Bill J. Clinton Quotes

Bill Clinton

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Bill Clinton was born and raised in Arkansas. As the 42nd president of the United States, he served from 1993 to 2001. His prior experience includes being governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and again from 1983 to 1992, as well as serving as attorney general from 1977 to 1979. Clinton was a Democratic Party member whose policies reflected a centrist view of politics known as the "Third Way." His wife, Hillary Clinton, was the Democratic nominee for president in 2016 and served as a senator from New York from 2001 to 2009.


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18 Quotes By Bill Clinton

1. If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.

2. I still believe in a place called Hope.

3. Work is about more than making a living, as vital as that is. It's fundamental to human dignity, to our sense of self-worth as useful, independent, free people.

4. When we make college more affordable, we make the American dream more achievable.

5. We must teach our children to resolve their conflicts with words, not weapons.

6. Being president is like running a cemetery: you've got a lot of people under you and nobody's listening.

7. You can put wings on a pig, but you don't make it an eagle.

8. It turns out that advancing equal opportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics, because discrimination, poverty and ignorance restrict growth, while investments in education, infrastructure and scientific and technological research increase it, creating more good jobs and new wealth for all of us.

9. Character is a journey, not a destination.

10. I haven't eaten at a McDonald's since I became President.

11. When times are tough and people are frustrated and angry and hurting and uncertain, the politics of constant conflict may be good, but what is good politics does not necessarily work in the real world. What works in the real world is cooperation.

12. It's heartbreaking to see so many people trapped in a web of enforced idleness, deep debt, and gnawing self-doubt.

13. Because primarily of the power of the Internet, people of modest means can band together and amass vast sums of money that can change the world for some public good if they all agree.

14. One of the main reasons America should re-elect President Obama is that he is still committed to cooperation. He appointed Republican Secretaries of Defense, the Army and Transportation. He appointed a Vice President who ran against him in 2008.

15. You have to make a conscious decision to change for your own well-being and that of your family and your country.

16. If you're a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win and make a future together. We want you.

17. I am grateful to President George W. Bush for PEPFAR, which is saving the lives of millions of people in poor countries and to both Presidents Bush for the work we've done together after the South Asia tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the Haitian earthquake.

18. When Chelsea was 9 months old, I was defeated for reelection in the Reagan landslide. And I became overnight, I think, the youngest former governor in the history of the country. We only had two-year terms back then.