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Bill Owens Quotes

A renewed commitment to the freedom and opportunity of our people is the touchstone of our time. In this new century, where tests are many and challenges change with the shifting of the wind, we must hold fast to the principles that have made our nation the envy of the world.

A strong economy begins with a strong, well-educated workforce.

Actions, not words, are the ultimate results of leadership.

All the faith and good will in the world is wasted without direction.

Americans no longer look to government for economic security; rather, they look to their portfolios.

As a governor, I am naturally inclined to focus on the domestic side of protecting the United States.

Families are the tie that reminds us of yesterday, provide strength and support today, and give us hope for tomorrow. No government, no matter how well-intentioned, or well-managed, can provide what our families provide.

Freedom is contagious. That's why despots fear it so much.

Government can't create wealth, but it can create the conditions for private enterprise to flourish.

Government frequently has a problem recognizing perception versus reality.

I believe the Patriot Act strikes the right balance needed to protect our freedom and security.

Ideally the world would look like Davos, where there's more security than we can even see on the street.

If you ask me to compromise on principle, I will get out the veto pen.

In this new century, our commitment to family and to faith, to community and opportunity, to freedom and to hope, will be the light that shines to lead us forward.

It is the solemn obligation of a leader always to be a leader. Even when - perhaps especially when - you don't feel like being a leader.

It will take years to bring Iraq the democracy it deserves.

Leadership is an active role; 'lead' is a verb. But the leader who tries to do it all is headed for burnout, and in a powerful hurry.

Leadership offers an opportunity to make a difference in someone's life, no matter what the project.

Our American story, for generations, is of a people who seek to move forward. A people who look at a mountain and worry not about the tough climb ahead, but dream about the view from the summit.

This year, we must address the Colorado Paradox. We have more college degrees per capita than any state. Yet we lag the nation in the percentage of students who go on to higher education.