Movie Quotes from Contender, The: Quotes from the movie Contender, The

(Senator Laine Hanson): Mr. Chairman — ladies and gentlemen of the committeee. Remarkably enough, it seems that I have some explaining to do. So…let me be absolutely clear. I stand for a woman’s right to choose. I stand for the elimination of the death penalty. I stand for a strong and growing armed forces because we must stomp out genocide on this planet and I believe that that is a cause worth dying for. I stand for seeing every gun taken out of every home. Period. I stand for making the selling of cigarettes to our youth a federal offense. I stand for term limits and campaign reform. And, Mr. Chairman, I stand for the separation of church and state and the reason that I stand for that is the same reason that I believe our forefathers did. It is not there to protect religion from the grasp of government but to protect our government from the grasp of religious fanaticism. I may be an atheist but that does not mean I do not go to church; I do go to church. The church I go to is the one that emancipated the slaves, that gave women the right to vote. It gave us every freedom that we hold dear. My church is this very chapel of democracy that we sit in together and I do not need God to tell me what are my moral absolutes. I need my heart, my brain and this church.

-If we do that, we are no better than he is.
-We are no better than he is!

-If we do that, we’ll be as bad as them.
-We are as bad as them!

Chef over phone: umm, sir, we’re out of Munster. President: Well, let’s get on that, we don’t want the wheels falling off the wagon.

Greatness, it comes in many forms. Sometimes it comes in the form of sacrifice, thats the lonliest form.

guilty but not responsible

I will not defend something that should not have been asked in the first place.

Principles only mean something if you stick by them when they are inconvenient.

There is no weapon as powerful as that of an idea whose time has come.

To get power you need to display absolute pettiness. To exercise power you need to show true greatness. Such pettiness and greatness are rarely found in one person.

We’re both sticking to our guns. The difference is mine are loaded.

Well, that’s what I get for my Leftist tendencies.

What I say the American people will believe. And do you know why? Because I will have a very big microphone in front of me.

Who doesn’t want a shortcut to greatness?

You’re the future of the Democratic Party. You’ll always be.

Your grandpa will always be something. Its the one thing about being great. You are always there.

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