Talk:John Kerry

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This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the John Kerry page.

Information boxes[edit]

Information boxes look good, and provide a good summary of facts, which is a plus, but they can be confusing and discouraging to new users when they attempt to edit a page. Though I like their appearance, after thinking upon the matter a bit, I think they should not be used here, so that people can add quotations with greater ease, and less intimidating confrontation with html code. I think pictures should be avoided, because currently they need to be uploaded in addition to any that exist at Wikipedia, and I think such redundancy is wasteful of Wikimedia server space. I would rather wait until such a time as Wikimedia-wide image links are available before adding any pictures to articles here. ~ Achilles 06:33, 17 Jul 2004 (UTC)

  • I agree, they should not be used here. We should stick to quotes, and not copy wikipedia information to here. ~ Stevesliva 16:07, 5 Aug 2002

Sourcing quotes[edit]

I've created a new "Unsourced" section and moved most of the former "Sourced" quotes there because they don't adequately specific a source that may be checked by editors. Magazines should include exact dates and article titles. Speeches must include a reliable source for the text. (Wikisource is not a reliable source by Mediawiki standards, for the same reason Wikipedia isn't — in short, anyone can edit it, and there is no editorial board to back up its claims with a professional reputation.)

Source lines should also be explicit about their sources. Bare links and URLs should be converted into proper source statements, including the author, title, article name/chapter/etc., date, ISBN (for books), and other info. (See {{Cite book}}, {{Cite news}}, {{Cite web}}, and {{Cite journal}} for some of the information that can be added. These templates can be used to standardize the citations' appearance.) The goal is to make it relatively easy for Wikiquotians to verify the quote. Asking them to read an entire book or magazine issue to find a quote is not reasonable. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 19:04, 31 October 2006 (UTC)

Last quote under listing: "Perhaps the media would do us all a service if they didn't cover it quite as much. People wouldn't know what's going on. On terrorism — Press Availability in Dhaka, Bangladesh (29 August 2016)." Source is broken, I question the context.


  • Someone has to die so that President Nixon won't be, and these are his words, "the first President to lose a war".
  • If [George H.W.] Bush is shot, the Secret Service has orders to shoot Dan Quayle.
    • Joke, businessmen's breakfast in East Lynn, Massachusetts, November 15, 1988
  • I will be voting to give the president of the United States the authority to use force, if necessary, to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.
    • Senate debate on using military force against Iraq, October 9, 2002
  • What we need now is not just a regime change in Saddam Hussein and Iraq, but we need a regime change in the United States.
    • Boston Globe, April 3, 2003
  • I have always fought for the right of people to be able to be treated equally in America. Long before there was a television show or a march in Washington. In 1985, I was the sole sponsor of the Civil Rights Act to make sure we enforced that in America. I am for partnership rights. I am for civil union. I am for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. I am for the hate crimes legislation.
    • November 5, 2003
  • I think we can reduce the size of Washington. Get rid of the Energy Department. Get rid of the Agriculture Department, or at least render it three-quarters the size it is today; there are more agriculture bureaucrats than there are farmers in this country.
    • Washington Times, Jan 16, 2004
  • I oppose the death penalty other than in cases of real international and domestic terrorism.
    • Associated Press policy Q&A January 25, 2004
  • Our country is defined by the rights we protect, and those of us who fought for freedom and put our lives on the line defended the right of people to do things that we disagree with. I would not be pleased to see someone burning the flag because I love the flag, but the Constitution that I fought for preserves the right of free expression.
    • January 25, 2004
  • I will be a commander in chief who will never mislead us into war.
    • Acceptance Speech at Democratic National Convention, July 29, 2004
  • The United States of America never goes to war because we want to, we only go to war because we have to.
    • Acceptance Speech at Democratic National Convention, July 29, 2004
  • The future doesn't belong to fear; it belongs to freedom.
    • Acceptance Speech at Democratic National Convention, July 29, 2004
  • I don't want to claim that God is on our side. As Abraham Lincoln told us, I want to pray humbly that we are on God's side.
    • Acceptance Speech at Democratic National Convention, July 29, 2004
  • I think I know what happens.
    • On the question why he won't watch "Inside the Bubble", a documentary about his failure in 2004 presidential run
    • TIME Europe, October 24, 2005

Quotes about Kerry[edit]

  • Lt. Kerry's devotion to duty, courage under fire, outstanding leadership, and exemplary professionalism directly contributed to the success of this operation and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Unites States Naval Service.
    • Admiral Zumwalt (Commander U. S. Naval Forces, Vietnam) in Kerry's Silver Star citation (Wikisource)
  • "Lt. Kerry's calmness, professionalism and great personal courage under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the US Naval Service.
    • Admiral Zumwalt, in Kerry's Bronze Star citation

Common quotes used in EVERY Bronze and Silver Star citation-- 23:36, 30 August 2013 (UTC)


  • From the moment I take office, I will stand up to the special interests and stand with hardworking families so that we can give America back its future and its ideals.
  • George Bush's vision does not live up to the America I enlisted in the Navy to defend, the America I have fought for in the Senate, and the America that I hope to lead as president.
  • George W. Bush. The "W" stands for "wrong".
  • I did my best to express my vision and my hopes for America. We worked hard and we fought hard, and I wish that things had turned out a little differently. But in an American election, there are no losers, because whether or not our candidates are successful, the next morning we all wake up as Americans.
  • I don't think losing 3 million jobs, having deficits as far as the eye can go, having 2 million people lose their health insurance, turning your back on kids in schools and not funding No Child Left Behind represents a vision.
    • In reference to George W. Bush's domestic policies
  • I look forward to standing up and holding George Bush accountable for pushing seniors off of Medicare into HMOs.
  • I promise just to serve two terms. Republicans do it differently. They just have the son repeat the father's whole first term.
  • I will never conduct a war or start a war because we want to; the United States of America should only go to war because we have to. And if you live by that guidance, you'll never have veterans throwing away their medals or standing up in protest.
  • No one is going to question my commitment to the defence of our nation. I don't know what it is these Republicans, who didn't serve in any war, have against those of us who are Democrats who did.
  • There the Bush Administration has offered only a merry-go-round policy. They got up on their high horse, whooped and hollered, rode around in circles and ended right back where they'd started.
  • This president has created an economy that feeds the special interests, the powerful and the corporate power, and he has not helped the average American worker advance their cause. I will.
  • When will this government admit that I was wrong — I mean that they were wrong.