We Americans think, in every country in transition, there's a Thomas Jefferson hiding behind some rock or a James Madison beyond one sand dune.

Joe Biden

Folks, I can tell you I've known eight presidents, three of them intimately.

Joe Biden

I can die a happy man never having been president of the United States of America. But it doesn't mean I won't run.

Joe Biden

I guess every single word I've ever said is going to be dissected now.

Joe Biden

If you need more than 10 rounds to hunt, and some argue they hunt with that many rounds, you shouldn't be hunting. If you can't get the deer in 3 shots, you shouldn't be hunting. You are an embarrassment.

Joe Biden

Corruption is a cancer: a cancer that eats away at a citizen's faith in democracy, diminishes the instinct for innovation and creativity; already-tight national budgets, crowding out important national investments. It wastes the talent of entire generations. It scares away investments and jobs.

Joe Biden

Our future cannot depend on the government alone. The ultimate solutions lie in the attitudes and the actions of the American people.

Joe Biden

My father used to have an expression. He'd say, 'Joey, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It's about your dignity. It's about respect. It's about your place in your community.'

Joe Biden

The greatest gift is the ability to forget - to forget the bad things and focus on the good.

Joe Biden

The effects of climate change are real and must be acted on.

Joe Biden

No fundamental social change occurs merely because government acts. It's because civil society, the conscience of a country, begins to rise up and demand - demand - demand change.

Joe Biden

For too long in this society, we have celebrated unrestrained individualism over common community.

Joe Biden

No one ever doubts that I mean what I say. The problem is I sometimes say all that I mean.

Joe Biden

The 21st century is going to be the American century. Because we lead not only by the example of our power, but by the power of our example. That is the history of the journey of America.

Joe Biden

When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'

Joe Biden

For any young democracy, the most difficult but important step is burying the legacy of tyranny and establishing an economy and a government and institutions that abide by the rule of law. Every country faces challenges to the rule of law, including my own.

Joe Biden

Reality has a way of intruding. Reality eventually intrudes on everything.

Joe Biden

Unions did in fact build the middle class. And here's what that did. That built the United States of America as we know it.

Joe Biden

My dad used to have an expression - 'It is the lucky person who gets up in the morning, puts both feet on the floor, knows what they are about to do, and thinks it still matters.

Joe Biden

Corruption is just another form of tyranny.

Joe Biden

The Chinese have figured out that they have a giant environmental problem. Folks in Beijing, some days, literally can't breathe. Over a million Chinese die prematurely every year because of air pollution.

Joe Biden

We didn't crumble after 9/11. We didn't falter after the Boston Marathon. But we're America. Americans will never, ever stand down. We endure. We overcome. We own the finish line.

Joe Biden

In this world, emotion has become suspect - the accepted style is smooth, antiseptic and passionless.

Joe Biden

If I don't run for president, we'll all be OK.

Joe Biden

We are America, second to none, and we own the finish line. Don't forget it.

Joe Biden

Let me tell you what I literally told every world leader I've met with, and I've met them all: It's never, never, never been a good bet to bet against America. We have the finest fighting force in the world.

Joe Biden

Given a fair shot, given a fair chance, Americans have never, ever, ever, ever let their country down. Never. Never. Ordinary people like us. Who do extraordinary things.

Joe Biden

One of the things I've never been accused of is not caring about people.

Joe Biden

Life is a matter of really tough choices.

Joe Biden

Let's just be smart this time. I'm looking for smart.

Joe Biden

In Delaware, the largest growth in population is Indian-Americans moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking.

Joe Biden

In the 21st century, the countries that thrive will be the ones where citizens know their voices will be heard because the institutions are transparent.

Joe Biden

I used to stutter really badly. Everybody thinks it's funny. And it's not funny. It's not.

Joe Biden

You never make fun of anybody with a club foot or a withered arm, but it's open season on anybody who stutters.

Joe Biden

In the good old days when I was a senator, I was my own man.

Joe Biden

You've got to reach a hand of friendship across the aisle and across philosophies in this country.

Joe Biden

Innovation can only occur where you can breathe free.

Joe Biden

I exaggerate when I'm angry, but I've never gone around telling people things that aren't true about me.

Joe Biden

I was kind of secretly hoping one of my kids would go out and make a million bucks. So when they put me in a home, at least I'll have a window with a view.

Joe Biden

You should be attacking the carbon emissions, period, and whether it's cap-and-trade or carbon tax or whatever, that's the realm in which we should be playing.

Joe Biden

I know I'm not supposed to like muscle cars, but I like muscle cars.

Joe Biden

When my first semester grades came out, my mom and dad told me I wouldn't be playing football.

Joe Biden

Look, freedom is an overwhelming American notion. The idea that we want to see the world, the peoples of the world free is something that all of us subscribe to.

Joe Biden

In my heart, I'm confident I could make a good president.

Joe Biden

You're looking at a middle-class guy. I am who I am.

Joe Biden

We must rekindle the fire of idealism in our society.

Joe Biden

The moral disapprobation of society has an impact on behavior in societies.

Joe Biden

Now, people when I say that look at me and say, 'What are you talking about, Joe? You're telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?'. The answer is yes, that's what I'm telling you.

Joe Biden

America's experience, like many others, teaches us that fostering entrepreneurship is not just about crafting the right economic policy or developing the best educated curricula. It's about creating an entire climate in which innovation and ideas flourish.

Joe Biden

I know what I believe, I know what I want to do, and I'm just comfortable saying it, and laying it out there.

Joe Biden

Two million felons have tried to buy a gun and, because of the background check, have been denied.

Joe Biden

America's commitment to collective defense under Article 5 of NATO is a sacred obligation in our view - a sacred obligation not just for now, but for all time.

Joe Biden

I'm not big on flak jackets and tie-dyed shirts. You know, that's not me.

Joe Biden

No one making less than $250,000 under Barack Obama's plan will see one single penny of their tax raised, whether it's their capital gains tax, their income tax, investment tax, any tax.

Joe Biden

I guess every single word I've ever said is going to be dissected now.

Joe Biden

The Recovery Act is working, but it's going to continue to work. It's not over. A lot's going to happen this summer. And even after the summer, there's more to come with the act.

Joe Biden

We Americans think, in every country in transition, there's a Thomas Jefferson hiding behind some rock or a James Madison beyond one sand dune.

Joe Biden

We're going to be OK because of the American people. They have more grit, determination and courage than you can imagine.

Joe Biden

The United States supports a strong, united Ukraine with productive and peaceful relationships with both the East and the West, with both Russia and Europe.

Joe Biden

This nuclear option is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power.

Joe Biden

You know, my Grandpop Finnegan used to have an expression: he used to say, 'Joey, the guy in Olyphant's out of work, it's an economic slowdown. When your brother-in-law's out of work, it's a recession. When you're out of work, it's a depression.'

Joe Biden

You want to know whether we're better off? I've got a little bumper sticker for you: Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive. Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive! Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!

Joe Biden

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras have all agreed to send additional consular officers from Guatemala, from Honduras, from El Salvador, send them to the U.S. border so that we can more quickly and humanely identify unaccompanied children and process their individual removal.

Joe Biden

When we wrote the Constitution, the intention was to give the commander in chief the authority how to use the forces when you authorize him to be able to use the forces.

Joe Biden

No one doubts that innocent men, women and children have been the victims of chemical weapons attacks in Syria. And there's no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime.

Joe Biden

Quite frankly, Russian aggression in Ukraine and its illegal occupation of Crimea remind us that we still have a good deal more work to do to guarantee the strategic vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace.

Joe Biden

'Obama and Biden want to raise taxes by a trillion dollars.' Guess what? Yes, we do in one regard: We want to let that trillion dollar tax cut expire so the middle class doesn't have to bear the burden of all that money going to the super-wealthy. That's not a tax raise. That's called fairness where I come from.

Joe Biden

I graduated from the University of Delaware with a double major in history and political science.

Joe Biden

People should not be in a position where their children have access to weapons and ammunition.

Joe Biden

There is no inherent power in the office of the vice presidency. Zero. None. It's all a reflection of your relationship with the president. I mean, Kennedy never let Johnson in the office.

Joe Biden

I ran for the Senate six times. And one of the things I know about Senate races off years and on races, and on years, the same as governor's races, is it's all local. It all gets down to what the specific issues in that - in that district or that state is.

Joe Biden

I have no doubt that Russia will and should remain a major source of energy supplies for Europe and the world.

Joe Biden

You've all seen over the last eight years what President Obama means to this country. He is the embodiment of honor, resolve, and character - one of the finest presidents we have ever had.

Joe Biden

I have an expression I use as I've gone around the world through my career: 'You never tell another man or woman what's in their interest. They know their interest better than you know their interest.'

Joe Biden

Romania can be a linchpin in delivering gas to its neighbors and even become an energy exporter for its neighbors across Central and Eastern Europe.

Joe Biden

I don't say very much I don't really think through. I know that sounds inconsistent with Joe Biden.

Joe Biden

This is absolutely bizarre that we continue to subsidize highways beyond the gasoline tax, airlines, and we don't subsidize, we don't want to subsidize a national rail system that has environmental impact.

Joe Biden

Over the objections, where they sound like squealing pigs, over the objections of Romney and all his allies, we passed some of the toughest Wall Street regulations in history, turning Wall Street back into the allocator of capital it always has been and no longer a casino. And they want to repeal it.

Joe Biden

Saudi Arabia has allowed training on its soil of American forces.

Joe Biden

Presumptuous for me to say, but at least - at a minimum - I've been able to influence the direction of the Democratic Party on foreign policy. And I've been relatively - presumptuous to say - relatively successful legislatively in the Senate, being able to win a lot of Republican friends, and being able to cross the aisle.

Joe Biden

Remember, no one decides who they're going to vote for based on the vice president. I mean that literally.

Joe Biden

Foreign policy is like human relations, only people know less about each other.

Joe Biden

There used to be an old bad joke. I hope it's not so much a good joke anymore. 'Everybody's from Scranton; no one's in Scranton.'

Joe Biden

Don't hold against me that I don't own - that I don't own a single stock or bond. Don't hold it - I have no savings accounts.

Joe Biden

I didn't play soccer; I played that other football in grade school through college.

Joe Biden

Most liberals think of civil liberties as their Achilles heel. It isn't.

Joe Biden

There's one advantage in having been around as long as I have. Everybody in the Senate knows me, and - I'm going to say something presumptuous, to repeat myself - I think most respect me.

Joe Biden

I used to say to my late wife, 'I have great faith in the American people.'

Joe Biden

No matter how you cut it, this real debate on personal accounts is about the legitimacy of Social Security; it's not about the solvency of Social Security.

Joe Biden

Other than being crazy enough to press a button, there is nothing that Putin can do militarily to fundamentally alter American interests.

Joe Biden

Barack Obama is probably the most exciting candidate that either the Democratic or Republican party has produced at least since I've been around. He's fresh, he's new, he's insightful.

Joe Biden

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