"Our strength is not just in the size of our defense budget, but in the size of our hearts, in the size of our gratitude for their sacrifice. And that's not just measured in words or gestures."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Jennifer M. Granholm on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Jennifer M. Granholm on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Jennifer M. Granholm on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Jennifer M. Granholm on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Jennifer M. Granholm on Ernest Hemingway
"Sometimes leadership is planting trees under whose shade you'll never sit. It may not happen fully till after I'm gone. But I know that the steps we're taking are the right steps."
"This is the place where anybody - like an African American kid raised by a single mom - can be president."
"Rush Limbaugh, we expect nonsense from him. But the Vatican, that's another story. When the Vatican is so threatened that it launches attacks on nuns, well, you know what they say in politics, a hit dog hollers."
"Ceremonies are important. But our gratitude has to be more than visits to the troops, and once-a-year Memorial Day ceremonies. We honor the dead best by treating the living well."
"As governor, when I visited our troops in Kuwait and Iraq, I served them Thanksgiving dinner. It was a small gesture compared to their sacrifice."