I don't want to sound Pollyannaish, but I hope that out of a tragedy like this something good will come. I hope we understand we're one family.
While democracy in the long run is the most stable form of government, in the short run, it is among the most fragile.
I've never been to New Zealand before. But one of my role models, Xena, the warrior princess, comes from there.
It's one thing to be religious, but it's another thing to make religion your policy.
I was taught to strive not because there were any guarantees of success but because the act of striving is in itself the only way to keep faith with life.
What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change.
We will not be intimidated or pushed off the world stage by people who do not like what we stand for, and that is, freedom, democracy and the fight against disease, poverty and terrorism.
A lot of people think international relations is like a game of chess. But it's not a game of chess, where people sit quietly, thinking out their strategy, taking their time between moves. It's more like a game of billiards, with a bunch of balls clustered together.
I am a beneficiary of the American people's generosity, and I hope we can have comprehensive immigration legislation that allows this country to continue to be enriched by those who were not born here.
I think that we all know what evil is. We have a sense of what's evil, and certainly killing innocent people is evil. We're less sure about what is good. There's sort of good, good enough, could be better - but absolute good is a little harder to define.
Jewelry and pins have been worn throughout history as symbols of power, sending messages. Interestingly enough, it was mostly men who wore the jewelry in various times, and obviously crowns were part of signals that were being sent throughout history by people of rank.
People are finding it harder and harder to relate to foreign policy.
To be safe at the expense of the liberty of other people is a difficult equation.
What really troubles me is that democracy is getting a bad name because it is identified with imposition and occupation. I'm for democracy, but imposing democracy is an oxymoron. People have to choose democracy, and it has to come up from below.
I know that war is very cruel and that life is harder when you aren't able to live in the place you called home.