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    I was building the plane while flying it in the first term,
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    Character issues such as drug abuse are not exclusive to Detroit Public Schools. My reference to substance abuse, not intended to focus on any particular school district, was simply used to illustrate this position.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    tags: character  focus  abuse  drugs  school 
     
    There were never a lot of attacks on my work. We were building more parks than were ever built in the city, building more recreation centers, fixing more streets. We had national events, the Super Bowl, the (Major League Baseball) All-Star game, Final Four. We built seven hotels. The city hadn't built a hotel in 20 or more years.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    tags: work  games  year 
     
    I loved the city, so the feeling in 2001 [election] first was shock, then (I was) nervous, then scared but then it's - I really wasn't happy and ecstatic like I thought I (would be). I was immediately hit with the enormity of the responsibility and the fact that most people in that town - particularly those that voted for me were placing their hopes and dreams in me. That is a big, big stressful place to be.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    I heard somebody say that you can't judge a tree by the bark it wears but by the fruit it bears.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    I didn't want to be president; I didn't want to be governor; I didn't want to be a congress person. I just wanted to be mayor of the city of Detroit. I lived there my entire life.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    tags: people  congress 
     
    My dream in growing up in the city of Detroit was to be Mayor. At the family picnics from the time I was 9-years-old that's what I told people I was going to be. The mayor of the city of Detroit.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    tags: time  people  dreams 
     
    The job of being president, understanding the particular policies that America has gotten itself into over the past 400 years.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    What is happening in Detroit is not good so I don't even want to be a part of that, but there is something on the other side that I may want to be a part of so I don't know yet.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    Michigan is very racially separated and the city of Detroit itself is 84 percent African-American and the surrounding suburbs are 86 percent White.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    Personality is a person among persons. There is no personality of one man on a desert island.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    tags: men  people  personality 
     
    I learned that you can go after things before you are ready and so if you are going after it, you need to make sure that your spirit is ready. I learned also how to surrender to His will and not mine. Sometimes when you are going through something - and I am a guy who runs campaigns - I can make this happen. There has never been a campaign where I was picked to win.. I was always coming from behind.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    tags: spirit 
     
    What I learned in politics (is that) it's a very enslaving place to be. It's hard to be free in politics and if the search for your spirit is to be free, it's hard.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    tags: politics  spirit 
     
    We do need brothers and sisters to go into elected offices and political offices and do that, but my spirit is telling me something different. Because you are a Democrat or Republican you have to do this but you can't do that and so it's somewhat limiting in what you can actually do and I've done that.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    tags: political  spirit 
     
    I know in the Christian church the old ladies use to say "what the devil meant for bad God meant for good." So some of the things that I think they went out and tried to be detrimental to my life saved me in a lot of ways.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    tags: devil  bad  god  christian  church 
     
    As a matter of fact since Barack Obama has been president it is more overt - I believe - than it's been since the 1940's and 50's and so I am not surprised by it. I think it's an excellent teaching tool, particular for my sons and our people to understand that we still have to build within our community. We still have to work with one another. We still have to connect even with people outside of this country.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    I can be the mayor; I can do it right now. I can go in there right now and put things together. I was truly anointed for that position and I wasn't mature enough in my spirit, in my manhood to handle that responsibility at the time it was given to me.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    When you are going through something like compaign run nothing happens without Allah's permission. So a lot of the times you just have to surrender to his will and learning how to surrender was a major thing for me, getting me out of the way, surrendering to the will of God.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    tags: time  god  learning 
     
    I was never fearful or scared. I knew God had me and my wife and children knew it as well so we just marched.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    tags: children  child  god  wife 
     
    This is the United States of America and unfortunately, race still matters to a lot of people. The evil head of racism doesn't hide, it sticks its head up.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    tags: evil  people  racism  america  race 
     
    My kids want to go back to Detroit everyday, that's their home. They want to be there. But Detroit is going through something that I don't want to be a part of.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    tags: kids 
     
    Sometimes your gift takes you to a place that your character is not prepared to handle.
    — Kwame Kilpatrick
    tags: character  gift 
     
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