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Paul Wellstone Quotes


A two-term U.S. Senator from the state of Minnesota.
(1944 - 2002)

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A politics that is not sensitive to the concerns and circumstances of people's lives, a politics that does not speak to and include people, is an intellectually arrogant politics that deserves to fail.
 

Above and beyond the question of how to grow the economy there is a legitimate concern about how to grow the quality of our lives.
 

As free citizens in a political democracy, we have a responsibility to be interested and involved in the affairs of the human community, be it at the local or the global level.
 

Education and democracy have the same goal: the fullest possible development of human capabilities.
[Education]
 

I don't think politics has anything to do with left, right, or center. It has to do with trying to do right by people.
 

I emphasize self-esteem, self-confidence, and dignity, not as an ideal, but as a real test of community organization. Without leadership development, community organizations do not have staying power.
 

I represent the Democratic wing of the Democratic party.
 

I saw as a teacher how, if you take that spark of learning that those children have, and you ignite it, you can take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment.
 

I think the future also will not belong to those who are cynical or those who stand on the sidelines.
 

I was talking about no nukes, the farm crisis. People said that wasn't stuff that a state auditor was supposed to be talking about. Maybe they were right.
 

I'm short, I'm Jewish and I'm a liberal.
 

If a teacher does not involve himself, his values, his commitments, in the course of discussion, why should the students?
 

If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them.
 

It is the belief that extremes and excesses of inequality must be reduced so that each person is free to fully develop his or her full potential. This is why we take precious time out of our lives and give it to politics.
 

Never separate the life you live from the words you speak.
 

Our aims in political activism are not, and should not be, to create a perfect utopia.
 

Our politics are our deepest form of expression: they mirror our past experiences and reflect our dreams and aspirations for the future.
 

Politics is about the improvement of people's lives. It's about advancing the cause of peace and justice in our country and the world. Politics is about doing well for the people.
[Advancing]
 

Politics is not about money.
 

Politics is not about power.
 


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