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born October 1, 1924; 39th President of the United States

We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.
Jimmy Carter 

We are completely in bed with the Israelis to the detriment of the well-being of the
Palestinians.
Jimmy Carter

Whether the borders that divide us are picket fences or national boundaries, we are all
neighbors in a global community.
Jimmy Carter

If the misery of others leaves you indifferent and with no feeling of sorrow, then you cannot
be called a human being.
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America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.
Jimmy Carter

Go out on a limb. That's where the fuit is.
Jimmy Carter

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

If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common
denominator of human achievement.
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Human identity is no longer defined by what one does but rather by what one owns.
Jimmy Carter

I think what's going on in Guantanamo Bay and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A.
Jimmy Carter

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social
boundaries.
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War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil,
never a good. We will not learn to live together in peace by killing each other's children.
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Unless both sides win, no agreement can be permanent.
Jimmy Carter

Our government now has a strange and unprecedented and pervasive policy of not speaking
to anybody who doesn't agree with us in advance on controversial issues. So we close the
door, we go into a closet and pout.
Jimmy Carter

We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs,
different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
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Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our
sense of nationhood.
Jimmy Carter

I can't deny I'm a better ex-president than I was a president.
Jimmy Carter

With massive arsenals still on hair-trigger alert, a global holocaust is just as possible now,
through mistakes or misjudgments, as it was during the depths of the Cold War.
Jimmy Carter

We are a purely idealistic Nation, but let no one confuse our idealism with weakness.
Jimmy Carter

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.
Jimmy Carter

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.
Jimmy Carter

The love of liberty is a common blood that flows in our American veins.
Jimmy Carter

For instance, I have never believed that Jesus Christ would approve either abortions or the
death penalty, but I obeyed such Supreme Court decisions to the best of my ability, at the
same time attempting to minimize what I considered to be their adverse impact.
Jimmy Carter

The drug culture has shaped at least one major chance since the Sixties; It became the basis
for overloading our prisons.
Jimmy Carter

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

Thoughtful criticism and close scrutiny of all government officials by the press and the public
are an important part of our democratic society.
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Penalties against drug use should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the
drug itself.
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The life of Palestinians is almost intolerable.
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I have one life and one chance to make it count for something. My faith demands that I do
whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to
try to make a difference.
Jimmy Carter

I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration
(Bush) has been the worst in history.
Jimmy Carter

I believe that anyone can be successful in life, regardless of natural talent or the
environment within which we live. This is not based on measuring success by human
competitiveness for wealth, possessions, influence, and fame, but adhering to God's
standards of truth, justice, humility, service, compassion, forgiveness, and love.
Jimmy Carter

The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic
system is worthy of emulation.
Jimmy Carter

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

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