If you can manipulate news, a judge can manipulate the law. A smart lawyer can keep a killer out of jail, a smart accountant can keep a thief from paying taxes, a smart reporter could ruin your reputation- unfairly.
Every minute brings a new opportunity. Every minute brings new growth, new experiences.
There are few things more amusing in the world of politics than watching moderate Republicans charging to the right in pursuit of greater glory.
America was born in outrageous ambition, so bold as to be improbable. The deprived, the oppressed, the powerless from all over the globe came here with little more than the desire to realize themselves.
Tax should be the same for everybody.
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.
I had not even thought of running for president until one day in 1991, at a small fund-raiser, completely unanticipated, someone stood up and said, 'Hey, Mario, in all the years we've supported you, we've never heard you talk about the presidency, and we want to know why not.'
In this life, you should read everything you can read. Taste everything you can taste. Meet everyone you can meet. Travel everywhere you can travel. Learn everything you can learn. Experience everything you can experience.
A lot of my stories about the old days, they're delicious and funny. But every time I recall the early days, it's painful. With every anecdote, it's painful because you're summoning up the terribly, terribly difficult life of my parents. And it's painful because I didn't realize at the time how hard it was for them.
I am a trial lawyer. Matilda says that at dinner on a good day I sound like an affidavit.
I have no plans, and no plans to plan.
Every time I've done something that doesn't feel right, it's ended up not being right.
I said I didn't want to run for president. I didn't ask you to believe me.
I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in fifty years what my father taught me by example in one week.
The price of seeking to force our beliefs on others is that someday they might force their beliefs on us.
The mugger who is arrested is back on the street before the police officer, but the person mugged may not be back on the street for a long time, if ever.
We must get the American public to look past the glitter, beyond the showmanship, to the reality, the hard substance of things. And we'll do it not so much with speeches that will bring people to their feet as with speeches that bring people to their senses.
You want calamities? What about the Ice Age?
Barack Obama is probably one of the brightest in terms of sheer intelligence... also probably the best orator we've ever had as a president.
Bill Clinton has done more to help the middle class than any leader in decades.