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19 Wise John McCain Quotes That Will Inspire Your Success and Your Heart

In a time when true heroes in government are an increasingly rare commodity, John McCain was a true hero. Fair winds and following seas.

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BY Peter Economy - 26 Aug 2018

19 Wise John McCain Quotes That Will Inspire Your Success and Your Heart

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"Like most people of my age, I feel a longing for what is lost and cannot be restored. But if the happy pursuits and casual beauty of youth prove ephemeral, something better can endure, and endure until our last moment on earth. And that is the honor we earn and the love we give if at a moment in our lives we sacrifice for something greater than self-interest." - John McCain

Although John McCain wasn't a corporate titan, and he wasn't the founder of a Silicon Valley startup, or an entrepreneur or executive, he was a U.S. Senator for more than 30 years, a war hero, and a respected voice of reason in Washington D.C. Sadly, John McCain died today at the age of 81 due to complications from brain cancer.

In memory of this great man, here are some of John McCain's most powerful quotes -- things he believed strongly in.

1. "Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity for action despite our fears."

2. "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."

3. "Respect for the God-given dignity of every human being, no matter their race, ethnicity or other circumstances of their birth, is the essence of American patriotism. To believe otherwise is to oppose the very idea of America."

4. "Glory is not a conceit. It is not a decoration for valor. 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 in return."

5. "It is your character, and your character alone, that will make your life happy or unhappy."

6. "Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of vision."

7. "Being true to our conscience, being honest with ourselves, will determine the character of our relations with others. That is a concise definition of integrity."

8. "You have at hand many examples of good character from whom you will have learned the lessons by which you can live your own lives. You are blessed. Make the most of it."

9. "People have come to this country from everywhere, and people from everywhere have made America great."

10. "When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself."

11. "I don't mind a good fight. For reasons known only to God, I've had quite a few tough ones in my life. But I learned an important lesson along the way: In the end, it matters less that you can fight. What you fight for is the real test."

12. "In this country, we believe everyone has something to contribute and deserves the opportunity to reach their God-given potential, from the boy whose descendants arrived on the Mayflower to the Latina daughter of migrant workers."

13. "In America, we change things that need to be changed. Each generation makes its contribution to our greatness. The work that is ours to do is plainly before us; we don't need to search for it."

14. "No just cause is futile, even if it's lost, if it helps make the future better than the past."

15. "Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history."

16. "I don't believe in destiny. We are not born to become one thing or another, left to follow helplessly a course that was charted for us by some unseen hand, a mysterious alignment of the stars that pulls us in a certain direction, bestowing happiness on some and misfortune on others."

17. "I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else's. I loved it not just for the many comforts of life here. I loved it for its decency, for its faith in the wisdom, justice, and goodness of its people. I loved it because it was not just a place, but an idea, a cause worth fighting for. I was never the same again; I wasn't my own man anymore; I was my country's."

18. "It is your character, and your character alone, that will make your life happy or unhappy."

19. "We must be true to ourselves. And we must be true to others, whether they believe we are or not."

One last one -- something that meant so much to John McCain...

"Despite our differences, much more unites us than divides us. We are fellow Americans, and that's an association that means more to me than any other."

 

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