Quotes by Jimmy Carter

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.
– Jimmy Carter
Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease.
– Jimmy Carter
America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.
– Jimmy Carter
An act of terrorism totally outside the bounds of international law and diplomatic tradition. a crisis that calls for firmness and restraint.
– Jimmy Carter
For the first time in the history of our country the majority of our people believe that the next five years will be worse than the past five years.
– Jimmy Carter
For this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival, liberty is human rights, the pursuit of happiness is a planet whose resources are devoted to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants.
– Jimmy Carter
Globalization, as defined by rich people like us, is a very nice thing... you are talking about the Internet, you are talking about cell phones, you are talking about computers. This doesn't affect two-thirds of the people of the world.
– Jimmy Carter
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom.
– Jimmy Carter
Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.
– Jimmy Carter
I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can't get my wife to go swimming.
– Jimmy Carter
I look forward to these confrontations with the press to kind of balance up the nice and pleasant things that come to me as president.
– Jimmy Carter
I now understand more clearly than I ever had before why you won in November 1980 and I lost.
– Jimmy Carter
I personally think that he did violate the law, that he committed impeachable offenses. But I don't think that he thinks he did.
– Jimmy Carter
I've looked on many women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times. God knows I will do this and forgives me.
– Jimmy Carter
If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement.
– Jimmy Carter
If you're totally illiterate and living on one dollar a day, the benefits of globalization never come to you.
– Jimmy Carter
In this outward and physical ceremony we attest once again to the inner and spiritual strength of our Nation. As my high school teacher, Miss Julia Coleman, used to say: 'We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.'
– Jimmy Carter
It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.
– Jimmy Carter
Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.
– Jimmy Carter
My decision to register women confirms what is already obvious throughout our society-that women are now providing all types of skills in every profession. The military should be no exception.
– Jimmy Carter