"Pro football gave me a good sense of perspective to enter politics: I'd already been booed, cheered, cut, sold, traded and hung in effigy."
"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."Jack Kemp on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Jack Kemp on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Jack Kemp on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Jack Kemp 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."Jack Kemp on Joseph Stalin
"Just as the left has to be more willing to question 'Government knows best,' the right has to rethink its laissez-faire attitude toward government."
"I can't understand why the Democratic parties seem so hostile to economic growth and business."
"The zeitgeist is for cutting spending and balancing the budget. But I do not want the Republican Party to be perceived as putting the budget ahead of people, jobs and education."
"Our goals for this nation must be nothing less than to double the size of our economy and bring prosperity and jobs, ownership and equality of opportunity to all Americans, especially those living in our nation's pockets of poverty."
"Republicans many times can't get the words 'equality of opportunity' out of their mouths. Their lips do not form that way."