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Ralph Nader quotes

We must strive to become good ancestors.

Addiction should never be treated as a crime. It has to be treated as a health problem. We do not send alcoholics to jail in this country. Over 500,000 people are in our jails who are nonviolent drug users.

The only difference between the Republican and Democratic parties is the velocities with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. That's the only difference.

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.

The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.

Your best teacher is your last mistake.

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.

A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.

A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity.

The 'democracy gap' in our politics and elections spells a deep sense of powerlessness by people who drop out, do not vote, or listlessly vote for the 'least worst' every four years and then wonder why after every cycle the 'least worst' gets worse.

The corporate lobby in Washington is basically designed to stifle all legislative activity on behalf of consumers.

When strangers start acting like neighbors... communities are reinvigorated.

People are stunned to hear that one company has data files on 185 million Americans.

Turn on to politics, or politics will turn on you.

The nation is faced with one of the most corporate-orientated anti-consumer Congresses in our history.

This country has far more problems than it deserves and far more solutions than it applies.

For almost seventy years the life insurance industry has been a smug sacred cow feeding the public a steady line of sacred bull.

I once said to my father, when I was a boy, 'Dad we need a third political party.' He said to me, 'I'll settle for a second.'

If God hadn't meant for us to eat sugar, he wouldn't have invented dentists.

Like sex in Victorian England, the reality of Big Business today is our big dirty secret.