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Jimmy Carter Quotes


Served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981.
(1924 - )

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Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease.
 

America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.
[America]
 

At the Carter Center we work with victims of oppression, and we give support to human rights heroes.
 

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.
 

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.
[Technology]
 

God answers all our prayers. Sometimes the answer is yes. Sometimes the answer is no. Sometimes the answer is, you've got to be kidding!
[Spirituality]
 

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.
 

Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.
 

I hate to see complacency prevail in our lives when it's so directly contrary to the teaching of Christ.
 

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.
[Forgiveness]
 

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

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.
 

I say to you quite frankly that the time for racial discrimination is over.
 

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.
[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've looked on a lot of women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times. This is something God recognizes I will do - and I have done it - and God forgives me for it.
[Sex]
 

If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement.
 

If you're totally illiterate and living on one dollar a day, the benefits of globalization never come to you.
 

In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, and our faith in God, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption.
 

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.'
 


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