"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."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Eric Holder on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Eric Holder on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Eric Holder on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Eric Holder on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Eric Holder on Joseph Stalin
"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 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."
"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."