40+ Best Jimmy Carter Quotes: Exclusive Selection

James Earl Carter Jr. is an American politician, philanthropist, and former farmer who served as the 39th president of the United States. Profoundly inspirational Jimmy Carter quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Jimmy Carter Quotes

Habitat gives us an opportunity which is very difficult to find: to reach out and work side by side with those who never have had a decent home-but work with them on a completely equal basis.

My position has always been, along with many other people, that any differences be resolved in a nonviolent way.

Failure is a reality; we all fail at times, and it’s painful when we do.

War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.

The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.

When I reflect upon my blessings during my very nice lifetime, I am inspired to make sure that I spend the balance of the days of my existence in a productive way.

You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.

We all know grandparents whose values transcend passing fads and pressures, and who possess the wisdom of distilled pain and joy.

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.

Spirit is like the wind, in that we can’t see it but can see its effects, which are profound.

Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy because human rights are the very soul of our sense of nationhood.

The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.

Unless both sides win, no agreement can be permanent.

We should live our lives as though Christ was coming this afternoon.

We simply must balance our demand for energy with our rapidly shrinking resources.

The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation.

Top Jimmy Carter Quotes

If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement.

After all these years, I still feel like a boy when I’m on a stream.

When people are intimidated about having their own opinions, oppression is at hand.

I have 22 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and they keep me young.

I wish I had known when I was in the White House what I know now about the Third World.

If you don’t want your tax dollars to help the poor, then stop saying that you want a country based on Christian values. Because you don’t!

War and good health are incompatible. There’s no way we can go [eradicate diseases] into an area that is at war.

I have one life and one chance to make it count for something.

We cannot ignore our gift of the future.

Too many of us now tend to worship self indulgence and consumption.

Everyone who has run knows that its most important value is in removing tension and allowing a release from whatever other cares the day may bring.

Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future.

Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease.

We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.

Testing oneself is best when done alone.

For this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival, liberty is human rights, the pursuit of happiness is a planet whose resources are devoted to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants.

A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained.

America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense… human rights invented America.

We’ve become, now, an oligarchy instead of a democracy. I think that’s been the worst damage to the basic moral and ethical standards of the American political system that I’ve ever seen in my life.

You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.

We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.

Whatever starts in California unfortunately has an inclination to spread.

It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature’s gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.

We have no desire to be the world’s policeman. But America does want to be the world’s peacemaker.

My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.

Human identity is no longer defined by what one does but rather by what one owns.

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