"I want to make it clear,if there is ever a conflict (between environmental quality
and economic growth), I will go for beauty, clean air, water, and landscape."
the physical realities of our planet does not mean a dismal future of endless
sacrifice. In fact, acknowledging these realities is the first step in dealing
with them. We can meet the resource problems of the world -- water, food, minerals,
farmlands, forests, overpopulation, pollution -- if we tackle them with courage
music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political
or social boundaries.
Energy will be the immediate test of our ability to unite this Nation, and it
can also be the standard around which we rally. On the battlefield of energy we
can win for our Nation a new confidence, and we can seize control again of our
simply must balance our demand for energy with our rapidly shrinking resources.
By acting now we can control our future instead of letting the future control
"Forgiving is one of the most difficult things for a human being to do, but I
think it means looking at some slight you feel, putting yourself in the position
of the other person, and wiping away any sort of resentment and antagonism you
feel toward them. Then let that other person know that everything is perfectly
friendly and normal between you."
I believe we have reason to be hopeful for our planet. We must follow our faiths
and common sense, which I believe will guide us into the future.
"Everyone has a right to peaceful coexistence, the basic personal
freedoms, the alleviation of suffering, and the opportunity to lead a productive
did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way around.
Human rights invented America.
"We know that
a peaceful world cannot long exist, one-third rich and two-thirds hungry."
It would be naïve to think that peace and justice can be achieved easily. No set
of rules or study of history will automatically resolve the problems … However,
with faith and perseverance, … complex problems in the past have been resolved
in our search for justice and peace.
law is not the private property of lawyers, nor is justice the exclusive province
of judges and juries. In the final analysis, true justice is not a matter of courts
and law books, but of a commitment in each of us to liberty and mutual respect.
Every advance in this half-century-Social Security, civil rights, Medicare, aid
to education, one after another-came with the support and leadership of American
"A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful
and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It's a weak
nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness
and other signs of insecurity."
War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary,
it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in
peace by killing each other's children.
"Solid wastes" are the discarded leftovers of our advanced consumer society. This
growing mountain of garbage and trash represents not only an attitude of indifference
toward valuable natural resources, but also a serious economic and public health
If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for
the lowest common denominator of human achievement.
simple and proper function of government is just to make it easy for us to do
good and difficult for us to do wrong.
been through some sordid and embarrassing years and I felt like it was time for
our country to hold a beacon light that would rally our citizens to a cause.