Sometimes, the only realists are the dreamers.
We all do better when we all do better.
I saw as a teacher how, if you take that spark of learning that those children have, and you ignite it, you can take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment.
The only way to change is to vote. People are responsible.
Successful organizing is based on the recognition that people get organized because they, too, have a vision.
If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them.
It is the belief that extremes and excesses of inequality must be reduced so that each person is free to fully develop his or her full potential. This is why we take precious time out of our lives and give it to politics.
When too many Americans don't vote or participate, some see apathy and despair. I see disappointment and even outrage. And I believe that out of this frustration can come hope and action.
Politics is about the improvement of people's lives. It's about advancing the cause of peace and justice in our country and the world. Politics is about doing well for the people.
Never separate the life you live from the words you speak.
A politics that is not sensitive to the concerns and circumstances of people's lives, a politics that does not speak to and include people, is an intellectually arrogant politics that deserves to fail.
Politics isn't about big money or power games; it's about the improvement of people's lives.
The idea of democracy has been stripped of it moral imperatives and come to denote hollowness and hypocrisy.
The American polity is infected with a serious imbalance of power between elites and masses, a power which is the principal threat to our democracy.
I think the future also will not belong to those who are cynical or those who stand on the sidelines.
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