Edward W. Brooke

America is the only country in the world that classifies as Negro any person who has one drop of African blood in his or her veins.

Election victories are a harvest. You plant the seed. For months or years, you water and tend them. In the election season, you reap the harvest.

Historically we have rejected extremism on the left and the right. Centrism is the right course for America.

I deplored a system that made it more profitable not to work than to work. I wanted to help change all that.

I spent many years working for voting rights, but we still see sophisticated efforts, led by white officials, to disenfranchise black voters in local and national elections.

In elective politics, it’s up or out. You go up the ladder, or you get out of the game.

It is as true today as it was at the time of the Declaration of Independence that "we must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately."

Labels applied to people of any race are inherently offensive.

Like Margaret Chase Smith, I stood out in the Senate—I was one of a kind.

My entire life has been devoted to breaking down barriers, to finding common ground.

My parents taught me that racial prejudice is a sin, one that robs the world of great minds and talents.

Once bitten, you seldom lose the political bug.

Politics is not a tea party. When it is time to act, you have to move fast and decisively.

The member of Congress who forgets his constituents’ needs usually serves only one term.

To stand still is to regress.

When people treat corruption as a routine part of the process, you have something far worse than wrongdoing or moral failing. You have a political cancer that breeds cynicism about democratic government and infects all of society.

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