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8 Jimmy Carter Quotes That Will Make You Proud to be American

Jimmy Carter, the 39th U.S. president and 2002 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, turns 91 in October. Here's what the former Georgia peanut farmer has to say about life and liberty in America.

On American values

Our American values are not luxuries, but necessities—not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself.

A melting pot

We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.

Our strong nation

A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others.

Idealist but not weak

We are a purely idealistic Nation, but let no one confuse our idealism with weakness.

Life is survival…

For this generation, life is survival, liberty is human rights, and the pursuit of happiness is a planet whose resources are devoted to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants.

Human rights in America

America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, human rights invented America.

Democracy as life

The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself—always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent, and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.


The love of liberty is a common blood that flows in our American veins.

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