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  Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  I intend to close Guantanamo, and I will follow through on that. I have said repeatedly that America doesnt torture. And I am gonna make sure that we dont torture. Those are part and parcel of an effort to regain America's moral stature in the world.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  We live in a culture that discourages empathy. A culture that too often tells us our principle goal in life is to be rich, thin, young, famous, safe and entertained.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  You cant let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity – it is a pre-requisite.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America; there's the United States of America.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  You know, sometimes I will go to an 8th grade graduation and there's all that pomp and circumstance and gowns and flowers. And I think to myself, it is just 8th grade. An 8th grade education doesnt cut it today. Let's give them a handshake and tell them to get their butts back into the library.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  If we aren't willing to pay a price for our values, then we should ask ourselves whether we truly believe in them at all.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  Yes We Can!  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  There's not a liberal America and a conservative America - there's the United States of America.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  The United States is not, and never will be, at war with Islam.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  I am in this race not just to hold an office, but to gather with you to transform a nation.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  Change doesnt come from Washington. Change comes to Washington.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity, on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  When people are judged by merit, not connections, then the best and brightest can lead the country, people will work hard, and the entire economy will grow - everyone will benefit and more resources will be available for all, not just select groups.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  With the magnitude of the challenges we face right now, what we need in Washington are not more political tactics - we need more good ideas. We dont need more point-scoring - we need more problem-solving.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  What Washington needs is adult supervision.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  Many of you know that I got my name, Barack, from my father. What you may not know is Barack is actually Swahili for 'That One.' And I got my middle name from somebody who obviously didn't think I'd ever run for president.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  No one is pro-abortion.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  It is only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you will realize your true potential.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  My job is not to represent Washington to you, but to represent you to Washington.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it is not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It is whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity, on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart - not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. And it will leave you unfulfilled.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  There is not a Black America and a White American and Latino American and Asian America; there's the United States of America.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  I intend to close Guantanamo, and I will follow through on that. I have said repeatedly that America doesn't torture. And I'm gonna make sure that we don't torture. Those are part and parcel of an effort to regain America's moral stature in the world.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. it's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  I always believe that ultimately, if people are paying attention, then we get good government and good leadership. And when we get lazy, as a democracy and civically start taking shortcuts, then it results in bad government and politics.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. it's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  Every woman should be in control of the decisions that affect her own health.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  Our destiny is not written for us, but by us.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  We will stand against violence and intimidation. We will stand for the rights and dignity of all human beings.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  We've persevered because of a belief we share with the Iraqi people - a belief that out of the ashes of war, a new beginning could be born in this cradle of civilization. Through this remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq, we have met our responsibility. Now, it's time to turn the page.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  My task over the last two years hasn't just been to stop the bleeding. My task has also been to try to figure out how do we address some of the structural problems in the economy that have prevented more Googles from being created.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  Often with little power or sway on their own, nurses -- mostly women, historically -- have been a force of will and a sense of common decency, and paved the way towards better care and a more compassionate society.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  It was not a religion that attacked us that September day. It was al-Qaeda. We will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  America should lead on science and technology and Americans should win the race on the kinds of discoveries that unleash new jobs.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  21st century businesses will rely on American science, technology, research and development.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  You will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  We need to change our tax code so that people like me & an awful lot of Members of Congress, pay our fair share of taxes.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  When you're in the thick of the fight, you rise or fall as one unit, serving one nation, leaving no one behind.  
 -  Barack Obama
  

  What I worry about would be that you essentially have two chambers, the House and the Senate, but you have simply, majoritarian, absolute power on either side. And that's just not what the founders intended.  
 -  Barack Obama