30 Joe Biden Quotes on Unity and Genuine Leadership

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Joe Biden is the 46th president of the United States. Born on November 20, 1942, his political career began two years after finishing his law degree, becoming one of the youngest members of the Senate after being elected when he was only 29. From 1973 until his resignation in 2009, he represented Delaware in the US Senate. Following this, he served as Barack Obama’s vice president from 2009 to 2017.

Biden had aspired for the presidency since the 1980s. He ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 and again in 2008, both were unsuccessful. During his vice presidency, Biden had exemplary accomplishments, helping with several national legislations including the 2010 Tax Relief Act and with other international negotiations. In 2017, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction.

Finally, in 2020, he secured the Democratic presidential nomination and went on to defeat incumbent president Donald Trump. His presidential transition was not without chaos. On January 6, 2021, Trump’s supporters stormed and attacked the Capitol where a joint session by Congress was taking place to certify his victory. Finally, he was inaugurated as the 46th president on January 20, 2021, with nearly 40 million people watching.

Only days after he assumed the presidency, Biden has already reversed some of his predecessor’s controversial policies. He signed executive orders to get back in the Paris Agreement, stop the construction of the border wall, and end the travel ban imposed on primarily Muslim countries. Notably, Biden has signed several executive orders than any other president in his first two weeks in the office, fostering hope across the country.

Becoming president at age 78, Biden only proves that there’s no such thing as ‘too late’. Here are 30 Joe Biden quotes to inspire public trust in government.

Corruption is just another form of tyranny. And corruption can represent a clear and present danger not only to a nation’s economy, but to its very national security. – Joe Biden

This is America’s day, this is democracy’s day, the day of history and hope. Today we celebrate a triumph, not of a candidate, but of a cause. We have learned again that democracy is precious democracy is fragile. At this hour my friends, Democracy has prevailed. – Joe Biden

Leadership, at its core, in my view, is about being personal. – Joe Biden

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Our history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal that we all are created equal and the harsh ugly reality that racism, nativism, fear, demonisation have long torn us apart. The battle is perennial, and victory is never assured. – Joe Biden

You always put yourself in the other person’s position, and then also to understand where they’re coming from, whether it’s a major foreign leader or a friend whom you have a disagreement with. – Joe Biden

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Here we stand just days after a riotous mob thought they could use violence to silence the will of the people, to stop the work of our democracy, to drive us from this sacred ground. It did not happen. It will never happen. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever. Not ever. – Joe Biden

To all of those who did not support us, let me say this. Hear me out as we move forward. Take a measure of me and my heart. If you still disagree, so be it. That’s democracy. That’s America. The right to dissent peaceably…is perhaps this nation’s greatest strength. – Joe Biden

For without unity, there’s no peace, only bitterness and fury. No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only state of chaos…this is our historic moment of crisis and challenge…unity is the path forward. – Joe Biden

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Recent weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson. There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and profit. Each of us has a duty and a responsibility as citizens, as Americans, especially as leaders … to defend the truth and defeat the lies. – Joe Biden

Failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable. – Joe Biden

Here’s the thing about life. There’s no accounting for what fate will deal you. Some days when you need a hand. There are other days when we are called to lend a hand. That’s how it has to be. That’s what we do for one another. – Joe Biden

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Our future cannot depend on the government alone. The ultimate solutions lie in the attitudes and the actions of the American people. – Joe Biden

No one ever doubts that I mean what I say. The problem is I sometimes say all that I mean. – Joe Biden

The greatest gift is the ability to forget – to forget the bad things and focus on the good. – Joe Biden

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Innovation can only occur where you can breathe free. – Joe Biden

In the 21st century, the countries that thrive will be the ones where citizens know their voices will be heard because the institutions are transparent. – Joe Biden

Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It’s self-defense. It’s patriotism. – Joe Biden

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Corruption is a cancer: a cancer that eats away at a citizen’s faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity; already-tight national budgets, crowding out important national investments. It wastes the talent of entire generations. It scares away investments and jobs. – Joe Biden

My father used to have an expression. He’d say, ‘Joey, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity. It’s about respect. It’s about your place in your community.’ – Joe Biden

We didn’t crumble after 9/11. We didn’t falter after the Boston Marathon. But we’re America. Americans will never, ever stand down. We endure. We overcome. We own the finish line. – Joe Biden

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Reality has a way of intruding. Reality eventually intrudes on everything. – Joe Biden

I exaggerate when I’m angry, but I’ve never gone around telling people things that aren’t true about me. – Joe Biden

You’ve got to reach a hand of friendship across the aisle and across philosophies in this country. – Joe Biden

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Life is a matter of really tough choices. – Joe Biden

Given a fair shot, given a fair chance, Americans have never, ever, ever, ever let their country down. Never. Never. Ordinary people like us. Who do extraordinary things. – Joe Biden

No fundamental social change occurs merely because government acts. It’s because civil society, the conscience of a country, begins to rise up and demand – demand – demand change. – Joe Biden

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Look folks, we know who built this country and we know who is going to rebuild it. It’s you. Instead of vilifying you, we should be thanking you. We owe you. – Joe Biden

One of the things I’ve never been accused of is not caring about people. – Joe Biden

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The American people have not become heartless. – Joe Biden

I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days. I know the forces that divide us are deep and they are real. I also know they are not new. – Joe Biden

Share these 30 Joe Biden quotes as the country starts anew this year.

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