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Daley Quotes

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Daley may not feel a moral responsibility to eliminate
discrimination but he has a legal obligation to do so.
- Bobby Rush

I've given it my all.
I've done my best.
Now, I'm ready with my family to begin the next phase of our lives.
- Richard M. Daley

Contrary to what most people think, there is a Rich Daley under Mayor Daley.
- William M. Daley

The credit for much of this rightly belongs to the
late Mayor Daley who forged a coalition of business
and labor that kept Chicago always moving ahead.
- Jane Byrne

 

Power is dangerous unless you have humility.
- Richard J. Daley

Daley may be sinking.
The hot water has gone from his chest to his neck.
- Don Rose

The policeman isn't there to create disorder;
the policeman is there to preserve disorder.
- Richard J. Daley

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It has to be because unemployment problems in northwest
Indiana are similar to those in southeast Chicago.
- Richard M. Daley

They knew that Roosevelt and the Democratic party made a difference on them,
on their quality of life issues, and they believed in that.
But today it is completely different.
- Richard M. Daley

The police are not here to create disorder,
they're here to preserve disorder.
- Richard J. Daley

I'm not the last of the old bosses.
I'm the first of the new leaders.
- Richard J. Daley

No poll can equal the day-to-day visits of the men
and women of the Democratic Party.
- Richard J. Daley

If you're not in it you can't win it.
- Daley Thompson

They really do a disservice because these men and women
came out of the Depression,
they came out of the war.
- Richard M. Daley

When I lost my decathlon world record I took it like a man.
I only cried for ten hours.
- Daley Thompson

We as Democrats have no apologies to make to anyone.
- Richard J. Daley

We all like to hear a man speak out on his convictions and principles.
But at the same time, you must understand that when
you're running on a ticket,
you're running with a team.
- Richard J. Daley

We shall reach greater and greater platitudes of achievment.
- Richard J. Daley

We are proud to have with us the poet lariat of Chicago.
- Richard J. Daley

Sport fosters many things that are good;
teamwork and leadership.
- Daley Thompson

Most people doing the decathlon these days are quite boring,
so people don't relate to them.
- Daley Thompson

While Mayor Daley surprised me today with his decision
to not run for reelection,
I have never been surprised by his leadership,
dedication and tireless work on behalf of the city
and the people of Chicago.
- Rahm Emanuel

Why should a city be mandated to do something by the
federal government or state government without the money to do it?
- Richard M. Daley

I don't fight the suburban areas or collar counties.
I get along with them; they're former Chicagoans anyway.
- Richard M. Daley

Good government is good politics.
- Richard J. Daley

Television and radio do a wonderful job in focusing
attention on the problems of our society.
- Richard J. Daley

But if kids take up things like hockey and football they will go back to it.
- Daley Thompson

Being a decathlete is like having ten girlfriends.
You have to love them all, and you can't afford losing one.
- Daley Thompson

For kids it's natural to be competitive.
- Daley Thompson

And then for the first time in history a Cook County
state's attorney was reelected for a third time.
- Richard M. Daley

What is inherently wrong with the word 'politician'
if the fellow has devoted his life to holding public
office and trying to do something for his people?
- Richard J. Daley

You go out there and ask them what their future is today.
If we don't build that today, there's nothing.
- Richard M. Daley

Look at our Lords disciples.
One denied Him; one doubted Him; one betrayed Him.
If our Lord couldn't have perfection,
how are you going to have it in city government?
- Richard J. Daley

Even the Lord had skeptical members of His party.
- Richard J. Daley

People have to be confident about their sites.
We're confident, number one, because under my administration
we're managing our airports better than we've ever done before.
- Richard M. Daley

We live in the best place on earth but at times the worst.
- Daley Thompson

You have nothing coming into a major metropolitan area
to relocate or locate your business and employees.
And you can go across the country and you'll see that.
- Richard M. Daley

They have vilified me, they have crucified me;
yes,
they have even criticized me.
- Richard J. Daley

I've very proud to be mayor of our great city.
It's a city with a heart and a soul.
Chicago has a unique spirit.
Our business community wants to give back.
- Richard M. Daley

A newspaper is the lowest thing there is.
- Richard J. Daley

I think the state has some serious problems.
Just look at the layoffs going on across the state,
not just in Chicago.
It affects the middle class.
It pushes people down.
- Richard M. Daley

The strength of the Democratic Party of Cook County
is not something that just happened.
- Richard J. Daley

Don't worry if they're Democrats or Republicans.
Give them service and they'll become Democrats.
- Richard J. Daley

And the political system is changing rapidly in this country,
and we better realize that.
The elephants or donkeys are not what younger people look to.
They look at individual candidates' philosophy,
and I think it's a different time and a different generation.
- Richard M. Daley

I'm the one who gets called up about a problem.
I'm the one who gets called up about the street lighting and the abandoned car.
I'm the one who gets blamed if the police don't arrive.
I'm the one they blame if a city truck is broken down.
- Richard M. Daley

The Democratic Party is the party that opened its arms.
We opened them to every nationality,
every creed.
We opened them to the immigrants.
The Democratic Party is the party of the people.
- Richard J. Daley

In the coming days, I know there will be some reflecting on my time as mayor.
Many of you will search to find what's behind my decision.
It's simple.
I have always believed that every person,
especially public officials, must understand when it is time to move on.
For me, that time is now.
- Richard M. Daley

First National Bank laid off 1,000 people;
where do they go? There are no jobs for them.
So we are having serious economic problems in this country.
We are in a real economic crisis.
- Richard M. Daley

The Microsoft actions announced today are exactly the
kinds of industry initiatives we need.
Microsoft is using its resources to bring real privacy
protection to Internet users by creating incentives
for more websites to provide strong privacy protection.
- William M. Daley

We have to face it: in America today the way to have
fun and celebrate is to break a store window and take something.
That's the way it is, today in America,
and we have to accept it.
- Richard J. Daley

So you keep raising these taxes, and all of a sudden
the business community says,
'Why are we here? We can go someplace else and use their phones.'
That's one of the problems that directly affects the business community.
- Richard M. Daley

There has been loss of steel manufacturing.
Those people need jobs.
Where you have to build the third airport is where people are.
So you're right; if his site isn't playable,
then our site is right next to it.
- Richard M. Daley

Alcohol and drug addiction are problems,
and we should use outside agencies that know the business.
They do business all over the country.
Why don't we contract them to do it? See,
we should be in certain businesses.
- Richard M. Daley

We're competing against other great cities:
Madrid,
Rio de Janeiro, and Tokyo.
That's why it's important that we all join together
on the final path to Copenhagen.
Having the support of President Obama is key.
- Richard M. Daley

That's an economic development program in the metropolitan area.
If they don't see that, and you don't get these things done,
then you're competing with Texas and California and Atlanta;
then you really have problems.
- Richard M. Daley

That area environmentally is a waste.
You can't do anything.
I don't care if the Sierra Club goes out there.
It is fully polluted!
You're not only going to work to clean up the environment,
but also you will put people to work.
- Richard M. Daley

I've reached out to other mayors throughout the United
States to form an Olympic Task Force of Mayors,
and to community leaders, Congress, and businesspeople.
As thousands of people around the country join the movement,
it gets more and more exciting.
- Richard M. Daley

In my opinion, it is not in our interest to have complicated
negotiations with a region,
and then have to follow it up with 535 negotiations at home.
I have experienced recounts, and it is better to vote once.
- William M. Daley

The spirit of the Olympic movement is great for young
people because it teaches them about the training and
discipline required to compete.
Even if they don't make the teams, they can rededicate
their lives to the art of sport,
discipline, and physical fitness.
- Richard M. Daley

There is no question of the benefits that opening a
market of a billion people will bring to American businesses.
But as I said last year, this will test China and the world trade system.
- William M. Daley

Everybody would love to be mayor of Chicago.
If you look at what we have done over many,
many years and where we are today and the commitment
by the business community,
the commitment by the not-for-profit community -
all this coming together -
this is a wonderful city.
- Richard M. Daley

We are going to sign a treaty with Mexico.
We are competing internationally.
We need another international airport for international cargo,
international travel, international businesses.
- Richard M. Daley

We also need people like social workers,
volunteers, the Christian Industrial League,
drug treatment programs to make sure you are getting them a job.
That's what you have to do.
Otherwise, we just keep stepping around these things.
- Richard M. Daley

My dad came out of the Roosevelt era and the Depression.
One person and one party made a difference in his life.
That's what everybody forgot when they called my father
and other people political bosses.
- Richard M. Daley

I enjoy getting things done.
My philosophy is the edge, the edge of something.
There's where we have to go in local government,
in not only the philosophy but the creativity in people around you.
They have to go to the edge.
- Richard M. Daley

Well, the problem of the federal government is that
they print money and go in debt.
That's their national policy, Democrats and Republicans it doesn't matter.
And this is where I differ.
- Richard M. Daley

I'm one who demands a lot from people.
I'm not afraid to look at alternative ways in city government.
That's what I've done in my two years and will continue to do in the next four.
- Richard M. Daley

I believe the way I describe the problems in Chicago
is that it's a metropolitan area.
I've said that everywhere.
The uneducated child is not just my problem,
it's the state's problem.
It's also the federal government's problem.
- Richard M. Daley

Create happiness for others.
- Dale Carnegie

Success is getting what you want;
happiness is wanting what you get.
- Dale Carnegie

Count your blessings - not your troubles.
- Dale Carnegie


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