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America just works better when more people have a chance to live their dreams.

BILL CLINTON, speech at Democratic National Convention, July 26, 2004

The best social program is a good job.


I do not believe we can repair the basic fabric of society until people who are willing to work have work. Work organizes life. It gives structure and discipline to life.


You don’t have to wait till your party’s in power to have an impact on life at home and around the world.

BILL CLINTON, speech at Campus Progress National Student Conference, July 13, 2005

Frankly, I'm fed up with politicians in Washington lecturing the rest of us about family values. Our families have values. But our government doesn’t.

BILL CLINTON, speech at Democratic National Convention, July 16, 1992

You can’t blame your opponents for applying a strategy that beats your brains out with regularity.

BILL CLINTON, speech at Campus Progress National Student Conference, July 13, 2005

People really don’t care if politicians attack each other with untrue stories. They figure if you don’t want to get hurt, you shouldn’t have filed for office. They figure whatever happens to us, our lives will be better than theirs.

BILL CLINTON, speech at Campus Progress National Student Conference, July 13, 2005

The most important family policy, urban policy, labor policy, minority policy, and foreign policy America can have is an expanding entrepreneurial economy of high-wage, high-skilled jobs.

BILL CLINTON, speech at Democratic National Convention, July 16, 1992

The future is not an inheritance, it is an opportunity and an obligation.


The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.


Profound and powerful forces are shaking and remaking our world. And the urgent question of our time is whether we can make change our friend and not our enemy.


Americans long to be united. After 9/11, we all just wanted to be one nation. Not a single American on September the 12, 2001, cared who won the next presidential election.

BILL CLINTON, speech at Democratic National Convention, July 26, 2004

For too long we've been told about "us" and "them." Each and every election we see a new slate of arguments and ads telling us that "they" are the problem, not "us." But there can be no "them" in America. There's only us.


Banning human cloning reflects our humanity. It is the right thing to do. Creating a child through this new method calls into question our most fundamental beliefs. It has the potential to threaten the sacred family bonds at the very core of our ideals and our society. At its worst, it could lead to misguided and malevolent attempts to select certain traits, even to create certain kind of children -- to make our children objects rather than cherished individuals.

BILL CLINTON, speech, June 9, 1997

Abortion should not only be safe and legal, it should be rare.

BILL CLINTON, speech at DNC, Aug. 29, 1996

If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person.


I mean, you know, this idea that somebody we disagree with on economic or social policy or something we have to turn into some kind of ogre or demon, I think, is a mistake. I mean, it's like telling the American people or half the American people that don't agree with you they're all fools. That's just not true.

BILL CLINTON, interview on Larry King Live, June 1, 2005

There is nothing wrong in America that can't be fixed with what is right in America.

BILL CLINTON, First Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1992

I still believe in a place called Hope, a place called America.

BILL CLINTON, speech at Democratic National Convention, August 29, 1996

When we give what we can and give it with joy, we don't just renew the American tradition of giving, we also renew ourselves.

BILL CLINTON, Woman's Day Magazine, Jul. 10, 2007

We Democrats think the country works better with a strong middle class, real opportunities for poor people to work their way into it and a relentless focus on the future, with business and government working together to promote growth and broadly shared prosperity. We think "we're all in this together" is a better philosophy than "you're on your own."

BILL CLINTON, speech at Democratic National Convention, Sep. 5, 2012

When you stifle human potential, when you don’t invest in new ideas, it doesn’t just cut off the people who are affected. It hurts us all.

BILL CLINTON, speech at Democratic National Convention, Sep. 5, 2012

Downsizing budgets may be necessary, but downsizing dreams is a decision to be disappointed.

BILL CLINTON, Back to Work

A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon.

BILL CLINTON, speech at the Lincoln Memorial on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Aug. 28, 2013

Whether our ancestors came here on the Mayflower, on slave ships, whether they came to Ellis Island or LAX in Los Angeles, whether they came yesterday or walked this land a thousand years ago our great challenge for the 21st century is to find a way to be One America. We can meet all the other challenges if we can go forward as One America.

BILL CLINTON, State of the Union Address, Jan. 19, 1999

There's never a perfect bipartisan bill in the eyes of a partisan.

BILL CLINTON, The Economist, Dec. 18, 2010

If you want to live like a Republican, vote like a Democrat.


I think it's important to elect a president who is committed to getting this economy going again, and who realizes we have to abandon trickle-down economics and put the American people first again, and who will send programs to the Congress in the first hundred days to deal with the critical issues that America is crying out for leadership on -- jobs, incomes, the health care crisis, the need to control the economy. Those things deserve to be dealt with from day one. I will deal with them from day 1. They will be my first priority, not my election year concern.

BILL CLINTON, Presidential Debate, Oct. 19, 1992

The road to tyranny, we must never forget, begins with the destruction of the truth.

BILL CLINTON, remarks at the dedication of the Thomas J. Dodd Archives and Research Center in Storrs, Connecticut, Oct. 15, 1995

The success of the Republicans' antigovernment attack was doubly surprising to me, because of their own record over the previous eight years. They cut taxes and increased spending at roughly twice the rate it had increased during my eight years in office, creating few new jobs but ending four years of balanced budgets and surpluses and doubling the national debt even before the financial meltdown. And, of course, they also regularly voted to raise the debt limit so they could continue to borrow and spend, a practice I had worked hard to end.

BILL CLINTON, Back to Work

Democracy does not have to be a bloodsport, it can be an honorable enterprise that advances the public interest.

BILL CLINTON, speech at Democratic National Convention, Sep. 5, 2012

We need to reform our job training programs, especially our unemployment system, and transform it into a reemployment system.

BILL CLINTON, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, William J. Clinton

If you look at the opportunities for economic growth within America, inner-city areas and rural areas, especially those that are heavily minority populated are a great opportunity for economic growth, because unemployment is high and the potential for consumer demand to grow is enormous. So the first thing we've got to do is to get some money in there.

BILL CLINTON, interview with Mark Riley and Laura Blackburne of WLIB Radio, New York City, October 18, 1994

Here on this peaceful hillside, the silent rows of headstones tell tales of service and sacrifice that are so much the story of our nation. Here lies the spirit that has guided our country for more than 200 years now. Nurses and drummer boys, scouts and engineers, warriors and peacemakers--joined by a shared devotion to defend our nation, protect our freedom, keep America strong and proud.

BILL CLINTON, remarks on Memorial Day, 1996

When times are tough, constant conflict may be good politics but in the real world, cooperation works better.

BILL CLINTON, speech at Democratic National Convention, Sep. 5, 2012

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