"I emphasize self-esteem, self-confidence, and dignity, not as an ideal, but as a real test of community organization. Without leadership development, community organizations do not have staying power."
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."Paul Wellstone on Henry Ford
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."Paul Wellstone on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership."Paul Wellstone on Nelson Mandela
"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves."Paul Wellstone on Lao Tzu
"Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership."Paul Wellstone on Colin Powell
"The only way to change is to vote. People are responsible."
"Sometimes, the only realists are the dreamers."
"Our politics are our deepest form of expression: they mirror our past experiences and reflect our dreams and aspirations for the future."
"Education and democracy have the same goal: the fullest possible development of human capabilities."
"What makes community organizing especially attractive is the faith it places in the ability of the poor to make decisions for themselves."