"There are three critical ingredients to democratic renewal and progressive change in America: good public policy, grassroots organizing and electoral politics."
"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."Paul Wellstone on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Paul Wellstone on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Paul Wellstone on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Paul Wellstone 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."Paul Wellstone on Joseph Stalin
"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."