"What we have to do is strike a balance between the idea that government should do everything and the idea, the belief, that government ought to do nothing. Strike a balance."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."Barbara Jordan on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Barbara Jordan on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."Barbara Jordan on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."Barbara Jordan on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Barbara Jordan on Thomas Paine
"Education remains the key to both economic and political empowerment."
"Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power."
"For all of its uncertainty, we cannot flee the future."
"More is required of public officials than slogans and handshakes and press releases. More is required. We must hold ourselves strictly accountable. We must provide the people with a vision of the future."
"We have a positive vision of the future founded on the belief that the gap between the promise and reality of America can one day be finally closed. We believe that."