Jesse Ventura quotes

  • I love my country, not my government.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Country #Patriotic #Government

  • Patriotism to your country is something that comes from your heart. It should be taught to you by your parents.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Country #Heart #Parent

  • Remember something, if you will, about voting: Voting is not a horse race, you're not going there thinking "Gee, I gotta pick the winner so I can brag to my friends 'Oh, I picked so-and-so and he or she won'". Voting is voting your heart and voting your conscience and when you've done that, don't ever, EVER let a Democrat or Republican tell you that you've wasted your vote because the fact is, if you DON'T vote your heart and conscience then you HAVE wasted your vote.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Horse #Heart #Thinking

  • When the Constitution gave us the right to bear arms, it also made us responsible for using them properly. It's not fair of us as citizens to lean more heavily on one side of that equation than on the other.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Sides #Bears #Citizens

  • I have an idea about voting, how about on every ballot we include "None of the above". People may laugh at that, but what that is, it is a vote of no confidence in your government and I'm willing to bet that in some elections, 'None of the Above' would win. Imagine if you won the election but lost to 'None of the Above'. Wouldn't that make you re-think your positions?
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Winning #Thinking #Ideas

  • A vote is "wasted" when someone fails to vote their conscience.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Liberty #Vote #Failing

  • I would rather be uncomfortable with the truth than to be lied to in comfort. That's just my nature.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Comfort #Lied #Uncomfortable

  • I believe in the America people's ability to govern themselves. If government would just get out of the way and allow them to lead their lives as they choose, they will succeed.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Believe #America #Government

  • Industrial hemp is a very useful plant. I challenged the attorney general to get rid of the criminal stigma associated with hemp so we can look at it in terms of how it might be useful.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Hemp #Criminals #Looks

  • Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers. It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Fear #Numbers #People

  • When we build a public library, we don't have to pay to get in, but when we build a stadium, we have to pay the owner every time we go to a game.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Games #Library #Pay

  • Health insurance should be a given for every citizen.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Citizens #Should #Given

  • I can't see any difference in government between Bush and Obama apart from the color of their skin.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Government #Color #Differences

  • Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Atheist #People #Weak

  • A hero must be honorable, must have honor. And you can't have honor if you're a liar. There is no honor in lying,
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Liars #Lying #Hero

  • I have metal in my body, so every time I go to an airport ,the metal detector goes off.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Airports #Body #Metal Detectors

  • There is much more to being a patriot and a citizen than reciting the pledge or raising a flag.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #House #Citizens #Flags

  • Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Wrestling #Winning #Wwe

  • You need to hunt something that can shoot back at you to really classify yourself as a hunter. You need to understand the feeling of what it's like to go into the field and know your opposition can take you out.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Feelings #Hunters #Needs

  • Disabled people need more invested in their education, housing, job training, transportation, assistive technology, and independent-living facilities. Governments earn back this investment - and more - by making people with disabilities economically productive citizens.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Jobs #Independent #Technology

  • Wrestling is ballet with violence.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Sports #Wrestling #Ballet

  • Students often approached me about state-paid tuition while I was out campaigning. After I explained to them that if the state pays their tuition now, they will pay higher taxes to pay other people's tuition for the rest of their lives, most of them ended up agreeing with me.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #People #Pay #Tuition

  • Don't vote for a Democrat or Republican, I have never voted for one in my life and I never will.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Vote #Republican #Democrat

  • I asked Dalai Lama the most important question that I think you could ask - if he had ever seen Caddyshack.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Thinking #Important #Lama

  • You're lucky if I watch 10 minutes of wrestling a month. Most of the time, I channel surf, and I lose interest after a few minutes.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Wrestling #Watches #Lucky

  • The SuperPACs and the Citizens United ruling that gives corporations a voice in the political process are all bad news. They made it so you can now lie, and the politician being promoted on that lie will not be held responsible for it.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Lying #Voice #Giving

  • When you drink fluoridated water, you're drinking liquid Prozac. You drink enough of it, even though it's a small amount, drink it for decades and decades and what does Prozac do to you? It dumbs you down; it makes you docile.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Drinking #Water #Liquid

  • WikiLeaks is exposing our government officials for the frauds that they are. They also show us how governments work together to lie to their citizens when they are waging war.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Lying #War #Government

  • Well my question is if the federal courts don't have jurisdiction over a constitutional question then who the hell does?
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Doe #Hell #Court

  • I follow the teachings of Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, United States Marine Corps. He won two Congressional Medals of Honor, and he wrote the highly controversial antiwar book 'War is a Racket.'
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #War #Book #Teaching

  • It's convenient how everyone who supports waterboarding and torture, or "enhanced interrogation techniques" as they like to call it, have never experienced it themselves. Yet everyone who has, myself included, are firmly against it.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Support #Technique #Torture

  • You have to accept the rule of law, even when it's inconvenient, if you're going to be a country that bides by the rule of law.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Country #Law #Accepting

  • You don't need lawyers making laws. Regular citizens can make laws. Let the lawyers work under the laws.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Law #Needs #Citizens

  • You can't put civil rights on the ballot.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Rights #Civil Rights #Ballots

  • Okay, fluoride in the water to help our teeth. Well, shouldn't that be the job of your mom and dad? To teach you how to brush your teeth and use mouth wash? What do we need the government to do it for? Clearly, what a scam. Fluoride in the water.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Mom #Jobs #Dad

  • If waterboarding's OK, why don't we let our police do it to suspects so we can learn what they know? We only seem to waterboard Muslims... Have we waterboarded anyone else?
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Police

  • After Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election, I was heartened to see him issue an Open Government Initiative on his first full day in office.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Issues #Government #Office

  • Al Gore, you've been a real inspiration. But a lot of other people who preach the global warming gospel aren't out to save the world. They're out to run it.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Running #Real #Inspiration

  • Anyone can run for office. When I ran for Governor of Minnesota, the only requirement was that you had to be a state resident. I believe you had to be over thirty five years old, something like that. That's the way our country was founded. That anyone can run for office. That you're not required to be a lawyer, you're not required to be anything.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Running #Country #Believe

  • As governor, there isn't a lot I can do beyond that to crack down on crime. Law enforcement is really a local issue. It's the cops' job to tighten down on criminals.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Jobs #Issues #Law

  • Barack Obama's large contributor was Goldman Sachs - same thing on the Republican side. If you go to both their conventions, you see the same lobbyists paying off both sides so they win either way.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Winning #Way #Sides

  • I do not support the third party movement anymore. I now advocate the abolishment of all political parties. We've allowed the parties to take over the government.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Party #Government #Political

  • I don't have to muzzle myself when I'm a civilian. When you're a governor, you kind of have to do it, because you represent the whole state. You have to leave your personal opinions to yourself a lot. I learned that.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Muzzle #Opinion #Kind

  • I don't think I would want the responsibility for enforcing the death penalties. There's always the inevitable question of whether someone you gave the order to execute might truly have been innocent.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Responsibility #Thinking #Order

  • What do we have for veterans? Government-run health care. I understand that. Congressmen and senators... they get five choices of government-run health care. Why should a congressman and senator get anything more than a regular citizen does? Why are they privileged and the rest of us aren't?
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Running #Government #Choices

  • I think a person who is disabled should be disabled by no act of their own. If you become disabled because of alcoholism, drugs, or things of that nature, I do not think those conditions qualify someone to be called disabled. I think those conditions result from personal decisions.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Thinking #Decision #Drug

  • I think that Minnesota is different because we are proving that tri-partisan government could work, that you do not need to necessarily be a Democrat or a Republican to be successful at governing.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Successful #Thinking #Government

  • You can have solid third party politics, but the problem is you're all lumped in to all the fringe groups. That's a stereotype that happens.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Party #Groups #Problem

  • I think that when Americans go to vote, states should not list what party the candidates are affiliated with. That would require voters to actually think and get to know a candidate instead of voting for their favorite gang. 'Oh, this guy is a Republican, so he must be good.'
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Party #Thinking #Guy

  • I'm a Slovak. And when I was growing up, I believed that I was Czechoslovakian because of what Russia did. They came in and took two separate countries - Slovakia and the Czech Republic - put them together as one.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Country #Growing Up #Czech Republic

  • I'm the only person in the world that, when he holds down two jobs, gets criticized for it; everyone else gets a pat on the back and say, 'What an entrepreneuring, hardworking person,' but apparently that doesn't apply to me.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Jobs #Two #World

  • If I were an innocent individual, flown to a foreign country and held for several years and tortured, I'd become a terrorist, too. I'd go to war against the U.S.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Country #War #Years

  • People in this country need to understand when you go to any airport in the United States, you are not protected by the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. They can do anything they want to you, and there is no where you can go to seek redress.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Country #Airports #Rights

  • I ain't got time to bleed.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Badass

  • Personally, I think Julian Assange is a hero.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Hero #Thinking #Assange

  • Once you privatize something, it becomes a for-profit business.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Profit

  • Is it government's job to make up for someone's mistakes?
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Jobs #Mistake #Government

  • If Jesus came back today, I think he'd throw up.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Jesus #Thinking #Today

  • I don't take PAC money. I don't take special interest money.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Special #Pacs #Interest

  • I'm an Angus King independent.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Kings #Independent

  • There is no right religion, and no one can prove that there is.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Prove

  • Government has no place telling you who to fall in love with and who to marry.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Falling In Love #Fall #Government

  • Liberty is security. Freedom is security.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Liberty #Security

  • I'm kind of like Che Guevera. I lead the revolution, but at some point I turn it over to someone else.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Revolution #Kind #Turns

  • What I found most refreshing about Governor Ventura was his willingness to defend his positions and attack his interrogators. . . He's an imposing man who's not easily intimidated, and he's convinced he has the aura that will take him to higher places.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Men #Auras #Found

  • Some felt I'm not academically qualified, and they're right.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Qualified

  • I'm not disparaging suicides when I call them weak, I'm pointing out that anybody who would consider doing a thing like that needs help. I don't think a normal, mentally healthy person commits suicide.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Suicide #Thinking #Healthy

  • How come life in prison doesn't mean life? Until it does, we're not ready to do away with the death penalty. Stop thinking in terms of "punishment" for a minute and think in terms of safeguarding innocent people from incorrigible murderers.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Mean #Thinking #Punishment

  • Prostitution is criminal, and bad things happen because it's run illegally by dirt-bags who are criminals. If it's legal, then the girls could have health checks, unions, benefits, anything any other worker gets, and it would be far better.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Girl #Running #Law

  • The prohibition of drugs causes crime. You don't have to legalize, just decriminalize it.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Drug #Causes #Prohibition

  • You want to know my definition of gun control? Being able to stand there at 25 meters and put two rounds in the same hole. That's gun control.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Gun #Two #Definitions

  • Love is bigger than government.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Love Is #Government #Bigger

  • People don't like politicians.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #People #Politician

  • The communism of Karl Marx would probably be actually the best for everybody as a whole. But what he didn't figure into was human nature, and that's what corrupts it.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Human Nature #Communism #Figures

  • If you're patriotic, stand up for the Bill of Rights because once they strip your rights from you, you will pay hell to get them back. You will and we're in the process of it right now.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Patriotic #Rights #Pay

  • I don't want Democrats in the boardroom and I don't want Republicans in the bedroom.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Want #Republican #Bedroom

  • I went out to testify in front of the Ways and Means Committee out in Congress on open free trade to China. Now, this would affect literally every Minnesotan in some way or another, if not all Americans in some way or another....The local media sent no one out to cover my testimony....Well, then a couple weeks later, I go out to do The Young and the Restless, the TV soap opera, and everybody sends crews. We had to move them into a room in three different sections or three shifts of them because there was so much media covering that.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Couple #Moving #Mean

  • The pleasure was all yours.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Wrestling #Pleasure

  • Want a hot dog, McMahon?
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Dog #Wrestling #Hot

  • Dusty Rhodes wouldn't win a body building contest for best abs, MacMahon, he'd win for MOST abs.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Wrestling #Winning #Body

  • They look like to carp going after the same piece of corn.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Wrestling #Looks #Pieces

  • If you tell the truth, you don't need a long memory.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Truth #Memories #Long

  • In a free society, how can you commit a crime against yourself?
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Crime #Commit

  • I live by the golden rule: Treat others as you'd want them to treat you....
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Want #Golden #Treats

  • You can't legislate against stupidity.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Stupidity

  • I believe to go along to get along is unpatriotic. I believe that agreeing with your government on everything they do is unpatriotic. I believe a patriot stands up and holds your government's feet to the fire. Because if you do that, you will get good government.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Believe #Fire #Government

  • I believe in the separation of church and state. We all have our own religious beliefs. There are people out there who are atheists, who don't believe at all. . . . They are citizens of Minnesota, and I have to respect that.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Religious #Atheist #Believe

  • Until you have hunted men, you haven’t hunted yet.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Men

  • You can't legislate stupidity.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Stupidity

  • Government cannot be your parent.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Government #Parent

  • Eternal vigilance must be maintained to guard against those who seek to stifle ideas, establish a narrow orthodoxy, and divide our nation along arbitrary lines of race, ethnicity, and religious belief or non-belief.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Religious #Race #Ethnicity

  • Listening is as important as talking. If you're a good listener, people often compliment you for being a good conversationalist....
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Communication #Talking #People

  • I will criticize President Obama on this level: it's a good thing I'm not president because I would prosecute every person that was involved in that torture. I would prosecute the people that did it. I would prosecute the people that ordered it. Because torture is against the law.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Law #People #President

  • Whenever the government says, 'It's time to move on,' that means there's something they don't want you to know about.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Moving #Mean #Government

  • I find that the history books that we teach our kids with are not fully truthful, in my opinion.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Book #Kids #Opinion

  • I decided to run for governor because I got mad... I want to make government more directly accountable to the people.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Running #Government #People

  • I don't oppose hunting in any way, shape or form. If that's what you enjoy doing, you are free to do it.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Hunting #Doing You #Shapes

  • I don't support communism. I don't like that type of government.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Government #Support #Communism

  • I have every right to know how my taxes are spent, how every single penny of it is spent. I have the right to know that.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #Pennies #Taxes

  • I like surfing in Mexico a whole lot better than sitting with people in Washington that I don't even like.
    -- Jesse Ventura

    #People #Surfing #Mexico

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