121+ Best Dan Quayle Quotes: Exclusive Selection

James Danforth Quayle is an American politician and lawyer who served as the 44th vice president of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Profoundly inspirational Dan Quayle quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

Famous Dan Quayle Quotes

It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it. – Dan Quayle

One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice-president, and that one word is ‘to be prepared’. – Dan Quayle

The question in life is not whether you get knocked down. You will. The question is, are you ready to get back up… And fight for what you believe in? – Dan Quayle

Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child. – Dan Quayle

The other day the President said, I know you’ve had some rough times, and I want to do something that will show the nation what faith that I have in you, in your maturity and sense of responsibility. He paused, then said, would you like a puppy? – Dan Quayle

Congress should definitely consider decriminalizing possession of marijuana. We should concentrate on prosecuting the rapists and burglars who are a menace to society. – Dan Quayle

We all lived in this century; I didn’t live in this century. – Dan Quayle

Make no mistake about it: Operation Desert Storm truly was a victory of good over evil, of freedom over tyranny, of peace over war. – Dan Quayle

Getting [cruise missiles] more accurate so that we can have precise precision. – Dan Quayle

The future will be a better tomorrow. – Dan Quayle

It’s a very good historical book about history. – Dan Quayle

Let me just tell you how thrilling it really is, and how, what a challenge it is, because in 1988 the question is whether we’re going forward to tomorrow or whether we’re going to go past to the – to the back! – Dan Quayle

I want to be Robin to Bush’s Batman. – Dan Quayle

We will invest in our people, quality education, job opportunity, family, neighborhood, and yes, a thing we call America. – Dan Quayle

I deserve respect for the things I did not do. – Dan Quayle

Murphy Brown is doing better than I am. At least she knows she still has a job next year. – Dan Quayle

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. – Dan Quayle

Failing to support children one has fathered is wrong. We must be unequivocal about this. It doesn’t help matters when prime-time TV has Murphy Brown, a character who supposedly epitomizes todays intelligent, highly paid professional woman, mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another lifestyle choice. – Dan Quayle

Our party has been accused of fooling the public by calling tax increases ‘revenue enhancement’. Not so. No one was fooled – Dan Quayle

Tobacco exports should be expanded aggressively because Americans are smoking less. – Dan Quayle

Bobby Knight told me this: ‘There is nothing that a good defense cannot beat a better offense.’ In other words a good offense wins. – Dan Quayle

I was known as the chief grave robber of my state. – Dan Quayle

This election is about who’s going to be the next President of the United States! – Dan Quayle

And this is the best chance to begin to establish the New World Order. – Dan Quayle

We lead in exporting jobs. – Dan Quayle

I not going to focus on what I have done in the past what I stand for, what I articulate to the American people. The American people will judge me on what I am saying and what I have done in the last 12 years in the Congress. – Dan Quayle

The intergenerational poverty that troubles us so much today is predominantly a poverty of values. – Dan Quayle

Well, it looks as if the top part fell on the bottom part. – Dan Quayle

I have a very good family. I’m very fortunate to have a very good family. I believe very strongly in the family. It’s one of the things we have in our platform, is to talk about it. – Dan Quayle

I should have caught the mistake on that spelling bee card. But as Mark Twain once said, `You should never trust a man who has only one way to spell a word’. – Dan Quayle

I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Savior, for whose Kingdom it stands, one Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again, with life and liberty for all who believe. – Dan Quayle

Welcome to President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts. – Dan Quayle

When you make as many speeches and you talk as much as I do and you get away from the text, it’s always a possibility to get a few words tangled here and there. – Dan Quayle

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history. – Dan Quayle

Happy campers you have been, happy campers you are, and happy campers you will always be. – Dan Quayle

This President is going to lead us out of this recovery. – Dan Quayle

On the security front, the United States must continue to play a leadership role. There simply is not another country in the world that commands the respect or has the capabilities that we do, and we must not shrink from our responsibilities. – Dan Quayle

Let me just be very clear that the Republican Party will select a nominee that will beat Bill Clinton. – Dan Quayle

I stand by all the misstatements that I’ve made – Dan Quayle

We should develop anti-satellite weapons because we could not have prevailed without them in ‘Red Storm Rising’. – Dan Quayle

It’s wonderful to be here in the great state of Chicago. – Dan Quayle

Hawaii has always been a very pivotal role in the Pacific. It is in the Pacific. It is a part of the United States that is an island that is right here. – Dan Quayle

We’re going to have the best-educated American people in the world. – Dan Quayle

This is what I say about the scorn of the media elite: I wear their scorn as a badge of honor. – Dan Quayle

I spend a great deal of time with the President. We have a very close, personal, loyal relationship. I’m not, as they say, a potted plant in these meetings. – Dan Quayle

The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation’s history. I mean in this century’s history. But we all lived in this century. I didn’t live in this century. – Dan Quayle

I do have a political agenda. It’s to have as few regulations as possible. – Dan Quayle

It’s time for the human race to enter the solar system. – Dan Quayle

I’ve never professed to be anything but an average student. – Dan Quayle

Perestroika is nothing more than refined Stalinism. – Dan Quayle

We have seen pictures [of mars] where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe. – Dan Quayle

I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future. – Dan Quayle

Certainly, I know what to do, and when I am Vice President — and I will be — there will be contingency plans under different sets of situations and I tell you what, I’m not going to go out and hold a news conference about it. I’m going to put it in a safe and keep it there! Does that answer your question? – Dan Quayle

If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure. – Dan Quayle

No, I had no problem communicating with Latin American heads of state – though now I do wish I had paid more attention to Latin when I was in high school. – Dan Quayle

People are not homeless if they’re sleeping in the streets of their own hometowns. – Dan Quayle

For NASA, space is still a high priority. – Dan Quayle

The best thing about rain forests is they never suffer from drought. – Dan Quayle

It would be a serious mistake to replace a seasoned statesman with a temperamental tycoon who has no respect for the constitution. – Dan Quayle

My friends, no matter how rough the road may be, we can, and we will, never, never surrender to what is right. – Dan Quayle

I am not part of the problem. I am a Republican. – Dan Quayle

I used to smoke marijuana, but that was when I was in college, before it was a drug. – Dan Quayle

What a terrible thing to have lost one’s mind. Or not to have a mind at all. How true that is. – Dan Quayle

We don’t want to go back to tomorrow, we want to move forward. – Dan Quayle

Republicans have been accused of abandoning the poor. It’s the other way around. They never vote for us. – Dan Quayle

Bank failures are caused by depositors who don’t deposit enough money to cover losses due to mismanagement. – Dan Quayle

If you give a person a fish, they’ll fish for a day. But if you train a person to fish, they’ll fish for a lifetime. – Dan Quayle

The global importance of the Middle East is that it keeps the Far East and the Near East from encroaching on each other. – Dan Quayle

We will move forward, we will move upward, and yes, we will move onward. – Dan Quayle

I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy – but that could change. – Dan Quayle

If Al Gore invented the Internet, I invented spell check. – Dan Quayle

Much to popular disbelief, horses walking around during the elections with their tails straight up in the air are not showing off their Bush/Quale buttons. – Dan Quayle

I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix. – Dan Quayle

Every once in a while, you let a word or phrase out and you want to catch it and bring it back. You can’t do that. It’s gone, gone forever. – Dan Quayle

In George Bush you get experience, and with me you get – The Future! – Dan Quayle

When I talked to him on the phone yesterday. I called him George rather than Mr. Vice President. But, in public, it’s Mr. Vice President, because that is who he is. – Dan Quayle

I understand the importance of bondage between parent and child. – Dan Quayle

Sometimes cameras and television are good to people and sometimes they aren’t. I don’t know if its the way you say it, or how you look. – Dan Quayle

When I have been asked during these last weeks who caused the riots and the killing in L.A., my answer has been direct and simple: Who is to blame for the riots? The rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings? The killers are to blame. – Dan Quayle

Votes are like trees, if you are trying to build a forest. If you have more trees than you have forests, then at that point the pollsters will probably say you will win. – Dan Quayle

We have to do more than just elect a new President if we truly want to change this country. – Dan Quayle

We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe. – Dan Quayle

We shouldn’t have to be burdened with all the technicalities that come up from time to time with shrewd, smart lawyers interpreting what the laws or what the Constitution may or may not say. – Dan Quayle

I’m going to be a vice president very much like George Bush was. He proved to be a very effective vice president, perhaps the most effective we’ve had in a couple of hundred years. – Dan Quayle

I couldn’t help but be impressed by the magnitude of the earthquake. – Dan Quayle

It’s a question of whether we’re going to go forward into the future, or past to the back. – Dan Quayle

I just don’t believe in the basic concept that someone should make their whole career in public service. – Dan Quayle

It shows ‘us vs. them’, and I’m on the ‘us’ side. – Dan Quayle

What a waste it is to lose one’s mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is. – Dan Quayle

It’s rural America. It’s where I came from. We always refer to ourselves as real America. Rural America, real America, real, real, America. – Dan Quayle

Unfortunately, the people of Louisiana are not racists. – Dan Quayle

Space is almost infinite. As a matter of fact, we think it is infinite. – Dan Quayle

Japan is an important ally of ours. Japan and the United States of the Western industrialized capacity, 60 percent of the GNP, two countries. That’s a statement in and of itself. – Dan Quayle

The American people would not want to know of any misquotes that Dan Quayle may or may not make. – Dan Quayle

Great American sport. Horseshoes is a very great game. I love it. – Dan Quayle

You do the policy; I’ll do the politics. – Dan Quayle

People who bowl vote. Bowlers are not the cultural elite. – Dan Quayle

You all look like happy campers to me. Happy campers you are, happy campers you have been, and, as far as I am concerned, happy campers you will always be. – Dan Quayle

Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children. – Dan Quayle

I don’t watch it, but I know enough to comment on it. – Dan Quayle

Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it. – Dan Quayle

They need help, and we have helped, and we are here to help. And we are helping, and we’re going to continue to help. – Dan Quayle

The President is going to benefit from me reporting directly to him when I arrive. – Dan Quayle

We’ve been in your home, we’ve been on your farm, we’ve been in your workplace. We have listened to you. We have talked with you. – Dan Quayle

mothers and fathers are sick and tired of seeing the values assaulted that they are trying to teach their children. – Dan Quayle

If we don’t pay attention to this Reform Party and people that are going to the Reform Party and try to get them back into the Republican Party, we could pay another very serious price. – Dan Quayle

But apart from that Jacky, how was the parade? – Dan Quayle

He (Gore) has a different interpretation of what integrity is all about, … That will be an issue in this campaign. – Dan Quayle

Mars is essentially in the same orbit. Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If there is oxygen, then we can breathe. – Dan Quayle

I will win the nomination and I will beat Al Gore. – Dan Quayle

We care deeply about our friends and neighbors. – Dan Quayle

When you speak the truth ultimately you will win. Remember Murphy Brown is gone and I’m still here fighting for the American family. – Dan Quayle

We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not happen – Dan Quayle

There is a time to compromise, … and there is a time to stand firm. Now, I know that it was a grand photo opportunity at the White House, but I am afraid that the taxpayer once again got the shaft. – Dan Quayle

Today, our campaign is really in a rather unique position because the most recent, national poll — the CNN/Time (magazine) poll — shows us in second place, finally beginning to emerge as the clear alternative to the front-runner. – Dan Quayle

The cause of the riots were the rioters. – Dan Quayle

There are lots more people in the House. I don’t know exactly – I’ve never counted, but at least a couple hundred. – Dan Quayle

The loss of life will be irreplaceable. – Dan Quayle

We expect them [Salvadoran officials] to work toward the elimination of human rights. – Dan Quayle

Why wouldn’t an enhanced deterrent, a more stable peace, a better prospect to denying the ones who enter conflict in the first place to have a reduction of offensive systems and an introduction to defensive capability. I believe that is the route this country will eventually go. – Dan Quayle

Sam had a great time this weekend but the golf was lousey. – Dan Quayle

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