Quotations on Reform

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Paranoia is an illness I contracted in institutions. It is not the reason for my sentences to reform school and prison. It is the effect, not the cause.
- Jack Henry Abbott
(Keywords: Cause, Effect, Illness, Paranoia, Prison, Reason, Reform, School)

In our view, successful reform is not an event. It is a sustainable process that will build on its own successes - a virtuous cycle of change.
- Abdallah II
(Keywords: Change, Successful, Reform, Will)

Well, there's a question as to what sort of information is important in the world, what sort of information can achieve reform. And there's a lot of information. So information that organizations are spending economic effort into concealing, that's a really good signal that when the information gets out, there's a hope of it doing some good.
- Julian Assange
(Keywords: Hope, Effort, Information, Question, Reform, World)

But you say, does it represent change? The change is that we are fighting an insurance industry that has killed health reform for generations. They're spending tens of millions of dollars right now to defeat this bill, and we're on the doorstep of winning a great victory for the American people.
- David Axelrod
(Keywords: Change, Health, People, Victory, Winning, American, Defeat, Fighting, Generations, Now, Reform, Right)

I came to the conclusion months ago, and I said it to members of Congress, that the only way people are going to fully appreciate what this reform is if we pass it and implement it and it becomes not a caricature but a reality, and I still believe that. So I think it will be easier to sell it moving forward than it was to this point.
- David Axelrod
(Keywords: People, Congress, Months, Reality, Reform, Will)

An institution or reform movement that is not selfish, must originate in the recognition of some evil that is adding to the sum of human suffering, or diminishing the sum of happiness.
- Clara Barton
(Keywords: Happiness, Evil, Reform, Suffering)

Injustice, poverty, slavery, ignorance - these may be cured by reform or revolution. But men do not live only by fighting evils. They live by positive goals, individual and collective, a vast variety of them, seldom predictable, at times incompatible.
- Isaiah Berlin
(Keywords: Men, Goals, Positive, Fighting, Revolution, Ignorance, Injustice, May, Poverty, Reform, Slavery, Variety)

I do think that Social Security reform needs to be bipartisan, and we are going to have to reach that in this debate at some time before we can find really meaningful reform.
- Judy Biggert
(Keywords: Time, Debate, Needs, Reform, Security)

I support concrete and progressive immigration reform based on three primary criteria: family reunification, economic contributions, and humanitarian concerns.
- Jeff Bingaman
(Keywords: Family, Reform, Support)

Our tax policies, the tax relief and reform we passed in 2003 and 2005, helped get government out of the way of America's entrepreneurs, and our unemployment rate is now lower than it was in the 1970s, the 1980s, and the 1990s.
- Marsha Blackburn
(Keywords: Government, America, Entrepreneurs, Tax, Now, Reform, Unemployment)

Reducing the budget for Amtrak makes no sense unless the Administration is prepared to implement a reform strategy which can be supported by the budget request.
- Kit Bond
(Keywords: Strategy, Reform, Sense)

Look, all this is about is utilizing the rules of the Senate, using a majority of the senators, to make sure that we get health reform done. We cannot wait another day.
- Barbara Boxer
(Keywords: Health, Day, Majority, Reform, Rules, Senate, Senators)

Any Reform Bill which is worth a moment's thought, or the smallest effort to carry it, must at least double, and it ought to do much more than double, the representation of the metropolitan boroughs and of all the great cities of the United Kingdom.
- John Bright
(Keywords: Thought, Cities, Effort, Reform, United, Worth)

I am for peace, retrenchment and reform, the watchword of the great Liberal Party thirty years ago.
- John Bright
(Keywords: Peace, Liberal, Party, Reform, Years)

Pension reform can be hard to talk about. In the long run, reform now means fewer demands for layoffs and less draconian measures in the future. It's in the best interest of all Californians to fix this system now.
- Jerry Brown
(Keywords: Future, Interest, Now, Reform, Talk)

Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven't been taxed before.
- Art Buchwald
(Keywords: Tax, Past, Reform, Taxes)

Unfortunately, the media, which are not at all reluctant to act in their own self-interest, have succeeded in equating reform in the public mind with further restrictions on just about everyone else's freedom of political speech.
- James L. Buckley
(Keywords: Act, Freedom, Media, Mind, Public, Reform, Self, Speech)

I am only doing now what I have ever done; and ever will continue to do - that is adapting past experience to present reform in the light of high ideals and future objects.
- John Burns
(Keywords: Experience, Future, Ideals, Light, Now, Past, Present, Reform, Will)

I think I'm better than all the people who are trying to reform me.
- Paul Butterfield
(Keywords: People, Reform, Trying)

Americans need accurate information in order to consider Social Security reform. Too bad the media can't be counted upon to provide it.
- Herman Cain
(Keywords: Americans, Information, Media, Order, Reform, Security)

What we're putting forward is the most radical reform of the welfare state... for 60 years. I think it will have a transformative effect in making sure that everyone is better off in work and better off working rather than on benefits.
- David Cameron
(Keywords: Work, Benefits, Effect, Radical, Reform, State, Welfare, Will, Years)

The recipe for success is a tried and true one here in Rhode Island - innovation, reform, public service.
- Donald L. Carcieri
(Keywords: Success, Innovation, Public, Reform, Service)

Reform is not pleasant, but grievous; no person can reform themselves without suffering and hard work, how much less a nation.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Work, Hard work, Nation, Reform, Suffering)

To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself.
- Thomas Carlyle
(Keywords: Men, Man, Nation, Reform, Will, World)

For our welfare reform efforts to be successful, we must empower local charitable organizations with the resources to address their local community needs.
- Mel Carnahan
(Keywords: Successful, Community, Needs, Reform, Welfare)

People who love soft methods and hate iniquity forget this; that reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.
- John Jay Chapman
(Keywords: Love, People, Forget, Hate, Philosophy, Reform, Will)

I can guarantee you this, that more pension and benefit reforms which I will consider arbitration reform to be one of them, are things that when they come to my desk, they will be signed.
- Chris Christie
(Keywords: Reform, Will)

And on this you have my pledge - unlike in the past, when you stood up and did what was right, this governor will not pull the rug out from underneath you - I will sign strong reform bills.
- Chris Christie
(Keywords: Past, Reform, Right, Will)

We see considerable strain in Russia, and that's obviously a matter of concern to us. It's in the very strong self-interest of Russia to continue on the reform path.
- Warren Christopher
(Keywords: Concern, Reform, Russia, Self)

Welfare reform happened with reconciliation; half the Democrats voted for it. The Bush tax cuts happened with reconciliation; twelve Democratic Senators voted for it. You didn't have a real partisan issue on those times that it was used.
- Tom Coburn
(Keywords: Democrats, Tax, Reform, Senators, Tax cuts, Welfare)

Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Keywords: Excess, Reform, Will)

Welfare reform happened with reconciliation; half the Democrats voted for it. The Bush tax cuts happened with reconciliation; twelve Democratic Senators voted for it. You didn't have a real partisan issue on those times that it was used.
- Kent Conrad
(Keywords: Democrats, Tax, Reform, Senators, Tax cuts, Welfare)

The President's budget pays for only six months of the war in Iraq and completely overlooks the transition costs of Social Security reform. The Administration always lied about the cost of the Medicare drug bill.
- Jim Cooper
(Keywords: War, Iraq, Months, President, Reform, Security)

Should we attempt border security first, which I believe we should, we still need to face the fact that comprehensive reform is necessary. This must include a guest worker program and dealing with the 11 million people who are here today that are contributing to our economy.
- Jim Costa
(Keywords: People, Economy, Fact, First, Guest, Reform, Security, Today)

At twenty a man is full of fight and hope. He wants to reform the world. When he is seventy he still wants to reform the world, but he know he can't.
- Rodney Dangerfield
(Keywords: Hope, Fight, Man, Reform, World)

The Bush administration and Congressional Republicans have failed to bring up comprehensive energy reform or any piece of legislation for that matter that would lower gas prices, opting instead to give massive subsidies to the oil and gas industry.
- Rosa DeLauro
(Keywords: Energy, Legislation, Oil, Reform, Republicans)

We need comprehensive reform that will make America the best place in the world to invest and do business.
- Jim DeMint
(Keywords: Business, America, Reform, Will, World)

We will have health care reform in America.
- Dick Durbin
(Keywords: Health, America, Care, Reform, Will)

The American people... want change. They want big ideas, big reform.
- Rahm Emanuel
(Keywords: Change, People, Ideas, American, Reform, Want)

Medical liability reform is not a Republican or Democrat issue or even a doctor versus lawyer issue. It is a patient issue.
- John Ensign
(Keywords: Medical, Reform, Republican)

My dreams for the future are simple: work, a happy, healthy family, a lovely long motorcycle ride, and continuing the struggle to awaken people to the need for serious human rights reform.
- Mike Farrell
(Keywords: Dreams, Family, Work, People, Future, Rights, Human rights, Reform, Struggle)

I basically believe the medical insurance industry should be nonprofit, not profit-making. There is no way a health reform plan will work when it is implemented by an industry that seeks to return money to shareholders instead of using that money to provide health care.
- Diane Feinstein
(Keywords: Health, Medical, Money, Work, Care, Profit, Reform, Will)

What I think we need to do to engage the American people in a conversation about entitlement reform is to have a bipartisan group of people who come together and put every solution on the table, every alternative on the table. And then we ought to engage in a long conversation with the American people so they understand the choices.
- Carly Fiorina
(Keywords: People, American, Choices, Conversation, Reform, Solution)

Tomorrow is the day when idlers work, and fools reform, and mortal men lay hold on heaven.
- Aulus Persius Flaccus
(Keywords: Men, Work, Day, Fools, Heaven, Reform, Tomorrow)

You've got to either say you're going to cut taxes and find some spending cuts. I think we ought to reform long-term entitlement spending in the country, but you can't out of one side of your mouth say, 'Yes, we're for tax cuts, we're for spending discipline, and we're for bringing down the debt.'
- Harold Ford
(Keywords: Discipline, Country, Debt, Tax, Reform, Tax cuts, Taxes)

Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal.
- Elizabeth Fry
(Keywords: Crime, Punishment, Reform, Revenge)

Without true medical liability reform, our doctors will continue to leave, and young doctors coming out of medical school $100,000 to $200,000 in debt will not be able to afford such onerous costs.
- Jim Gerlach
(Keywords: Medical, Debt, Doctors, Reform, School, Will)

I think that I am better than the people who are trying to reform me.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Keywords: People, Reform, Trying)

Social Security's future has gotten worse, and each year we delay reform adds to the cost we are pushing off onto our children.
- John Goodman
(Keywords: Children, Delay, Future, Reform, Security)

Social Security must be preserved and strengthened. But we need to be candid about the costs and willing to make the tough choices that real reform will require.
- Lindsey Graham
(Keywords: Choices, Reform, Security, Will)



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