If you are sure you understand everything that is going on, you are hopelessly confused.
Gun bans don't disarm criminals, gun bans attract them.
The Queen of England is Defender of the Faith but the President of the United States is Defender of the Constitution, which defends all faiths.
Political image is like mixing cement. When it's wet, you can move it around and shape it, but at some point it hardens and there's almost nothing you can do to reshape it.
There will be no veterans of World War III.
Do not despair. In every defeat are found the seeds of victory.
You have got to be careful quoting Ronald Reagan, because when you quote him accurately it is called mudslinging.
Let's tell the truth. Mr. Reagan will raise taxes, and so will I. He won't tell you. I just did.
I said I didn't want to spend most of my life in Holidays Inns, but I've checked and they've all been redecorated. They're marvelous places to stay and I've thought it over and that's where I'd like to be.
The idea behind Reaganomics is this: a rising tide lifts all yachts.
Whatever his private beliefs and religious practice, a president must be the guardian of the laws which ensure America's religious diversity.
I don't want to spend the next two years in Holiday Inns.
Today, the religion clauses of the First Amendment do not need to be fixed; they need to be followed.
I've traveled more this year than any other living human being, and if I'd traveled any more I wouldn't be living.
It could well be the end of justice in America. Do not let Mr. Reagan get his hands on that court.
Tomorrow, I'm going to a soup kitchen in Mobile. I think that will symbolize the insensitivity of this administration to human needs.
Do you want to tear your life apart and get rid of everything you've known as a lifestyle? Like seeing your family? Being with your friends? A fishing trip? A hunting trip? A night's sleep?
I've seen the film. And I'll tell you this, I'm glad Chuck Yeager isn't running for President.
By instinct and tradition, I don't like the thing. I like to look someone in the eye.
Who is ready to be a truly independent representative of Minnesota? Who is free of entangling alliances and big money that allows them to represent? What do we need -- that sort of person who can truly independently represent Minnesota, or something else?.
[Running for President is] physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually the most demanding single undertaking I can envisage unless it's World War III
What do we want our kids to do? Sweep up around Japanese computers?
Modern politics today requires a mastery of television. I've never really warmed up to television and, in fairness to television, it's never warmed up to me.
In our system, at about 11:30 on election night, they just push you off the edge of the cliff-and that's it. You might scream on the way down, but you're going to hit the bottom, and you're not going to be in elective office.
Bill Proxmire represents almost the last of one of America's most remarkable generations.
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