"I never got into politics for it to be a career. It doesn't take a lot of strength to hang on. It takes a lot of strength to let go."
"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."J. C. Watts on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."J. C. Watts on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."J. C. Watts on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."J. C. Watts 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."J. C. Watts on Joseph Stalin
"I think in politics, in Congress, you often do things that are Republican, or you do things because you're a Democrat. Sometimes that's good, obviously, and sometimes that's obviously bad. But in the news business, there's no such thing as Republican or Democratic news. News is news."
"In addition, there is one title I cherish a great deal more than Congressman and that is the title of... Dad."
"I think that anybody that stays in school, gets good grades, pays the price, I think we are wealthy enough in the public and the private sector in America to make sure that every child in America that wants to continue their education, they should be able to do that."
"The measure of a man is not how great his faith is, but how great his love is. We must not let government programs disconnect our souls from each other."
"Individual responsibility, hard work, paying attention in school, faith, family all these things are important."