Elizabeth Edwards Quotes


Compromise today is too often applauded simply for itself. The cost of compromise to principles and real lives doesn't seem to matter.

Everybody makes personal decisions that are right for them and if you're in political life you're used to having those analyzed.

Nordie's at Noon is an honest and inspiring testament to [these authors'] experiences which I am completely confident... will inspire thousands of women as it inspired me.

My job as the mother of daughters is to make sure my children see that every opportunity is available to them.

Resilience is accepting your new reality even if it's less good than the one you had before.

I was a 16-year-old girl at one point so of course I wrote poetry.

One of the things that I think you see sometimes in politics is a certain degree of caution. It's usually advised by consultants who don't want to see you march to the end of a limb.

Successful health reform must not just make health insurance affordable affordable health insurance has to make health care affordable.

I have a husband who adores me.

I think that we're foolhardy to not be engaging in federal funding of stem-cell research in the most aggressive way we possibly can.

To be perfectly frank there is an odd place after losing a child where you think somehow your life is worth less.

She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her way she adjusted her sails.

I have less energy than I did when I was a younger parent although I was never really a young parent.

I want to reclaim who I am.

You have to have enough respect for other human beings to leave their lives alone. If you admire that life build it for yourself. Don't just try to come in and take somebody else's life.

Almost everybody embraces life.

The military is already sexually integrated.

I'm a recovering lawyer. The practice of law has changed. Every agreement is a fight.

... all things are possible if you are willing to put yourself on the line. You cannot stand back and hope for the best. You have to act.

Maybe we all change over time.

We have a middle class that lives on a razor blade. So sometimes when you say poverty you neglect a large portion of the population.

Life is this great big blackboard and on it you write all the things that you do.

It's more likely in America that your parents will file for bankruptcy than divorce. We think of divorce as so prevalent but we all know that happens because somebody moves out of the house.

Everybody has their burdens their grief that they carry with them.

You don't have to be perfect; you just have to be open.

I am imperfect in a million ways but I always thought I was the kind of woman the kind of wife to whom a husband would be faithful.

I come out of real life.

My father had gone to Vietnam.

I think being an effective First Lady is first of all being the partner that your husband needs.

If people think that you're throwing babies out dissecting children to do stem-cell research I'm not for that.

Brave people are the firemen who run into the burning building. That's brave.

I think self-knowledge is the rarest trait in a human being.

People find it a great blessing if their child left behind a child.

I have three living children for whom this is a father who I want them to love and on whom they're going to have to rely if my disease takes a bad turn.

I was an English major in college and then I went to graduate school in English at the University of North Carolina for three years.

My job is to stay alive until the medicine and research catch up.

Those who need a champion cannot afford compromise in the face of forces that are powerful persistent and pernicious and greedy.

I love children love spending time with them; I love getting things for them.

I would have made different choices. You know I might have married somebody else.

The way campaign funds are distributed are all a matter of record.

I'm completely comfortable with gay marriage.

Cancer is not a straight line. It's up and down.

In a sense having cancer takes you by the shoulders and shakes you.

I think that it is our intention to deny cancer any control over us.

If I had given up everything that my life was about ... I'd let cancer win before it needed to.

I'm part of a community that holds each other up and it's been great to be held up too.

Concentrate on the things that matter to you.

Honestly I get energized by the crowds. They feed me emotionally.

I'm a puzzle doer.

The days of our lives for all of us are numbered

Part of resilience is deciding to make yourself miserable over something that matters or deciding to make yourself miserable over something that doesn't matter.

We're all going to die.

I think I did marry a marvelous man.

Sometimes you get politicians who dig their feet into the sand and aren't willing to listen to another voice.

This diagnosis is a reminder that this is the life you've got. And you're not getting another one. Whatever has happened you have to take this life and treasure and protect it.

I've had to come to grips with a God that fits my own experience which is my God could not be offering protection and not have protected my boy.

I've had experiences that you know really couldn't be replaced.

There is nothing about resilience that I can say that my father did not first utter silently in eighteen years of living inside a two-dimensional cutout of himself.

I'm actually one of those people who get up energetic in the morning.

Having bought furniture for my own house and bought furniture for our house in Washington a furniture store seemed like a good idea and it also played into my personal history.

I grew up in a Navy family.

I have an obligation to try to live as long as I can for my family.

Growing up in an Italian family you use a harsh tone and 10 minutes later everybody forgets about it.

It takes a lot of work to put together a marriage to put together a family and a home.

If I say something that ends up on the front page of Drudge I haven't done it right.

Leave me if you must but be faithful to me if you are with me.

I certainly have a lot to lament as do we all everybody has their griefs. But the griefs we can fix shouldn't we go around fixing them?

You recognize a survivor when you see one. You recognize a fighter when you see one.

A lot of people have great hope and a lot of people who have great hope live. And some of them who have great hope die. So it's not that hope is going to save you.

I don't expect to get yesterday's medicine. If I can help it I'd like to get tomorrow's medicine.

My heart goes out to the grieving parents who lost their two-year-old or their newborn.

You know there are no guarantees on prognosis.

You're young. Maybe there'll be time for a do-over if you don't get it right the first time. But there are no guarantees. There will come a time as it has for me when there's no time for a do-over.

I hope I have important things to say

It's just a part of our nature to hope.

I took my son's name. I didn't take my husband's name.

Every parent has gone through a period when their child wasn't so happy with them.

We were never a family that had a lot. We had enough but not a lot.

I'm not worried about me or what's going to happen to me.

I have a lot that I intend to do in this life.

By what you do you teach your children how to respond to difficult information.

You wouldn't know I was sick unless you knew I was sick.

You never know when something's going to hit you in a particular way and just knock you loose.

I don't know why someone else's marriage has anything to do with me.

I've spent a lot of words on my own mortality.

Part of what I want to do is sort of reclaim my story - it belongs to me and to my children who have to live with whoever their mother is.

I could be wrong but I think heterosexual marriage is threatened more by heterosexuals. I don't know why gay marriage challenges my marriage in any way.

Tabloid news is tabloid news.

I can't turn on the television without seeing me or open the newspaper without seeing me and honestly I'm sick to death of me.

Either you push forward with the things that you were doing yesterday or you start dying.

Whenever anyone pulls out of the race you know unless they've just been trounced in the days before there's also - always a lot of questions about why that happened.

I'm not a victim - I never want to be perceived that way.

A lot of sad stories in a row - that wears on you.

You know I once read a short story about how much you could tell about people from their shoes. You could tell where they had been what they did whether they were real walkers.

What we hope to achieve is a society that doesn't value a white man because he's a white man but also doesn't value a woman because she's a woman or a black because he's a black.

The worst thing to me would be that you put on the face you think people want to see and then they don't like it and you think Would they have liked the real me?