Jesse Helms quotes

  • Compromise, hell! That's what has happened to us all down the line -- and that's the very cause of our woes. If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time?
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Believe #Lines #Woe

  • Why build a zoo when we can just put up a fence around Chapel Hill?
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Zoos #Hills #Fence

  • The Lord did not make me impossible of error. All I've had to offer you is the total dedication in serving you as best I know how. And I've always leveled with you, and always will, knowing full well that everyone will not agree with me.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Dedication #Errors #Knowing

  • This bill attempts to make sure that President Clinton is not allowed to do by Executive Order what Congress has declined to enact in the past two congressional sessions namely, to treat homosexuals as a special class protected under various titles of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Past #Rights #Order

  • What I am suggesting is hard work and it can be slow work, but the rewards are well worth it.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Hard Work #Rewards #Wells

  • We can live our own lives in a way that does not bring reproach on the principles we claim to support.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Support #Principles #Doe

  • There was no Congressional Club for my first campaign. There was no organized state group of Young Republicans, but there was a dedicated core of young people who volunteered to do anything my campaign needed.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #People #Groups #Campaigns

  • We have to be a state where business is welcome and jobs are created. We have to demand value for what is spent and we need to continue to resist a lottery.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Jobs #Needs #Demand

  • The challenge is always before us. Whenever we lose sight of the principles that mattered to our founders we run into trouble.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Running #Sight #Challenges

  • Such schemes take money from people who can least afford to spend it to support an unneeded bureaucracy that eats money people thought they were providing for education.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #People #Support #Schemes

  • I do not intend to allow the Senate to rubber-stamp the president's plan to reward the Chinese Communists.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Chinese #President #Rubber

  • Democracy used to be a good thing, but now it has gotten into the wrong hands.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Hands #Democracy #Good Things

  • To rob the Negro of his reputation of thinking through a problem in his own fashion is about the same as trying to pretend that he doesn't have a natural instinct for rhythm and for singing and dancing.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Fashion #Thinking #Dancing

  • I've been portrayed as a caveman by some. That's not true. I'm a conservative progressive, and that means I think all men are equal, be they slants, beaners, or niggers.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Mean #Men #Thinking

  • They should ask their parents if it would be all right for their son or daughter to marry a Negro.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Daughter #Son #Parent

  • Your tax dollars are being used to pay for grade school classes that teach our children that CANNIBALISM, WIFE-SWAPPING, and the MURDER of infants and the elderly are acceptable behavior.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Children #School #Elderly

  • The New York Times and Washington Post are both infested with homosexuals themselves. Just about every person down there is a homosexual or lesbian.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #New York #Homosexual #Persons

  • White people, wake up before it is too late. Do you want Negroes working beside you, your wife and your daughters, in your mills and factories? Frank Graham favors mingling of the races.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Daughter #Race #White

  • All I know is that D'Aubuisson is a free enterprise man and deeply religious.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Religious #Men #Enterprise

  • Homosexuals are weak, morally sick wretches.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Sick #Weak #Homosexual

  • Mr. Clinton better watch out if he comes down here. He'd better have a bodyguard.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Watches #Clinton #Bodyguard

  • I want our young people to believe as we did that there is no goal too high to reach if they are willing to work.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Believe #People #Goal

  • I have tried at every point to seek God's wisdom on the decisions I made, and I made it my business to speak up on behalf of the things God tells us are important to Him.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Decision #Important #Speak

  • America must be the moral leader. It is not enough to have power. Power must be used to protect freedom and give all people hope for the opportunity to see the fruit of their own labor.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Opportunity #America #People

  • I worked in the media from the late 30's through the early 70's. Politics in general became more liberal both nationally and within the state as the years passed.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Media #Years #States

  • The interests of the United States are better served by demanding reform and seeing that reform takes place than by removing our influence from the UN.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #United States #Reform #Influence

  • Conservatism is a hard choice for a society that has become accustomed to big government and big entitlements promoted by liberals.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Government #Choices #Entitlement

  • The big secret to winning elections is to get more votes than your opponent. My friend Representative Robin Hayes is a good example to study.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Winning #Secret #Opponents

  • It still surprises me when I find something in any North Carolina newspaper that isn't mad at me about something.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Mad #North Carolina #Surprise

  • This is an area where North Carolina does excel. I have known more colorful North Carolina political figures than I have colorless ones.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Political #North Carolina #Doe

  • If God had wanted us to use the metric system, Jesus would have had 10 apostles.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Jesus #Use #Metrics

  • I don't care what the New York Times says about me, and no one I care about cares what the New York Times says about me.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #New York #America #World

  • I was with some Vietnamese recently, and some of them were smoking two cigarettes at the same time. That's the kind of customers we need!
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Two #Smoking #Needs

  • I want our government to encourage and protect freedom as well as our traditions of faith and family.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Encouragement #Government #Want

  • It may surprise people to know that I advocate the reform of the United Nations, not its abolishment.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #People #Reform #May

  • That is why I fought against abortion and that is why if I were still in the Senate I would be doing everything I could to defend the sanctity of marriage.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Abortion #Would Be #Sanctity

  • We are now considering legislation based on statistics that include name-calling at public rallies as crimes. Are we going on to the school yards of this country and when two kids get angry with each other and call each other names -- what are we going to do, cart them over to the reformatory or add them to the list of 'hate crimes' perpetrators? This is ridiculous.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Country #Hate #School

  • I became a Republican when a very wise young lady asked me how I could remain a Democrat when I didn't agree with what they stood for and did agree with what the Republicans supported.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Wise #Republican #Young

  • It has become more acceptable to describe yourself as a conservative, but not everyone who uses that term about themselves really is truly conservative.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Being Yourself #Use #Conservative

  • The Negro cannot count forever on the kind of restraint that's thus far left him free to clog the streets, disrupt traffic, and interfere with other men's rights.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Men #Rights #Forever

  • If you want to call me a bigot, fine.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Want #Fine #Call Me

  • Our constituency aren't the type of people to be on the Internet.
    -- Jesse Helms

    #People #Politics #Internet

  • It's their deliberate, disgusting, revolting conduct that is responsible for the disease
    -- Jesse Helms

    #Disease #Responsible #Disgusting

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