40 Best Political and Inspirational Jimmy Carter Quotes

James Earl Carter, Jr, more commonly known as Jimmy Carter, was the 39th president of the United States. In office from 1977 to 1981, Jimmy Carter aimed to create a mandate that was compassionate, competent, and responsive.

However, his term was overwhelmed by huge setbacks including inflation, war in Afghanistan, an energy crisis, and hostage-taking in Iran. Despite these, Carter confronted his challenges with courage and steadfastness.

Today, his Carter Center, a non-profit organization has a mission of waging peace, fighting disease and building hope.

Learn more about the man with these Jimmy Carter quotes.

America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense human rights invented America. – Jimmy Carter

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The best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation. – Jimmy Carter

We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children. – Jimmy Carter

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If you don’t want your tax dollars to help the poor, then stop saying that you want a country based on Christian values. Because you don’t! – Jimmy Carter

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

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

If you fear making anyone mad, then you ultimately probe for the lowest common denominator of human achievement. – Jimmy Carter

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We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon. – Jimmy Carter

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Republicans are men of narrow vision, who are afraid of the future. – Jimmy Carter

We cannot be both the world’s leading champion of peace and the world’s leading supplier of the weapons of war. – Jimmy Carter

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We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles. – Jimmy Carter

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We have a tendency to condemn people who are different from us, to define their sins as paramount and our own sinfulness as being insignificant. – Jimmy Carter

You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can. – Jimmy Carter

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Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood. – Jimmy Carter

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We’ve become, now, an oligarchy instead of a democracy. I think that’s been the worst damage to the basic moral and ethical standards to the American political system that I’ve ever seen in my life. – Jimmy Carter

You just have to have a simple faith. – Jimmy Carter

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It’s very difficult for the American people to believe that our government, one of the richest on Earth, is also one of the stingiest on Earth. – Jimmy Carter

Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries. – Jimmy Carter

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It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature’s gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever. – Jimmy Carter

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It’s not necessary to fear the prospect of failure but to be determined not to fail. – Jimmy Carter

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I say to you quite frankly that the time for racial discrimination is over. – Jimmy Carter

Unless both sides win, no agreement can be permanent. – Jimmy Carter

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I’ll never tell a lie. I’ll never make a misleading statement. I’ll never betray the confidence that any of you had in me. And I’ll never avoid a controversial issue. – Jimmy Carter

Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease. – Jimmy Carter

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To deal with individual human needs at the everyday level can be noble sometimes. – Jimmy Carter

There should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting to combat. – Jimmy Carter

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We must make it clear that a platform of ‘I hate gay men and women’ is not a way to become president of the United States. – Jimmy Carter

War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children. – Jimmy Carter

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The awareness that health is dependent upon habits that we control makes us the first generation in history that to a large extent determines its own destiny. – Jimmy Carter

Too many of us now tend to worship self indulgence and consumption. – Jimmy Carter

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Testing oneself is best when done alone. – Jimmy Carter

There’s no doubt that usually a president’s public image is enhanced by going to war. That never did appeal to me. – Jimmy Carter

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Governance should be designed as an equalizer. Democrats are more inclined towards working families and those who are struggling for a better life. – Jimmy Carter

I think politicians really go with the tide. – Jimmy Carter

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I personally have always been in favor of people who are gay being permitted to marry legally – and I still feel that way. – Jimmy Carter

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. It’s a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity. – Jimmy Carter

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I’d like to be remembered as someone who was a champion of peace and human rights. – Jimmy Carter

Earlier in my life, I thought the things that mattered were the things that you could see, like your car, your house, your wealth, your property, your office. But as I’ve grown older, I’ve become convinced that the things that matter most are the things that you can’t see — the love you share with others, your inner purpose, your comfort with who you are.  – Jimmy Carter

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