Corruption is a cancer: a cancer that eats away at a citizen's faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity; already-tight national budgets, crowding out important national investments. It wastes the talent of entire generations. It scares away investments and jobs.
Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It's self-defense. It's patriotism.
Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable.
No fundamental social change occurs merely because government acts. It's because civil society, the conscience of a country, begins to rise up and demand - demand - demand change.
One of the things I've never been accused of is not caring about people.
Corruption is just another form of tyranny.
Innovation can only occur where you can breathe free.
My dad always said, 'Champ, the measure of a man is not how often he is knocked down, but how quickly he gets up.'
The Chinese have figured out that they have a giant environmental problem. Folks in Beijing, some days, literally can't breathe. Over a million Chinese die prematurely every year because of air pollution.
Unions did in fact build the middle class. And here's what that did. That built the United States of America as we know it.
You know, my Grandpop Finnegan used to have an expression: he used to say, 'Joey, the guy in Olyphant's out of work, it's an economic slowdown. When your brother-in-law's out of work, it's a recession. When you're out of work, it's a depression.'
My father used to have an expression. He'd say, 'Joey, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It's about your dignity. It's about respect. It's about your place in your community.'
Life is a matter of really tough choices.
I've been waiting over 40 years to come to Cyprus, and it has not disappointed - the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Crossroads of Civilization, and, I might add, a genuine strategic partner to the United States of America.
For too long in this society, we have celebrated unrestrained individualism over common community.
We're going to be OK because of the American people. They have more grit, determination and courage than you can imagine.
In the middle of a recession, where we're just climbing out of it, where the economy -unemployment is still at 9.7 percent, the idea of raising taxes and reducing spending is a prescription for disaster.
This nuclear option is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power.
No one doubts that innocent men, women and children have been the victims of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. And there's no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime.
The greatest gift is the ability to forget - to forget the bad things and focus on the good.
Our future cannot depend on the government alone. The ultimate solutions lie in the attitudes and the actions of the American people.
When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'
Given a fair shot, given a fair chance, Americans have never, ever, ever, ever let their country down. Never. Never. Ordinary people like us. Who do extraordinary things.
America's commitment to collective defense under Article 5 of NATO is a sacred obligation in our view - a sacred obligation not just for now, but for all time.