To me, failure is not fatal unless you quit; getting knocked down is not embarrassing unless you allow it to keep you down.
p. 42 (Never Again: Securing America and Restoring Justice (2006))
A trustee has a responsibility to guard the assets of others with a higher degree of care than he does his own.John Ashcroft
The last time I looked at September 11th, an American street was a war zone. There was a street in Virginia that was a war zone.John Ashcroft
The objective of securing the safety of Americans from crime and terror has been achieved.John Ashcroft
Sometimes the act of walking in the face of the elements helps us come to grips with reality. Or it simply exhausts us to the point of seeing the futility of resisting reality and the futility of denial.John Ashcroft
I was deeply grieved and suddenly depleted by a draining weariness. This day had been a nightmare, and I had not yet been asleep.John Ashcroft
I decided this early on at Justice: if the traditional way was the most effective way of doing something, then we'd maintain it. But if it was not functioning at optimum levels, we would be doing the country a disservice by continuing to do things "like we've always done them."John Ashcroft
It wasn't that people were antagonistic; it was more that they were accustomed to doing their work in a certain way, and change always causes some people to be uncomfortable.John Ashcroft
It is not enough that we have a guilty defendant. We must have an innocent system as well.John Ashcroft
Do not allow your sorrow or your rage to become hostility toward people on the basis of their ethnicity or their religious views. That is unacceptable; it is out of bounds, and if you break the law, we will prosecute you for it.John Ashcroft
Doing what is right in the face of adversity is not always easy or popular. Critics may assail you, but the critics don't always realize what they don't know or don't understand, because they don't have access to all the information.John Ashcroft
How sad, that the group with the most access to the truth chose in several strategic instances to look the other way.John Ashcroft
The goal of terror is not traditional territorial enlargement; rather the war target of the terrorist is the dismemberment of the will of the community it terrorizes.John Ashcroft
The worst mistake a boss can make is not to say "well done".John Ashcroft
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