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Jimmy Carter quotes

Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease.

The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation.

We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.

We can't equate democracy with Christianity because the largest democracy on earth is India, which is primarily Hindu. The third largest democracy is Indonesia, which is Islamic. Democracy and freedom are not dependent on Christian beliefs.

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.

I think there ought to be a strict separation or wall built between our religious faith and our practice of political authority in office. I don't think the President of the United States should extoll Christianity if he happens to be a Christian at the expense of Judaism, Islam or other faiths.

Ever since Israel has been a nation the United States has provided the leadership. Every president down to the ages has done this in a fairly balanced way, including George Bush senior, Gerald Ford, and others including myself and Bill Clinton.

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.

Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things - he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.

You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.

We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.

Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future.

War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.

If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement.

I say to you quite frankly that the time for racial discrimination is over.

We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon.

America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.

Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.

I believe there is complete equality between men and women. And I believe those passages in the New Testament, not by Jesus, but by Paul, that say women should not adorn themselves, they should always wear hats or color their hair in church - things like that - I think they are signs of the times and should not apply to modern-day life.

At the Carter Center we work with victims of oppression, and we give support to human rights heroes.