(45th vice president of the United States, politician and environmentalist) January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001
In digital era, privacy must be a priority. Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?
I have faith in the United States and our ability to make good decisions based on the facts.
Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it’s a challenge to the moral imagination.
We’re all capable of mistakes, but I do not care to enlighten you on the mistakes we may or may not have made.
The presidency is more than a popularity contest.
I have always been fascinated with those who try to look over the horizon and see things that are coming at us.
How could this Y2K be a problem in a country where we have Intel and Microsoft?
It’s a blessing to have work that feels fulfilling.
A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls.
A president who breaks the law is a threat to the very structure of our government.
Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.
The rule of reason is the true sovereign in the American system.
You can’t be value-free when it comes to marriage.
Most people in politics draw energy from backslapping and shaking hands and all that. I draw energy from discussing ideas.
In a time of social fragmentation, vulgarity becomes a way of life.
I’m naturally an optimist, but my basis for hope is rooted in my understanding of human nature.
The planet is in distress and all of the attention is on Paris Hilton.
A zebra does not change its spots.
The first less is this: take it from me, every vote counts.
If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure.
During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.
Air travel is nature’s way of making you look like your passport photo.
The ‘well-informed citizenry’ is in danger of becoming the ‘well-amused audience’.
We have to abandon the conceit that isolated personal actions are going to solve this crisis. Our policies have to shift.
When you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you have the law on your side, argue the law. When you have neither, holler.
There’s lots about politics I don’t feel comfortable with. To talk about the politics of future ideas is impossible in soundbite form.
We are going to have the best-educated American people in the world.
The will to act is a renewable resource.
I take no pleasure in the fact that the scientific predictions I’ve relayed to popular audiences turn out to be true.
No matter how hard the loss, defeat might serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.