"If the critics are right that I've made all my decisions based on polls, then I must not be very good at reading them."
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."Barack Obama on Edmund Burke
"It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come."Barack Obama on Dalai Lama
"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."Barack Obama on Albert Einstein
"Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart."Barack Obama on Anne Frank
"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion."Barack Obama on Abraham Lincoln
"So while an incredible amount of progress has been made, on this fifth anniversary, I wanted to come here and tell the people of this city directly: My administration is going to stand with you - and fight alongside you - until the job is done. Until New Orleans is all the way back, all the way."
"We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible."
"But what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people, and do our best to help them find their own grace. That's what I strive to do, that's what I pray to do every day."
"I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions."
"In fact, the best thing we could do on taxes for all Americans is to simplify the individual tax code. This will be a tough job, but members of both parties have expressed an interest in doing this, and I am prepared to join them."