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A collection of quotes and thoughts by John McCain on hobbit, education, Vietnam, Trump, God, believe, America, democracy, life, love, fight and strength.

140 Interesting Quotes By John McCain

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United States Senator

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Coco Solo, Panama

Founder / Co Founder
The Reform Institute

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John McCain was an illustrious American politician who served as the senior United States Senator from Arizona from 1987 to 2018. In the 2008 presidential election, he was the Republican nominee but lost to Barack Obama. He pursued his graduation from the U.S Naval Academy and joined the United States Navy following the footsteps of his grandfather and father who were both four-star admirals. After retiring from navy as a Captain, he shifted to Arizona and entered politics. In the 1990s, he played a pivotal role in reinstituting diplomatic relations with Vietnam. Following is a corpus of famous, interesting and popular quotes and sayings by the renowned politician which has been mustered from his speeches, interviews, thoughts, populace utterances, statements and life. Take a look at some notable quotes and thoughts by John McCain on security, moment, business, communication, love, country, service, power, vision and America.

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, John McCain

I'm not President Bush

- John McCain

I don't think Roger Ailes is ham-fisted.

- John McCain

I think that Fox News is a bit schizophrenic.

- John McCain

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

- John McCain

You have to listen to people that have chosen the nominee of our Republican Party. I think it would be foolish to ignore them.

- John McCain

I think that it's important that we understand the importance of the Hispanic vote in America.

- John McCain

I don't think anybody is - no one could compare to Ronald Reagan, because he was the right man at the right time.

- 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

- John McCain

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

- John McCain

Sometimes it's important to watch what the president does rather than what he says.

- John McCain

Government should take care of those in America who can't care for themselves. That's a role of government.

- John McCain

Our great power does not mean we can do whatever we want whenever we want, nor should we assume we have all the wisdom and knowledge necessary to succeed.

- John McCain

We need a free press. We must have it. It's vital.

- John McCain

But we should be mindful as we argue about our differences that so much more unites than divides us. We should also note that our differences, when compared with those in many, if not most, other countries, are smaller than we sometimes imagine them to be.

- John McCain

Country First

- John McCain

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

- John McCain

I admire the Islam. There's a lot of good principles in it.

- John McCain

I don't doubt the sincerity of my Democratic friends. And they should not doubt ours.

- John McCain

The U.S. never lost a battle against North Vietnam, but it lost the war.

- John McCain

Russia's leaders, rich with oil wealth and corrupt with power, have rejected democratic ideals and the obligations of a responsible power.

- John McCain

Frankly, I would never accept an award from Vladimir Putin because then you kind of give some credence and credibility to this butcher, this KGB agent, which is what he is.

- John McCain

I consider myself a Christian. I attend church. My faith has sustained me in very difficult times.

- John McCain

During one period while I was in solitary, I memorized the names of all 335 of the men who were then prisoners of war in North Vietnam. I can still remember them.

- John McCain

The problem... is that most members of Congress don't pay attention to what's going on.

- John McCain

My greatest fear is the Iranians acquire a nuclear weapon and give it to a terrorist organization. And there is a real threat of them doing that.

- John McCain

Thank God for our form of government. The media won't let there be any cover-up.

- John McCain

We cannot forever hide the truth about ourselves, from ourselves.

- John McCain

I'm not against a border wall, OK, but go to China, and you'll see a border wall there. We need technology, we need drones, we need surveillance capabilities, and we need rapid-reaction capabilities.

- John McCain

War is wretched beyond description, and only a fool or a fraud could sentimentalize its cruel reality.

- John McCain

I have watched men suffer the anguish of imprisonment, defy appalling human cruelty... break for a moment, then recover inhuman strength to defy their enemies once more.

- John McCain

I believe in evolution. But I also believe, when I hike the Grand Canyon and see it at sunset, that the hand of God is there also.

- John McCain

I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else's.

- John McCain

For much of my life, the Navy was the only world I knew. It is still the world I know best and love most.

- John McCain

The president has promised greater border security. We can agree to that. A literal wall might not be the most effective means to that end, but we can provide the resources necessary to secure the border with smart and affordable measures.

- John McCain

Every day, people serve their neighbors and our nation in many different ways, from helping a child learn and easing the loneliness of those without a family to defending our freedom overseas. It is in this spirit of dedication to others and to our country that I believe service should be broadly and deeply encouraged.

- John McCain

If you want to preserve - I'm very serious now - if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That's how dictators get started.

- John McCain

[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.

- John McCain

We all know spending levels for defense and other urgent priorities have been woefully inadequate for years. But we haven't found the will to work together to adjust them.

- John McCain

Politics abhors a vacuum, and Asian countries will gravitate towards China if U.S. influence is perceived as declining.

- John McCain

For America, our interests are our values, and our values are our interests.

- John McCain

Whenever America sends its citizens into harm's way, it must do so with eyes wide open.

- John McCain

I believe we should always put our country first.

- John McCain

Americans and Europeans share a common goal - to build an enduring peace based on freedom.

- John McCain

As chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I am confronted every day with the security concerns and threats to our own nation's safety, as well as threats to the rest of the world.

- John McCain

Putin's Russia is our adversary and moral opposite. It is committed to the destruction of the post-war, rule-based world order built on American leadership and the primacy of our political and economic values.

- John McCain

On Putin's order, corrupt apparatchiks and crony oligarchs rob Russians of their nation's wealth and resources.

- John McCain

For Mr. Putin, vacillation invites aggression. His world is a brutish, cynical place, where power is worshiped, weakness is despised, and all rivalries are zero-sum.

- John McCain

The French repulsed wave after wave of frontal attacks at Dien Bien Phu. The 1968 Tet offensive against the U.S. was a military disaster that effectively destroyed the Viet Cong. But Giap persisted and prevailed.

- John McCain

I'm sick and tired of only being asked about everything that Donald Trump says or does.

- John McCain

Public life has many more privileges than hardships.

- John McCain

When you're not winning, you're losing.

- John McCain

When Barack Obama won in 2008, in 2009 I voted for his team because I think that - that the American people wanted him to have his team. But don't think I wasn't worried about it. Really worried.

- John McCain

I thought I'd be president of the United States.

- John McCain

I tell the same stories all the time because I like them!

- John McCain

I believe in prayer. I pray every night.

- John McCain

On the issue of the gay marriage, I believe if people want to have private ceremonies, that's fine. I do not believe that gay marriages should be legal.

- John McCain

Our society demands that women be treated equally and that we not discriminate against them.

- John McCain

I understand the sensitivity of issues regarding women in the military.

- John McCain

We cannot have a separate group of people that are military and a separate civilian society. Otherwise, it's dangerous to democracy.

- John McCain

Personally, I liked Admiral Kelso very much. I believe that he served his country with distinction.

- John McCain

Americans want jobs. They want affordable health insurance. They want an education.

- John McCain

Sen. Obama comes from the old Chicago machine politics and has never taken on the special interests in his party on a major issue ever.

- John McCain

I've tried to say that I admire and respect Sen. Obama. He has accomplished great things, and he has motivated people, and so - and he loves his country, just as I do.

- John McCain

I'm proud of my record of reform, taking on my own party.

- John McCain

The first role of government is to help people who are in crisis or need. That's why we have government.

- John McCain

I'm sick and tired - and the American people are sick and tired - of the pork barrel spending.

- John McCain

My record shows that I have put my country first, and I follow the philosophy and traditions of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.

- John McCain

Most great leaders in history that I've studied always need to get as wide a range of opinions as possible so that they can have sufficient information to make the right decisions.

- John McCain

I guess my view is I believe less governance is best governance and that government should not do what the free enterprise and private enterprise and indidividual entrepreneurship and the states can do.

- John McCain

I've always given presidents the benefit of the doubt on their nominees.

- John McCain

I get along with the Democrats, but please - I'm not their hero.

- John McCain

Some men are much more self-sufficient than others.

- John McCain

I used to write books and plays in my mind, but I doubt that any of them would have been above the level of the cheapest dime novel.

- John McCain

I think ISIS can do terrible things.

- John McCain

Putin wants to restore the Russian empire. That's his ambition; he's stated it many times.

- John McCain

I think it's important for the president of the United States to be aware of the intelligence information that we have.

- John McCain

I think that Rand Paul represents a segment of the GOP, just like his father. And I think he is trying to expand that, intelligently, to make it larger.

- John McCain

No one can plausibly argue that ridding the world of Saddam Hussein will not significantly improve the stability of the region and the security of American interests and values.

- John McCain

I am frustrated and outraged by the slow nature of change at the VA.

- John McCain

In the real world, as lived and experienced by real people, the demand for human rights and dignity, the longing for liberty and justice and opportunity, the hatred of oppression and corruption and cruelty is reality.

- John McCain

I have certainly seen my share of the world as it really is and not how I wish it would be.

- John McCain

It is foolish to view realism and idealism as incompatible or to consider our power and wealth as encumbered by the demands of justice, morality, and conscience.

- John McCain

We are a country with a conscience.

- John McCain

I know in war good people can feel obliged for good reasons to do things they would normally object to and recoil from.

- John McCain

I know that victims of torture will offer intentionally misleading information if they think their captors will believe it.

- John McCain

The truth is sometimes a hard pill to swallow. It sometimes causes us difficulties at home and abroad. It is sometimes used by our enemies in attempts to hurt us. But the American people are entitled to it, nonetheless.

- John McCain

Barbara Boxer is the most bitterly partisan, most anti-defense senator in the United States Senate today. I know that because I've had the unpleasant experience of having to serve with her.

- John McCain

You cannot tell the enemy you're going to leave and expect the enemy to not - and expect to succeed. I mean, that's just a fundamental of warfare.

- John McCain

We know that Medicare's going broke in seven years, but we need to start over. That's what the American people want us to do.

- John McCain

The first pork-barrel bill that crosses my desk, I'm going to veto it and make the authors of those pork-barrel items famous all over America.

- John McCain

On the subject of Osama bin Laden... we will track him down. We will capture him. We will bring him to justice, and I will follow him to the gates of hell.

- John McCain

We must win in Iraq. If we withdraw, there will be chaos; there will be genocide; and they will follow us home.

- John McCain

I am fully prepared to be commander in chief... I don't need on-the-job training.

- John McCain

But please know, whether you believe campaign contributions are speech or property, that I learned to love very dearly the right of free expression when I lived without that freedom for a while a long time ago.

- John McCain

Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war.

- John McCain

I know from personal experience that the abuse of prisoners will produce more bad than good intelligence.

- John McCain

You raise taxes during an economic crisis time, as we did in - back in the time of Herbert Hoover, you send the country into a depression.

- John McCain

The core political values of our free society are so deeply embedded in our collective consciousness that only a few malcontents, lunatics generally, ever dare to threaten them.

- John McCain

On Putin's order, Russian security services try to destabilize NATO allies the U.S. has sworn to defend.

- John McCain