Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics

By Joe Biden

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“Nearly forty years after I first got involved, I remain captivated by the possibilities of politics and public service. In fact, I believe that my chosen profession is a noble calling. That’s why I wanted to be a part of it.”–Joe BidenAs a United States senator from Delaware since 1973, Joe Biden has been an intimate witness to the major events of the past four decades an “Nearly forty years after I first got...

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July 31st 2007 by Random House
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English

Quotes From "Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics"

"My own father had always said the measure of a man wasn't how many times or how hard he got knocked down, but how fast he got back up. I made a pledge to myself that I would get up and emerge from this debacle better for having gone through it. I would live up to the expectation I had for myself. I would be the kind of man I wanted to be."
"I believe all Americans are born with certain inalienable rights. As a child of God, I believe my rights are not derived from the constitution. My rights are not derived from any government. My rights are not denied by any majority. My rights are because I exist. They were given to me and each of my fellow citizens by our creator, and they represent the essence of human dignity..."
"If you do politics the right way, I believe, you can actually make people's lives better. And integrity is the minimum ante to get into the game."
"But all our differences hardly measure up to the values we all hold in common..."
"The senate is a place filled with goodwill and good intentions, and if the road to hell is paved with them, then it's a pretty good detour.
Hubert Humphrey, as quoted by Biden, p. 134"
"My own father had always said the measure of a man wasn't how many times or how hard he got knocked down, but how fast he got back up."
"To me this is the first principle of life, the foundational principle, and a lesson you can't learn at the foot of any wise man: Get up! The art of living is simply getting up after you've been knocked down."
"My rights are not derived from any government. My rights are not denied by any majority. My rights are because I exist."

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