McCain Quotes

“That power which erring men call chance.” Milton

“My mother was indispensable to my father. She had adapted to Navy life with few regrets, and acquired an abiding affection of the whole of the culture she had entered upon marriage, once remaking that she was “tailor-made” for the Navy. Her vivacious charm, beauty, and refinement assured her success in the social aspect of Navy life and more than compensated for my father’s weaker possession of those graces. Her complete devotion to my father and his career contributed more to his success than anything else save his own determination.”

“I became my mother’s son. What I lacked of her charm and grace I made up for by emulating and exaggerated other of her characteristics. She was loquacious, and I was boisterous. Her exuberance became rowdiness in me. She taught me to find so much pleasure in life that misfortune could not rob me of the joy of living. She has an irrepressible spirit that yields to no advisary, and that part of her spirit she shared with us was as fine a gift as any mother ever gave her children.”

“In me there dwells
No greatness, save it be some far-off touch
Of greatness to know well I am not great.”
Lord Alfred Tennyson

“In prison, I fell in love with my country. I had loved her before then, but like most young people, my affection was little more than a simple and appreciation for the comforts and privileges most Americans enjoyed and took for granted. It wasn’t until I had lost America for a time that I realized how much I loved her.”

“For I have learned the truth: there are greater pursuits than self-seeking. Glory is not a conceit. It is not a decoration for valor. It is not a prize for being the most clever, the strongest, or the boldest. Glory belongs to the act of being constant to something greater than yourself, to a cause, to your principles, to the people whom you rely, and who rely on you in return.”

“Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself, something that encompassed you but is not defined by your existence alone.”

(to be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause)

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