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America is hope.
by Paul Tsongas

America is hope.
It is compassion.
It is excellence.
It is valor.
- Paul Tsongas

That sense of sacredness,
that thinking in generations,
must begin with reverence for this earth.
- Paul Tsongas

Journey with me to a true commitment to our environment.
Journey with me to the serenity of leaving to our children a planet in equilibrium.
- Paul Tsongas

When George Bush used the Willie Horton ad,
he knew what he was doing.
- Paul Tsongas

 

Let's try winning and see what it feels like.
If we don't like it, we can go back to our traditions.
- Paul Tsongas

Don't fear your mortality, because it is this very
mortality that gives meaning and depth and poignancy
to all the days that will be granted to you.
- Paul Tsongas

America is the sum of all our journeys as we search
for our national community and our national culture.
- Paul Tsongas

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This land, this water, this air, this planet -
this is our legacy to our young.
- Paul Tsongas

I want to deploy the leadership to meet the challenges
that face us and to restore America's greatness.
- Paul Tsongas

Our destiny is greatness and we must return to its fulfillment.
- Paul Tsongas

My father's generation gave to my generation a land
of wealth and purpose and world economic dominance.
- Paul Tsongas

A commencement is a time of joy.
It is also a time of melancholy.
But then again, so is life.
- Paul Tsongas

Thinking in generations also means enabling our young
to have a decent standard of living.
- Paul Tsongas

It was a myth that's often perpetuated at commencement
that holds that only hope and promise lie beyond the halls of academe.
Don't worry, be happy.
Everything is fine.
- Paul Tsongas

Our only weapons in this war of your lifetime are the weapons of the mind.
- Paul Tsongas

I am an American.
I love this country.
- Paul Tsongas

You are Americans.
You love this country.
Together we are entrusted with the principles that
represent mankind's greatest political and social achievement.
- Paul Tsongas

That's a good question.
Let me try to evade you.
- Paul Tsongas

I have pretty much made up my mind to do this.
- Paul Tsongas

In this era of the global village, the tide of democracy is running.
And it will not cease, not in China,
not in South Africa,
not in any corner of this earth, where the simple idea
of democracy and freedom has taken root.
- Paul Tsongas

Seven and half years ago I began my own journey.
For me and my family it was a time of adversity.
But during that adversity I derived a deeper faith.
And born out of that adversity was a commitment to
devote myself to those people and to those issues that truly matter to me.
- Paul Tsongas

No one is immune from the larger events of his or her time -
the Depression,
World War II, civil rights, Vietnam,
the spring of 1989 in China.
These events intrude upon our lives and radically affect our directions.
- Paul Tsongas

We are a continuum.
Just as we reach back to our ancestors for our fundamental values,
so we, as guardians of that legacy, must reach ahead
to our children and their children.
And we do so with a sense of sacredness in that reaching.
- Paul Tsongas

From a viable economy to the full funding of Headstart,
from a clean environment to true equality for women,
from a strong military to a commitment to racial brotherhood,
from schools that are honored to streets free of excessive violence.
- Paul Tsongas

You are part of that horrid expression,
the best and the brightest.
It can be a terrible burden if you let it be,
but it is the great challenge of your time.
And being a warrior in that challenge should be wondrous.
- Paul Tsongas

September 11th was a moment when America had the sympathy of the world.
- Tom Ford

America is the best half-educated country in the world.
- Nicholas M. Butler

Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list
of the richest people in America.
If I'm not there, I go to work.
- Robert Orben

The largest party in America, by the way,
is neither the Democrats nor the Republicans.
It's the party of non-voters.
- Robert Reich

I love America more than any other country in this world,
and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right
to criticize her perpetually.
- James A. Baldwin

Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things
no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving
America a new sense of purpose.
- Andy Rooney

I haven't, in the 23 years that I have been in the
uniformed services of the United States of America,
ever violated an order - not one.
- Oliver North

I get all fired up about aging in America.
- Willard Scott

I may be the only mother in America who knows exactly
what their child is up to all the time.
- Barbara Bush

America believes in education: the average professor
earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.
- Evan Esar

As I've said many times, the single most oppressed
class in America right now is the teenager.
- Joe Bob Briggs

Boxing has become America's tragic theater.
- Joyce Carol Oates

In America, I would say New York and New Orleans are
the two most interesting food towns.
In New Orleans, they don't have a bad deli.
There's no mediocrity accepted.
- Mario Batali

Patriotism is easy to understand in America.
It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.
- Calvin Coolidge

Pushing production out of America to nations without
our environmental standards increases global environmental risks.
- Frank Murkowski

Radical changes in world politics leave America with
a heightened responsibility to be,
for the world, an example of a genuinely free,
democratic, just and humane society.
- Pope John Paul II

There are many men of principle in both parties in America,
but there is no party of principle.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

America's present need is not heroics but healing;
not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration.
- Warren G. Harding

Power in America today is control of the means of communication.
- Theodore White

America is becoming so educated that ignorance will be a novelty.
I will belong to the select few.
- Will Rogers

If you're going to America, bring your own food.
- Fran Lebowitz

In America there are two classes of travel -
first class,
and with children.
- Robert Benchley

America has a critical role to play as the most powerful
member of the world community.
- Adam Schiff

I think the greatest taboos in America are faith and failure.
- Michael Malone

America cannot continue to lead the family of nations
around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.
- Mitt Romney

We have been terrorised by what happened in America
and we express our condolences to the American people
who suffered from this unexpected catastrophe and a new world war.
- Muammar al-Gaddafi

The social and industrial structure of America is founded
upon an enlightened citizenship.
- Bainbridge Colby

Jazz is a very accurate, curiously accurate accompaniment to 20th century America.
- Ken Burns

Instead of this confusion, we need the unifying force of an official language,
English, which is the language of success in America.
- Ernest Istook

It is possible to read the history of this country
as one long struggle to extend the liberties established
in our Constitution to everyone in America.
- Molly Ivins

I am itching like hell to play America because I know
that if I did the show over there,
they would love it.
- Bonnie Tyler

If I were still twenty years old, I would really move to America.
- Theo Van Gogh

Everybody in America is soft, and hates conflict.
The cure for this, both in politics and social life,
is the same - hardihood.
Give them raw truth.
- John Jay Chapman

America gets the politicians they deserve.
That's it.
And you keep struggling.
- Al Lewis

America has always imported history.
- Helmut Jahn

What you have to do is enter the fiction of America,
enter America as fiction.
It is, indeed, on this fictive basis that it dominates the world.
- Jean Baudrillard

Racism may be as systemic as it always was.
It is the great problem of America.
It's the one stumbling block that I don't believe was ever smoothed over.
- Robert Guillaume

Had it not been for slavery, the death penalty would
have likely been abolished in America.
Slavery became a haven for the death penalty.
- Angela Davis

I was getting frustrated with America.
It's interesting how as simple a thing as,
like, letting your hair grow longer changed in the world in those days.
- Terry Gilliam

I believe that our message of rebuilding America is
one that will resonate with the American people.
- Carol Moseley Braun

Sometimes people call me an idealist.
Well, that is the way I know I am an American.
America is the only idealistic nation in the world.
- Woodrow Wilson

I'd love to break America, like all artists do.
It's a lot of work but, you know, it's got to be done!
- Rachel Stevens

Redistribution of wealth would require enormous amounts of investment.
The only time an elite has accepted this has been during crises,
such as in America in the 1930s under Roosevelt.
- Susan George

Now more than ever, America needs an agenda for real change.
- Rick Larsen

Like other important immigrant communities,
the Jewish experience in the United States represents
the ideal of freedom and the promise and opportunity of America.
- Jan Schakowsky

Some day, following the example of the United States of America,
there will be a United States of Europe.
- George Washington


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