For many young Republicans, John McCain was a politician that helped inaugurate our journey to the Republican party. As a veteran and politician advocating for the Republican Party for years, we are forever grateful for his 60 years of service to the party and to the United States.

“We are Americans first, Americans last, and Americans always.”

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity to act despite our fears.”

“We are taught to understand, correctly, that courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity for action despite our fears.”

“I am Republican. I’m loyal to the party of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. And I believe that my party, in some ways, has strayed from those principles, particularly on the issue of fiscal discipline.”

“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.”

“Americans never quit.  We never surrender. We never hide from history.  We make history.”

“In prison.  I fell in love with my country.  I had loved her before then, but like most young people, my affection was little more than a simple appreciation for the comforts and privileges most Americans enjoyed and took for granted.  It wasn’t until I had lost America for a time that I realized how much I loved her.”

“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.”

“It is your character, and your character alone, that will make your life happy or unhappy.”

“Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio and television and the Internet.  To hell with them. They don’t want anything done for the public good. Our incapacity is their livelihood.”

“No just cause is futile, even if it’s lost, if it helps make the future better than the past.”

“Our shared values define us more than our difference. And acknowledging those shared values can see us through our challenges today if we have the wisdom to trust in them again.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s.”

“We need a free press. We must have it. It’s vital”

“And I call on all Americans, as I have often in this campaign, to not despair of our present difficulties, but to believe, always, in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here.”

“We are taught to understand correctly, that courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity for action despite our fears.”

“Americas never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history.”

“Our character is a lifelong project, and perhaps the older we are, and the more fixed our shortcomings are, the more we can use inspiration to encourage our escape from the restraints of our deficiencies.”  

“America’s greatest strength has always been its hopeful vision of human progress.”

“Fear is the opportunity for courage, not proof of cowardice.”

“Demographics aren’t destiny. Our culture isn’t the work of one race or religion. To suggest otherwise is to contradict our ideals and to doubt their power.”

“I don’t mind a good fight. For reasons known only to God, I’ve had quite a few tough ones in my life. But I learned an important lesson along the way: In the end, it matters less that you can fight. What you fight for is the real test.”

Sara G
CONTRIBUTOR