James Earl Carter, Jr.


James Earl Carter, Jr. Quotes

  • ''I just look at death as not a threat. It's inevitable, and I have an assurance of eternal life.''
    Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. Interview with Robert Scheer, Playboy, p. 84, Chicago (October 1976). He was campaigning for the presidency.
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  • ''The awareness that health is dependent upon habits that we control makes us the first generation in history that to a large extent determines its own destiny.''
    Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Everything to Gain: Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life, p. 46, New York: Random House (1987).
  • ''Although military, economic and political strength certainly favors the more powerful side, the matter of simple justice is a counterbalancing factor.''
    Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. Negotiation: The Alternative to Hostility, p. 19, Macon, GA: Mercer University Press (1984). Explaining his approach to negotiation.
  • ''This is one of the worst speeches I've ever seen. No one will listen except the Mobil P.R. man. List what we want to say M arrange items in order of priority M then say them plainly and bluntly.... Hit hard and early. Don't apologize or evade tough issues.''
    Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. Note to his speech writers about a speech on energy, showing how he worked behind the scenes to produce a public address, April 1, 1979, Presidential Handwriting, Staff Secretary File, Box 125, Jimmy Carter Library, Atlanta, Georgia. He gave specific, tough instructions to his speech writers and often condemned the drafts they brought to him.
  • ''Quite often ... these little guys, who might be making atomic weapons or who might be guilty of some human rights violation ... are looking for someone to listen to their problems and help them communicate.''
    Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. Rolling Stone, p. 68 (December 29, 1994). On negotiating with dictators.
  • ''There were two unpleasant surprises [about Washington]. One was the inertia of Congress, the length of time it takes to get a complicated piece of legislation through ... and the other was the irresponsibility of the press.''
    Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. Television interview with Bill Moyers, November 13, 1978, quoted in Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President, p. 125, New York: Bantam Books (1982). His reaction to Washington, DC.
  • ''But love must be aggressively translated into simple justice.''
    Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. The Wit and Wisdom of Jimmy Carter, p. 115, edited by Bill Adler; Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Press (1977). Acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in New York City, July 1976.
  • ''I think my wife ... is sure of my loyalty.... She knows how hard I work. She knows how tired I am every night. She knows I have fifty or sixty reporters watching me day and night.''
    Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. The Wit and Wisdom of Jimmy Carter, p. 27, edited by Bill Adler; Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Press (1977). Humorous speech at Long Beach, California, June 1976.
  • ''You just have to have a simple faith.''
    Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. The Wit and Wisdom of Jimmy Carter, p. 63, ed. Bill Adler; Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Press (1977). Teaching his Sunday School class in Plains, Georgia, three days after accepting the Democratic nomination, July 1976.
  • ''Testing oneself is best when done alone.''
    Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. "Trout," in Always a Reckoning and Other Poems, p. 115, New York: Times Books (1995). Describing the challenge of fishing for trout.

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