Quotes of the day- Jimmy Carter:
James Earl "Jimmy" Carter,
Jr. (born October 1, 1924) is an American politician who served as the
39th President of the United States (1977–1981) and was the recipient of
the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, the only U.S. President to have received the
Prize after leaving office. Before he became President, Carter served as
a U.S. Naval officer, was a peanut farmer, served two terms as a Georgia
State Senator and one as Governor of Georgia.
After leaving office, Carter and his wife Rosalynn founded the Carter
Center in 1982, a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization that
works to advance human rights. He has traveled extensively to conduct
peace negotiations, observe elections, and advance disease prevention
and eradication in developing nations. Carter is a key figure in the
Habitat for Humanity project, and also remains particularly vocal on the
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the
other way around. Human rights invented America.
Earlier in my life I thought the things that mattered were the things
that you could see, like your car, your house, your wealth, your
property, your office. But as I've grown older I've become convinced
that the things that matter most are the things that you can't see- the
love you share with others, your inner purpose, your comfort with who
Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is
the very soul of our sense of nationhood.
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.
I can't deny I'm a better ex-president than I was a president.
I do not despair for our country. I never do. I believe, as I always
have, the essential decency and compassion and common sense of the
American people will prevail.
If any agreement between two nations is to last, it must serve the best
interests of both nations.
In a nuclear age, each of us is threatened when peace is not secured
In the world at large, we cannot lead if our leaders mislead.
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.
Our American values are not luxuries, but necessities- not the salt in
our bread, but the bread itself.
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.
Some devout Christians are among the most fervent advocates of the death
penalty, contradicting Jesus Christ and justifying their belief on an
erroneous interpretation of Hebrew Scriptures. “An eye for an eye, and a
tooth for a tooth,” their most likely response, overlooks the fact that
this was promulgated by Moses as a limitation- a prohibition against
taking both eyes or all of an offender's teeth in retribution.
The drug culture has shaped at least one major chance since the sixties;
It became the basis for overloading our prisons.
The government and the church are two different realms of service, and
those in political office have to face a subtle but important difference
between the implementation of the high ideals of religious faith and
The truth is that 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.
Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for
much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the
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.
To be true to ourselves, we must be true to others. We will not behave
in foreign places so as to violate our rules and standards here at home,
for we know that the trust which our Nation earns is essential to our
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.
We are a purely idealistic nation, but let no one confuse our idealism
We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon.
Whatever starts in California unfortunately has a tendency to spread.
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