"I understand the Second Amendment. I respect the Second Amendment. I think we need to use common sense tools to keep the American people safe, to keep our streets safe."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Eric Holder on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Eric Holder on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Eric Holder on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Eric Holder on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Eric Holder on Abraham Lincoln
"People feel uncomfortable talking about racial issues out of fear that if they express things, they will be characterized in a way that's not fair. I think that there is still a need for a dialogue about things racial that we've not engaged in."
"I don't even talk about whether or not racial profiling is legal. I just don't think racial profiling is a particularly good law enforcement tool."
"I think that what I'm doing is right. And election-year politics, which intensifies everything, is not going to drive me off that course."
"Saturdays and Sundays, America in the year 2009 does not in some ways differ significantly from the country that existed almost 50 years ago. This is truly sad."
"It's a sad indication of where Washington has come, where policy differences almost necessarily become questions of integrity. I came to Washington in the late '70s, and people had the ability in the past to have intense policy differences but didn't feel the need to question the other person's character."
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