John McCain Quotes
War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality.
Speech to the American Red Cross "Promise of Humanity" conference, (May 6, 1999)
Like most people of my age, I feel a longing for what is lost and cannot be restored. But if the happy pursuits and casual beauty of youth prove ephemeral, something better can endure, and endure until our last moment on earth. And that is the honor we earn and the love we give if at a moment in our lives we sacrifice for something greater than self-interest.
We cannot choose the moments. They arrive unbidden by us. We can choose to let the moments pass, and avoid the difficulties they entail. But the loss we would incur by that choice is much dearer than the tribute we once paid to vanity and pleasure.
I will not take the low road to the highest office in this land. I want the presidency in the best way, not the worst way.
Remarks following the South Carolina Primary (February 19, 2000)
It's always darkest before it's totally black.
Quoting Mao Zedong as far back as 2000, however it appears that he misattributed the quote as part of a joke.
I am sure that Senator Clinton would make a good President. I happen to be a Republican and would support, obviously, a Republican nominee, but I have no doubt that Senator Clinton would make a good President.
Meet the Press (February 20, 2005)
I don’t mourn the loss of any terrorist’s life. What I do mourn is what we lose when by official policy or official neglect we confuse or encourage those who fight this war for us to forget that best sense of ourselves. Through the violence, chaos and heartache of war, through deprivation and cruelty and loss, we are always Americans, and different, stronger and better than those who would destroy us.
In The Washington Post (May 11, 2011)
I think one of our big problems has been the fact that many Iraqis resent American military presence. And I don't pretend to know exactly Iraqi public opinion. But as soon as we can reduce our visibility as much as possible, the better I think it is going to be.