Barbara Boxer quotes

  • When you take a stand out of deep conviction, people know. They may not even agree, but they ask, 'Do I want someone who is willing to take a hard stand and someone I can trust to do that when the chips are down?' They want that.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #People #Political #May

  • Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said, 'Thank God, I'm still alive.' But, of course, those who died, their lives will never be the same again.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Funny #Thanksgiving #Stupid

  • Law enforcement officers are never 'off duty.' They are dedicated public servants who are sworn to protect public safety at any time and place that the peace is threatened. They need all the help that they can get.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Law #Safety #Police

  • The Violence Against Women Act protects the lives of tens of thousands of domestic violence victims. But the U.S. must also support gender equality around the world, and that means acknowledging that some nations we consider to be our friends are no friends to women.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Mean #Support #Domestic Violence

  • Even if I have to stand alone, I will not be afraid to stand alone. I'm going to fight for you. I'm going to fight for what's right. I'm going to fight to hold people accountable
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Fighting #People #Accountability

  • I am sure that every one of my colleagues - Democrat, Republican, and Independent - agrees with that statement. That in the voting booth, every one is equal.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Independent #Voting #Republican

  • Really, life is complicated enough without having a bunch of Senators deciding what we should do in the privacy of our own homes.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Home #Privacy #Life Is

  • We need to give the Iraqis a chance to build their own future. It should be in their hands. It must be in their hands. That is what democracy is all about. We can teach it, we can explain it, but they must want it enough to make it work for them.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Hands #Giving #Democracy

  • Look, all this is about is utilizing the rules of the Senate, using a majority of the senators, to make sure that we get health reform done. We cannot wait another day.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Waiting #Majority #Reform

  • Iraq was a war of choice, not necessity.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #War #Iraq #Choices

  • If you want to be a leader, it doesn't mean that you have to have an opinion on everything. But if you do have an opinion and it is clear and you feel strongly about it, then you should say it.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Leadership #Mean #Want

  • [On going into politics:] My husband went to bed with Debbie Reynolds and he woke up with Eleanor Roosevelt.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Husband #Bed #Politician

  • To win the cause we all believe in, the spread of true democracy all over the world, we need to win by example, not just with speeches but by example; not just with military might but by gaining the respect of the world.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Military #Believe #Winning

  • In the early stages of a pregnancy, the Government cannot intervene with a woman's right to choose. That is it, plain and simple. Guess what. We are not going to be big brother or sister, as the case may be. We are going to allow a woman, her doctor, and her God to make that decision.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Brother #Pregnancy #Simple

  • I was a stock broker once. I think there is an absolute place for market investments. But they should never be the basis of one's retirement. They should be an additional piece on top of a basic, secure, guaranteed retirement benefit.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Retirement #Thinking #Pieces

  • So when you go up against the Far Right you go up against the big financial special interests like the Halliburtons of the world, the big oil companies, the big energy companies who work so hard to rip us off.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Rip #Oil #Special

  • I would not run for president. I really like what I'm doing now. People say I'm giving them energy and hope.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Running #Giving #People

  • When service members are discharged, we should express our gratitude for their profound personal sacrifice, not hand them a bill for their hospital food.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Gratitude #Sacrifice #Hands

  • The combined efforts of millions of concerned citizens could do wonders to help the impoverished. The American people are ready for action!
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #People #Effort #Poverty

  • Medical professionals, not insurance company bureaucrats, should be making health care decisions.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Decision #Care #Medical

  • Every citizen of this country should be guaranteed that their vote matters, that their vote is counted, and that in the voting booth, their vote has a much weight as that of any CEO, any member of Congress, or any President.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Country #Political #Voting

  • If we turn our back on the people of this country who need to work for a living, we shouldn't be here, to be honest, because that has to be an essential part of what we do to protect the country, from the standpoint of defense, protect workers and make sure they have jobs.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Country #Jobs #People

  • We have fought for social justice. We have fought for economic justice. We have fought for environmental justice. We have fought for criminal justice. Now we must add a new fight - the fight for electoral justice.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Fighting #Justice #Environmental

  • It is in Saudi Arabia's best interest to allow women to fully participate in its society, and this includes the right to vote and run for office.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Running #Office #Arabia

  • President Bush in his inaugural address talked about bringing freedom to countries that don't have it. He didn't specify how.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Country #President #Addresses

  • The Saudi government's denial of basic rights to women is not only wrong, it hurts Saudi Arabia's economic development, modernization and prosperity.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Hurt #Rights #Government

  • Voting against the resolution authorizing the use of military force in Iraq was one of my proudest moments as a senator. It is long past time to close this tragic chapter in American history.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Military #Past #Iraq

  • Some people play golf. Some are artists, Some jog. I like to write.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Writing #Golf #Artist

  • The American people need to know the truth. The American people need to see the truth. In a democracy, letting the people know the truth is the essence of what it means to be free.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Letting Go #Mean #Essence

  • What they [Jim deMint and the oil lobby] do care about is the precedent. If they open up ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge), they'll think they can do anything to the environment - anything at all. Drilling in Yosemite? In the Grand Canyon? What's next?
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Thinking #Oil #Environmental

  • I think Democrats are right. We fight for the American dream, for the environment, for privacy rights, a woman's right to choose, a good public education system.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Dream #Fighting #Thinking

  • We are all different. Yet we are all God's children. We are all united behind this country and the common cause of freedom, justice, fairness, and equality. That is what unites us.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Country #Children #Justice

  • The difference between the very wealthy and the working poor has grown. We raise that minimum wage and we move forward with the vision of this president that we have, which is everyone pays their fair share.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Moving #Differences #Political

  • We have the greatest hospitals, doctors, and medical technology in the world - we need to make them accessible to every American.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Technology #Doctors #Needs

  • Just look at the Judiciary Committee, You have some people on the Judiciary Committee who may well decide not to send the nomination to the floor, and now it all depends on what Democrats do.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #People #Looks #May

  • I have to say that after chemotherapy, Barbara Boxer just isn't that scary anymore.
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Scary #Boxers #Chemotherapy

  • The White House has embarked on a mission to convince the people of our country that Social Security is in dire need of drastic change in order to save it for all workers
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Country #Order #White

  • Iraq made commitments after the Gulf War to completely dismantle all weapons of mass destruction, and unfortunately, Iraq has not lived up to its agreement
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #War #Commitment #Agreement

  • I would love to see a march on Washington that says 'Save our Social Security'
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #March #Social #Security

  • More than anything, I think as our country matures, we recognize that women deserve to be treated with respect and dignity
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Country #Thinking #Dignity

  • If you don't move to protect copyright, if you don't move to protect our children, it's not going to sit well
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Children #Moving #Protect

  • I know from my constituency what is going on. Doctors that are told, begged, by mothers, 'Please don't write down that my child as asthma. Please lie and say it's bronchitis, because if you write down asthma, when my child turns 18 or 20 and has to get his or her own insurance, it will be a pre-existing condition.'
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Mother #Children #Lying

  • Could you say 'senator' instead of 'ma'am? It's just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title. I'd appreciate it
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Appreciate #Titles

  • Americans have long recognized the need to protect our public lands and their vast resources
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Land #Long #Needs

  • Tonight, you are hearing from the Democratic women of the Senate... We stand together on so many issues: economic prosperity, quality education for all, protecting a woman's right to choose
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Issues #Quality #Together

  • Since 1980, we've used reconciliation 22 times, and out of those times, Republicans used it 16 times. So, earth to my Republican friends, you can have your option but you cannot change these facts. They're in the Congressional Record
    -- Barbara Boxer

    #Records #Earth #Facts

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