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It was a myth that's often perpetuated at commencement
by 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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known.
- Michel de Montaigne

Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.
- Joseph Campbell

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

Science and technology revolutionize our lives,
but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.
- Arthur M. Schlesinger

A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.
- James Feibleman

But the myth of violent solutions as the ultimate solutions
maintains itself in much of popular media.
- Stanley Crouch

I subscribe to the myth that an artist's creativity comes from torment.
Once that's fixed, what do you draw on?
- David Byrne

I have a better internal and intuitive understanding
of folklore and myth than science and technology,
so in that way fantasy is easier.
- Sarah Zettel

It is a myth, not a mandate, a fable not a logic,
and symbol rather than a reason by which men are moved.
- Irwin Edman

For the myth is the foundation of life;
it is the timeless schema,
the pious formula into which life flows when it reproduces
its traits out of the unconscious.
- Thomas Mann

The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful.
And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is,
rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life.
- Robert Penn Warren

Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.'
That's a huge myth.
John and I literally used to sit down and say,
'Now, let's write a swimming pool.'
- Paul McCartney

It took some time to gather the research and develop it into the storyline,
and to finally finish an origin myth poem that I had
been working on for twenty years.
- Jean M. Auel

There was that feminist myth that we can do everything.
I don't think you can.
- Jessica Lange

A myth is the name of a terrible lie told by a smelly
little brown person to a man in a white suit with a pair of binoculars.
- David Antin

I like songs and film because you can turn your life
into a sort of myth or dream.
- Sean Lennon

Most people live in a myth and grow violently angry
if anyone dares to tell them the truth about themselves.
- Robert Anton Wilson

Myth is neither a lie nor a confession:
it is an inflexion.
- Roland Barthes

A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world.
- Alan Watts

All the great legends are Templates for human behavior.
I would define a myth as a story that has survived.
- John Boorman

In other words, I would be giving in to a myth of sameness
which I think can destroy us.
- Audre Lorde

Myth is an attempt to narrate a whole human experience,
of which the purpose is too deep, going too deep in the blood and soul,
for mental explanation or description.
- David Herbert Lawrence

Religion often partakes of the myth of progress that
shields us from the terrors of an uncertain future.
- Frank Herbert

I heard that Jesus had a pet dinosaur.
Evolution must be a myth then.
- John Bacon

Mexico was conquered more by manipulation of myth and archetype.
- Norman Spinrad

When I was younger, I was fascinated by David Bowie,
for example.
he had created an entire myth around himself.
It was as important as his music.
- Lars von Trier

The standardized American is largely a myth created
not least by Americans themselves.
- Irwin Edman

If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology,
then its myth is tragic.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

The myth of fascist efficiency has deluded many people.
- Henry A. Wallace

The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -
that there is a genetic factor to leadership.
This myth asserts that people simply either
have certain charismatic qualities or not.
That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.
Leaders are made rather than born.
- Warren G. Bennis

Today's Communism can survive only if it abandons the
myth of an infallible party,
if it continues to think, and if it becomes democratic.
- Friedrich Durrenmatt

People say that I'm always late, but that's a myth.
- Milla Jovovich

Each time, storytellers clothed the naked body of the
myth in their own traditions,
so that listeners could relate more easily to its deeper meaning.
- Joan D. Vinge

I believe that global warming is a myth.
And so, therefore, I have no conscience problems at
all and I'm going to buy a Suburban next time.
- Jerry Falwell

I don't say that the supposed Civil Rights development is a myth,
but it's a matter of dealing with reality.
It's purely peripheral and, in many cases,
it's just a facade.
- Norman Granz

Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination
to science and science to imagination,
where they meet, in the myth.
- Cyril Connolly

Something fundamental about the myth of the Jew has resurfaced.
- Steven T. Katz

I think the rock'n'roll myth of living on the edge is a pile of crap.
- Robert Smith

Uncritical semantics is the myth of a museum in which
the exhibits are meanings and the words are labels.
To switch languages is to change the labels.
- Willard Van Orman Quine

Every country that has experimented with women in actual
combat has abandoned the idea,
and the notion that Israel uses women in combat is a feminist myth.
- Phyllis Schlafly

It struck me that what I'd heard about certain celebrities was true:
they had It,
whatever the hell It was.
Star power isn't a myth; it is tangible and forceful.
- Michael Bergin

As critical acclaim and response has built up,
every interview I give is a chance to puncture the
myth I've created about my work and refine it.
- James Ellroy

It's another myth that dancing distorts or destroys your feet.
If you have the right shaped foot to start and a good,
strong technique, your feet should be fine.
- Deborah Bull

The myth that the founding of American Republic was
based on the philosophy of John Locke could only have been maintained,
because the history of Leibniz's influence was suppressed.
- Robert Trout

As Plotinus tells us, we elected the body,
the parents, the place, and the circumstances that
suited the soul and that,
as the myth says, belongs to its necessity.
- James Hillman

One thing I can say about the Motown acts is that we were a family.
That's not a myth.
- Smokey Robinson


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