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    Education and democracy have the same goal: the fullest possible development of human capabilities.
    — Paul Wellstone
    Sometimes, the only realists are the dreamers
    — Paul Wellstone
    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.
    — Paul Wellstone
    The idea of democracy has been stripped of it moral imperatives and come to denote hollowness and hypocrisy.
    — Paul Wellstone
    The Democratic Party has lost much of it credibility with working class and low-income people. It retards progress toward presenting a genuine alternative.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: people  progress  lost 
     
    Our politics are our deepest form of expression: they mirror our past experiences and reflect our dreams and aspirations for the future.
    — Paul Wellstone
    Above and beyond the question of how to grow the economy there is a legitimate concern about how to grow the quality of our lives.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: live  questions  quality 
     
    The future will belong to those who have passion and are willing to work hard to make our country better
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: work  future  passion 
     
    We need a new kind of citizenship, so that we can see citizens as themselves earning the rank of patriot because of their involvement in their community affairs....We as a society need to be encouraging people to focus not just on individual wants but on serving the larger community.
    — Paul Wellstone
    Politics isn't about big money or power games; it's about the improvement of people's lives.
    — Paul Wellstone
    ...how can we live in the richest, most privileged country in the world, at the peak of its economic performance, and still hear the Republicans, and too many Democrats, that we cannot afford to provide a good education for every child, that we cannot afford to provide health security for all our citizens?
    — Paul Wellstone
    I don't think politics has anything to do with left, right, or center. It has to do with trying to do right by people.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: people  right  politics 
     
    We must regain our vision and hope and move our country forward on an agenda of peace and justice.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: justice  peace  hope  vision 
     
    I dare to imagine a country where every child I hold in my hands, are all God's children, regardless of the color of their skin, regardless of whether they're boy or girl, regardless of religion, regardless of rich or poor, that every child I hold in my hands, will have the same chance to reach her full potential or his full potential. That is the goodness of our country. That is the essence of the American dream.
    — Paul Wellstone
    The future will not belong to those who sit on the sidelines. The future will not belong to the cynics. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: beauty  future  believe  dreams 
     
    The people of this country, not special interest big money, should be the source of all political power.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: people  power  political  money 
     
    Never separate the life you live from the words you speak.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: live 
     
    Politics is not predictions and politics is not observations. Politics is what we do. Politics is what we do, politics is what we create, by what we work for, by what we hope for and what we dare to imagine.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: work  politics  hope  imagine 
     
    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.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: people  live  politics  fail 
     
    Politics is not about power. Politics is not about money. Politics is not about winning for the sake of winning. Politics is about the improvement of people's lives.
    — Paul Wellstone
    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.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: fight 
     
    We all do better, when we all do better.
    — Paul Wellstone
    Politics is not about power.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: power  politics 
     
    The future belongs to those who are passionate and work hard.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: work  future 
     
    The first task in teaching is to bring to consciousness what the students already believe by virtue of their personal experiences about themselves and society.
    — Paul Wellstone
    The best kind of politics is when you help people become their own best selves.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: people  self  help  politics 
     
    We can and must move U.S. politics forward by means of committed participation.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: politics 
     
    The only way to change is to vote. People are responsible.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: people 
     
    Without trying, I'm different.
    — Paul Wellstone
    We can remake the world daily.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: world 
     
    Successful organizing is not built on self-interest but rather on dignity and a sense of purpose.
    — Paul Wellstone
    What the poor, the weak, and the inarticulate desperately require is power, organization, and a sense of identity and purpose, not rarefied advice of political scientists.
    — Paul Wellstone
    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.
    — Paul Wellstone
    I'm short, I'm Jewish and I'm a liberal
    — Paul Wellstone
    The problem with party politics is that people get involved every two or four years and that is it. In the meantime, the legislature and Minnesota politics are on a separate track.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: people  problem  politics  year 
     
    Politics is not left, right or center ... It's about improving people's lives.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: live  right  politics 
     
    There are forces within the Democratic Party who want us to sound like kinder, gentler Republicans.
    — Paul Wellstone
    If a teacher does not involve himself, his values, his commitments, in the course of discussion, why should the students?
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: value  commitment 
     
    I emphasize self-esteem, self-confidence, and dignity, not as an ideal, but as a real test of community organization. Without leadership development, community organizations do not have staying power.
    — Paul Wellstone
    Why don't we call on the credit card companies to be accountable? They need to be held accountable for their predatory lending practices.
    — Paul Wellstone
    tags: company 
     
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