Talk:Jimmy Carter

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  • America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America.
  • An avenue to God, an example, a guide, and a source of reassurance, strength, and wisdom. (defining Christ)
  • For this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival, liberty is human rights, the pursuit of happiness is a planet whose resources are devoted to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants.
  • Globalization, as defined by rich people like us, is a very nice thing... you are talking about the Internet, you are talking about cell phones, you are talking about computers. This doesn't affect two-thirds of the people of the world.
  • Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. People have the right to expect that these wants will be provided for by this wisdom.
  • I don't, however, see anything wrong with Christians, Muslims, and Jews exhibiting their own faith in the political arena. Christ tried to change the society within which he lived. He didn't hold public office and wouldn't have. But you don't have to hold public office to try to change the basic policies of a country.
  • I look forward to these confrontations with the press to kind of balance up the nice and pleasant things that come to me as president.
  • I personally feel the Bible says all people are equal in the eyes of God. I personally feel that women should play an absolutely equal role in service of Christ in the church.
  • If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement.
  • If you're totally illiterate and living on one dollar a day, the benefits of globalization never come to you.
  • In this outward and physical ceremony we attest once again to the inner and spiritual strength of our Nation. As my high school teacher, Miss Julia Coleman, used to say: 'We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.'
  • It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.
  • Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.
  • Prayer helps me to analyze the problem I face and to understand myself. It opens up a very important healing process. In my prayers I ask myself three key questions: 1. Are the goals I am pursuing appropriate? 2. Am I doing the right thing, based on my personal moral code, and, 3. Have I done my best, based on the alternatives open to me?
  • The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation.
  • The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.
  • The government ought to stay out of the prayer business.
  • The obvious answer is to follow the standards and the priorities that were established so clearly by the words and actions of Jesus Christ, who was dedicated to justice, peace, humility, service, compassion, and love. I would put an emphasis at this moment among Christians on forgiveness and accommodation.
  • There was promulgation of false propaganda by the administration about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. There was promulgation of false propaganda about Iraq as a base for Al Qaeda.
  • To deal with individual human needs at the everyday level can be noble sometimes.
  • To me faith is not just a noun but also a verb.
  • Unless both sides win, no agreement can be permanent.
  • We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
  • We've uncovered some embarrassing ancestors in the not-too-distant past. Some horse thieves, and some people killed on Saturday nights. One of my relatives, unfortunately, was even in the newspaper business.
  • Wherever life takes us, there are always moments of wonder.
  • With increasing maturity, I have learned to understand the fallibilities of ourselves and others, to forgive. Forgiveness is a basic foundation of my faith. It's through this exchange of criticism, based on mutual understanding and forgiveness, that we are able to grow.
  • You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.
  • You can not divorce religious belief and public service. I've never detected any conflict between God's will and my political duty. If you violate one, you violate the other.
  • The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world.

Memoirs regarding Menachim Begin[edit] indicates that Carter wrote things about Begin but doesn't go into specifics, just paraphrases.

Mr. Carter kept a detailed diary during the 13 days of intensive talks with Anwar el-Sadat and Menachem Begin that began on Sept. 5, 1978, at Camp David, and the result is a vivid narrative that builds like a diplomatic thriller.

I ask because there was a controversial claim presented over 14 years ago regarding them:

In his memoirs of his years in the White House, former President Jimmy Carter wrote that there could have been peace between the Arabs and the Israelis had it not been for the bigoted, Nazi-like racial views of Israeli's Prime Minister Menachem Begin. Begin, Carter recalled, believed the Jews were a Master Race, a holy people superior to Egyptians and Arabs.

I won't believe this until I read the memoirs myself, but knowing where in the Carter spoke of Begin will help in discrediting misrepresentation. I'd like to add a real quote from Carter somewhere here to represent what he actually did say of Begin to stand apart from misrepresentational paraphrase. ScratchMarshall (talk) 23:21, 13 February 2018 (UTC)