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Barbara Jordan Quotes

Barbara Jordan Quotes & Quotations
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    A government is invigorated when each of us is willing to participate in shaping the future of this nation. Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good. Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    But this is the great danger America faces. That we will cease to be one nation and become instead a collection of interest groups: city against suburb, region against region, individual against individual. Each seeking to satisfy private wants. Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power. Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    Even as I stand here and admit that we have made mistakes I still believe that as the people of America sit in judgment on each party, they will recognize that our mistakes were mistakes of the heart. They'll recognize that. Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    I believe that women have a capacity for understanding and compassion which man structurally does not have, does not have it because he cannot have it. He's just incapable of it. Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court decision, I have finally been included in "We, the people." Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    I never intended to become a run-of-the-mill person. Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    I think it no accident that most of those emigrating to America in the 19th century identified with the Democratic Party. We are a heterogeneous party made up of Americans of diverse backgrounds. Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    If we promise as public officials, we must deliver. If we as public officials propose, we must produce. Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    If you're going to play the game properly, you'd better know every rule. Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    In other times, I could stand here and give this kind of exposition on the beliefs of the Democratic Party and that would be enough. But today that is not enough. People want more. Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    Let there be no illusions about the difficulty of forming this kind of a national community. It's tough, difficult, not easy. But a spirit of harmony will survive in America only if each of us remembers that we share a common destiny. Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    Let us heed the voice of the people and recognize their common sense. If we do not, we not only blaspheme our political heritage, we ignore the common ties that bind all Americans. Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    Let's all understand that these guiding principles cannot be discarded for short-term political gains. They represent what this country is all about. They are indigenous to the American idea. And these are principles which are not negotiable. Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    Life is too large to hang out a sign: "For Men Only." Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    More is required of public officials than slogans and handshakes and press releases. More is required. We must hold ourselves strictly accountable. We must provide the people with a vision of the future. Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    One thing is clear to me: We, as human beings, must be willing to accept people who are different from ourselves. Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    The citizens of America expect more. They deserve and they want more than a recital of problems. Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    The imperative is to define what is right and do it. Barbara-JordanBarbara Jordan
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    There is no executive order; there is no law that can require the American people to form a national community. This we must do as individuals and if we do it as individuals, there is no President of the United States who can veto that decision. Barbara-Jordan/">Barbara Jordan
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    Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap. Barbara-Jordan/">Barbara Jordan
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    We are a party of innovation. We do not reject our traditions, but we are willing to adapt to changing circumstances, when change we must. We are willing to suffer the discomfort of change in order to achieve a better future. Barbara-Jordan/">Barbara Jordan
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    We are a people in a quandary about the present. We are a people in search of our future. We are a people in search of a national community. Barbara-Jordan/">Barbara Jordan
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    We are a people trying not only to solve the problems of the present: unemployment, inflation... but we are attempting on a larger scale to fulfill the promise of America. Barbara-Jordan/">Barbara Jordan
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    We call ourselves public servants but I'll tell you this: we as public servants must set an example for the rest of the nation. It is hypocritical for the public official to admonish and exhort the people to uphold the common good. Barbara-Jordan/">Barbara Jordan
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    We have a positive vision of the future founded on the belief that the gap between the promise and reality of America can one day be finally closed. We believe that. Barbara-Jordan/">Barbara Jordan
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    We have made mistakes. In our haste to do all things for all people, we did not foresee the full consequences of our actions. And when the people raised their voices, we didn't hear. But our deafness was only a temporary condition, and not an irreversible condition. Barbara-Jordan/">Barbara Jordan
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    We must exchange the philosophy of excuse - what I am is beyond my control for the philosophy of responsibility. Barbara-Jordan/">Barbara Jordan
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    What the people want is very simple - they want an America as good as its promise. Barbara-Jordan/">Barbara Jordan
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    What we have to do is strike a balance between the idea that government should do everything and the idea, the belief, that government ought to do nothing. Strike a balance. Barbara-Jordan/">Barbara Jordan