Pierre Trudeau

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I've always lived in a democratic society.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Democratic
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I'm impatient not with the House of Commons as an institution, but with the way in which it is operated. This doesn't prove I don't believe in participatory democracy.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Believe
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I think that the history of the past hundred years has shown us that, by and large, the one linguistic group to whom separatism is being preached is not moved by the arguments which are used.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Past
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Every time I have a political rally I meet some people who say, "I need a job."
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Jobs
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I feel religion is basically and essentially a communication between a man and his God and I think it is the most personal thing of all and I don't think it concerns too many people.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Communication
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I would have to point out in the strongest terms the autocracy of the Liberal structure and the cowardice of its members. I have never seen in all my examination of politics so degrading a spectacle as that of all these Liberals turning their coats in unison with their Chief, when they saw the chance to take power.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Coats
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I, for one, will be convinced that the Canada we know and love will be gone forever. But, then, Thucydides wrote that Themistocles' greatness lay in the fact that he realized Athens was not immortal. 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: Greatness
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Well, I am trying to put Quebec in its place - and the place of Quebec is in Canada, nowhere else.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Trying
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In academic life you seek to state absolute truths; in politics you seek to accommodate truth to the facts around you.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Academic Life
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What is wonderful about a university like LSE is that you not only receive teaching of very high quality, you also learn where to find the knowledge you are seeking. And you make unexpected discoveries; it was a Marxist professor who introduced me to the work of Cardinal Newman, a great master of English prose as well as theology.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Teaching
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Canadians should realise when they are well off under the Monarchy. For the vast majority of Canadians, being a Monarchy is probably the only form of government acceptable to them. I have always been for parliamentary democracy and I think the institution of Monarchy with the Queen heading it all has served Canada well.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Queens
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I am peaceful but I am not a pacifist in the philosophical sense.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Philosophical
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I think theoretically if a man is young and healthy society should not give him a basic income. He should not be given dole. He should not be eligible for welfare. If he can work and if there is work available, he should take his choice. If he wants to be a hermit or beggar, that's fine. If he wants to move with the sun and live off the land, that's fine. If he is in a society which has work for him I don't think he should theoretically be eligible for welfare.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Moving
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I think that more and more young people are discovering that gainful employment isn't the only thing in life. That they can perhaps be just as useful to society and themselves by travelling across the land or around the world, learning more about humanity and going through the various experiences which will make their adulthood more productive.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Thinking
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Society must take every means at its disposal to defend itself against the emergence of a parallel power which defies the elected power.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Mean
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Because I am a deep believer in the civil society, I think we should be prepared to pay the consequences of breaking the law and that is either paying the penalty for it, or leaving the country.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Country
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Paddling a canoe is a source of enrichment and inner renewal.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Paddling
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The churches must realize that when they take a position on a political event that they must accept the rules of the game.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Games
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The Jesuits were good educators, exceptional teachers. In an era and in a society where freedom of speech was not held in high regard, of course, that the discourse be focused on what they were teaching, but we were able to go beyond this framework without incurring too great a risk.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Teacher
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As does every young man studying philosophy, I naturally asked myself questions about the truth of all this, and about the meaning of freedom, predestination, and liberty of choice and so on. But to have asked questions of yourself about it, I think is not too important. Let's say - I remain - I remained a believer.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Philosophy
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I know the usual answer of Christ using violence to get the sellers out of the temple, but to me this was impatience rather than violence.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Usual
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I'm sometimes impatient with young people who demonstrate at my meetings and who don't want an argument, but who just want to go on television as having been there and made a fuss. This doesn't mean I don't believe in participatory democracy.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Believe
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What is considered sinful in one of the great religions to which citizens belong isn't necessarily sinful in the others. Criminal law therefore cannot be based on the notion of sin; it is crimes that it must define.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Law
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People are more interested in ideas than dress.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Ideas
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The most beautiful missionaries I saw were those who talked less about religion but who were very generous in their approach.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Beautiful
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I think all of us, politicians and churchmen, should do our utmost to change the society so that there would be no need for violence.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: Thinking
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I was shaken to the extent that people who criticized me used to say that I was Protestant more than a Catholic because I like to impose constraints on myself, but I don't like them to be imposed from the outside.
- Pierre Trudeau
Collection: People