"I think that when we have a better educated society, when there is less violence in our cities, when people get back into the workforce and have the opportunity to take care of themselves and their families - that for me really is the kind of success and the kind of America that I think most of us still want, we aspire to."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Michael Nutter on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Michael Nutter on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Michael Nutter on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Michael Nutter on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Michael Nutter on Mahatma Gandhi
"I think there is a big difference between expressing the pain and anger that many African Americans and other people of color may feel versus language that I think now crosses the line and goes into hate."
"Mayors could never get away with the kind of nonsense that goes on in Washington. In our world, you either picked up the trash or you didn't. You either moved an abandoned car or you didn't. You either filled a pothole or you didn't. That's what we do every day. And we know how to get this stuff done."
"In Philadelphia, our public safety, poverty reduction, health and economic development all start with education. We can't grow the middle class if we don't give our kids the tools they need to innovate and invent."
"What the mayors care about is, 'How can I get money to invest in the infrastructure in my city? How do we put people back to work, lower the unemployment rate, provide for job training programs? How do we make class sizes smaller and make investments in our children from an education standpoint?'"
"The computer is your passport, not only to the future but to knowing what's going around you."