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Change doesn’t come from Washington. Change comes to Washington.
Do something, Congress. Do anything.
We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honour those ideals by upholding them not when it’s easy, but when it is hard.
[The] issues are never simple. One thing I’m proud of is that very rarely will you hear me simplify the issues.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
I don’t want to pit Red America against Blue America. I want to be President of the United States of America.
What Washington needs is adult supervision.
If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists – to protect them and to promote their common welfare – all else is lost.
Americans … still believe in an America where anything’s possible — they just don’t think their leaders do.
In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity – it is a pre-requisite.
We live in a culture that discourages empathy. A culture that too often tells us our principle goal in life is to be rich, thin, young, famous, safe, and entertained.
For all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter and can bend history in the direction of justice.
That is why we fight — in hopes of a day when we no longer need to.
You can’t let your failures define you — you have to let your failures teach you. You have to let them show you what to do