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Bill Clinton quotes

Updated on September 4, 2008

Funny, smart, and inspirational quotes from Bill Clinton

 
"It was a real sort of Southern deal. I had AstroTurf in the back. You don't want to know why, but I did." -Bill Clinton, reminiscing about a pickup truck he once owned
 
It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to. 
 

"Big things are expected of us, and nothing big ever came of being small."

"You know, if I were a single man, I might ask that mummy out. That's a good-looking mummy" -Bill Clinton, looking at "Juanita," a newly discovered Incan mummy on display at the National Geographic museum

"Being president is like running a cemetery: you've got a lot of people under you and nobody's listening." 
 
"I asked him to do it because he was the only person that I could trust to read all 150,000 pages in the Code of Federal Regulations." -Bill Clinton, on asking Vice President Al Gore to tackle federal regulatory reform
 
"I'm someone who had a deep emotional attachment to 'Starsky and Hutch.'" 
 
"Sometimes I feel like the fire hydrant looking at a pack of dogs. For six years I had declined to tell those kinds of jokes, because I have been told it is not presidential. But I feel kind of outdoorsy today." -Bill Clinton, at a party honoring the 150th anniversary of the Interior Department
 
"Well, I don't have much job security." -Bill Clinton, in 1992, on why he still plays the saxophone.
 
"Usually briefs." -Bill Clinton, asked during a 1994 MTV town meeting whether he wore boxer shorts or briefs
 
"Look, half the time when I see the evening news, I wouldn't be for me, either." -Bill Clinton, in 1995, on a pre-campaign swing through Montana and Colorado
 
"There are always going to be people who want to be president, and some days I'd like to give it to them." -Bill Clinton, in 1993
 
"The economy has produced 6.1 million jobs since I became president, and if Michael Jordan comes back to the Bulls, it will be 6,100,001 jobs." -Bill Clinton, in 1995
 
"It wasn't my finest hour. It wasn't even my finest hour and a half." -Bill Clinton, after giving an endless nominating speech for Michael Dukakis at the 1988 Democratic convention
 
"You'd think he was running for First Lady." -Bill Clinton, on George H. W. Bush's criticism of Hillary Clinton
 
"If President Reagan could be an actor and become president, maybe I could become an actor. I've got a good pension. I can work for cheap." -Bill Clinton, at a Hollywood fundraiser
 
"I may not have been the greatest president, but I've had the most fun eight years." 
 
"It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is." - excerpts from Bill Clinton's grand jury testimony
 
"If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit."
 
"Global poverty is a powder keg that could be ignited by our indifference."
 
"Success is not the measure of a man but a triumph over those who choose to hold him back." 
 
"Sometimes when people are under stress, they hate to think, and it's the time when they most need to think." 
 
"Globalization is not something we can hold off or turn off . . . it is the economic equivalent of a force of nature -- like wind or water." 
 
We should, all of us, be filled with gratitude and humility for our present progress and prosperity. We should be filled with awe and joy at what lies over the horizon. And we should be filled with absolute determination to make the most of it."
 
"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America."
 
 "The purpose of politics is to give people tools to make the most of their lives." 
 
"Character is a journey, not a destination."
 
"Just as war is freedom's cost, disagreement is freedom's privilege."
 
""Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all."
 
"We are living in a world, where what we earn is a function of what we learn.."
 
"When our memories outweigh our dreams, we have grown old."
 
"Pessimism is an excuse for not trying and a guarantee to a personal failure."
 
"There's just no such thing as truth when it comes to him. He just says whatever sounds good and worries about it after the election." 
Presidential candidate Bill Clinton describing his opponent, George Bush (Quoted in the American Spectator, 10/28/92) 
 

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