Rick Perry Quotes

We should also give students more flexibility in the courses they take in high school to prepare them for whatever their goals may be without sacrificing our rigorous academic standards.

We need to stop apologizing for celebrating life. We need to stop apologizing for wanting to protect an individual's right to build a business.

It is time to change our policy of appeasement toward the Palestinians to strengthen our ties with the nation of Israel.

We do not have to accept our current circumstances. We will change them. We are Americans. That's what we do.

I supported Arizona's immigration law by joining in that lawsuit to defend it. Every day I have Texans on that border that are doing their job.

Abstinence works I know it from my own personal life abstinence works.

Great leaders have an ability a characteristic of analyzing very good talent and empowering that talent.

Obama is a president who I think is anti-jobs.

If you rent a U-Haul to move your company it costs twice as much to go from San Francisco to Austin than the other way around because you can't find enough trucks to leave the Golden State.

Armed and law-abiding citizens are a greater deterrent to violent crime than 1 000 laws passed by Congress.

The people who illegally cross into the country are from countries that have very close ties to al Qaeda whether it's Yemen or Afghanistan Pakistan China. It is an absolute national disgrace.

Yeah that's a cool name but it's a monstrous intrusion into our affairs.

Under Obama our federal tax dollars can now be used to fund abortion all over the world. With the stroke of a pen abortion essentially became a U.S. foreign export.

Eliminate agencies that perform redundant functions... Get rid of the Department of Commerce the Department of Education the Department of Energy.

We will reverse course on the heavy hand of regulation discarding Dodd-Frank and any other regulations that advance a political agenda at the expense of jobs and investment on Main Street.

Democracy functions best when we have an active citizenry.

According to a study by Achieve Incorporated Texas is the first state to make a college-prep curriculum the standard coursework in high school starting with this year's ninth grade class.

We cannot afford four more years of this misguided socialist policies from President Obama and his administration.

The Obama administration is an affront to every freedom-loving American and a threat to every private sector job in this country.

Aggies have a really interesting way of admitting defeat. We've never been outscored. We just ran out of time.

Admit it America - 2008 was our national 'oops' moment!

From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented.

I'm actually for gun control -- use both hands.

Who knew when you were watching the Verizon ad and the guy said 'Can you hear me now ' that was really just a mic check for the Obama administration.

Although Mr. Trump talks an interesting and entertaining game rarely do I hear him lay out specifics.

As Americans we don't see the role of government as guaranteeing outcomes but allowing free men and women to flourish based on their own vision their hard work and their personal responsibility.

I am a firm believer in intelligent design as a matter of faith and intellect and I believe it should be presented in schools alongside the theories of evolution.

You have a problem with allowing someone to finish speaking.

Either faith in Christ can cleanse all people of their sin or none but not some... The truth of Christ's death resurrection and power over sin is absolute.

Let's make what Americans buy. Buy what Americans make. And sell it to the world.

I want you to answer this question: Why should you settle for anything less than an authentic conservative who will fight for your views and values without an apology? Think about that.

I come by my conservatism authentically not by convenience. And I offer the American people a new direction.

America is looking for a consistent leader.

It is through states that the American people get the job done every day often in spite of a deeply flawed bureaucratic federal government.

I stand before you today as a disciplined conservative Texan a committed Republican and a proud American united with you to restoring our nation and revive the American dream.

We don't have to apologize for American exceptionalism or western values.

I may have the genetic coding that Im inclined to be an alcoholic but I have the desire not to do that and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.

The air we breathe the water we drink and the land we inhabit are not only critical elements in the quality of life we enjoy - they are a reflection of the majesty of our Creator.

But it wasn't until I graduated from Texas A & M University and joined the United States Air Force flying C-130's all around the globe that I truly appreciated the blessings of freedom.

Above all let us pray for our children.

Our goal is to displace the entrenched powers in Washington restore the rightful balance between the state and federal government.

Dark economic clouds are dissipating into an emerging blue sky of opportunity.

We believe in government involvement that leads to independence: good schools quality roads and the best health care.

That the Texas Legislature that the Texas school boards the Texas teachers we collectively know best how to educate our children rather than some bureaucrat in Washington.

How does the richest country in the history of the world fail to pay its bills?

Conservatives are winning offices and champions of big government are cleaning out their desks right now.

We can't have deficit spending in Texas. You have to balance your budget every two years.

Scouting ought to be about building character not about sex. Period. Precious few parents enroll their boys in the Scouts to get a crash course in sexual orientation.

Every barrel of oil that comes out of those sands in Canada is a barrel of oil that we don't have to buy from a foreign source.

Whether you agree or disagree with Barack Obama he is getting some things done though not in the way most Americans would prefer or what is actually best for them.

I don't think we've ever had a president who has more disdain for Washington than Barack Obama does and he does things with executive orders or rules that you don't even see.

George W. Bush did an incredible job in the presidency defending us from freedom.

Tell the trial lawyers to get out of your state and to quit costing businessmen and women.

Our view is that individuals and families can govern their lives better than bureaucrats.

It takes balls to execute an innocent man.

When a criminal breaks into your home I'll let the liberals call the lawyer. I'm going to call Smith & Wesson.

It's time to believe again in the potential of private enterprise set free from the shackles of over-bearing federal government.

In America the people are not subjects of government the government is subject to the people.

A leader gets things done.

You don't want to ruin a kid's life for having a joint

As long as it's not me I'll be cool.

The fact is there is forgiveness for those who seek God. And I believe in the power of redemption.

I've always believed the mission is greater than the man.

The foundation for future prosperity is built on the bedrock of good jobs and great schools. We are building a strong foundation one job at a time and one educated Texan at a time.

It is time to let America be America again. To return freedom to the people. To stand on our founding principles and reject the cynical politics of the Nanny State.

I hope I am the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses.

What I learned growing up on the farm was a way of life that was centered on hard work and on faith and on thrift. Those values have stuck with me my whole life.

I mean I hate to be conspiratorial but I mean how do you move that many people from Central America across Mexico and then into the United States without there being a fairly coordinated effort?

We find ourselves in what I consider to be the most challenging difficult threatening time since World War II because of this War on Terror.

When the good lord calls you home the government ought not come get your home.

I know for a fact that Ted Cruz every day uses two checklists - to guide him through his personal and professional life - and that is the Bible and the U.S. Constitution.

Four semesters of organic chemistry made a pilot out of me.

I'm more Jewish than you think I am...I read the part of the Bible that said the Jews are God's chosen people.

As Americans we realize that there is no taxpayer money that wasn't first earned through the sweat and toil of one of our citizens.

Juarez is reported to be the most dangerous city in America.

I happily cling to my guns and my God even if President Obama thinks that that is a simpleminded thing in his elitist heart.

I grew up in a house with no running water 16 miles from the closest place that had a post office. I had a very parochial view of the world.

Texas created more jobs in 2008 than the rest of the states - combined.

I would do away with Education Commerce and let's see - the third one I can't. I can't. Oops.

ISIS represents the worst threat to freedom since Communism!

The citizens of America and the citizens of Texas expect to be able to live in safety in their communities. That's what the rule of law is truly all about.

Debates are set up for nothing more than to tear down the candidates. It's pretty hard to be able to sit and lay out your ideas and your concepts with a one-minute response.

I don't want to look like Connecticut no offense I don't want to look like Oklahoma I don't want to look like California. I want to be uniquely Texas. And that's not to diss anybody else.

We must do right and risk the consequences.

Our shared conservative values our belief in the individual is the great hope of our nation.

Let's stand up. Let's speak with pride about our morals and our values and redouble our effort to elect more conservative Republicans.

Ted Cruz will point Americans back to the principles established by our Constitution enabling you to live free.

In Michigan a liberal democrat raised taxes and kept their government programs at the same level. And guess what? Their economy continued into the toilet it continued down.

I got a feeling that after six years of disappointment of mediocrity and decline a slow course correction is not what voters are going to be looking for in 2016.

In the myopic world of the liberals guns are responsible for evil instead of the perpetrator of evil. But criminals are not bound by our laws. That's what makes them criminals.

Page one of any economic plan to get America working is to give a pink slip to the current resident in the White House.

Our party cannot be all things to all people. It can't be. Our loudest opponents on the left are never going to like us so let's stop trying to curry favor with them.

Texas has long been known as the nation's largest energy producer but we are equally proud of our distinction as the nation's leading energy innovator.

I don't believe man-made global warming is settled in science enough.

Donald Trump is not softening his position on immigration.

I don't think Obama understands basic economics. Not economics that work. He may understand some theory that someone in Princeton sat and dreamed up but it's not working.

I'll work every day to try to make Washington D.C. as inconsequential in your life as I can.

Spreading the wealth punishes success while setting America on course for a greater dependency on government.

Here is what we know after more than a decade of Republican rule: Texas works. Even 'The New York Times' let it slip into its pages that 'Texas is the future.'

And I have a message for the liberals and the defenders of the status quo: we're just getting started.

The economy is very different in the world that we're living in. And I think Americans are looking for executive leadership that actually has some experience of creating jobs.

I didn't say I was running did I?

I disagree with the concept that somehow or another we're going to pack up 10 to 12 to 15 million people and ship them back to the country of origin. That's not going to happen.

If you're looking for a slick politician or a guy with great teleprompter skills we already have that. He's destroying our economy. I'm a doer not a talker.

It's time to bring tough medicine to Washington. No longer will policy be set by K Street it will be dictated by Main Street.

There is evil prowling in the world - it shows up in our movies video games and online fascinations and finds its way into vulnerable hearts and minds.

You see as Americans we're not defined by class and we will never be told our place. What makes our nation exceptional is that anyone from any background can climb the highest of heights.

Those jobs flee other states because of factors like excessive taxation punitive regulation and frivolous lawsuits.

Americans want government that is leaner more efficient and less intrusive into their personal lives.

We're at the end of an era of failed leadership. We have been led by a divider [ Barack Obama] who has sliced and diced the electorate pitting American against American for political purposes.

I learned that not everyone values life like we do in America or the rights that are endowed to every human being by a loving God.

I'm all about job creation. That's what I've done for ten years as the governor of Texas and that's what I'm focused on.

You can always follow me on Tweeter.

Beautiful luscious and flowing. Atop the governor's head.

Audie Murphy remains a shining example for anyone who believes in the importance of service for generations now and into the future.

Religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion.

Who can be against progress after all? But it's a fraudulent use of the word - because for the Progressive progress is marked not be how free you are but how much government can 'do' for you.

Washington's insatiable desire to spend our children's inheritance on failed stimulus plans and other misguided economic theories have given record debt and left us with far too many unemployed.

Guns require a finger to pull the trigger.

The great lesson of history for us is that strength and resolve bring peace and order and weakness and vacillation invite chaos and conflict.

America needs jobs smaller government less spending and a president with the courage to offer more than yet another speech.

My quarrel is not with the legitimate role of government but with the unlimited role of government.

I don't want to be the president of the United States. I do want to work with the governors across the country to make the states more pivotal more powerful as they should be.

Just because you have a group of scientists who stood up and said here is the fact. Galileo got outvoted for a spell.

America's greatness is not found in the size of its government. America's greatness resides in the hearts and the minds of the people.

My hope is that that person will come forward that can win the presidency that we can all get behind.

I have no question that Newt Gingrich has the heart of a conservative reformer the ability to rally and captivate the conservative movement.

The God we serve does not seek out the perfect but instead uses our imperfections and our shortcomings for his greater good. I am humbled by my own limitations. But where I am weak He is strong.

Government that is open and honest will always be able to withstand the light of day.

When I make a vow to God then I would suggest to you that's even stronger than a handshake in Texas.

It's... time to introduce scholarship programs that give students a choice especially those who are locked into low-performing schools.

Running for the presidency's not an IQ test

The most important thing for us is to save lives.

We stand up and proudly proclaim that Washington is not our caretaker and we reject a state in Margaret Thatcher's words a state that takes too much from us to do too much for us.

I think every program needs to stand the sunshine of righteous scrutiny. Whether it's Social Security whether it's Medicaid whether it's Medicare.

I believe in America. I believe in her purpose and her promise. I believe her best days have not yet been lived. I believe her greatest deeds are reserved for the generations to come.

Those of you that will be 21 by November the 12th I ask for your support and your vote.

We know there is no such thing as freedom without the risk of failure.

One of the reasons that Im running for president is I want to make sure that every young man and woman who puts on the uniform of the United States respects highly the president of the United States.

I think you need to have a tax system that basically is flat fair and simple. And - that you can put on a post card. I mean even Timothy Geithner could do this one and get it on time.

We want taxpayers not tax wasters.