Donna Shalala quotes

  • The dog doesn't know the difference between Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, so I have to walk the dog early those days too.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Dog #Monday #Sunday

  • You can't have a university without having free speech, even though at times it makes us terribly uncomfortable. If students are not going to hear controversial ideas on college campuses, they're not going to hear them in America. I believe it's part of their education.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Believe #College #Ideas

  • I am interested in getting people to use the healthcare system at the right time, getting them to see the doctor early enough, before a small health problem turns serious.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Doctors #People #Use

  • I have long ties to the women's community.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Ties #Long #Community

  • I've spent my whole life with people underestimating me.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #People #Underestimate #Whole Life

  • We can't afford as a nation - not because of money but because of our social fabric - to have large numbers of people who are not working.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Numbers #People #Fabric

  • Fear drives you and makes you better.
    -- Donna Shalala

  • I think anyone that thought that we were coming in as a bunch of liberal Democrats to deliver more large-scale social programs was nuts. I sure didn't expect it.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Thinking #Nuts #Social

  • Sometimes I'll trust my gut more than my head. Logical information might lead me in one direction and my feelings in another. Whereas I would have followed my head ten years ago, now I'm as likely or more likely to go with my gut feeling. It's ironic - you'd think the opposite would be true as you move to the top but it's not.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Leadership #Moving #Thinking

  • Asking the government to help you for short periods of time is different than asking the government to take care of you for the rest of your life.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Government #Different #Asking

  • Our young people are out on the streets looking for parties, a place to dance, looking for a scene. No institutions are providing them with alternatives, fun things to do that don't necessarily have alcohol at the center.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Dance #Fun #Party

  • The government is fully capable of delivering services. Even complex services.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Government #Capable

  • Sure, it is apparent that presidents are looking at polls, but they are also stepping up on issues. President Clinton stepped up on tobacco. He shaped the polls on the tobacco issue.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Issues #President #Clinton

  • In every community, whether large or small, there are people who lead in their community in easy and difficult times.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #People #Community #Difficult Times

  • I'm pretty disciplined and am almost always on schedule.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Schedules

  • I'll be one of the spokespeople, one of the people who sells the Administration's plans.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #People #Administration #Spokespeople

  • I try to deal with my serious reading before work.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Reading #Trying #Serious

  • I think President Bush tried to step up on Social Security even though the polls showed that was unpopular. He has not been successful and backed off, but I admire people who take on big problems.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Successful #Thinking #People

  • We know the parental support, community support, makes a difference. It's not just the metrics of testing and putting pressure on the schools and on the teachers.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Teacher #School #Differences

  • In fairy tales, the children are saved by caring adults. We need more caring adults in the lives of our children.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Children #Caring #Adults

  • We are living longer, and we need to live better.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Needs

  • We have to mainstream everybody. No matter what their circumstances when they were growing up. Part of that is knowing that after they're finished with school, everybody in this country gets up and goes to work.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Country #Growing Up #School

  • What you really remember at the beginning was that you have to throw a budget together. We made some terrible mistakes at the beginning in my own budget that took us at least a year to catch up on.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Mistake #Years #Together

  • I compensate for big risks by always doing my homework and being well-prepared. I can take on larger risks by reducing the overall risk.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Adventure #Risk #Homework

  • We need to drive down requirements for the schools. In the 19th century, we increased the quality of the schools by higher education saying, 'You can't come in unless you have these skills, unless you've taken these courses.' We did that in Wisconsin when I was there, it helped to transform the secondary school system.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Taken #School #Skills

  • I have to admit, in January and February I was in an absolute fuzz. I had no one on board. It wasn't that I didn't know what I was doing, but we didn't have all the pieces put together.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Together #Boards #Pieces

  • Every year, I am reminded of the kids who aren't in the freshman class and aren't graduating. I remember every single one of them. That is the worst of times for me, to see the future snuffed out.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Kids #Years #Class

  • We have not yet concluded that needle-exchange programs do not encourage drug use.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Encouragement #Drug #Use

  • I would argue that we have a generation of young people, particularly minorities, who are no longer putting up with the kinds of things their parents put up with. They're much more self-confident. It's no longer acceptable to make fun of people because of race or sex. But it has always been present in American society.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Sex #Fun #Race

  • Sex education has to do with what's in people's head.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Education #Sex #People

  • I bring other constituencies - I also have ties to minority communities. And obviously, to the world of world-class research universities. So I can bring some constituencies that I'm used to working with.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Class #Ties #Community

  • You don't want to destroy the energy that comes out of a campaign.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Energy #Campaigns #Want

  • By putting people around me who will calm me down and slow me down and make sure I work through an issue.
    -- Donna Shalala

    #Issues #People #Down And

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