Thursday, August 27, 2009

Things I Learned from Teddy

No matter how badly you screw up or how great the pressure on you is, you can still accomplish a whole lot.

It doesn't have to be personal. You can accomplish more by making friends with your opponents than by excoriating them.

Roll your sleeves up and make friends.

It's possible to be an idealist and a methodical, amiable pragmatist at the same time. In fact, this is the only way to be an idealist.

Never lose sight of the people you are trying to help.

Even our most profound losses are survivable.

No matter what happens, don't give up and don't lose heart.

The marginalized are your core constituency.

Visualize a just society and never let go of that vision.

Treat everyone you meet with the same respect.

Use your voice for those who have no voice.

Never compromise your principles.

There is a role for everybody; everyone has something to contribute.

Have fun while you're making history.

You don't necessarily have to be the smartest or the most talented. Sometimes it's enough to be the one who works the hardest.

Every American should have decent quality health care as a fundamental right and not a privilege.

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