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John McCain

Datum narození: 29. srpen 1936

John Sidney McCain III. je americký republikánský politik, senátor za stát Arizona a veterán války ve Vietnamu. V roce 2008 byl republikánským kandidátem pro prezidentské volby, které nakonec vyhrál jeho protikandidát Barack Obama.


„Má žena Cindy je mi větší inspirací, než jsem já jí. “

„In prison, I fell in love with my country. I had loved her before then, but like most young people, my affection was little more than a simple appreciation for the comforts and privileges most Americans enjoyed and took for granted. It wasn't until I had lost America for a time that I realized how much I loved her.“ Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir


„Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself, something that encompasses you but is not defined by your existence alone.“ Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir

„I'm not President Bush“

„At least I don't plaster on the makeup like a trollop, you c***!“

„Americans Never Quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We Make History.
-John McCain“

„Glory belongs to the act of being constant to something greater than yourself, to a cause, to your principles, to the people on whom you rely and who rely on you“

„Ironically for someone who had so long asserted his own individuality as his first and best defense against insults of any kind, I discovered that faith in myself proved to be the least formidable strength I possessed when confronting alone organized inhumanity on a greater scale than I had conceived possible. Faith in myself was important, and remains important to my self esteem. But I discovered in prison that faith in myself alone, sep0arate from other, more important allegiances, was ultimately no match for the cruelty that human beings could devise when they were entirely unencumbered by respect for the God given dignity of man. This is the lesson I learned in prison. It is, perhaps, the most important lesson I have ever learned.“ Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir


„Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity to act despite our fears.“

„What packages we were allowed to receive from our families often contained handkerchiefs, scarves, and other clothing items. For some time, Mike had been taking little scraps of red and white cloth, and with a needle he had fashioned from a piece of bamboo he laboriously sewed an American flag onto the inside of his blue prisoner's shirt. Every afternoon, before we ate our soup, we would hang Mike's flag on the wall of our cell and together recite the Pledge of Allegiance. No other event of the day had as much meaning to us.
"The guards discovered Mike's flag one afternoon during a routine inspection and confiscated it. They returned that evening and took Mike outside. For our benefit as much as Mike's they beat him severely, just outside our cell, puncturing his eardrum and breaking several of his ribs. When they had finished, they dragged him bleeding and nearly senseless back into our cell, and we helped him crawl to his place on the sleeping platform. After things quieted down, we all lay down to go to sleep. Before drifting off, I happened to look toward a corner of the room, where one of the four naked lightbulbs that were always illuminated in our cell cast a dim light on Mike Christian. He had crawled there quietly when he thought the rest of us were sleeping. With his eyes nearly swollen shut from the beating, he had quietly picked up his needle and begun sewing a new flag.“
Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir

„In prison, I fell in love with my country. I had loved her before then, but like most young people, my affection was little more than a simple appreciation for the comforts and privileges most Americans enjoyed and took for granted. It wasn't until I had lost America for a time that I realized how much I loved her.
"I loved what I missed most from my life at home: my family and friends; the sights and sounds of my own country; the hustle and purposefulness of Americans; their fervid independence; sports; music; information--all the attractive qualities of American life. But though I longed for the things at home I cherished the most, I still shared the ideals of America. And since those ideals were all that I possessed of my country, they became all the more important to me.“
Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir

„I know where a lot of them [the elite or elitists] live. Well, in our nation's capital and New York City. I've seen it. I've lived there.“


„It is your character, and your character alone, that will make your life happy or unhappy.“ Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember

„[One of the biggest differences between him and his rivals for the Republican nomination was] "every one of them wants to torture people. It's amazing.“

„Our character is a lifelong project, and perhaps the older we are, and the more fixed our shortcomings are, the more we can use inspiration to encourage our escape from the restraints of our deficiencies. The“ Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember

„I don’t feel that way about the war,” I replied, and was threatened for what seemed like the hundredth time with a warning that I would be denied an operation because of my “bad attitude.“ Faith Of My Fathers

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