163+ Best Nancy Pelosi Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Nancy Patricia Pelosi is an American Democratic Party politician serving as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives since January 2019. She also served as Speaker of the House from 2007 until 2011, and she is the first woman in U.S. history to hold that position. Inspirational Nancy Pelosi quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Most Famous Nancy Pelosi Quotes

When taxpayers are subsidizing low wages, people should be aware of that. We’re subsidizing an economy. We’re not subsidizing people. They are doing a hard day’s work. When we’re not rewarding work actively, there’s something wrong with the system. – Nancy Pelosi

What we’re discussing privately and publicly, is a budget which is a blueprint for the future which creates jobs, which educates our children, which provides healthcare for all Americans, which takes our deficit down, which gives a tax cut for 95% of the American people. – Nancy Pelosi

Unemployment benefits are creating jobs faster than practically any other program – Nancy Pelosi

I believe in natural gas as a clean, cheap alternative to fossil fuels. – Nancy Pelosi

Elect us, hold us accountable, and make a judgment and then go from there. But I do tell you that if the Democrats win, and have substantial majorities, the Congress of the United States will be more bipartisan. – Nancy Pelosi

I come to this debate, Mr. Speaker, as one at the end of 10 years in office on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction was one of my top priorities. I applaud the President on focusing on this issue and on taking the lead to disarm Saddam Hussein… Others have talked about this threat that is posed by Saddam Hussein. Yes, he has chemical weapons, he has biological weapons, he is trying to get nuclear weapons. – Nancy Pelosi

Even if Osama bin Laden is caught tomorrow, it is five years too late. To capture him now I don’t think makes us any safer. – Nancy Pelosi

For our daughters and our granddaughters now, the sky is the limit. – Nancy Pelosi

What has the [Donald] Trump administration done from their inaugural address, where they talked about decay and carnage? They’ve done nothing except put Wall Street first, make America sick again, instill fear in our immigrant population in our country, and make sure that Russia maintains its grip, its grip on our foreign policy. – Nancy Pelosi

Furthermore, we believe that health care reform, again I said at the beginning of my remarks, that we sent the three pillars that the President’s economic stabilization and job creation initiatives were education and innovation – innovation begins in the classroom – clean energy and climate, addressing the climate issues in an innovative way to keep us number one and competitive in the world with the new technology, and the third, first among equals I may say, is health care, health insurance reform. – Nancy Pelosi

I do trust that the president is sincere in understanding that the public supports – that overwhelmingly the public supports – not sending these young people back. It was interpreted by some that we had a deal on the deal. But that wasn’t on the package. We had an agreement to move forward, in our view, with the DREAM Act as a basis for how we protect the DREAMers and for further discussions on what provisions relating to the border might be in an accompanying bill or whatever as we go forward. So I trust the president in that regard. – Nancy Pelosi

I believe that nothing has been more wholesome for America, for our government, for our politics, than the increased participation of women. – Nancy Pelosi

I do think that campaigns are about electing somebody, but they’re also about a discussion of the future of our country. – Nancy Pelosi

There’s plenty of opportunity for everyone, so there’s no reason to worry about somebody else’s success, either saying you couldn’t do this so she’s better than you, or she’s doing it so you can’t. No, she’s doing it so you can. – Nancy Pelosi

I have always said, in my own rise in the leadership, please don’t ever ask anybody to vote for me because I’m a woman. – Nancy Pelosi

This president goes into office with more expectations than any president I can ever remember in my lifetime.-2008 – Nancy Pelosi

I know my debt of gratitude to the women who went before, I know my responsibility to young women coming forward. – Nancy Pelosi

I would never think of crying about any loss of an office, because that’s always a possibility, and if you’re professional, then you deal with it professionally. – Nancy Pelosi

I have said it before and I will say it again: Impeachment is off the table. – Nancy Pelosi

My daughter Alexandra once told me,Mother, you’re a pioneer. Now, hardly anybody cooks, but you were one of the first to stop.After 20 years of cooking, I started to appreciate the value of other people’s work. So I would, say, go get a duck in Chinatown. I always had the salad and set the table, but I didn’t have to clean the pots. – Nancy Pelosi

When the Kyoto Protocol enters into the force tomorrow, the world will take a significant and long-awaited first step towards stemming global warming. Instead of stepping forward as the world leader on climate change, however, the Bush Administration is clinging to the role of world obstructionist. – Nancy Pelosi

My biggest fight has been between those who wanted to do something incremental and those who wanted to do something comprehensive. We won that fight, and once we kick through this door, there’ll be more legislation to follow. – Nancy Pelosi

President Obama and the congressional Democrats have certainly been responsive. – Nancy Pelosi

Hillary Clinton is probably one of the best prepared people to walk into the Oval Office certainly in a generation, with all the love and respect and admiration that I have for President Obama, and he’s been a great president, going in he was nowhere nearly as prepared as Hillary Clinton. – Nancy Pelosi

If I cry, it’s about the personal loss of a friend or something like that. But when it comes to politics – no, I don’t cry. – Nancy Pelosi

We have our differences since the beginning of America. It’s a legitimate difference. What is the role of government, et cetera, federal, state, local? – Nancy Pelosi

Imagine in what the president [Donald trump] wants to do, the 400 wealthiest families in America will get a tax break of $7 million a year. – Nancy Pelosi

I was raised in an Italian catholic family in Baltimore, Maryland. Our faith is very important to us, our patriotism, love of faith, love of family, love of country. I took pride in our Italian American heritage and to be the first woman speaker of the House and the first Italian American speaker of the House, it’s quite thrilling for me. – Nancy Pelosi

What I do care about is that it’s an obstacle to other women entering politics, because they’ll say,Why would I do that? I have plenty of other options.And women with plenty of options are just the women that we want to be in politics and government. – Nancy Pelosi

On February 17th, Four weeks from [Barack Obama’s] inauguration, he signed a bill which saved or created 4 million jobs. – Nancy Pelosi

I think there’s no question Comey abused power. – Nancy Pelosi

That’s why they (the Bush administration) had to make up that story about weapons of mass destruction. Because that was the only thing that would sell to the American people, and that wasn’t true. – Nancy Pelosi

In this House, we may belong to different parties, but we serve one country. – Nancy Pelosi

Anybody who’s ever dealt with me knows not to mess with me. – Nancy Pelosi

On GOP Tax Cuts: They’ll take food out of the mouths of children to give tax cuts to the wealthiest. – Nancy Pelosi

Bipartisanship is nice, but it cannot be a substitute for action, not having it cannot prevent us from going forward. – Nancy Pelosi

I would do almost anything Tina Fey asks me to do. – Nancy Pelosi

The president led us into the Iraq war on the basis of unproven assertions without evidence; he embraced a radical doctrine of pre-emptive war unprecedented in our history; and he failed to build a true international coalition. – Nancy Pelosi

The Democratic Party has always been a party that is not known for its unanimity. – Nancy Pelosi

The word ‘campaign’ is a war term. So when you go into a campaign you just prepare to go to war. If you think this is an exercise in civic activity… then you are going to be surprised. – Nancy Pelosi

I’m Nancy Pelosi, but my grandchildren call me Mimi. For me, politics is an extension of my role as a mother and a grandmother. For the Democratic women of the House, our work is not about the next election, but rather the next generation. – Nancy Pelosi

Being the first woman speaker and breaking the marble ceiling is pretty important. Now it’s time to move on. – Nancy Pelosi

I believe that Hillary Clinton is one of the best prepared people in our history to enter the Oval Office, with her vision, her knowledge, her experience, her strategic thinking, her connection to the American people. – Nancy Pelosi

Hillary Clinton needs no advice from anyone. – Nancy Pelosi

Since I was in my 20s, I’ve been giving my face 30 hot splashes in the morning and at night, and I keep thinking, If it’s 25, oh my gosh, I’m going to fall apart. – Nancy Pelosi

That is why, as one who values the U.S.-Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech — saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation. – Nancy Pelosi

Yes, [I am accusing the CIA of] misleading the Congress of the United States, misleading the Congress of the United States. I am. – Nancy Pelosi

I love chocolate. I love chocolate ice cream. I love chocolate candy. The darker the better. – Nancy Pelosi

I’m always touched when I go to events and stuff, to meet fathers who come up to me and thank me and say,because of you my young daughter knows that she can do anything she sets out to do.And the way young girls are raised now, I don’t think there’s any doubt that they know they can do anything. And if what goes by the by is that they don’t feel they have to be in solidarity with all other women, that’s O.K. as long as they know that that strength has been there in the past and can be there in the future for them. – Nancy Pelosi

If women have confidence in themselves, they will have confidence in other women. – Nancy Pelosi

Whatever the deal is with other countries, we want a better deal for America’s workers. – Nancy Pelosi

Be yourself, know your power, have confidence in what you have to contribute. – Nancy Pelosi

Who’s taking care of the children is an important question for all of us. – Nancy Pelosi

Hamas is a humanitarian organization. – Nancy Pelosi

If I had my way, sporting guns would be strictly regulated, the rest would be confiscated – Nancy Pelosi

Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs. – Nancy Pelosi

But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy. – Nancy Pelosi

Our view of the law is that it – if somebody is here without sufficient documentation, that is not reason for deportation. – Nancy Pelosi

You cannot cut your way to deficit reduction. – Nancy Pelosi

As many of you know, I came from San Francisco. We don’t have a lot of farms there. Well, we do have one – it’s a mushroom farm, so you know what that means. – Nancy Pelosi

Pass the bill to find out what’s in it – Nancy Pelosi

Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate. – Nancy Pelosi

We have a responsibility to control our borders. Building a wall is not an answer, not here in America or any place. – Nancy Pelosi

I don’t remember saying that everybody in the country would have a lower premium. – Nancy Pelosi

If somebody’s hacking you, you don’t want them to know that you know. You want to find out what they’re doing, how they’re doing it, and then you’ll let them know you know. – Nancy Pelosi

Saddam Hussein certainly has chemical and biological weapons. There’s no question about that. – Nancy Pelosi

America will be far safer if we reduce the chances of a terrorist attack in one of our cities than if we diminish the civil liberties of our own people. – Nancy Pelosi

Having five children in six years is the best training in the world for Speaker of the House. – Nancy Pelosi

Everybody will have lower rates, better quality, and better access. – Nancy Pelosi

The president of the United States, the most famous person in the world, maybe in the whole galaxy – in a long time – he had to spend like a billion dollars to set the record straight. – Nancy Pelosi

Women are leaders everywhere you look – from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes. – Nancy Pelosi

There are the fundamental core values of the Democratic Party, which is to work to grow the economy, to create jobs, to encourage small business, to encourage ownership, to expand access to quality health care, to enhance opportunity by making higher education more affordable to American’s young people, to have our children live in safe neighborhoods, drug-free, crime-free, and a safe and clean environment, first and foremost to provide for the national defense, to protect and defend the American people, and to have accountability for our budget and for our spending. – Nancy Pelosi

You know, God bless him, bless his heart, president of the United States, a total failure, losing all credibility with the American people on the economy, on the war, on energy, you name the subject. – Nancy Pelosi

I must have good genes from my parents because I feel no slowdown of energy, enthusiasm or even memory. – Nancy Pelosi

Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance. – Nancy Pelosi

Be yourself. Hillary Clinton, you have a great vision for our country. You know the policy, you have good judgment that springs from that. You’re a strategic thinker, and you have a connection with the American people that springs from a lifetime of service and leadership to them, to America’s working families. So, just go talk about that. Forget the script, forget everything else. Just be Hillary Clinton. Be yourself. – Nancy Pelosi

We have so much room for improvement. Every aspect of our lives must be subjected to an inventory… of how we are taking responsibility. – Nancy Pelosi

Don’t underestimate your opponent, but don’t overestimate them, either. – Nancy Pelosi

When I first ran for Congress, I went to my daughter Alexandra, who was going to be a senior in high school, and said: ‘I have a chance to run. I may not win, but I’d be gone three nights a week. So, if you want me to stay, I’ll be happy to.’ And do you know what she said to me? ‘Mother, get a life!’ – Nancy Pelosi

The impact of climate change is a tremendous risk to the security and well-being of our countries. – Nancy Pelosi

Let’s just do what is right for the American people. And those of us who are involved in politics and government know that our responsibility is to the American people, that we have a responsibility to find our common ground, to seek it and to find it. – Nancy Pelosi

I don’t care how popular I am. I’m not putting myself out there to run for higher office. – Nancy Pelosi

Democrats believe in reigniting the American dream by removing barriers to success and building ladders of opportunity for all, so everyone can succeed. – Nancy Pelosi

We are not going back to the failed policies of the past. We are fighting for the middle class! – Nancy Pelosi

The Republican Party is the Grand Old Party. It’s made enormous contributions to the success of our country. And it is a party that has embraced its leadership role when it has had the majority or the White House. – Nancy Pelosi

We in Congress stand by Israel. In Congress, we speak with one voice on the subject of Israel. – Nancy Pelosi

I was pampered in the fact that I had five older brothers, which I highly recommend to anyone. – Nancy Pelosi

I say to my colleagues never confine your best work, your hopes, your dreams, the aspiration of the American people to what will be signed by George W. Bush because that is too limiting a factor. – Nancy Pelosi

I really want women to know their power, to value their experience. To understand that nothing has been more wholesome in the political process than the increased involvement of women. – Nancy Pelosi

America must be a light to the world, not just a missile. – Nancy Pelosi

Freedom is secured every day by our men and women in uniform. We must build a future worthy of their sacrifice. – Nancy Pelosi

Democrats believe we must create jobs, not protect the special interests; build the economy from the middle out, not the top down. – Nancy Pelosi

Social Security has never failed to pay promised benefits, and Democrats will fight to make sure that Republicans do not turn a guaranteed benefit into a guaranteed gamble. – Nancy Pelosi

Raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do, but it’s a popular thing to do as well. – Nancy Pelosi

I read that my lifelong dream is to serve as speaker with Hillary Clinton as president. So what? – Nancy Pelosi

Politicians are trying to attract people to issues. – Nancy Pelosi

In our recovery package we put new standards of accountability and transparency, which we hope will now apply. – Nancy Pelosi

Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process. – Nancy Pelosi

Jobs are central to the American dream – and President Obama has focused on jobs from day one. – Nancy Pelosi

Jobs mean freedom for workers to support their families. – Nancy Pelosi

Democratic priorities remain clear: to provide a tax cut for working families, to promote policies that produce jobs and economic growth, and to assist millions of our fellow Americans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. – Nancy Pelosi

After over 200 years, not even a fifth of Congress is women. – Nancy Pelosi

Republicans support opening the floodgates to special interest money and suppressing the right to vote. It’s just plain wrong. – Nancy Pelosi

My father was in Congress when I was born. He was mayor my whole life from when I was in grade school – first grade – to when I went away to college. – Nancy Pelosi

For 25 years, it has been my privilege to represent the city of San Francisco and the great state of California; to work to strengthen our vibrant middle class; to secure opportunity and equality. – Nancy Pelosi

I have absolutely no regret about my vote against this war. The same questions remain. The cost in human lives, the cost to our budget, probably 100 billion. We could have probably brought down that statue for a lot less. – Nancy Pelosi

I have deep emotions about the American people. If I were to cry for anything, I would cry for them and the policies that they’re about to face. – Nancy Pelosi

We haven’t really gotten the credit for what we have done. – Nancy Pelosi

With President Obama, we will move America forward. – Nancy Pelosi

As you may know, I was raised in an Italian Catholic family in Baltimore, Maryland. – Nancy Pelosi

I do believe that during the Bush-Cheney administration, that Vice President Cheney set a tone and an attitude for the CIA. – Nancy Pelosi

I had five children in six years. The day I brought my fifth baby home, that week, my daughter turned 6. – Nancy Pelosi

I have a few uniforms – depending on whether I’m going to a college campus or meeting a head of state. But clean and easy works best for me. – Nancy Pelosi

Let me just say as one who has been speaker of the House, I’ve had to have a very thick skin about every kind of thing that was thrown at me. – Nancy Pelosi

The beauty of the Democratic Party is in the mix. – Nancy Pelosi

The name ‘Republican’ in some ways has been hijacked by obstructionists. – Nancy Pelosi

Washington and Congress are steeped in history and tradition, and that’s been very male-oriented. – Nancy Pelosi

I think that much of the truth has been withheld from the American people. – Nancy Pelosi

My vision for the future always centers around our children – it always centers around our children. So anytime anybody asks me what are the three most important issues facing the Congress, I always say the same thing: ‘Our children, our children, our children.’ – Nancy Pelosi

With Americans worried about losing their jobs, their savings, their homes and their chance at the American Dream, the New Direction Congress will work in a bipartisan way to lift our economy and help America’s middle class. – Nancy Pelosi

I think about my parents all the time, especially on Sunday when I’m at Mass. My mother always said, ‘We do not pray to win elections. We pray for people’s health, we pray that God’s will be done, we pray that we do our best. But we do not pray to win elections.’ – Nancy Pelosi

My husband and I, when we had our five children and they were grown, we thought we were entitled to grandchildren. And so we were just expecting this to happen; of course, nothing was happening. And then we kept begging, bribing, cajoling, anything – threatening to adopt our own grandchildren – and finally, we got some grandchildren. – Nancy Pelosi

We’re sad about some of the losses of members of great seniority and distinction in the Congress, and some very new members, who will no longer be serving with us. – Nancy Pelosi

I went to Catholic school throughout my whole academic life. In fact, my children – my husband and I and our children in my own family now have over 100 years of Catholic education among us. – Nancy Pelosi

I would say that one of the things that encouraged me so much when I became elected to the leadership was the letters I received from fathers of daughters, saying that, ‘My daughter can now do many more things because of what you did.’ – Nancy Pelosi

Presidents and speakers for over 100 years had tried to pass affordable care for all Americans. It was challenged over and over. The Supreme Court declared it constitutional. – Nancy Pelosi

The country needs more than one-party dominance, as much as I believe the Democratic Party is the party for the middle class… We need to have a marketplace of ideas. – Nancy Pelosi

I will not be making appointments to a committee that is not bipartisan. – Nancy Pelosi

I have newspapers coming to me and saying, ‘Can we get in on the TARP?’. – Nancy Pelosi

The war on terror is the war in Afghanistan. – Nancy Pelosi

As I view the Republicans in Congress, I don’t see them as a real reflection of many Republicans in our country. – Nancy Pelosi

Democrats embrace The Affordable Care Act. We’re very proud of it. – Nancy Pelosi

I always saw politics as an expansion of my role as a mom. – Nancy Pelosi

I call Washington ‘the city of the perishable.’ – Nancy Pelosi

I don’t know any member of Congress who ever said, ‘I’m satisfied with the communication that we have from the White House.’ – Nancy Pelosi

I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the ratings of Congress. I really don’t. – Nancy Pelosi

I had a friend who was getting married. I said, ‘You’re getting married – I didn’t know about all this!’ She said, ‘I need health benefits.’ – Nancy Pelosi

I love having the support of my caucus. We have a good working relationship. – Nancy Pelosi

I’ve never walked away from any of my positions. I take pride in them. – Nancy Pelosi

If people don’t have a job, they’re not too interested in how you intend for them to have a job. They want to see results. – Nancy Pelosi

My brother is the former mayor of Baltimore. – Nancy Pelosi

My father died the year I was elected to Congress: 1987. – Nancy Pelosi

My husband and I have season tickets to the Giants games, and we go there as fans to enjoy it. – Nancy Pelosi

Nothing surprises me. One thing I don’t ever have in my world is surprise. – Nancy Pelosi

Putin is going to do what Putin is going to do. – Nancy Pelosi

Stephen Colbert used to be my friend. I even signed the poor baby’s cast when he hurt his hand. – Nancy Pelosi

They’re anti-government ideologues who dominate the Republican Party. – Nancy Pelosi

While we may argue about the size of government, the Republican Party has not been a party that says, ‘I want to destroy government.’ – Nancy Pelosi

A successful marriage is a decision. You decide it’s going to work. You can’t always be there, but you have to be there enough. And you have to make sure you are where you’re needed most. – Nancy Pelosi

I don’t know that anybody has walked up to me in the street or in a store or in the grocery and said to me, ‘I hope you bomb Assad.’ Certainly plenty have said, ‘No; thumbs down, thumbs down, thumbs down.’ – Nancy Pelosi

Tom Foley was a statesman, and it was a privilege to serve under him when he was the Speaker of the House. He loved our country. He was a gentleman. I had the privilege of seeing him a couple days before he passed away. – Nancy Pelosi

What the Republicans have said is rather than touch one hair on the heads of the wealthiest people in our country, people who make over $1 million a year, they’re saying, ‘Seniors should pay $6,000 more dollars a year. But please don’t let us ask the wealthiest to do their fair share.’ – Nancy Pelosi

No CEO in America would retain a manager with so clear a record of failure, and neither should President Bush, – Nancy Pelosi

Port security under the Bush administration is full of holes. – Nancy Pelosi

I feel very confident about where we are. – Nancy Pelosi

I feel sad for him today, and for his family. But I even feel sadder for the American people, who have had their lives affected by the culture of cronyism and corruption that exists in Washington. – Nancy Pelosi

For more than a decade… House Republicans have benefited from their systemic culture of corruption at the expense of the American people. – Nancy Pelosi

I would not want any president – Democrat or Republican – to have the expanded power the administration is claiming in this case. – Nancy Pelosi

I would not make a big deal of this. – Nancy Pelosi

It appears we will only be given one month for that national debate. – Nancy Pelosi

It is a disservice to a very serious debate about security and liberty for him to resort to that kind of a statement. – Nancy Pelosi

I think that the Republicans are feeling the impact of the election and feeling the heat of our arguments about why this budget is a bad one, – Nancy Pelosi

Republicans have been and continue to resist true reform because they all benefit from enabling the culture of corruption. – Nancy Pelosi

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