is, if you've got an ideology, you've already got your mind made
up. You know all the answers and that makes evidence irrelevant and arguments a waste of
time. You tend to govern by assertion and attacks.
Every time Bush talks about trust it makes chills run up and down my spine. The way
trampled on the truth is a travesty of the American political system.
Let's do what it takes to bring teen smoking down. Let's raise the price of cigarettes by up to
$1.50 a pack over the next 10 years with penalties on the tobacco industry if it keeps
marketing to our children.
When I met her more than 35 years ago, I thought Hillary had the best combination of mind
and heart I'd ever seen – and I still do. But it's going to take every dollar to make sure that
Americans get to know the real Hillary, like I do.
Yesterday is yesterday. If we try to recapture it, we will only lose tomorrow.
When we got real tough on visas - because one out of a zillion of them might have a bomb -
we lost a lot of brains. We might have dodged a bomb but we lost a lot of brains.
A preemptive action today, however well-justified, may come back with unwelcome
consequences in the future. And because… I've done this. I've ordered these kinds of actions.
I don't care how precise your bombs and your weapons are, when you set them off, innocent
people will die.
Bill Clinton, 2002
Criticism is part of the lifeblood of democracy. No one is right all the time. But we should
remember that there is a big difference between criticizing a policy or a politician and
demonizing the government that guarantees our freedoms and the public servants who
enforce our laws.
If ever there comes a time when everyone you vote for wins and they do everything you
think they should do, there will still be a gap between what is and what ought to be.
When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the Worldwide
Web. Now even my cat has its own page.
The era of big government is over.
Bill Clinton, 1996
And I think America, if we're ever going to truly defeat terror without changing the character
of our own country or compromising the future of our children, has got to not only say,
"Okay, I want to shoulder my responsibilities, I want to create my share of opportunities," but
we have to find a way to define the future in terms of a humanity that goes beyond our
country, that goes beyond any particular race, that goes beyond any particular religion.
There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.
My grandfather just had a grade-school education. But in that country store he taught me
more about equality in the eyes of the Lord than all my professors at Georgetown; more
about the intrinsic worth of every individual than all the philosophers at Oxford; and he taught
me more about the need for equal justice than all the jurists at Yale Law School.
Sometimes I feel like the fire hydrant looking at a pack of dogs. For six years I had declined
to tell those kinds of jokes, because I have been told it is not presidential. But I feel kind of
What are the needs of the world? What can I do that won't be done if I don't do it?
If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better
person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit,
never quit, never quit.
Since I don't have access to the White
House pastry chef anymore, it's done wonders for my
America just works better when more people have a chance to live their dreams.
If one candidate is appealing to your fears, and the other one's appealing to your hopes, you'd
better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope!
I don't know whether it's the finest public housing in America or the crown jewel of the
American penal system.
Bill Clinton, on the White House
When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical
Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that
the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly. That is, when we set up this
country, abuse of people by government was a big problem. So if you read the Constitution,
it's rooted in the desire to limit the ability of government's ability to mess with you, because
that was a huge problem. It can still be a huge problem.