"In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?"
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."Barack Obama on Albert Einstein
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."Barack Obama on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."Barack Obama on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."Barack Obama on Maya Angelou
"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe."Barack Obama on Dalai Lama
"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."