At 94 years and 172 days old, Jimmy Carter is now the longest living president in U.S. history.
In the decades since he left the White House, President Carter has earned the love and respect of the masses of Americans for his life of service, voice of compassion, and unwavering integrity. From March 22, 2019, he is older than President George H.W. Bush was successful when Carter officially became the oldest American president ever to live.
And he is certainly not your average non-German; his age does not seem to delay him at all. In his book ‘A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety’ he wrote that his later years were the best time of his life. He fought cancer and scared everyone a little when he collapsed when he built a house for Habitat for Humanity two years ago (yes, at 92, he helped build a house), but it turned out to be a bit of dehydration. Phew!
Jimmy Carter embodies authentic goodness—a quality we often struggle to find in the world of politics.
People love Carter because all the evidence suggests that he is a really good person. He may not have been the most effective president – a job that is impossible to do in any case – but the Nobel Prize winner’s dedication to making the world a better place is undeniable.
President Carter is the kind of man we are looking for for inspiration and hope in an often dark and cynical world. These words of wisdom that he has shared over the past decades in speeches, interviews and books he has written illustrate what makes him so loved.
His reverence for nature.
“It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can honor our children the gifts of nature, the joys and beauties of nature will be here forever.”
“Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.”
His commitment to peace.
“War can sometimes be a necessary evil, but no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.”
“We cannot be the world’s greatest advocate of peace and the world’s largest supplier of weapons of war.”
“In religious and secular matters, the more fervent beliefs attract supporters. If you are moderate in all respects – if you have moderate abortion, if you have moderate control over weapons, or if you have moderate in your religious beliefs – it does not evolve into a crusade where you are good or bad, good or bad, with us or against us. “
“People make a big fuss about you when you are President, but I am very serious about doing everything I can to make sure it doesn’t occur to me.”
“There is always an element of self-deception among people who believe they should be president. There is an underestimation of your opponent and an overestimation of your own possibilities. This is compatible with being rich and powerful, the idea that we are God are blessed because we deserve to be blessed. “
“We must live our lives as if Christ is coming this afternoon.”
“I have one life and one chance to make it count for something … My faith requires that I do everything I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, as long as I can with whatever I have to try to difference.”
…but also how his faith didn’t unduly influence on his politics.
“I think there must be a strict separation or wall between our religious beliefs and our practice of political authority.” I don’t think the President of the United States should glorify Christianity if he happens to be a Christian. of Judaism, Islam or other religions. “
“If you are scared to make someone angry, you end up looking for the smallest common denominator of human performance.”
The way he handled the press.
“I look forward to these confrontations with the press to find a kind of balance between the fun and pleasant things I get as president.”
His lifelong learning.
“I have just finished my 20th book of the past year and I am now working on my 21st book on the Middle East, which I will finish this year. And I get up early in the morning and when I am tired of the computer and tired of doing research, I walk 20 steps to my wood shop and build furniture or paint paintings, I am also an artist. “
His understanding of what really matters.
“In a country that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities and our belief in God, too many of us now tend to worship pleasure and consumption. Human identity is no longer determined by what someone does, but by what the owner is, but we have discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our desire for meaning. We have learned that the accumulation of material goods cannot fill the void of lives that have no confidence or purpose. “
“Earlier in my life, I thought the things that mattered were things you could see, such as your car, your house, your wealth, your property, your office. But as I grew older, I became convinced that the things that matter most are those you cannot see – the love that you share with others, your inner purpose, your comfort with who you are. “
“A strong nation, such as a strong person, can afford to be gentle, determined, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to give a helping hand to others. It is a weak nation, like a weak person who must behave with blunder and boasting and recklessness and other signs of insecurity. “
“My hope is that our leaders will benefit from the most admirable features of our country. When people in other countries face a challenge or a problem, it would be good for them to look to Washington for help or as an excellent example Our government must be known as an opponent of war, committed to resolving disputes by peaceful means and, wherever possible, eager to achieve this goal.We must be seen as the firm advocate of human rights, both among our own citizens and within America should be the central point around which other countries can resist threats to the quality of our common environment, and we must be willing to set a good example by sharing our great wealth with those in need. provide opportunities for all citizens and ensure that they meet the basic needs of the l briefly offered. It would not be a sacrifice to illustrate these qualities. Instead, the well-being of our nation would be improved by restoring the trust, admiration, and friendship that our nation previously enjoyed among other nations. At the same time, all Americans could be united in a common commitment to revive and nurture the political and moral values that we have embraced and sought for over the past 240 years. “