147+ Best Bernie Sanders Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Bernard Sanders is an American politician who has served as the junior United States Senator from Vermont since 2007. The U.S. Representative for the state’s at-large congressional district from 1991 to 2007, he is the longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history and a member of the Democratic caucus. Profoundly inspirational Bernie Sanders quotes will brighten up your day and make you feel ready to take on anything.

Famous Bernie Sanders Quotes

Let us wage a moral and political war against the billionaires and corporate leaders, on Wall Street and elsewhere, whose policies and greed are destroying the middle class of America. – Bernie Sanders

A nation will not survive morally or economically when so few have so much and so many have so little. – Bernie Sanders

I am going to do my best to try to create a country in which children are not living in poverty, in which kids can go to college, in which old people have health care. Will I succeed? I can’t guarantee you that, but I can tell you that from a human point of view it is better to show up than to give up. – Bernie Sanders

And the reason that I was one of the first, not one of the last to be in opposition to the TPP is that American workers should not be forced to compete against people in Vietnam today making a minimum wage of $0.65 an hour. Look, what we have got to do is tell corporate America that they cannot continue to shut down. We’ve lost 60,000 factories since 2001. They’re going to start having to, if I’m president, invest in this country – not in China, not in Mexico. – Bernie Sanders

There’s no question to my mind and I think no question to any objective observer’s mind that the DNC was supporting Hillary Clinton and was at opposition to our campaign. So, I’m not quite shocked by this. And that is why many, many months ago I made it clear that I thought Debbie Wasserman Schultz should resign, should step down. – Bernie Sanders

It is beyond my comprehension why today in America, hundreds of thousands of bright young people are unable to go to college – for one reason: that their family lacks the funding. And together we are going to change that. – Bernie Sanders

What I think people should realize is that programs like Social Security, programs like Medicare, programs like the Veterans Administration, programs like your local park and your local library – those are, if you like, socialist programs; they’re run by [and] for the public, not to make money. I think in many ways we should expand that concept so that the American people can enjoy the same benefits that people all over the world are currently enjoying. – Bernie Sanders

As an independent, my views, in fact, are a little bit different than many of my Democratic colleagues. – Bernie Sanders

As president, I will fight to make tuition in public colleges and universities free, as well as substantially lower interest rates on student loans. – Bernie Sanders

The Democrats have got to open the door to young people. Welcome them in and understand that it will be messy, that many young people are not professional politicians. The Democratic Party is going to have to adjust itself to their reality, rather than force young people to be adjusted to the Democratic leadership’s reality. – Bernie Sanders

The truth is we have a political system and an economic system controlled by a few extremely wealthy people. Not Barack Obama, not Bernie Sanders, no one person has the influence by himself or herself to take on this enormous array of power unless millions of people begin to work together to demand changes. – Bernie Sanders

As the nation at last confronts global warming, it is no time for denial, greed, cynicism or pessimism. – Bernie Sanders

If you ask me about my views on the environment, on women’s rights, on gay rights, I am liberal. I don’t have a problem with that at all. Some of my best friends are liberal. – Bernie Sanders

Goldman Sachs was one of those companies whose illegal activity helped destroy our economy and ruin the lives of millions of Americans. But this is what a rigged economy and a corrupt campaign finance system and a broken criminal justice is about. These guys are so powerful that not one of the executives on Wall Street has been charged with anything after paying, in this case of Goldman Sachs, a $5 billion fine. – Bernie Sanders

The basic issue of an American society which is fair, which is providing opportunity for all, is nowadays being replaced by the correct perception that we’re living in a rigged economy – where it doesn’t matter how hard you worked, the result will be all the income goes to the people at the very top. It’s leading to a lot of frustration and anger, and people want some fundamental changes to the way we do economics and growth. – Bernie Sanders

I am extraordinarily proud of the campaign that we ran. The issues that we raised, the fact that we got 13 million Americans to vote for a political revolution. – Bernie Sanders

We had the opposition of virtually the entire Democratic leadership in every state in this country. – Bernie Sanders

What the American people want to see in their president is somebody who not necessarily can win every fight, but they want to see him stand up and fight for what he believes, take his case to the American people. – Bernie Sanders

The reality is we that have a corrupt campaign finance system which separates the American people’s needs and desires from what Congress is doing. So to my mind, what we have got to do is wage a political revolution where millions of people have given up on the political process, stand up and fight back, demand the government that represents us and not just a handful of campaign contribution – contributors. – Bernie Sanders

I have spent the better part of my adult life standing up and fighting for working families. – Bernie Sanders

Let’s ask why it is that we pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs, and your medicine can be doubled tomorrow, and there’s nothing that the government can do to stop it. – Bernie Sanders

The Republicans are many things, but they’re not dumb. And if millions of people begin to stand up and fight back, they’re going to be thinking twice about doing very bad things. – Bernie Sanders

I think it is important that independent government agencies be put in charge of investigating misconduct so that police departments are no longer allowed to police themselves. There is a conflict of interest there which, I believe, allows police to excuse their own behavior. – Bernie Sanders

We can combat climate change effectively. What we are lacking now is not the brain power, not the knowledge, not the technology. What we are lacking is the political will power, and we need your help by the millions to tell Congress to stop worrying about their fossil fuel contributors to their campaigns and worry about their kids and grandchildren. – Bernie Sanders

Social Security is a promise that we cannot and must not break. – Bernie Sanders

Are we prepared to take on the enormous political power of the billionaire class or do we continue to slide into economic and political oligarchy? – Bernie Sanders

I don’t consider myself a pariah. – Bernie Sanders

Being Jewish and having lost relatives in the Holocaust, I’ve always been aware of the meaning of prejudice. These are things that have remained with me throughout my political career. – Bernie Sanders

What Wall Street and credit card companies are doing is really not much different from what gangsters and loan sharks do who make predatory loans. While the bankers wear three-piece suits and don’t break the knee caps of those who can’t pay back, they still are destroying people’s lives. – Bernie Sanders

A woman has the right to make decisions regarding her own body, not the United States government. – Bernie Sanders

I’m very proud that the state of Vermont banned fracking. I hope communities all over California, and all over America do the same. – Bernie Sanders

You want to know the way to raise money? Put a transaction fee on Wall Street, so maybe we can curb some of the speculation and raise some money. – Bernie Sanders

I come from a state that has virtually no gun control. And yet, at political peril, I voted for an instant background check, which I want to see strengthened and expanded. I voted to ban certain types of assault weapons which are designed only to kill people. – Bernie Sanders

At the end of the day, if millions of people come together and say, we are not going to be a xenophobic society, we are not going to be throwing millions of Latinos out of this country, we are not going to be a racist society, we’re not going to be a sexist society, we will prevail. – Bernie Sanders

I don’t believe there’s a red state in America where people believe you should cut Medicare, Social Security and veterans’ benefits rather than doing away with corporate tax loopholes. – Bernie Sanders

If you are not prepared top take care of the men and women who put their lives on the line to defend this country – who came back wounded in body, wounded in spirit – if you’re not prepared to help those people, then don’t send them to war in the first place. – Bernie Sanders

The problems we face, did not come down from the heavens. They are made, they are made by bad human decisions, and good human decisions can change them. – Bernie Sanders

Finally, let understand that when we stand together, we will always win. When men and women stand together for justice, we win. When black, white and Hispanic people stand together for justice, we win. – Bernie Sanders

What my campaign is about is a political revolution – millions of people standing up and saying, enough is enough. Our government belongs to all of us, and not just the hand full of billionaires. – Bernie Sanders

Real change never occurs from the top on down, [but] always from the bottom on up. – Bernie Sanders

If the environment were a bank, it would have been saved by now – Bernie Sanders

Now is the time to alter our government. Now is the time to stop the movement toward oligarchy. Now is the time to create a government which represents all Americans and not just the 1%… No more excuses. We must all become involved in the political process. – Bernie Sanders

The struggle to create a nation and world of economic and social justice and environmental sanity is not an easy one. The struggle to try and create a more peaceful world will be extremely difficult. But this I know: despair is not an option if we care about our kids and grandchildren. Giving up is not an option if we want to prevent irreparable harm to our planet. – Bernie Sanders

They talk about class warfare — the fact of the matter is there has been class warfare for the last thirty years. It’s a handful of billionaires taking on the entire middle-class and working-class of this country. And the result is you now have in America the most unequal distribution of wealth and income of any major country on Earth and the worst inequality in America since 1928. How could anybody defend the top 400 richest people in this country owning more wealth than the bottom half of America, 150 million people? – Bernie Sanders

It’s better to show up than to give up. – Bernie Sanders

An America where every person, no matter their race, their disability or their sexual orientation realizes the full promise of equality that is our birthright as Americans. – Bernie Sanders

The only way change happens is when people become more significantly involved in the political process. – Bernie Sanders

What kind of nation are we when we give tax breaks to billionaires, but we can’t take care of the elderly and the children. – Bernie Sanders

Income and wealth inequality have reached obscene levels, the threat of climate change is more frightening than ever, and the billionaire class is now allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money to buy the candidate they want. And it is up to us to stand up and fight back. If we stand together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish. – Bernie Sanders

It’s time to make our government work for all of us… and not just the 1%. – Bernie Sanders

Americans’ right to free speech should not be proportionate to their bank accounts. – Bernie Sanders

Nobody who works 40 hours a week should be living in poverty. – Bernie Sanders

We need to change the power structure in America, we need to end the political oligarchy. – Bernie Sanders

We are the only major country on earth that doesn’t guarantee health care to all people as a right and yet we end up spending much more than they do, so I do believe that we have to move toward a Medicare for all, single-payer system. – Bernie Sanders

I’m not really opposed to people changing their minds. I’m much more concerned with people who never change their minds no matter what new information is available. – Bernie Sanders

Politics is not a baseball game with winners or losers. What politics is about is whether we protect the needs of millions of people in this country who are hurting. – Bernie Sanders

I think what the American people are saying is enough is enough. This country, this great country, belongs to all of us. It cannot continue to be controlled by a handful of billionaires who apparently want it all. – Bernie Sanders

The greed of the billionaire class has got to end, and we are going to end it for them. – Bernie Sanders

At a time when the Post Office is losing substantial revenue from the instantaneous flow of information by email and on the Internet, slowing mail service is a recipe for disaster. – Bernie Sanders

Difficult times often bring out the best in people. – Bernie Sanders

You know, let me be very clear. I supported Barack Obama originally. – Bernie Sanders

One in four corporations doesn’t pay any taxes. – Bernie Sanders

While commentators on Fox and right-wing radio have the backing of Rupert Murdoch, a major Republican contributor, and other conservative corporations, progressives understand that their position is extremely vulnerable. – Bernie Sanders

Coal and oil lobbyists added fossil fuels to a bill aimed at helping American manufacturers, so they too could claim ‘manufacturing’ tax deductions. – Bernie Sanders

Do the elected officials in Washington stand with ordinary Americans – working families, children, the elderly, the poor – or will the extraordinary power of billionaire campaign contributors and Big Money prevail? The American people, by the millions, must send Congress the answer to that question. – Bernie Sanders

Look, if you have somebody who doesn’t have health insurance, who doesn’t have a doctor or dentist, and in order to deal with their cold or flu or dental problem, they go to an emergency room – in general, that visit will cost ten times more than walking into a community health center. – Bernie Sanders

Low-income people, racial or ethnic minorities, pregnant women, seniors, people with special needs, people in rural areas – they all have a much harder time accessing a dentist than other groups of Americans. – Bernie Sanders

I come from a rural state. People drive 50, 100 miles to and from work every single day. That is true all over America. – Bernie Sanders

Every working family in America knows how hard it is today to find affordable childcare or early childhood education. – Bernie Sanders

I’m not a Democrat, I’m an Independent, but I caucus with the Democrats. – Bernie Sanders

If a financial institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist. – Bernie Sanders

After all, Wall Street is clearly the most powerful lobbying force on Capitol Hill. From 1998 through 2008, the financial sector spent over $5 billion in lobbying and campaign contributions to deregulate Wall Street. – Bernie Sanders

It is incomprehensible that drug companies still get away with charging Americans twice as much, or more, than citizens of Canada or Europe for the exact same drugs manufactured by the exact same companies. – Bernie Sanders

For many, the American Dream has become a nightmare. – Bernie Sanders

The cost of college education today is so high that many young people are giving up their dream of going to college, while many others are graduating deeply in debt. – Bernie Sanders

In my view, a corporation is not a person. A corporation does not have First Amendment rights to spend as much money as it wants, without disclosure, on a political campaign. – Bernie Sanders

We all remember the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst oil spill in U.S. history. What is less well known is that BP is claiming a 9.9 billion tax deduction on the money they had to spend cleaning up their own mess and paying for damages they caused. That is absurd. – Bernie Sanders

As a single-payer advocate, I believe that at the end of the day, if a state goes forward and passed an effective single-payer program, it will demonstrate that you can provide quality health care to every man, woman and child in a more cost-effective way. – Bernie Sanders

For better or worse, when Sen. Inhofe speaks, the Republican Party follows. And when the Republican Party follows, it is impossible to get real work done in the Congress. – Bernie Sanders

Wall Street is greedy, reckless and they operate illegally. That’s fine. But what do you do? – Bernie Sanders

At its worst, Washington is a place where name-calling partisan politics too often trumps policy. – Bernie Sanders

A president and a party that can provide insurance for 31 million more Americans is far preferable to most voters than a party that only says, ‘No.’ – Bernie Sanders

Every day we are paying more for energy than we should due to poor insulation, inefficient lights, appliances, and heating and cooling equipment – money we could save by investing in energy efficiency. – Bernie Sanders

Two-thirds of the directors at the New York Fed are hand-picked by the same bankers that the Fed is in charge of regulating. – Bernie Sanders

These are the same people who believe, in some cases, the federal government should not play any role in providing health care to our people or protecting the environment. – Bernie Sanders

We should make a major financial commitment to improving our roads and bridges. – Bernie Sanders

If credit unions can grow and prosper with a 15 percent cap, so can banks. – Bernie Sanders

Here is what the practical impact of Citizens United means. What Citizens United means is that corporations call hundreds of millions of dollars into television ads, radio ads, and other forms of advertising to defeat those candidates who stand up and take them on. – Bernie Sanders

I see a future where getting to work or to school or to the store does not have to cause pollution. – Bernie Sanders

You know, I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. In truth that’s not the case. The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress. – Bernie Sanders

I think the overwhelming majority of the American people know that we have got to stand together, that we’re going to grow together, that we’re going to survive together, and that if we start splintering, we’re not going to succeed in a highly competitive international economy. – Bernie Sanders

The goal of real healthcare reform must be high-quality, universal coverage in a cost-effective way. – Bernie Sanders

You’ve got the top 400 Americans owning more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans. Most folks do not think that is right. – Bernie Sanders

There is nobody that I know who believes that Bank of America is a human being who should be entitled for the same constitutional rights that the people of our country are. – Bernie Sanders

CEOs of large corporations earn 400 times what their workers make. That is not what America is supposed to be about. – Bernie Sanders

In any democratic, civilized – even non-democratic nations, if you are a nation, it means to say that in our case, if there’s a hurricane in Louisiana, the people of Vermont are there for them. If there’s a tornado in the Midwest, we are there for them. If there’s flooding in the East Coast, the people in California are there for us. – Bernie Sanders

The Fed has got to become a more democratic institution that is responsive to the needs of the middle class, not just Wall Street CEOs. – Bernie Sanders

Who do you think controls the Republican Party? Big money controls the Republican Party. This is where their campaign contributions come from. – Bernie Sanders

I think the American people in many cases want to transform our energy system. – Bernie Sanders

The Postal Service is a vitally important institution for the American people. It must be saved. – Bernie Sanders

If you look at the newspapers here – the Washington papers – most of the discussion deals with campaign gossip. – Bernie Sanders

The Federal Reserve needs to provide small businesses in America with the same low-interest loans it gave to foreign banks. – Bernie Sanders

To be honest with you, I worry about concentration of ownership in media, where you have a handful of media conglomerates largely controlling what we see, hear and read. – Bernie Sanders

The history of American democracy, to say the least, has been checkered. Our nation was founded at a time when people of African descent were held in bondage. After slavery was abolished, they were forced to endure legal discrimination for another 100 years. – Bernie Sanders

Most of us have not heard about Master Limited Partnerships. These special financing arrangements allow oil and gas investors to avoid paying certain corporate income taxes but are not available to clean energy businesses. – Bernie Sanders

History will record that the Citizens United decision is one of the worst in the history of our country. – Bernie Sanders

Let’s be honest, dental care in America is extremely expensive, period. – Bernie Sanders

There must be a major economic recovery package which puts Americans to work at decent wages. – Bernie Sanders

We need an energy revolution by breaking our dependence on fossil fuels, polluting fuels… I am very, very confident our small state will lead this. We will be noticed by the country and the world. – Bernie Sanders

Danes pay very high taxes, but in return enjoy a quality of life that many Americans would find hard to believe. – Bernie Sanders

The details of what the Fed did were kept secret until a provision in the Dodd-Frank Act that I sponsored required the Government Accountability Office to audit the Fed’s lending programs during the financial crisis. – Bernie Sanders

We still have people in the active duty, and if people are feeling ill, if they’re experiencing various symptoms and they’re still in the active duty, they’re less likely to come forward because that could result in their medical discharge. – Bernie Sanders

The Occupy Wall Street protests are shining a national spotlight on the most powerful, dangerous and secretive economic and political force in America. – Bernie Sanders

I see a future where states compete with one another to see which can be the most efficient, and where businesses seek out efficient states in which to locate so they can reap the economic and environmental benefits for their businesses and employees. – Bernie Sanders

There are a lot of smart honest, progressive people who I think can be good presidents. – Bernie Sanders

If the goal of health-care reform is to provide comprehensive, universal health care in a cost-effective way, the only honest approach is a single-payer approach. – Bernie Sanders

As a result of the digital age and the decline of first-class mail, there is no question that the Postal Service must change and develop a new business model. – Bernie Sanders

When we talk about the healthcare crisis in America we’ve got to also be talking about the dental crisis and how to address it. – Bernie Sanders

Ted Kennedy devoted his lifetime to protecting those most in need, and tens of millions of Americans have been the beneficiaries. – Bernie Sanders

I am sure that there are some single payer advocates who think the only thing worth fighting for is single payer. – Bernie Sanders

You go to Scandinavia, and you will find that people have a much higher standard of living, in terms of education, health care and decent paying jobs. – Bernie Sanders

I have introduced a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and make it clear that the Congress and state legislatures do have the ability and the power to regulate and get corporate funding out of political campaigns. – Bernie Sanders

What some of us believe is that it is possible that if chemicals are related to Gulf War illness that some of the more severe symptoms may not erupt until 10 or 20 years down the line. – Bernie Sanders

I think it makes people in the Pentagon kind of nervous to know that chemical agents and environmental factors could cause so much damage in terms of what may happen in the future. – Bernie Sanders

The bottom line is that when Senator Inhofe says, ‘Global warming is a hoax,’ he is just dead wrong, according to the vast majority of climate scientists. – Bernie Sanders

Before Social Security existed, about half of America’s senior citizens lived in poverty. – Bernie Sanders

Citizens in a democracy need diverse sources of news and information. – Bernie Sanders

If we are going to reverse the race to the bottom, workers must have the right to engage in collective bargaining. – Bernie Sanders

I am not aware how you succeed politically when you insult women, who far more than men consistently provide you with great margins of support. – Bernie Sanders

States used to protect consumers from predatory lenders, but strong state usury laws were obliterated by a 1978 U.S. Supreme Court decision. – Bernie Sanders

The Federal Reserve has the responsibility to protect the credit rights of consumers. – Bernie Sanders

Former Senator Al D’Amato in 1991 offered an amendment to cap credit card interest rates at 14 percent. – Bernie Sanders

Mitt Romney’s energy policy is a relic of the 19th century. We need a 21st century plan. The fate of the planet is at stake. – Bernie Sanders

Private insurance companies in America are reaping huge profits. – Bernie Sanders

Progressive activists are angry that a Medicare-for-all single-payer approach was totally ignored during the health care debate. – Bernie Sanders

Representative Spencer Bachus is one of the only people I know from Alabama. I bet I’m the only socialist he knows. – Bernie Sanders

Senate Republicans have engaged in a record number of filibusters and other obstructionist tactics. – Bernie Sanders

The Department of Defense, the largest single energy consumer in America, is bullish on solar. – Bernie Sanders

In terms of job creation, every billion dollars invested in the physical infrastructure creates 47,000 new jobs. – Bernie Sanders

The right wing has monopolized the AM radio airwaves. – Bernie Sanders

Vermonters often ask me whether I am pessimistic about the future of our country. My honest answer is that I am not. – Bernie Sanders

What the Ten Million Solar Roofs Act does is provide consumer rebates for the purchase and installation of solar systems. – Bernie Sanders

When World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988, there was no truly effective treatment for what was almost always a deadly disease. – Bernie Sanders

Capitalism does a number of things very well: it helps create an entrepreneurial spirit; it gets people motivated to come up with new ideas, and that’s a good thing. – Bernie Sanders

As a member of both the energy and environment committees, I am constantly astounded by how many of my colleagues prefer to focus on what the government can do for the nuclear or coal industries rather than why the government should support clean and sustainable energy. – Bernie Sanders

Shouting down and intimidating someone from speaking their mind is not exactly a Vermont town meeting value, nor should it be an American town meeting value. – Bernie Sanders

Before Congress cuts funding for Head Start, Social Security, and financial aid for college, we have got to make sure that large, profitable corporations are paying their fair share of taxes. – Bernie Sanders

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