Pierre Trudeau

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I never actually got around to taping conversations with my guests, but there are a lot of things you can learn from a man like Nixon.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Men
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Some things I never learned to like. I didn't like to kiss babies, though I didn't mind kissing their mothers.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Mother
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I must say that "Give Peace a Chance" has always seemed to me to be sensible advice.
- Pierre Trudeau
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I can see that in certain political situations you have to use force to overthrow police states.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Political
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I think it's good that you test the reality that surrounds you in your neighbourhood with the reality as it is in other parts of the world; you come up with a better judgment. I'm not meaning that literally you can only do that and not go to school at all but in terms of enrichment of a personality I think it's a fabulous thing.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: School
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This is the beauty of the democratic process: it permits that subjective view of justice - which everyone holds - permits that subjective way to express itself peacefully through discussion, through reason and through the voting process.
- Pierre Trudeau
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I believe in God, and I'm a Christian.
- Pierre Trudeau
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The community of man should be treated in the same way you would treat your community of brothers or fellow citizens.
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It seems to me it would be pretty awful if Canadians came to choose political leaders not for their political ideas and actions, but because of their adherence or their devotedness to one faith or another.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Ideas
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I was inclined to judge the validity of a man's faith more by the depth of his roots in reality and brotherhood and love. So I felt more at home, shall we say with some Zoroastrians in the Far East, than I did with some Catholic missionaries.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Home
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I don't believe you can contain ideas by military force.
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Collection: Military
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I just think you Westerners should take over this country if you are so smart.
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I saw the charter as an expression of my long-held view that the subject of law must be the individual human being; the law must permit the individual to fulfil himself or herself to the utmost.
- Pierre Trudeau
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Liberalism is the philosophy for our time, because it does not try to conserve every tradition of the past, because it does not apply to new problems the old doctrinaire solutions, because it is prepared to experiment and innovate and because it knows that the past is less important than the future.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Philosophy
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When they are 50 yards from Parliament Hill, they are no longer honourable members, they are just nobodies.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Yards
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I recognize that in some cases it's more important to have freedom and justice than to have peace.
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Collection: Justice
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The new frontier lies not beyond the planets but within each one of us.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Lying
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I believe that Canada cannot, indeed, that Canada must not survive by force. The country will only remain united - it should only remain united - if its citizens want to live together in one civil society.
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Collection: Country
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If I found in my own ranks that a certain number of guys wanted to cut my throat, I'd make sure that I cut their throats first.
- Pierre Trudeau
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In my political philosophy I think that there sometimes is room for violence.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Philosophy
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I think we have to realize that Canada is not immortal; but, if it is going to go, let it go with a bang rather than a whimper.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Thinking
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We peer so suspiciously at each other that we cannot see that we Canadians are standing on the mountaintop of human wealth, freedom and privilege.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Peers
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We don't think every man should be free to pass on everything to his descendants.
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Collection: Men
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I walked until midnight in the storm, then I went home and took a sauna for an hour and a half. It was all clear. I listened to my heart and saw if there were any signs of my destiny in the sky, and there were none - there were just snowflakes.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Home
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I believe military force can be used to redress or change the balance of power in the world, but I think that that's always a losing operation if you're not trying to do it in a way which corresponds to the basic desires of the people on whom you are acting.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Military
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Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain.
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Collection: Baseball
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Canada is not a country for the cold of heart or the cold of feet.
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Collection: Country
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Perhaps the rediscovery of our humanity, and the potential of the human spirit which we have read about in legends of older civilizations, or in accounts of solitary mystics, or in tales of science fiction writers - perhaps this will constitute the true revolution of the future. The new frontier lies not beyond the planets but within each one of us.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Lying
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Let us overthrow the totems, break the taboos. Or better, let us consider them cancelled. Coldly, let us be intelligent.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Intelligent
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The die is cast in Canada: there are two ethnic and linguistic groups; each is too strong and too deeply rooted in the past, too firmly bound to a mother culture, to be able to swamp the other. But if the two will collaborate inside of a truly pluralist state, Canada could become a privileged place where the federalist form of government, which is the government of tomorrow's world, will be perfected.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Mother
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The best thing you can possibly do for a friend is to be his friend.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Best Things
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I think the sense of exclusivity that tended to be associated with religions in past times has now disappeared. At least it has disappeared in its political and social manifestations as far as I can see.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Past
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Canada is seen to some as a confederation of shopping centres.
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In specific terms I don't think I could make any suggestions, but in general terms I believe that it is because Canadians have been under the good influences of their churches that they are a tolerant people, an understanding and patient people, so that there has been little backlash against the excesses which have happened over the decades in French and in English Canada which might turn either group off.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Believe
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The politicians, who once stated that war was too complex to be left to the generals, now act as though peace were too complex to be left to themselves.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Peace
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Power only tires those who don't exercise it.
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Collection: Exercise
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In my religion I really cannot think of cases where violence is justified.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Thinking
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The state has an active role to play in ensuring that there is equilibrium between the constituent parts of the economy, the consumers and the producers.
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Collection: Play
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You know you have a lot of impatience with reality as you see it when you're a young man and full of dynamism and strength and ideals and so on.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Reality
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I was too busy doing my job and living my life to spend time keeping notes for some future volume of memoirs.
- Pierre Trudeau
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I'm far from believing that we've solved the problem of violence in the 20th century and that's why I'm not discouraged that we still have the Biafras and the Northern Irelands and the East Pakistans and, for that matter, violence in American or Canadian cities.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Believe
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I feel perhaps I didn't deal with the question of violence in depth.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Depth
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I feel very deeply for Canada, and l believe most Canadians do.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Believe
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Harvard was an extraordinary window on the world.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: World
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There's no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation. What's done in private between adults doesn't concern the Criminal Code.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Gay
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The federal government is the balance wheel of the federal system, and the federal system means using counterweights.
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Collection: Mean
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I remember thinking that walking on the beach as a free man is pretty desirable.
- Pierre Trudeau
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I do object to the sensationalism or even the voyeurism of doing things in church or out of church.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Church
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I honestly don't know what they mean by a devout Catholic.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Mean