96+ Best Bill Clinton Quotes: Exclusive Selection

William Jefferson Clinton is an American lawyer and politician who served as the 42nd president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Prior to his presidency, he served as governor of Arkansas and as attorney general of Arkansas. Profoundly inspirational Bill Clinton quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Bill Clinton Quotes

I thought that my virtual obsession with him was well placed, and I was full of regret that I didn’t get him. — Bill Clinton

There are tens of thousands of these small NGOs across the globe that are changing lives in phenomenal ways everyday, — Bill Clinton

It is inconceivable that a relationship this large, various, complex and deep, would not occasionally have rough spots and disagreements. — Bill Clinton

We told you this would happen if the Democrats abandoned their faith. — Bill Clinton

I am going to focus like a laser beam on this economy. — Bill Clinton

If we really wanted to do it right, we would have had lots of buses lined up to take them out, — Bill Clinton

For too long we’ve been told about us and them. Each and every election we see a new slate of arguments and ads telling us that they are the problem, not us. But there can be no them in America. There’s only us. — Bill Clinton

Let us, in short, do the work that is before us, so that when our time here is over, we will all watch the sun go down — as we all must — and say truly, we have prepared our children for the dawn. — Bill Clinton

I think he’s got it. The Democrats need candidates whom people can relate to in a personal way, people who understand their lives and their concerns and share their values. And I think that’s something Tim can do without even pretending. — Bill Clinton

I think many people would be disappointed to learn that. But I think there is such a deep appreciation for the many contributions that President Clinton has made … that there would also be a sense of proportion about it. — Bill Clinton

One of the things we have to ask is: what could we do to give incentives for people to get jobs where they have to relocate, … A lot of these people will be out of their homes a year or more. — Bill Clinton

My days in this office are nearly through, but my days of service, I hope, are not. — Bill Clinton

I think there should be an analysis of what happened. The time to do that is after some time passes. — Bill Clinton

I think he’s trying to build goodwill, which is important. Maybe the last few years have bled enough poison out of the system where it will be possible. — Bill Clinton

If they had been in office instead of me, we would have had peace in the Middle East. — Bill Clinton

It is idiotic to contemplate a future that is anything other than one of cooperation between China and the U.S. for future prosperity. But on the other hand, it will be foolish not to prepare for the worst. — Bill Clinton

I feel like the character in the novel Darkness at Noon . — Bill Clinton

I did not run for this job just to warm the seat. I desperately want to make a difference. — Bill Clinton

I think that the trend toward freedom is virtually irreversible . . . these folks are too young and too vigorous. — Bill Clinton

We were in a land where there was endless profit. There was no tomorrow … and now we’re suffering a hangover from that binge. — Bill Clinton

If a president of the United States ever lied to the American People, he should resign. — Bill Clinton

There are still people who view AIDS as something that affects only people who are different, — Bill Clinton

Former adversaries can come together to find common ground in a way that benefits all their people, to let go of the past and embrace the future, to forgive and to reconcile. — Bill Clinton

I think that we ought to say in this area that we do not intend to stop working until America is the safest big country in the world, — Bill Clinton

If someone asks you what you did with your life, there is not a better answer than to say I served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. — Bill Clinton

If Thomas Jefferson were alive today, I would appoint him secretary of state, and then Al Gore and I would resign so he could become president. — Bill Clinton

I was writing my book, so I had the tournament on all the time, … You guys did well in the tournament — really, really well. — Bill Clinton

The advocates for either side are under enormous pressure, and, of course, they’re being pretty snippy with each other from time to time. — Bill Clinton

I am here because the Stones aren’t term-limited and they’re just as old as I am. — Bill Clinton

I will relinquish my office — doing so with a heart filled with gratitude; gratitude to the American people for the chance to serve and to leave our country with more opportunity, stronger bonds of community and a more positive impact in the larger world, at the dawn of a new century and a whole new aspect of human affairs. — Bill Clinton

Recovery is going to take years. Fifty thousand people are still living in tents. I hope you will think of them. — Bill Clinton

I don’t think we should ever give up the right to unilaterally use our military, but I think we should bend over backward to build our world in which we are sharing responsibility and sharing benefits. — Bill Clinton

One of things we have to ask is, what could we do to give incentives for people to get jobs where they have to relocate; a lot of these people will be out of their homes a year or more, — Bill Clinton

He’s a really good man. I’m going to have to think about it because I respect him so much. — Bill Clinton

If you are for smaller government, then our candidate is for you. We are for better government and smaller government. — Bill Clinton

Mine will be the most ethical administration in the history of the republic! — Bill Clinton

I think he did a good thing, and I think it was unusual circumstances, … Larry King Live. — Bill Clinton

I think the first ruling was basically the right one, — Bill Clinton

I had made a terrible personal mistake which I didn’t try to correct until almost a year later and I had to live with it, and it caused enormous amount of pain to my family, to my administration, to the country. — Bill Clinton

My doctor ordered me to shut up, which will make every American happy. — Bill Clinton

I think that, in a larger sense, there are millions of people all across America that are the children of Martin and Coretta King, whose whole lives were shaped by their passion for people, opportunity and justice, and their commitment to nonviolent change and by not being discouraged in the face of repeated disappointment. — Bill Clinton

Remember, we won this state the last two times. They just didn’t count them the last time. We can win it again. Let’s go for it three in a row. — Bill Clinton

With more than one million people on treatment in developing countries, we face a growing challenge to keep costs affordable as we reach out to millions more in need. — Bill Clinton

Keep in mind, I supported Kyoto. The countries that believe in targets today are essential to the very creation of a carbon-trading market. — Bill Clinton

We’re now up over 50 percent of the schools (are wired for Internet access), from 3 percent, and over 80 percent of the classrooms, from 14 percent, since 1994. — Bill Clinton

I was thinking about how quickly it all passed and what an absolute joy it was — even the bad days were good days. — Bill Clinton

I think Felt believed that there was a chance that this thing would be covered up, — Bill Clinton

It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ means — Bill Clinton

We have never done this before. Never in the history of our republic have we ever financed a conflict, military conflict, by borrowing money from somewhere else. — Bill Clinton

He won’t break the stranglehold the special interests have on our elections and the lobbyists have on our government. But I will. — Bill Clinton

I thought you were gonna win it all, — Bill Clinton

If we act decisively now to improve our infrastructure, we can insure that air travel in the 21st century is the safest, most cost effective, most efficient in the world. — Bill Clinton

Let us never demonize or give up on those who disagree with us. We don’t want to become like the right-wing talk-show hosts, hammering our adversaries into cartoon characters and denying their humanity. — Bill Clinton

We have to find ways to continue to change consistent with our basic values and our common community and humanity. — Bill Clinton

Nothing could be worse than this torment, and I cannot rid myself of it. I have been here all summer in a place where everyone else’s children seem to be in the military. — Bill Clinton

We’re going to have to make tough choices and we’re going to have to make them together. — Bill Clinton

We can honor Dr. King’s sacrifice. We can help his children fulfill their legacy. … Every one of us are in a way the children of Martin Luther and Coretta Scott King. — Bill Clinton

Terror leaves bitter enemies. The poison stays long in the well. The purpose, after all, is not to achieve military victory, but to achieve a change in circumstances by terror, to make us afraid of today, afraid of tomorrow, afraid of each other. Therefore, it cannot win unless we become admitting accomplices, changing the way we think and feel and live. — Bill Clinton

I am gratified by what we’ve achieved here, … But I hope you leave here with a sense of humility and a sense of how much better we can do. — Bill Clinton

We can defend ourselves against Iraq. It would be quick and easy. But, it’s worth waiting a little while because it’s not a military threat. — Bill Clinton

I would personally get in a ditch, grab a rifle, and fight and die. — Bill Clinton

I say try it. I’m up for anything. — Bill Clinton

We stopped thinking about what the world should do for Africa and we started thinking about what we could do with Africans. — Bill Clinton

I have apologized to the American people for what I did wrong, and most Americans think I paid a pretty heavy price. — Bill Clinton

I want to thank Michelle for this very generous contribution to the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund, … There are many people in the Gulf region who are in need and who will benefit from Michelle’s extraordinary generosity. She’s truly an inspiration on and off the course. — Bill Clinton

Millions of ordinary people across the globe rallied to the immediate aid of communities devastated by the tsunami. Now our collective challenge is to finish the job, to leave behind safer, more peaceful and stronger communities. — Bill Clinton

My concern is to listen to you . . . and learn the best way to spend this money we’ve got, — Bill Clinton

I think it’s a mistake for them to try and blame us for it, though, because we actually have a clear and unbroken record of trying to clear up a lot of these corporate abuses. . . . There was corporate malfeasance both before he took office and after. The difference is I actually tried to do something about it, and their party stopped it. — Bill Clinton

We need a new spirit of community, a sense that we are all in this together, or the American Dream will continue to wither. Our destiny is bound up with the destiny of every other American. — Bill Clinton

If we don’t do it, we will be spending far, far more than that to clean up the mess of this humanitarian tragedy. . . . This needs to be done and done now. — Bill Clinton

I am very disappointed in what seemingly is a system that allows me to be guilty until proven innocent, … I have been internationally labeled and branded what — an extortionist, whatever, a drunk driver… — Bill Clinton

Our objectives are clear. Our forces are strong, and our cause is right. — Bill Clinton

I think we all ought to be questioning all the time and learning and growing. And I think that’s what we need, but it’s not my deal, I don’t think. — Bill Clinton

some day Al Gore will be glad that we had lunch once a week. — Bill Clinton

No I disagree with that. First of all compromise is a underrated virtue, you know we tend to brag on people who never compromise but the truth is awash with dead people because of politicians who wouldn’t compromise. I think sometimes compromise is the greatest virtue. — Bill Clinton

We are gaining ever more awe for the complexity, the beauty, the wonder of God’s most divine and sacred gift. — Bill Clinton

Globalization is not something we can hold off or turn off . . . it is the economic equivalent of a force of nature — like wind or water. — Bill Clinton

I think the White House should have said something about it sooner. — Bill Clinton

We have had the most unbelievable relationship over a very long period of time. — Bill Clinton

If this isn’t good for my heart, I don’t know what is. — Bill Clinton

No one who works hard every day should have trouble putting food on the table at night. — Bill Clinton

I think it’s very important that Americans understand… tax cuts are always popular, but about half of these tax cuts since 2001 have gone to people in my income group, the top 1 percent. I’ve gotten four tax cuts. They’re responsible for this big structural deficit, and they’re not going away, the deficits aren’t. — Bill Clinton

When you’re a president, or prime minister of Canada…. your life is a constant battle between trying to pursue the agenda you (promised) to implement and trying to deal with all the incoming fire, the events of the day that you can’t control, — Bill Clinton

John had a dream of black people as successful and smart and beautiful and heroic, a vision of keeping hope alive by showing black people as faces of hope. He never gave up. He never gave in. He once said ‘At the end of the day, we’re all just trying to give people hope.’ I liked John Johnson. I thought he was a strong and wise, straight forward and kind man. — Bill Clinton

I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky — Bill Clinton

He looked up with a big smile, a wave and shook his head as if to say, ‘Not this time, I’ll pass.’ But he did respond. It was kind of fun. — Bill Clinton

Going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married, — Bill Clinton

fundamental military and social and police structure intact. — Bill Clinton

I think some of these people make honest mistakes. — Bill Clinton

When first graders shoot first graders, it’s time for Congress to do what’s right for America’s families. — Bill Clinton

On my life’s work, not my life story. — Bill Clinton

When we give what we can and give it with joy, we don’t just renew the American tradition of giving, we also renew ourselves. — Bill Clinton

Meanwhile, every single day, there are 13 children who die from guns in this country. — Bill Clinton

That depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is — Bill Clinton

But both of us came out of environments with a disproportionate number of poor people. — Bill Clinton

I think that the country needs a debate that’s not a screaming match. . . . And I think too many times we have these arguments on these talk shows where they’re trying to get ratings by generating heat, when we ought to be trying to generate more light. — Bill Clinton

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