Best Quotes About Grant

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. -Reinhold Niebuhr

It is flagrantly dishonest for an advertising agent to urge consumers to buy a product which he would not allow his own wife to buy. -David Ogilvy

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. -Dick Cheney

I can't tell you if genius is hereditary, because heaven has granted me no offspring. -James Whistler

God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless. -Chester W. Nimitz

I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. -Hamlin Garland

It is not a fragrant world. -Raymond Chandler

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. -Bertrand Russell

The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize. -Robert Hughes

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins. -Albert Schweitzer

By placing discretion in the hands of an official to grant or deny a license, such a statute creates a threat of censorship that by its very existence chills free speech. -Harry A. Blackmun

Day by day we should weigh what we have granted to the spirit of the world against what we have denied to the spirit of Jesus, in thought and especially in deed. -Albert Schweitzer

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility – I welcome it. -John F. Kennedy

Always keep that happy attitude. Pretend that you are holding a beautiful fragrant bouquet. -Earl Nightingale

Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree. -T. S. Eliot

Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. -Jean Rhys

When a thing is said to be not worth refuting you may be sure that either it is flagrantly stupid – in which case all comment is superfluous – or it is something formidable, the very crux of the problem. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control, leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life. Too many of us divide and dissipate our energies in debating actions which should be taken for granted. -Ralph W. Sockman

One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity. -Edward de Bono

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it. -Voltaire

God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. -Daniel Webster

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work. -Horace

Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted… but to weigh and consider. -Francis Bacon

Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means that you've become a comfortable, trusted element in another person's life. -Joyce Brothers

The Democratic Party is the party that opened its arms. We opened them to every nationality, every creed. We opened them to the immigrants. The Democratic Party is the party of the people. -Richard J. Daley

Never take anything for granted. -Benjamin Disraeli

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish. -Michelangelo

Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Why does a man take it for granted that a girl who flirts with him wants him to kiss her – when, nine times out of ten, she only wants him to want to kiss her? -Helen Rowland

You kind of took it for granted around the Yankees that there was always going to be baseball in October. -Whitey Ford

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. -Amelia Earhart

The White House looked into a plan that would allow illegal immigrants to stay in the United States. The plan called for a million Mexicans to marry a million of our ugliest citizens. -Dennis Miller

This has been a learning experience for me. I also thought that privacy was something we were granted in the Constitution. I have learned from this when in fact the word privacy does not appear in the Constitution. -Bill Maher

As you know, I'm an immigrant. I came over here as an immigrant, and what gave me the opportunities, what made me to be here today, is the open arms of Americans. I have been received. I have been adopted by America. -Arnold Schwarzenegger

The world is full of genies waiting to grant your wishes. -Percy Ross

America is the civilization of people engaged in transforming themselves. In the past, the stars of the performance were the pioneer and the immigrant. Today, it is youth and the Black. -Harold Rosenberg

Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest. -W. H. Auden

All your youth you want to have your greatness taken for granted; when you find it taken for granted, you are unnerved. -Elizabeth Bowen

Our religion is itself profoundly sad – a religion of universal anguish, and one which, because of its very catholicity, grants full liberty to the individual and asks no better than to be celebrated in each man's own language – so long as he knows anguish and is a painter. -Charles Baudelaire

But his kiss was so sweet, and so closely he pressed, that I languished and pined till I granted the rest. -John Gay

Each man must grant himself the emotions that he needs and the morality that suits him. -Remy de Gourmont

Heaven grant us patience with a man in love. -Rudyard Kipling

Refrain from asking what going to happen tomorrow, and everyday that fortune grants you, count as gain. -Horace

If even dying is to be made a social function, then, grant me the favor of sneaking out on tiptoe without disturbing the party. -Dag Hammarskjold

Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. -Francis of Assisi

The race of mankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow-men; and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt. -Walter Scott

Patience is the most necessary quality for business, many a man would rather you heard his story than grant his request. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

To get a name can happen but to few; it is one of the few things that cannot be brought. It is the free gift of mankind, which must be deserved before it will be granted, and is at last unwillingly bestowed. -Samuel Johnson

There is no substitute for the comfort supplied by the utterly taken-for-granted relationship. -Iris Murdoch

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows. -George Orwell

Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole. -Derek Walcott

Since it is not granted to us to live long, let us transmit to posterity some memorial that we have at least lived. -E. Joseph Cossman

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. -Aldous Huxley

Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country. -Theodore Roosevelt

Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that. Yes, yes, it's the most comical thing in the world. -Samuel Beckett

When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people. -Noam Chomsky

Today, as we look back on the history of our nation and take note of how far we have come as a people, we are reminded that we owe a great debt to those who fought valiantly for the freedoms that we easily take for granted. -Sam Brownback

We cannot forget the little things we take for granted in America that remain the disdain of dictators and terrorists throughout the world. -Trent Lott

Our children are our greatest resource and Head Start grants help them reach their full potential. -Christopher Dodd

We often take for granted that our lights will come on when we flip the light switch, but the reality is that our reliability standards and the current state of the transmission grid leave us all vulnerable to blackouts. -Richard Burr

What most experimenters take for granted before they begin their experiments is infinitely more interesting than any results to which their experiments lead. -Norbert Wiener

My goals have gone from being an all-star to just being able to play basketball. I always took for granted that I could play. Now I know what a gift it is. -Rebecca Lobo

I try to keep my head on straight and take nothing for granted. -Anna Faris

I want justice to be so pervasive that it will be taken for granted, just as injustice is taken for granted today. -Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

The horrors of the Second World War, the chilling winds of the Cold War and the crushing weight of the Iron Curtain are little more than fading memories. Ideals that once commanded great loyalty are now taken for granted. -Jan Peter Balkenende

The nation's government has just handed me the bill that grants us our civil rights. I am receiving it before you, certain that I am accepting this on behalf of all Argentinean women, and I can feel my hands tremble with joy as they grasp the laurel proclaiming victory. -Evita Peron

Families, particularly, tend to be the ones that you take the most for granted. They seem to slip under the radar, all those important things – it almost becomes second nature to do so. -Adam Garcia

The American people are not anti-immigrant. We are concerned about the lack of coherence in our immigration policy and enforcement. -Chris Cannon

Life holds one great but quite commonplace mystery. Though shared by each of us and known to all, seldom rates a second thought. That mystery, which most of us take for granted and never think twice about, is time. -Michael Ende

A brier rose whose buds yield fragrant harvest for the honey bee. -Letitia Elizabeth Landon

At early previews, the theater gossips are there, wishing you ill every night. They don't grant you any slack. Agents are in from Hollywood. Your friends are there. People who are going to spread the word-of-mouth. If something doesn't work, everyone will know. -Peter Stone

When all of your wishes are granted, many of your dreams will be destroyed. -Marilyn Manson

Israel's capital will never again be a divided city, a city with a wall at its center, a city in which two flags fly. This city, will, in its entirety, absorb immigrants, welcome pilgrims and be the eternal capital of Israel forever. -Yitzhak Shamir

A happy home is one in which each spouse grants the possibility that the other may be right, though neither believes it. -Don Fraser

Our volunteer fire departments know their needs better than Washington, D.C. They need more flexibility on spending grant money from FEMA and Homeland Security. -Mike Ross

I could, I think, quite easily have gone to Oxford. I got four good A levels, but my father's income was such that I wouldn't have got a grant, and he wouldn't let me go to university, and that was the end of it. -Colin Baker

In this room we're all here together, but there's probably a lot of different views, people sitting here thinking, I don't own any slaves, all the slaves are dead. Why am I responsible? My family were immigrants, too. -Johnnie Cochran

Humor has historically been tied to the mores of the day. The Yellow Kid was predicated on what people thought was funny about the immigrant Irish. When you're different in a society, you're funny. -Will Eisner

I suppose no person ever enjoyed with more relish the infusion of this fragrant leaf than did Johnson. -James Boswell

We pass bills authorizing improvements and grants. But when it comes time to pay for these programs, we'd rather put the country's money toward tax breaks for the wealthy than for police officers who are protecting our communities. -David Price

It may be that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,' but I should be loath to see a rose on a maiden's breast substituted by a flower, however beautiful and fragrant it might be, that is went by the name of the skunk lily. -Alexander Henry

I feel I have to work hard to nurture whatever talent I have as an actor. I feel like it's not natural to me. So I don't take it for granted… What I think is my natural ability – which is writing – I think I totally take that for granted. -David Duchovny

In the best farce today we start with some absurd premise as to character or situation, but if the premises be once granted we move logically enough to the ending. -George Pierce Baker

In the decade before the Civil War various north and south lines of railway were projected and some of these were assisted by grants of land from the Federal Government. -John Moody

If it be not a sin, an open, flagrant violation of all the rules of justice and humanity, to hold these slaves in bondage, it is indeed folly to put ourselves to any trouble and expense in order to free them. -Samuel Hopkins

But when, in the first setting out, he takes it for granted without proof, that distinctions found in the structure of all languages, have no foundation in nature; this surely is too fastidious a way of treating the common sense of mankind. -Thomas Reid

I think foreign countries really do like it when American artists sing in their language. And when you go over there and say, 'Hi, how are you?' in their language, they love it. It makes them feel like you're doing it just for them. We in America take so much for granted. -Natalie Cole

God be praised for his gracious long suffering towards me in sparing my life so long. Grant, gracious God, that I may make a good use of the time that thou mayest be pleased yet to grant me for repentance. -Patrick Gordon

God grant you all your desires and accept my own hearty thanks for all your attention to me. Although indeed, those attentions have tried me more than death can now terrify me. -Jane Grey

Freedom granted only when it is known beforehand that its effects will be beneficial is not freedom. -Friedrich August von Hayek

I decided that now is the time to start doing the things that really interest me and I find important. It was in the 10 years of the MacArthur grant that I began working on my first book… and I began putting more work into environmental history. -Jared Diamond

Out in the lonely woods the jasmine burns Its fragrant lamps, and turns Into a royal court with green festoons The banks of dark lagoons. -Henry Timrod

But only a brief moment is granted to the brave one breath or two, whose wage is the long nights of the grave. -Muhammad Iqbal

The higher one climbs on the spiritual ladder, the more they will grant others their own freedom, and give less interference to another's state of consciousness. -Paul Twitchell

The Lord grant we may all be tillers of the soil. -Nikolai Gogol

Never just run through a study because you happen to be familiar with it, but use it to see what you can get from it on this new day which has been granted you. -James Galway

I took it all for granted, I'm sorry to say. -Dorothy McGuire

It is also, I would guess, a universal that in all societies people value respectability granted to them. -Kenneth L. Pike

With acknowledgement of residues, we can be more easily prepared to grant the unit of science, the overlapping of disciplines, and the total coherence of all facts. -Kenneth L. Pike

I suppose you all grant that woman is a human being. If she has a right to life she has a right to earn a support for that life. If a human being, she has a right to have her powers and faculties as a human being developed. If developed, she has a right to exercise them. -Ernestine Rose

Education is important because, first of all, people need to know that discrimination still exists. It is still real in the workplace, and we should not take that for granted. -Alexis Herman

We've already gotten a significant grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and a university consortium. I think the whole sector of Foundations, potentially with government support, is promising – more than promising, I think, it's substantial. -Mitch Kapor

I don't take things for granted, because everything feels more fragile. It's made me wonder about mortality and how long you've got somebody in the world. I'm more fearful than I used to be. -Robin Gibb

Television of course actually started in Britain in 1936, and it was a monopoly, and there was only one broadcaster and it operated on a license which is not the same as a government grant. -David Attenborough

Now, most of the new immigrants coming to this country are from Asia as opposed to Europe. -Iris Chang

The other aspect of American identity worth focusing on is the concept of America as a nation of immigrants. That certainly is a partial truth. But it is often assumed to be the total truth. -Samuel P. Huntington

Immigrants are people who leave one country, one society, and move to another society. But there has to be a recipient society to which the immigrants move. -Samuel P. Huntington

It was this society and culture that among other things – including economic opportunities here and repression in Europe – attracted subsequent generations of immigrants to this country. -Samuel P. Huntington

Thus, biologically speaking the American people are literally only half an immigrant people. -Samuel P. Huntington

First of all, we haven't always welcomed immigrants. -Samuel P. Huntington

Finally, in my critique of the immigration image of America, it is also important to know that we're not only a nation of immigrants, but we are in some part a nation of emigrants, which often gets neglected. -Samuel P. Huntington

I don't take my fans' love and dedication for granted. -Wynonna Judd

With the Ford Foundation grant all of a sudden instead of being an artist that had made a couple of short films, I became a filmmaker who dabbled in the arts. -Bruce Conner

They decided to let immigrants in and I am an immigrant. They gave us a chance to participate in this country's life and I took it. -Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Freedom does not come without a price. We may sometimes take for granted the many liberties we enjoy in America, but they have all been earned through the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many of the members of our armed forces. -Charlie Dent

I oppose any attempt to grant homosexual unions the same legal privileges that civil government affords to traditional marriage and family life. -Todd Akin

The real end of prayer is not so much to get this or that single desire granted, as to put human life into full and joyful conformity with the will of God. -Charles Bent

Firstly, people take for granted that the E.U. has created the biggest economic space in the world. -Peter Mandelson

I was born in Montreal in 1939, the second son of poor immigrants. -Sidney Altman

And I pray thee, loving Jesus, that as Thou hast graciously given me to drink in with delight the words of Thy knowledge, so Thou wouldst mercifully grant me to attain one day to Thee, the fountain of all wisdom and to appear forever before Thy face. -Venerable Bede

No other country on earth could have provided such tremendous opportunities and we should never take the privilege of our citizenship for granted. -Jane D. Hull

But our society does not grant nontraditional forms of intelligence equal recognition, no matter how much it would help us get along or truly enrich our lives. -Joan D. Vinge

It appears fashionable these days, and almost politically correct, to blame hard-working immigrants, especially those from Mexico and Central America, for the social and economic ills of our state and nation. -Roger Mahony

Most analysts would agree that if all the undocumented immigrants in California were deported in one day, our state would experience a severe economic downturn. This does not even consider the many cultural and spiritual gifts these immigrants bring to our state and nation. -Roger Mahony

The church also does not condone a broken immigration system in the U.S., one that too easily can lead to the exploitation, abuse and even death of immigrants. -Roger Mahony

It is unacceptable that immigrants, including children, are shackled and detained in deplorable conditions. And it is unacceptable that already this year immigrants have died by the dozens in the California desert or in other parts of the Southwest. -Roger Mahony

Our country stands at a critical point in its history. Our heritage as a nation of immigrants is at stake. -Roger Mahony

We should embrace our immigrant roots and recognize that newcomers to our land are not part of the problem, they are part of the solution. -Roger Mahony

Extreme nationalism and Bolshevism have broken up the old world, a new world is in the making. It is literally true that old things are passing away; all things may become new, granted we have wise, unselfish, and determined guides. -John Mott

I worked three and then six hours a day in my studio with strict discipline and emotion. I obtained awards usually granted to other foreigners during the end-of-year admission tests. -Ralph Allen

Fear not; and the God of mercies grant a full gale and a fair entry into His kingdom, which may carry sweetly and swiftly over the bar, that you find not the rub of death. -Donald Cargill

As is the case with many Middle Eastern nations, women are nowhere near equal to men when it comes to basic freedoms and rights that we take for granted every day. -Ginny Brown-Waite

Nearly every study shows that competition from cheap foreign labor undercuts the wages of American workers and legal immigrants. -Lamar S. Smith

Having children made us look differently at all these things that we take for granted, like taking your child to get a vaccine against measles or polio. -Melinda Gates

Instead, I was interested in what I guess I could call narrative indeterminacy, in questioning the apparent, taken-for-granted authority of any particular representation of the events in question. -Peter Straub

It's human nature to start taking things for granted again when danger isn't banging loudly on the door. -David Hackworth

I think in part the reason is that seeing an economy that is, in many ways, quite different from the one grows up in, helps crystallize issues: in one's own environment, one takes too much for granted, without asking why things are the way they are. -Joseph Stiglitz

This position is untenable, and there can be no pause in the agitation for full political power and responsibility until these are granted to all the women of the nation. -Florence Kelley

I always took it for granted that there would be life after Hollywood. -Esther Williams

Let us search into the records of Holy Writ, if out of this their great charter, there be not a seal grant of a lesser, though like privilege, and this by virtue of Christ, in that we have the honour to be accounted Abraham's seed as truly as they. -Thomas Goodwin

My father was an immigrant from Russia and my mother was first generation. -Arthur Rock

They decided that unpaid leave could only be granted through the decision of a council that consisted almost entirely of scientists who couldn't understand my reasons for wanting to go so. They said no, no unpaid. So I immediately resigned. -George Woodcock

What motivated me? My mother. My mother was an immigrant woman, a peasant woman, struggled all her life, worked in the garment center. -Al Lewis

I take it for granted that you do not wish to hear an echo from the pulpit nor from the theological class-room. -Asa Gray

People sort of take it for granted, but the more you see of the media world the more you appreciate a paper like the Times where its family continues to invest in editorial quality and I think it's the truly is the best paper in the world. -David Talbot

Men and women of high professional standing have been reduced to the status of vagrants. -Elmer Rice

As our cities have developed, they've built sometimes small villages or communities that were in place. And we've taken for granted all of that child care, the neighbourliness, the help that you get from people nearby. -Susan Oliver

The current diversity visa program does a disservice to our immigration policy and to those immigrants who have moved through the more traditional process that allows them to lawfully reside in this country. -William L. Jenkins

Certainly, in Italy, nobody takes light for granted. -Barbara Steele

In my case, I learned that although God loves us, he doesn't grant us immunity from the consequences of our choices. -Donna Rice

Today, many people take for granted the notion that people whose lives are going to be very heavily affected by public policies should have a say in how they are formulated and carried out. -Barney Frank

Father was the eldest son and the heir apparent, and he set the standard for being a Rockefeller very high, so every achievement was taken for granted and perfection was the norm. -David Rockefeller

Challenge America grants go to the towns and hamlets of this sprawling country, where big touring companies will rarely go, and major actors, actresses, writers and artists may never appear in person. -Louise Slaughter

Through persistent dedication, Susan B. Anthony, and other remarkable leaders, women were finally granted the right to vote in 1920. -Louise Slaughter

No salesman can ever guarantee you a grant from any government or non-profit organization. -Matthew Lesko

So if there is a government grant offered for anything, like starting a business or going to school, they cannot discriminate because of your age. -Matthew Lesko

There are thousands of grant programs and every program has different requirements and deadlines. -Matthew Lesko

In a time of serious budget deficits, immense war costs and a sluggish economy, we cannot afford to grant such outlandish subsidies to some of our Nation's largest corporations. -Ron Kind

After that I won a prize, I was with a group of ancient music of Spain that they helped me a lot with a grant, you see, during three years. And so I made my debut in 1944 and I found myself helping my family, it was a very poor family. -Victoria de los Angeles

You know, we have to take these characters – who, granted, have their separate personalities but, on a lot of levels, are pretty two-dimensional – and make them into people with flaws, with insecurities. -Rachael Leigh Cook

The air soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it. -Christopher Columbus

I hope this view of the question may be a mistaken one, because it does not seem to me very unlikely that the suffrage will be granted to women. -John Bright

In sum, we took energy for granted, assuming when we flipped the switch, the lights would go on and assuming that there would always be plenty of cheap fuel for our vehicles. -Mac Thornberry

That should be our test regarding immigrants. Those who come to America to tear it down or live off of others should not be welcomed. -Marvin Olasky

I don't know the right number of immigrants to let in. -Marvin Olasky

I started this foundation when I was diagnosed. It was established for one reason, and that was to try to find a cure for MS. Every penny, 100% of the public donations that come into this are given back out in the form of grants to colleges and researchers around the world. -Montel Williams

If we get the donations, I think we're going to raise a significant amount of money; some will be used for some administered costs, but the public portion of that will go directly into grants. -Montel Williams

I guess they just took it for granted that that was what I was interested in and let nature take its course. -Clyde Tombaugh

You have to compete with others in the field. Sometimes the competition gets pretty fierce because you're competing for funds or grants to do your work, the financial work. -Clyde Tombaugh

That's an interesting question. I would say that in general Americans know very little about the law. It's one of those things that most of us take for granted. -Christopher Darden

When we shoot 24, there are so many things I have to worry about, from the script to technical things to my performance, that I don't have a second to be bored or take anything for granted. We produce 24 hours of film a season, which is like making 12 movies. -Kiefer Sutherland

In my home State of Minnesota, I have seen firsthand the importance of Byrne grants to local police in reducing crime and drugs and improving public safety. -Jim Ramstad

One of the most important improvements in the No Child Left Behind Act for migrant students was the requirement for electronic transfer of migrant student records. -Ruben Hinojosa

I have not been that wise. Health I have taken for granted. Love I have demanded, perhaps too much and too often. As for money, I have only realized its true worth when I didn't have it. -Hedy Lamarr

Poverty and the rule of race that is called apartheid drive the Transkeian migrant from security on the land to work in the cities, and then back again. -Ruth First

I took Laura on a trip once where we followed the Immigrant Trail for about six hundred miles. She really learned a lesson. People forget too often how it was back then. -Bruce Dern

My parents regarded school teachers as higher beings, as did many immigrants. -Martin Lewis Perl

The question is how to bring a work of imagination out of one language that was just as taken-for-granted by the persons who used it as our language is by ourselves. Nothing strange about it. -Robert Fitzgerald

Patriotism is strong nationalistic feeling for a country whose borders and whose legitimacy and whose ethnic composition is taken for granted. -Michael Ignatieff

The culture is going into a psychological depression. We are concerned about our place in the world, about being competitive: Will my children have as much as I have? Will I ever own my own home? How can I pay for a new car? Are immigrants taking away my white world? -James Hillman

I always was one who didn't take things for granted. But I think I do appreciate things more now. The small moments of joy that we find each day are so much more precious now than when I looked at them before. -Chris LeDoux

When Hegel later became a man of influence' he insisted that the Jews should be granted equal rights because civic rights belong to man because he is a man and not on account of his ethnic origins or his religion. -Walter Kaufmann

You just have to hope that they'll grant you an interview. -Lisa Guerrero

Beginning to create again was something that I took for granted but I never will take it for granted again. -Lou Gramm

In any event, colonization and the grant of lands were provincial matters. -Albert Bushnell Hart

The United States is historically a nation of immigrants. -Charles B. Rangel

And, granted, for a long time, the European has been dominant in certain parts of this Western Hemisphere, but by the end of the 21st century, it's over. -Edward James Olmos

I also take it as granted that every created thing, and consequently the created monad also, is subject to change, and indeed that this change is continual in each one. -Gottfried Leibniz

The anger that Uncle Junior has comes from my background. My father was the son of an Italian immigrant, and I've seen the fire of the Italian temperament. It can be explosive sometimes in ways that are both funny and tragic. -Dominic Chianese

In 1968 the Arts Council managed to get a grant from the treasury to buy up a lot of derelict touring theatres and put them back in the hands of the local authorities. -Timothy West

The School Energy Crisis Relief Act authorizes the Secretary of Energy to issue energy assistance grants to help the poorest school districts across the Nation offset these unexpected and challenging costs. -Joe Baca

In fact, allowing immigrants to have licenses actually improves homeland security by allowing our government to track who is in our borders. -Joe Baca

We borrowed money, it helped us with bonds and what not, and the Federal Government backed it, but it was a guarantee, it was not a grant. And we not only paid it off, but we paid it off ahead of time. -David Dinkins

So it's a mistake for someone to think that they bailed New York out. They did assist us, for which we are grateful, but it's a mistake to say we bailed New York out by giving them a grant of money to help those poor people who throw it away on welfare. -David Dinkins

How quickly we forget God's great deliverances in our lives. How easily we take for granted the miracles he performed in our past. -David Wilkerson

We should be the natural home for the millions of Britons of immigrant origin. But we're not. Because too often we've sounded like people who wish they hadn't come here at all. -Francis Maude

Human rights are not a privilege granted by the few, they are a liberty entitled to all, and human rights, by definition, include the rights of all humans, those in the dawn of life, the dusk of life, or the shadows of life. -Kay Granger

One thing must be granted to the rich: they are goodnatured. -William Graham Sumner

For it is we who must pray for our daily bread, and if He grants it to us, it is only through our labour, our skill and preparation. -Paracelsus

Nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants currently live within our borders. That's 11 million people living in the shadows whom we know next to nothing about. -Steve Israel

Our Nation's immigration laws are disrespected both by those who cross our borders illegally and by the businesses that hire those illegal immigrants. -Steve Israel

In addition to the dread of Indians, Texas held out no inducements for Mexican emigrants. -William H. Wharton

The lands granted were in the occupancy of savages and situated in a wilderness, of which the government had never taken possession, and of which it could not with its own citizens ever have taken possession. -William H. Wharton

Only very rarely are foreigners or first-generation immigrants allowed to be nice people in American films. Those with an accent are bad guys. -Max von Sydow

I was in my yard and thought that the tree was a living being. We take trees for granted. We don't believe they are as much alive as we are. -Ziggy Marley

In July, 1892, fate suddenly granted me financial independence. -Carl Spitteler

Four men are missing; R., Sorel and two emigrants. They set out this morning after buffalo, and have not yet made their appearance; whether killed or lost, we cannot tell. -Francis Parkman

The great medley of Oregon and California emigrants, at their camps around Independence, had heard reports that several additional parties were on the point of setting out from St. Joseph's farther to the northward. -Francis Parkman

No, but I've always felt that with true talent, and a commitment to hard work, it is possible to achieve an enduring respect and appreciation. In other words, I don't take my fans for granted. -John Fogerty

This time, there were no drugs involved. The hours were completely normal daytime hours. I think we were able to appreciate the interplay, where before we had taken it for granted. -Lindsey Buckingham

Trust cannot be commanded; and yet it is also correct that the only one who earns trust is the one who is prepared to grant trust. -Gustav Heinemann

The right of petition, I have said, was not conferred on the People by the Constitution, but was a pre-existing right, reserved by the People out of the grants of power made to Congress. -Caleb Cushing

Kosovo is a small country but it also has a lot of riches that were granted to us by God. -Ibrahim Rugova

One of my fantasies in my life has been that I was granted access with a camera to go back in time, and to film the actual campaign of Alexander crossing into India through Iran and Persia. -Oliver Stone

In life, so many things are taken for granted, but one thing I can honestly say is that I took every day, enjoyed the game of putting on that uniform and playing the great game of baseball. -Wade Boggs

If women would today would rise en masse and demand their emancipation, the men would be compelled to grant it. -Victoria Woodhull

If Congress refuse to listen to and grant what women ask, there is but one course left then to pursue. What is there left for women to do but to become the mothers of the future government? -Victoria Woodhull

Each state, so that it does not abridge the great fundamental rights belonging, under the Constitution, to all citizens, may grant or withhold such civil rights as it pleases; all that is required is that, in this respect, its laws shall be impartial. -Lyman Trumbull

Let sovereignty be granted us over a portion of the earth's surface large enough to satisfy our rightful requirements as a nation. The rest we shall manage for ourselves. -Theodor Herzl

As Congress continues to debate ways to address illegal immigration, we must remember the many hard-working legal immigrants that contribute so much to our nation's economy and culture. -Bob Filner

It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. -Carl Friedrich Gauss

My parents came to the United States in the early years of this century as part of a wave of Russian Jewish immigrants seeking freedom and opportunity in the New World. -Daniel Nathans

God grant you the strength to fight off the temptations of surrender. -Walter Annenberg

The Free State men, myself among them, took it for granted that Missouri was a slave state. -Buffalo Bill

The attacks on the Paris Metro in the 1990s were committed by members of the local Muslim community, immigrants from the Maghreb region of North Africa. -Otto Schily

I'm very inspired by him-it was my father who taught us that an immigrant must work twice as hard as anybody else, that he must never give up. -Zinedine Zidane

I received a grant from The Ford Foundation to write a book for kids about urban perception, or how people experience cities, but I kept putting off writing it. Instead I started to write what became The Phantom Tollbooth. -Norton Juster

My grandfather was Catholic; my grandmother, Jewish. Crossing over from Bavaria, as immigrants to the United States, the ship started to sink. My grandmother jumped overboard. My grandfather followed, to save this girl he had never met. -Emanuel Celler

I think that every year that the New York City Ballet is alive is worthy of celebration. Because otherwise the terrible thing is just that we take it for granted. -John Guare

Whether the prayer of Seneca was granted we do not know; but, as we do not again hear of Marcus, it is probable that he died before his father, and that the line of Seneca, like that of so many great men, became extinct in the second generation. -Frederic William Farrar

We are a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. -Bob Inglis

I cannot belong to a nonprofit organization because when you receive grants, you have to make such great compromises with your artistic plans. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

I want to do exactly what I want to do. I'd rather gamble on the box office than beg for a grant. -Mikhail Baryshnikov

I never take anything for granted. I may slip any minute. -Eartha Kitt

As the 109th Congress continues to debate legislation that will affect the lives of immigrants, it is important for us to remember that we are a nation of immigrants. -Jose Serrano

We must honor our country's tradition of openness and continue to welcome new immigrants. -Jose Serrano

A time is marked not so much by ideas that are argued about as by ideas that are taken for granted. The character of an era hangs upon what needs no defense. -Lawrence Lessig

The popular will cannot be taken for granted, it must be created. -Herbert Croly

To the European immigrant – that is, to the aliens who have been converted into Americans by the advantages of American life – the Promise of America has consisted largely in the opportunity which it offered of economic independence and prosperity. -Herbert Croly

Arizona faces unique healthcare challenges including uncompensated care for illegal immigrants, and the large number of Native Americans who live in remote and isolated areas of the state. -Rick Renzi

I for one believe that we absolutely need an improved guest worker program, one that holds immigrants and employers accountable and yet still enables us to get a crop out of the ground in south Georgia. -John Linder

It is simply a fact that the birth rate of our illegal immigrants exceeds that of our legal residents. -John Linder

The voters in my district, and around the country, have demanded that Congress get a hold on the influx of illegal immigrants and tighten the security around our borders. -John Linder

Like other important immigrant communities, the Jewish experience in the United States represents the ideal of freedom and the promise and opportunity of America. -Jan Schakowsky

In Illinois, community, migrant, homeless and public housing health centers operate 268 primary care sites and serve close to 1 million patients every year. -Jan Schakowsky

As a first generation Jewish American, I have witnessed firsthand Jewish immigrants who have come to this Nation in order to create a better life for themselves, their families, and future generations. -Jan Schakowsky

My mother was an immigrant from Lebanon to the United States. She came when she was 18 years old in 1920. -George J. Mitchell

My father was the orphaned son of immigrants to the United States from Ireland. My father never knew his parents. His mother died – we're not sure – either at or shortly after his birth, and he and all of his siblings were placed in orphanages in the Boston area. -George J. Mitchell

In Washington State, the immigrant population has grown by 42 percent in the five years between 2000 and 2005 – which is an increase from 8 percent to 10.6 percent of the overall population – and the jobless rate in the state has hit a 6 year low. -Dave Reichert

It's a project that touched me as an immigrant and as a New Yorker. -Daniel Libeskind

And you have to remember that I came to America as an immigrant. You know, on a ship, through the Statue of Liberty. And I saw that skyline, not just as a representation of steel and concrete and glass, but as really the substance of the American Dream. -Daniel Libeskind

When a law enforcement officer apprehends an illegal immigrant, it makes no sense to simply release that individual who has been breaking our laws with no threat of sanction or penalty. -Bobby Jindal

The recent riots in France demonstrate the problem European countries face where second and third generation immigrants still do not consider themselves French, German, or English. -Bobby Jindal

No country in Europe has a larger proportion of men and women of immigrant descent, mainly from the African continent and mainly Muslim: an estimated six to seven million of them, or more than 10% of the population. -Timothy Garton Ash

There are two other SLA members who have been granted immunity and then also, one of the SLA members had confessed to two other people, and those people, I'm sure, will be called as witnesses, as they were at the grand jury. -Patty Hearst

The Center for Immigration Studies found that illegal immigrants cost the United States taxpayer about $10.4 billion a year. A large part of that expense stems from the babies born each year to illegal immigrants. -Nathan Deal

Births to illegal immigrants now account for nearly one out of every ten births in the United States. -Nathan Deal

Well, I mean, Congress did originally set the formula for the state grants, and they guaranteed every state a minimum formula. So that was a congressional decision. -Michael Chertoff

Last year, New York got $200 million. This year, we're going to give them $124 million under this particular program. But last year was an artificially elevated number to make up from the very low grant the year before. -Michael Chertoff

And I have to say, I agree with some of the criticisms that some have made about that state program which allocates the grant money on a very rigid formula all across the country, with a certain percentage to each state. -Michael Chertoff

Uncertainty and fear and ignorance about immigrants, about people who are different, has a history as old as our Nation. -Luis Gutierrez

Mr. Speaker, our Nation depends on immigrants' labor, and I hope we can create an immigration system as dependable as they are. -Luis Gutierrez

Let me respond with a few points, the first being that all immigrants pay taxes, income taxes, property taxes, sales taxes, gasoline taxes, cigarette taxes, every tax when they make a purchase. -Luis Gutierrez

It is not new or unusual for the real Americans, meaning those immigrants who came to America a little bit longer ago, to fear the outsiders, the pretenders, the newcomers. -Luis Gutierrez

Because the truth is, today's immigrants, as they have for generation after generation, work the longest hours at the hardest jobs for the lowest pay, jobs that are just about impossible to fill. -Luis Gutierrez

As far as income tax payments go, sources vary in their accounts, but a range of studies find that immigrants pay between $90 billion and $140 billion in Federal, State, and local taxes. -Luis Gutierrez

I consider myself an artist. God granted me some gifts so that I could express myself artistically. -Don Johnson

Unlicensed illegal immigrants drive on our roads and interstates without insurance, and there is little that our law enforcement officials can do to stop them. -Spencer Bachus

The rapid growth in many of our suburbs has spawned a booming construction industry eager to hire low wage immigrants who gladly fill these jobs, many of them happy to be paid in cash, free of federal and state taxes. -Spencer Bachus

Illegal immigrants are beginning to comprise a black market class of workers in our society, jeopardizing the financial health of companies which play by the rules, while themselves vulnerable to the exploitation by those willing to take advantage of their illegal status. -Spencer Bachus

As the number of available jobs has decreased in border states like Texas, cities halfway across America have begun to see an influx of illegal immigrants in search of employment. -Spencer Bachus

Over the last five years, the Administration and the majority in Congress have appropriated less than $900 million for port security grants – despite the Coast Guard's determination that $5.4 billion is needed over 10 years. -Solomon Ortiz

I have fought to protect those benefits that ensure better salaries for teachers across the Nation such as grants to pay off student loans and funding for Teach for America. Still, we must all do more to show our continued appreciation for our Nation's leading role models. -Solomon Ortiz

In 2003, this House voted to kill a Democratic amendment to add $250 million for port security grants; then again, in 2005, against a Democratic proposal calling for an additional $400 million in funding for port security. -Russ Carnahan

Mum used to hide love letters from my boyfriends and put me down. Now I understand that she was a Polish immigrant forced to settle in Chicago. She was jealous of the freedom life gave me. -Ruby Wax

Have I given any symptoms of an avaricious disposition? Have I obtained any grants from the crown since I have been placed at the head of the treasury? Has my conduct been different from that which others in the same station would have followed? -Robert Walpole

The Republicans claim they are for strengthening Pell grants when the truth is that over the last four years, their legislation has done the exact opposite. -John Conyers

Immigrants do more than help us win our wars, or set up cleaning shops or ethnic restaurants. -Stephen Ambrose

California has the highest number of illegal immigrants residing in its borders. The estimated number of illegal alien residents in California was about 2.2 million, or nearly 32 percent of the total number of illegal immigrants in the United States. -Gary Miller

An estimated 7 million illegal immigrants were residing in the United States in January 2000. This is double the size of the illegal immigrant population in January 1990 and constitutes 2.5 percent of the total U.S. population of just over 281 million. -Gary Miller

There needs to be more pressure on the Mexican government to stop the drugs and illegal immigrants on their side of the border instead of exporting them to the U.S. -Timothy Murphy

Our border patrol does a great job under these very dangerous conditions. They use very sophisticated equipment, including gamma rays, to detect drugs and illegal immigrants as they enter the U.S. -Timothy Murphy

Amnesty is not the answer as it will only encourage more illegal immigrants to enter. -Timothy Murphy

A system of cameras and censors are used along the border and interior to help detect the movement of illegal immigrants crossing through the dense brush. -Timothy Murphy

It is virtually impossible to control Northern Kenya, which is populated chiefly by migrant nomads. -Richard Leakey

Putting a stop to internet gambling is a necessary reform that targets flagrant violations of state and federal laws. -John Shadegg

Most previous immigrants came to the United States to become Americans, with no intention of returning home. They relinquished their ties with their homeland. English was their key to prosperity, and they worked hard to master it. -John Shadegg

A recent Pew Hispanic survey found that more than 70 percent of illegal immigrants from Mexico are interested in a guest-worker program and then returning home. -John Shadegg

The most important of all rights is the right to life, and I cannot foresee a day when domesticated animals will be granted that right in law. -J. M. Coetzee

As for September 11, let us not too easily grant the Americans possession of that date on the calendar. Like May 1 or July 14 or December 25, September 11 may seem full of significance to some people, while to other people it is just another day. -J. M. Coetzee

That the Iraqi Government is considering a political deal granting amnesty to insurgents who have attacked or killed American service members is not just shocking – the idea of amnesty for insurgents is an outrage. -Ike Skelton

Printing ballots in multiple languages costs millions of dollars every year. It also discourages immigrants from integrating into American society and gaining the benefits that come from speaking English. -Ernest Istook

My father was the son of immigrants, and he grew up bilingual, but English is what my father taught me and what he spoke to me. America's strength is not our diversity; it is our ability to unite around common principles even when we come from different backgrounds. -Ernest Istook

Yes, many immigrants cherish the value of choice and opportunity and the value of education more than 7th or 8th generation Americans. -Malcolm Wallop

For more than two centuries, the defenders of liberty have put their lives on the line, because they have known that we cannot take our freedoms for granted. -Virgil Goode

After granting amnesty to illegals 20 years ago, we have gone from 3 million illegals to 11 million illegals. Our government has been fooled once by this amnesty argument, let us not be fooled again. -Ric Keller

I am here to give the American people some straight talk about higher education. Some have said we might have cut financial aid for college students. The truth is we have expanded access to college for our neediest students through the record growth of the Pell grant program. -Ric Keller

Pell grants are the foundation of Federal student aid. As someone who attended college with the help of Pell grants and as chairman of the Pell Grant Caucus, I know how important they are for our Nation's low-income students. -Ric Keller

The State Energy Program, it provides grants to States and directs funding to State energy offices. The States use these grants to address their energy priorities, program funding to adopt emerging renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. -Rosa DeLauro

I think talent is dangerous to have if you take it for granted. If you use it well and put hard work with it together, it's hard to catch that guy. And I think that's what you're seeing right now. -Ivan Lendl

The oath of renunciation and allegiance is a solemn vow taken by thousands of immigrants each year to become a United States citizen. The oath is the fundamental statement of allegiance to the United States, and this allegiance is what unites America. -Jim Ryun

For what the lover would, that would the beloved; what she would ask of him that should he go before to grant. Without accord such as this, love is but a bond and a constraint. -Marie de France

To be sure, the response of faith to revelation, which God grants to the creature he chooses and moves with his love, occurs in such a way that it is truly the creature that provides the response, with its own nature and its natural powers of love. -Hans Urs von Balthasar

The city has become a serious menace to our civilization… It has a peculiar attraction for the immigrant. -Josiah Strong

And I highly recommend for all the women in the world, even if they're 71, you can never take for granted that he loves you. It's always good to flirt with him. It's a great sport. -Salma Hayek

I'm so vigorous, and I so take it for granted, because I've always been a real physical person. -Sally Field

But we cannot just take this historical fact for granted. We must make it live. -Wendell Willkie

For so long people have just taken what I do for granted. It is not easy to do year-in, year-out, to win Grand Slams and be No. 1. -Pete Sampras

I'm an immigrant and I've always wanted to write something about America. -Peter Jennings

Whenever I get frustrated, I tell myself, you could be working at a 7-Eleven right now, so never take for granted what you do for a living. -Shannen Doherty

Everybody gets everything handed to them. The rich inherit it. I don't mean just inheritance of money. I mean what people take for granted among the middle and upper classes, which is nepotism, the old-boy network. -Toni Morrison

In becoming an American, from Europe, what one has in common with that other immigrant is contempt for me-it's nothing else but color. -Toni Morrison

America was and is the immigrant's dream. -Don DeLillo

I think J.D. Salinger is correct in granting no interviews, and in making no speeches. -Patricia Highsmith

We cannot shun our values as an immigrant nation. This is a wrong path. And while possibly it is a short-term political victory based on division and based on creating a wedge issue that splits people in this country, it is a long-term defeat for this Nation. -Raul Grijalva

Of course, we knew that this meant an attack on the union. The bosses intended gradually to get rid of us, employing in our place child labor and raw immigrant girls who would work for next to nothing. -Rose Schneiderman

Yet food is something that is taken for granted by most world leaders despite the fact that more than half of the population of the world is hungry. -Norman Borlaug

Don't fear your mortality, because it is this very mortality that gives meaning and depth and poignancy to all the days that will be granted to you. -Paul Tsongas

From the Bush Administration to the 9-11 Commission, there is an urgent and universally recognized need to change the broken formula through which Homeland Security grant money currently is allocated to our first responders. -Vito Fossella

Music – that's been my education. There's not a day that goes by that I take it for granted. -Billie Joe Armstrong

The current administration has made the decision to cut dollars going for community development block grants, for various incentives to bring cities back. -Stephanie Tubbs Jones

Drafting a constitution is only the first step. The constitution has to be granted legitimacy by open discussion and a fair, representative referendum. -Emma Bonino

I have written about the dispossessed, immigrants, the condition of women who do not enjoy the same legal rights as men, the Palestinians who are deprived of their land and condemned to exile. -Tahar Ben Jelloun

Therefore, if we are a Nation of laws and a Nation of immigrants, immigration should occur within a legal framework, not through the machinations of illegal schemes and scams that threaten our national security. -J. D. Hayworth

The workers of the nation were tired of waiting for corporate industry to right their economic wrongs, to alleviate their social agony and to grant them their political rights. Despairing of fair treatment, they resolved to do something for themselves. -John L. Lewis

When you're in danger of losing a thing it becomes precious and when it's around us, it's in tedious abundance and we take it for granted as if we're going to live forever, which we're not. -John McGahern

Great God of the Ants, thou hast granted victory to thy servants. I appoint thee honorary Colonel. -Karel Capek

In a land of immigrants, one was not an alien but simply the latest arrival. -Rudolf Arnheim

Instead, California is one of only 10 states that provides in-state college and university tuition to illegal immigrants. That's grossly unfair to a legal high school student who moves out of California for a year, then returns to attend college. -Elton Gallegly

In addition, California spends nearly $1 billion a year in Medi-Cal services for an average of 780,000 illegal immigrants a month, over and above emergency health services. -Elton Gallegly

Consular offices make no attempt to determine whether the person obtaining the card is legally in the United States. In fact, the only people who need these cards are illegal immigrants, criminals and terrorists. Consular cards also are easily forged. -Elton Gallegly

Every unskilled illegal immigrant who enters the United States for work drives up healthcare costs for every American. And, every illegal immigrant we turn a blind eye toward weakens the rule of law our country is founded on. -Elton Gallegly

We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. -Elton Gallegly

I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship. -Pietro Aretino

We must curtail the flow of illegal immigrants across the Mexican border. -Zach Wamp

Your talent is your art. It is not to be taken for granted. -Paula Abdul

Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts which we have wasted, of all that we might have done which we did not do. -Gian Carlo Menotti

You can't take life for granted. -Jennifer Lopez

I don't want to take fame for granted because that is when you start to think you are better than everyone else. That is when you start thinking that you are someone that you are not. -Mandy Moore

Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us. -Boris Pasternak

If I could be granted a wish, I'd shine in your eye like a jewel. -Bette Midler

This only grant me, that my means may lie too low for envy, for contempt too high. -Abraham Cowley

God grants an easy death only to the just. -Svetlana Alliluyeva

Most of us readily take things for granted that at an earlier time remained to be discovered. -Robert A. Dahl

I think we take it for granted that if you are with your husband after 30 years, then he is the love of your life. -Sue Townsend

Time granted does not necessarily coincide with time that can be most fully used. -Tillie Olsen

Government, which does not and did not grant us our rights, must not now seek to deny them by using fear as its justification. -Malcolm Wallop

It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans. America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it. -Eric Hoffer

Prayer should be short, without giving God Almighty reasons why he should grant this, or that; he knows best what is good for us. -John Selden

I invented my life by taking for granted that everything I did not like would have an opposite, which I would like. -Coco Chanel

The only legitimate right to govern is an express grant of power from the governed. -William Henry Harrison

I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness. -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

You have to decide if you're going to wilt like a daisy or if you're just going to go forward and live the life that you've been granted. -Kevin Costner

I believe in the compelling power of love. I do not understand it. I believe it to be the most fragrant blossom of all this thorny existence. -Theodore Dreiser

Sometimes Aristotle analyses his terms, but very often he takes them for granted; and in the latter case, I think, he is sometimes deceived by them. -Gilbert Murray

Fate is never too generous even to its favorites. Rarely do the gods grant a mortal more than one immortal deed. -Stefan Zweig

The sanitary and mechanical age we are now entering makes up for the mercy it grants to our sense of smell by the ferocity with which it assails our sense of hearing. -Havelock Ellis

A person however learned and qualified in his life's work in whom gratitude is absent, is devoid of that beauty of character which makes personality fragrant. -Hazrat Inayat Khan

Children, I grant, should be innocent; but when the epithet is applied to men, or women, it is but a civil term for weakness. -Mary Wollstonecraft

What Bill Clinton did to us was cruel. The White House gave my attorneys indications that there was a good chance for my clemency to be granted. I had to prepare myself for being released because there was no sign that my petition would be denied. -Leonard Peltier

Prejudice – a vagrant opinion without visible means of support. -Ambrose Bierce

Revolution today is taken for granted, and in consequence becomes rather dull. -Wyndham Lewis

Do not be misled by the fact that you are at liberty and relatively free; that for the moment you are not under lock and key: you have simply been granted a reprieve. -Ryszard Kapuscinski

No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived, but most of them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted. -W. H. Auden

Awareness requires a rupture with the world we take for granted; then old categories of experience are called into question and revised. -Shoshana Zuboff

We don't really make bad records, though some people might like some more than others. And we have never really done a bad show. So I think in a way maybe we've been taken for granted. -Tom Petty

We fully believed, so soon as we saw that woman's suffrage was right, every one would soon see the same thing, and that in a year or two, at farthest, it would be granted. -Antoinette Brown Blackwell

Maturity – among other things, the unclouded happiness of the child at play, who takes it for granted that he is at one with his play-mates. -Dag Hammarskjold

It's not a pretty face, I grant you. But underneath its flabby exterior is an enormous lack of character. -Alan Jay Lerner

Whatever a person may pray for, that person prays for a miracle. Every prayer comes down to this – Almighty God, grant that two times two not equal four. -Ivan Turgenev

I do not think white America is committed to granting equality to the American Negro. This is a passionately racist country; it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future. -Susan Sontag

We want people to realize you are at a design school, not a land grant college. The way we look says a great deal about who we are. -James Hall

Disarming Iraq is legal under a series of U.N. resolutions. Iraq is in flagrant violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. -Jose Maria Aznar

People want a result. Immigrant voters aren't stupid, and they're going to know who's on their side. -Tom Snyder

Day after day we must remember we can take freedom for granted. Day after day we must keep the bond between freedom and other values in mind. -Jan Peter Balkenende

It's hard now to imagine that kind of travel and the daily tasks they simply took for granted. If a wagon axle broke, you had to stop and carve a new one. To cross a river, you sometimes had to build a raft. -James Houston

I'm still really close with everyone at home and their parents – and their brothers and sisters. I was so, so, so lucky to grow up as part of a community and I don't take that for granted. I try very hard to stay part of it. -Jennifer Garner

To the artist is sometimes granted a sudden, transient insight which serves in this matter for experience. A flash, and where previously the brain held a dead fact, the soul grasps a living truth! At moments we are all artists. -Arnold Bennett

The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none. -Andrew Jackson

It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations. -Barack Obama

You frighten a lot of scientists. If they say that climate is not changing, they lose their research grants. And some people cannot afford that; they become silent, or a few of us speak up, because we think that it's for the honesty of science, that we have to do it. -Nils-Axel Morner

Although it has been said by men of more wit than wisdom, and perhaps more malice than either, that women are naturally incapable of acting prudently, or that they are necessarily determined to folly, I must by no means grant it. -Mary Astell

We immigrants can sometimes sound a little hysterical about this because we come from places that have tried this and we know where it leads. Anybody who's lived in countries with socialized health care knows that it becomes the dominant political issue. -Mark Steyn

There is only one kind of freedom and that's individual liberty. Our lives come from our creator and our liberty comes from our creator. It has nothing to do with government granting it. -Ron Paul

A Negro woman has the same kind of problems as other women, but she can't take the same things for granted. -Dorothy Height

It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label. -Barack Obama

We can't gather the intelligence we need to foil future attacks, if we are blindly granting terrorists the right to remain silent. But for some reason, we've already done that – with the terrorist who tried to bring down Flight 253. -Peter T. King

I write about things that are important for us as Americans. I'm concerned about al-Qaeda sneaking across the border with the illegal immigrants that are using the coyotes to get across the border. And that's not a Democrat or Republican issue, that's a national security issue. -Brad Thor

We have been getting ready to recycle more e-waste by investing in infrastructure, providing grants to local government and working with industry. -Jay Weatherill

The first thing you have to do is make sure you're still wanted back. I never take that for granted any more. -Tony Dungy

I think we really feel like Crowdrise could be something that, 20 years from now, people take for granted because that's just how you do it, like if you're going to raise money for something, that's how you do it. -Edward Norton

I'm a lucky guy. I don't take for granted, for one minute, what I do. -Richie Sambora

Americans chose a limited government that exists to protect our rights, not to grant them. -Marco Rubio

Delays in granting of justice very often reduce the speed with which investment could be undertaken, discouraging investors. -Lucas Papademos

I've been been on the cover of TV Guide, on every single talk and entertainment show except Letterman. It's interesting being older and dealing with this kind of success. I'm more appreciative of it now, and I don't take it for granted. -John Stamos

I mean that'd be great if we could continue to be staples of alt-rock radio. I don't take that for granted. -Davey Havok

Have you ever watched someone become American? Last week, at a national citizenship conference I organize, thirty immigrants from 17 countries swore an oath and became citizens of the United States. It was a stirring experience for the hundreds of people in the room. -Eric Liu

Conservatives forget that citizenship is more than a thing to withhold from immigrants. Progressives forget it's more than a set of rights. -Eric Liu

I think I've begun to take for granted how easily information can swirl around me. -Sean Astin

You can never say you're big – I don't think you can ever take anything like that for granted. -Chris Martin

Everyone can identify with a fragrant garden, with beauty of sunset, with the quiet of nature, with a warm and cozy cottage. -Thomas Kinkade

The Vietnamese and the Republicans are, with an intensity, trying to take this seat from which we have done so much for our community – to take this seat and give it to this Van Tran, who is very anti-immigrant and very anti-Hispanic. -Loretta Sanchez

A lot of people are surprised to hear that an actor studied for two or three years. They take the craft for granted and wanna just wake up and be an actor. -Taylor Kitsch

In Sweden, I went to an English school, where there was a mishmash of people from all over the world. Some were diplomatic kids with a lot of money, some were ghetto kids who came up from the suburbs, and I grew up in between. There's a community of second generation immigrants, and I became part of that because I had an American father. -Joel Kinnaman

I am very optimistic, and I wish that God almighty grants me success to get a qualifying time. Only then can I go to the Olympics. If this happens I will be the first Palestinian athlete to gain a qualifying time. This will be a big achievement. -Nader al-Masri

I'm very blessed and I don't take anything for granted. -Julianne Hough

At about twelve I just knew, something clicked, and I knew I wanted to be an actor and my parents, to their credit, granted this 12 year old girl a chance to give it a try. -Erika Christensen

I kind of always took it for granted the fact that my parents were Olympic medalists. -Taylor Phinney

We should be the pro-legal immigration party. A party that has a positive platform and agenda on how we can create a legal immigration system that works for immigrants and works for America. -Marco Rubio

Traditionally, lots of vagrants and unemployable characters wind up working in kitchens. -Alex Kapranos

I don't take anything for granted. -Bubba Watson

As an immigrant, I chose to live in America because it is one of the freest and most vibrant nations in the world. And as an immigrant, I feel an obligation to speak up for immigration policies that will keep America the most economically robust, creative and freedom-loving nation in the world. -Rupert Murdoch

We certainly employ a lot of immigrants at Fox… and we do not take any consistent anti-immigrant line. -Rupert Murdoch

I just learned not to take a single thing for granted, and I think it just is extraordinary. -Vanessa Kerry

Whatever country you go to, you need to definitely follow the rules. So I believe it's very important for people, wherever they go, any immigrant should know or should try to learn something about the culture. -David Ortiz

I feel like sometimes people on television shows can start taking things for granted, or they don't want to be here or something like that. -Jason Ritter

My public image is so low-key, but I get to travel the world and still have an audience and it's really amazing. I don't take that for granted. -K. D. Lang

I never took a grant or borrowed a penny from anybody. It was partially because I didn't really know how to do that, but secondly, my pride never would have allowed me to. In the beginning it was about doing it the right way, on the merits of the music. -Bryan Adams

Immigrants provide skills that we simply cannot afford to do without. They have contributed hugely to Britain's success. -Charles Kennedy

The only way to get gay issues off the front pages of Canadian newspapers is to grant gay and lesbian people our full civil equality and leave it alone. -Dan Savage

The sun is the most important thing in everybody's life, whether you're a plant, an animal or a fish, and we take it for granted. -Danny Boyle

We've all had those moments where we take a person for granted. -Laura San Giacomo

My father was an immigrant from Austria and he became a lawyer and became a judge and I think he was a good judge. -Mickey Kaus

I think I've been wishing for celebrity for so long that I've got used to being someone who's petitioning the establishment for acceptance… my whole schtick, my whole identity, is so wrapped up in being a petitioner that I don't really know how to react now that petition has been granted. -Toby Young

I definitely got to a point where I realize how unusual it is to be able to play large, sold-out shows 30 years into a rock and roll career. I don't take it for granted. -Adam Clayton

Looking at America's history, ordinary people did something extraordinary. Leaders risked their lives for freedoms that we take for granted today. That's what instills confidence. That's us. We will move forward and prosper because that's who we are as Americans. -Scott Walker

Our worldly successes cannot be guaranteed, but our ability to achieve spiritual success is entirely up to us, thanks to the grace of God. The best advice I know is to give is to give those worldly things your best but never your all – reserve the ultimate hope for the only one who can grant it. -Mitt Romney

Illegal immigrants are using our resources, taking our jobs, filling our schools, our hospitals and our prisons, and we are paying for it all. -Dan Benishek

I love the new legal immigrants; they want their kids to be safe just like I do. -Lou Barletta

I think my parents were immigrants, you know, so I guess I would be first generation. Growing up in California. -Phillip Lim

A lot of the changes are so gradual that they don't even qualify as news, or even as interesting: they're so mundane that we just take them for granted. But history shows that it's the mundane changes that are more important than the dramatic 'newsworthy' events. -Robert D. Kaplan

Every time I score the passion comes out and I try to relay that back to the fans and to the players and the staff how grateful I am to be playing for such a good football club. The fans have taken well to me. I am part of the furniture at Everton, but I don't take it for granted. -Timothy F. Cahill

I have an immigrant story. Most people come here for economic reasons, or religious reasons, or racial reasons, or gender reasons, or one of those things. I had a good job in Paris, but America was, and still is, the golden fleece. And I've done very well! -Jacques Pepin

There is a mass of immigrants, a million of them without work. We will stop this invasion. -Antonis Samaras

I identify with Superman. I am adopted, I am an only child, and I love the idea that he comes from another world, that he's the ultimate immigrant. He has all these extraordinary powers, and he has a righteousness about him. -Bryan Singer

You've always got to work to your highest ability level. When times are great and restaurants are jamming, that's when some restaurants get sloppy and take things for granted. Never take things for granted. -Michael Symon

I think it's an enormous blessing to be the child of an immigrant who fled oppression, because you realize how fragile liberty is and how easily it can be taken away. -Ted Cruz

My dad came from Cuba when he was a teenager not speaking English. And I grew up here speaking Spanglish. That's the world in which I grew up, and that's a world in which a lot of second generation immigrants find themselves. -Ted Cruz

In many ways, people growing up with the Web and now the Semantic Web take the power at their fingertips for granted. -Tim Berners-Lee

It's traditionally not federal policy to fund state and local salaries. It's done sometimes on a temporary basis or a grant basis. But it's not often done. And the reason is clear, because the federal government can't continue in perpetuity these programs. -Jim Talent

I would not take for granted that my personal life – because I knew better than anybody – that it was just a life. It was surprisingly an ordinary life. -Jane Pauley

The principal achievement of Europe is peace, which we often forget about as it has become so taken for granted by Europeans. -Dominique de Villepin

Today, we're very dependent on cheap energy. We just take it for granted – all the things you have in the house, the way industry works. -Bill Gates

I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted. -Dalai Lama

What the president is doing is flooding the job market with illegal immigrants that he is giving temporary work permits to. Not fair. -Jim Sensenbrenner

We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better. -Mitt Romney

The U.S. tries to provide immigrants who grow up here with a world-class education and imbue them with the can-do attitude that has long defined American innovation. -Gary Locke

Why are we outsourcing millions of high-paying jobs to China and India? Why don't we secure the border and stop the country from being flooded with millions of illegal immigrants? These are important questions on the mind of middle class voters all over America. -George Noory

And because he knows that we don't have an ounce of talent to waste, the president took action to lift the shadow of deportation from a generation of young, law-abiding immigrants called dreamers. -Julian Castro

Those in the developing world have so few rights – we take a lot for granted in the developed world. -Annie Lennox

The higher amount you put into higher education, at the federal level particularly, the more the price of higher education rises. It's the dog that never catches its tail. You increase student loans, you increase grants, you increase Pell grants, Stafford loans, and what happens? They raise the price. -Bill Bennett

All too often the Democratic Party has taken the black vote for granted, and all too often the Republican Party has written it off. -Jack Kemp

Second-generation Hispanics marry non-Hispanics at a higher rate than second-generation Irish or Italians. Second-generation Hispanics' English language capability rates are higher than previous immigrant groups'. -Jeb Bush

The criminal justice system should have the authority to determine the immigration status of all criminals, regardless of race or ethnicity, and report illegal immigrants who commit crimes to federal authorities. -Susana Martinez

It has given me a global vantage point, being the daughter of immigrants from China, who had nothing when they came here. And now I am leading a company. It speaks to something deep in me, the concept that you don't have to start with anything. -Andrea Jung

I do support artists standing by their beliefs and walking with integrity. We have to find a better way to commercially exploit music while giving artists their proper respect. This cannot be done while taking their contributions for granted or trying to control the scope of their growth and power through threats and fear tactics. -Lauryn Hill

I always heard that immigrants had a really hard life when they came to America. -Sofia Vergara

I'm here not just as an actress but as a woman, an African-American, a granddaughter of Ellis Island immigrants, a person who could not have afforded college without the help of student loans and as one of millions of volunteers working to re-elect President Obama! -Kerry Washington

If you think the President was right to open the doors of American opportunity to young immigrants brought here as children who want to go to college or serve in the military, you should vote for Barack Obama. -William J. Clinton

If the Republican Party works with the Hispanic community, the immigrant community, they're natural allies. People who came to this country are more freedom-loving and more American than people who just happened to be born here. -Grover Norquist

Until he announced his immigration policy last week, Obama had the support of most Hispanic voters – but not the enthusiasm they had shown for him in 2008. That may be changing in part because of the decision not to deport young immigrants whose undocumented parents brought them here as children. -Mara Liasson

Although we take it for granted, sanitation is a physical measure that has probably done more to increase human life span than any kind of drug or surgery. -Deepak Chopra

I don't know what it's like in the U.S. but immigrants in the U.K. do the jobs the citizens won't do. -Eddie Izzard

I don't ever take anything for granted. -Kate Mara

I'm an immigrant kid who came to America from India when I was very young and grew up in New York City with a single mom and really was influenced by all of those immigrant cultures bumping up against each other. -Padma Lakshmi

In Psalm 72, Solomon prays for power and fame but he says the purpose of influence is to speak up for others and one is the immigrant. He doesn't delineate between legal and illegal. -Rick Warren

Just because you're from a city ten miles outside of St. Paul. It doesn't mean you don't read magazines, or the incredible Internet, and what's going on in the world. I never, ever take a client, or women, for granted. -Vera Wang

Children today will grow up taking for granted that an African-American or a woman can, yes, become the president of the United States. -Hillary Clinton

At a certain point, if you work really hard and you get good and people like your work, you do deserve the fame – but you shouldn't take it for granted. -Jon Lovitz

We should not blur the lines between legal and illegal immigrants. Millions of people around the world have gone through the process to come here legally and they followed the rules that required them to pay a fee, learn English, and learn about American history and government. -Ken Calvert

The truth is, however rich people get, they hate paying tax. Some live abroad for a year, or years at a time just to avoid it. Bizarre really – desperate economic migrants are driven to leave their homeland because of poverty; tax exiles are driven overseas by their wealth. -Clint Black

I came to America, and I made good. It's an old story, but it hasn't been told in a long time. Usually, it's, 'I'm an immigrant, I came here and got persecuted.' My story is I came here, I worked hard, and it worked out all right. So it's still available. -Craig Ferguson

I count my blessings every day, quite honestly, because I take nothing for granted. -Mario Andretti

I developed a really strong work ethic, and I don't take anything for granted. -Sarah Jessica Parker

In the back of my mind, I can never forget this could be gone tomorrow – and at this point I think the odds are against me… the chances of succeeding in this business are slim to none; there's only a handful of people that have long careers. You have to put in the work, you can never be satisfied, never take it for granted. -Zac Efron

Little Zac had it easy – but he didn't realize he had it easy, so he took it for granted. I think going through 'Hairspray' and other projects helped me learn about the business and life in general. -Zac Efron

You can take for granted that people know more or less what a street, a shop, a beach, a sky, an oak tree look like. Tell them what makes this one different. -Neil Gaiman

I'm an immigrant myself. It was a tough road to come to America and work. -Pamela Anderson

The North American intellectual tradition began, I maintain, in the encounter of British Romanticism with assertive, pragmatic North American English – the Protestant plain style in both the U.S. and Canada, with its no-nonsense Scottish immigrants. -Camille Paglia

Often the magical elements in my books are standing in for elements of the real world, the small and magical-in-their-own-right sorts of things that we take for granted and no longer pay attention to, like the bonds of friendship that entwine our own lives with those of other people and places. -Charles de Lint

My father was an immigrant who literally walked across Europe to get out of Russia. He fought in World War I. He was wounded in action. My father was a great success even though he never had money. He was a very determined man, a great role model. -Arlen Specter

People have to stop employing illegal immigrants. -Hillary Clinton

I am not unaware of the saying that more tears have been shed over wishes granted than wishes denied. -Aung San Suu Kyi

Really, the values under which my generation was raised in the '50s were immigrant values even though we weren't immigrants. The greatest thing you could be was a college-educated Negro. -Henry Louis Gates

The Democratic Party has taken the black community for granted and said, 'This is the most loyal constituency we have. They're not going anywhere.' But the Republican Party has said, 'That's the most loyal constituency Democrats have. They're not going anywhere. We've got to win without them.' -J. C. Watts

There is so much that people take for granted. -Vivienne Westwood

Well, one thing, you got to stand in a courtroom and listen to a judge sentencing you to 25 years in prison before you realize that freedom of expression can no longer be taken for granted. -Larry Flynt

And a democracy can't exist without free speech and the right to assemble. And that's what Americans tend to forget. And they're born into a culture where they take all of their freedoms for granted. -Larry Flynt

We take food for granted, but it isn't a luxury for many people. -Christina Aguilera

All I ever wanted really, and continue to want out of life, is to give 100 percent to whatever I'm doing and to be committed to whatever I'm doing and then let the results speak for themselves. Also to never take myself or people for granted and always be thankful and grateful to the people who helped me. -Jackie Joyner-Kersee

You get into your late fifties, people start falling like flies all around you. I don't take life for granted any more. I'm really glad to be here. -Tom Petty

Having lived through the transition from totalitarianism, I am acutely mindful of the need to never take for granted the basic freedoms of thought, expression and belief that democracy brings. -Daisaku Ikeda

Both my parents are English and came out to Australia in 1967. I was born the following year. My parents, and immigrants like them, were known as '£10 poms.' Back then, the Australian government was trying to get educated British people and Canadians – to be honest, educated white people – to come and live in Australia. -Hugh Jackman

Australians are coffee snobs. An influx of Italian immigrants after World War II ensured that – we probably had the word 'cappuccino' about 20 years before America. Cafe culture is really big for Aussies. We like to work hard, but we take our leisure time seriously. -Hugh Jackman

I grew up taking it for granted that missionaries were what American boys grew up to be. -Huston Smith

Goethe died in 1832. As you know, Goethe was very active in science. In fact, he did some very good scientific work in plant morphology and mineralogy. But he was quite bitter at the way in which many scientists refused to grant him a hearing because he was a poet and therefore, they felt, he couldn't be serious. -Stephen Jay Gould

I don't take anything for granted. -Steve Yzerman

I'm from a lower middle class background; all my family were immigrants. -Billy Corgan

I still make sure to go, at least once every year, to a country where things cannot be taken for granted, and where there is either too much law and order or too little. -Christopher Hitchens

I don't want to scream 'Immigrant Song' every night for the rest of my life, and I'm not sure I could. -Robert Plant

We all know the stories about the Human Rights Act… about the illegal immigrant who cannot be deported because, and I am not making this up, he had a pet cat. -Theresa May

If the police need more help to do their work, I will not hesitate in granting it to them. -Theresa May

We are seeing, we have seen in the last figures a significant drop in the number of net migrants coming into the United Kingdom. So we are cutting out abuse, we've restricted the number of economic – non-EU economic migrants. We're cutting out abuse across the student visa system, particularly, and we're having an impact. -Theresa May

Sham marriages have been widespread; people have been allowed to settle in Britain without being able to speak English; and there have not been rules in place to stop migrants becoming a burden on the taxpayer. We are changing all of that. -Theresa May

The U.K. needs a system for family migration underpinned by three simple principles. One: that those who come here should do so on the basis of a genuine relationship. Two: that migrants should be able to pay their way. And three: that they are able to integrate into British society. -Theresa May

Where there is flagrant abuse of corporate entities we must and will seek to tackle it. -Vince Cable

I hope the Icelandic government grants me political asylum. -Bobby Fischer

We need to make college affordable in price, and also have lower-cost student loans and more available grants for students. -Debbie Stabenow

There are too many countries where the values we take for granted in our civil servants simply do not exist. Seeing these values in action, applied with dedication by hardworking individuals, makes me proud to lead a service that is making life better for millions across Britain. -Gus O'Donnell

To the former child migrants, who came to Australia from a home far away, led to believe this land would be a new beginning, when only to find it was not a beginning, but an end, an end of innocence – we apologise and we are sorry. To the mothers who lost the maternal right to love and care for their child – we apologise, and we are sorry. -Malcolm Turnbull

We have over 500,000 illegal immigrants living in Arizona. And we simply cannot sustain it. It costs us a tremendous amount of money of course in health care, in education, and then, on top of it all, in incarceration. And the federal government doesn't reimburse us on any of these things. -Jan Brewer

You know, when President Reagan, who was one of my idols, granted amnesty to about three million illegal immigrants it was based on the fact that the borders would be secured. That didn't happen. It didn't happen during the Bush administration. -Jan Brewer

We have witnessed the most educated, successful, and monied professionals in the country put their companies – not to mention their own liberty – at risk by engaging in flagrant and foolhardy illegal conduct. -Preet Bharara

Nobody wants a political prisoner, but a political emigrant is no problem. -Alexei Navalny

We take so many of our freedoms for granted nowadays – I can travel where I like, I can have a baby when I like, I can do any job I want – but I do think chivalry has been lost a little bit. -Dan Stevens

I am an immigrant with a Green Card and, therefore, I am not eligible to vote in a federal election. -David Byrne

I don't take any day for granted anymore. -Shania Twain

My belief in why America has been doing so well up to now is that we have been propelled by our immigrants and our encouragement of technical innovation and, indeed, creativity across the board. -Howard Gardner

I've commissioned an adaptation of 'The Jungle', by Upton Sinclair, a story of a young immigrant from Lithuania to the meat-packing industry of Chicago in 1904, and the rise of the unions in America. -David Schwimmer

Sometimes people take it for granted that they had success, especially nowadays when you have instant stardom. A lot of people feel entitlement and nobody is entitled to anything. -Donny Osmond

A significant piece of the wealth that the NFL owners garner is a result of the enormous TV revenues they get – and those revenues are supported by a legislatively granted exemption from the antitrust laws that has been made applicable to sports leagues, primarily the NFL. -Eliot Spitzer

The wise decision by President Obama to grant some undocumented immigrants the right to remain in the United States for two years without the threat of deportation is already benefitting the country. -Eliot Spitzer

In 2007, when I was governor of New York, I proposed that our state once again permit undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver's license. To say the proposal lit a firestorm in the political arena is an understatement. -Eliot Spitzer

President Obama is doing the right thing by offering young immigrants, most often in this country through no action of their own, a chance to live and work openly, free from the fear of deportation. -Eliot Spitzer

Unfenced by law, the unmarried lover can quit a bad relationship at any time. But you – the legally married person who wants to escape doomed love – may soon discover that a significant portion of your marriage contract belongs to the State, and that it sometimes takes a very long while for the State to grant you your leave. -Elizabeth Gilbert

It's not a bad idea to occasionally spend a little time thinking about things you take for granted. Plain everyday things. -Evan Davis

You never can take for granted that you have a job. -Benjamin Walker

My grandfather was a Russian-Jewish immigrant who lived in Northern Ireland and apparently when he sang in the synagogue he made everyone cry. -Jessie Ware

Motherhood has brought me many joys and insights, but the new perspective it granted me on the role I had inadvertently played in young women's lives for the 2 decades I spent in the modeling industry was downright sobering. -Carre Otis

Being born and raised as a Californian, I somewhat ignorantly had taken for granted the diversity and liberal mindset that shaped my childhood and adult life. -Carre Otis

End-of-the-world stories tend to ring true. I've always been drawn to them, but as I wrote my own, I found surprising pleasure in creating a world that is so radically changed, yet where there's so much meaning and value in every small and ordinary thing we have, and take for granted: hot showers, enough food, friends, routines. -Karen Thompson Walker

If I had the opportunity to speak to a young immigrant girl that just arrived to the U.S. the advice I would have for her would be: ask, speak, search; because there are opportunities out there. And, know that you aren't the only immigrant or the last to come to this country. Many that have come before you have succeeded. It is possible. -Jenni Rivera

Even Helen Keller, who was born blind and deaf, could see God. No doubt, in her silent darkness, every fragrant flower, every ray of the warm sun, every taste that touched her tongue told her that there was a God who created all things. Jodie Foster shouldn't therefore be surprised that people are surprised that she's an atheist. -Ray Comfort

It's always important to recognize your situation and not take it for granted. -Darren Criss

There's so much to appreciate about my life every single day, and I make a big point of taking time to smell the roses and noticing how lucky I am. I never want to take that for granted. -Josie Maran

I was always kind of a school person – my parents were teachers, and my grandparents were immigrants, so their big thing was, 'Go to college, go to college, go to college.' -Mayim Bialik

When I was on Broadway, I got really sick with walking pneumonia. I decided not to take my health for granted anymore and make it a priority. The great thing is, the pounds just started to fall off. -Jordin Sparks

For example, for me, my brother helped me get a manager, which I don't take for granted. It's tough getting a manager, let alone one that actually cares about you and is smart. But from there, no one's going to cast me just because I'm James Franco's little brother. -Dave Franco

I don't take a scene or word for granted. -Walton Goggins

I have a lot of rage about things that didn't happen to me, tied up with watching an immigrant, working-class father struggle to make his way through the world – and seeing how society was modeled to keep him in his place. -Dennis Lehane

All art comes from other art, and all immigrants come from other places. -Jerry Saltz

We have been given the trust and goodwill of New Zealanders. I do not take that trust for granted, and I never will. -John Key

I do not support driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. -Brian Sandoval

With the Lincoln assassination, the South didn't feel it could mourn along with the North. But Garfield was beloved by all the American people. He was trusted and respected by North and South, by freed slaves and former slave owners. Also by pioneers, which his parents had been, and by immigrants. -Candice Millard

There's really no substitute for working hard. I think that's my biggest talent. There are always people who are funnier and more talented than I am, but I don't take anything for granted and I commit myself 100% to each of my roles. -Ken Jeong

We take a lot for granted as second wave feminists, what our mothers and aunts did for us. -Vera Farmiga

I always had a curiosity about Texas. I had a curiosity about small-town life, although, granted, Odessa's not a tiny town. -H. G. Bissinger

I don't think France is a racist country, I really don't, but we do still have many problems with our immigrant past, and there's a shame that goes with that, that works both ways, in the host and in the post-immigrant generation. -Vincent Cassel

I never did very well as an immigrant. I've lived in several countries and been a disaster everywhere. -Aravind Adiga

I love this country because I didn't always have it. Freedom, food, water that is clean, Constitution – these are not things I take for granted. -Sayed Badreya

You never take your fans for granted. You always appreciate them every show, night in, night out. -Luke Bryan

Toronto is a very multicultural city, a place of immigrants, like my parents. -Melanie Fiona

There is an insuperable problem about introducing immigrants to British values. There are no British values. Nor are there any Serbian or Peruvian values. No nation has a monopoly on fairness and decency, justice and humanity. -Terry Eagleton

I have written some of the clumsiest, most clogged-yet-vagrant, hobbledehoyish, hitch-slipping sentences ever conceived by the human mind. -Roy Blount, Jr.

The Sixties are most generously described as a time when people took part – when they stepped out of themselves and acted in public, as people who didn't know what would happen next, but who were sure that acts of true risk and fear would produce something different from what they had been raised to take for granted. -Greil Marcus

I feel like before I came to the planet I asked God for the gift of music. I didn't want to come here without the gift of music and God granted it to me. -Narada Michael Walden

I think we've learned that the S.B.A. plays a critical role in providing access and opportunity when the market is not providing that access. We help banks get that money out into the hands of important and viable businesses, particularly those owned by minorities, women, immigrants and veterans. -Karen Mills

Look, if I ever stop being grateful for gigs, I just need to stop. Because this business is… you know, it's just so kind of job-to-job, and the fact that I've continued working… I'm just incredibly thankful for it. And I never, ever take it for granted. -Tony Hale

At times in the past, the U.S. did not restrict the number of immigrants. -Jeff Hawkins

Nowadays if you're dependent on a grant – and 99% of them are – you can't make mistakes as you won't get another one if you do. -James Lovelock

Today, hundreds of millions dwell in freedom, from the Baltic to the Adriatic, from the Western Approaches to the Aegean. And while we must never take this for granted, the first purpose of the European Union – to secure peace – has been achieved and we should pay tribute to all those in the EU, alongside Nato, who made that happen. -David Cameron

The conflict between the creatures of Native Lore and the immigration of the European preternatural hosts is hinted at in 'Blood Bound' and reflects the conflicts between the human immigrants and the Indian people who were already here. -Patricia Briggs

The Constitution grants only Congress – not the president – the power 'to borrow money on the credit of the United States.' -Laurence Tribe

The Kosovars were granted autonomy at the end of World War II, but then aspiring president Milosevic had the autonomy revoked in 1989, and the Dayton Accords of 1995, which ended the recent war in Bosnia and Croatia, failed to address the issue of Kosovo's status. -Sebastian Junger

My parents are European immigrants. And I think as Europeans there are so many languages in close proximity that it's part of the culture to try to learn at least one other language. So my parents really encourage it in the house. Chinese would be really great to learn – like Mandarin or Cantonese. Portuguese would be incredible. -Stana Katic

My parents were European immigrants. They came to the States with $1,500, two suitcases, and me, and they managed to build a business, a family, and a future for their family. They didn't have any of the resources of people who have lived here for two or three generations. -Stana Katic

Those three years on 'Loving' were instrumental in helping me move through the next few years of work, where it was hit or miss. I was on series that would get canceled, then I would be a movie that wouldn't come out or do as well as I hoped. You learn that you have to just keep plugging away and never take anything for granted. -Michael Weatherly

Stanford University is so startlingly paradisial, so fragrant and sunny, it's as if you could eat from the trees and live happily forever. -Ken Auletta

I'm a daughter of the middle class with a strong sense of social mobility and individualism, like the waves of immigrants, like my Spanish grandparents, who made Argentina. -Cristina Kirchner

I'm blessed to be able to work at something that I'm good at, and that I love. It's not something I take for granted. -Emmylou Harris

I think there's a big misunderstanding on the value of migrants. -Vicente Fox

As long as they are working, they should be legalized. I admire so much each and every migrant. They are the most loyal workers in the U.S. economy. They build the homes of those who are attacking them. -Vicente Fox

President Obama is committed to Hispanics and migrants. -Vicente Fox

I part of this great nation because my grandfather was born here, in Cincinnati, Ohio. He took a horse, back in 1895, and ride it all the way down to Guanajuato, looking for his American dream. No penny in his pocket, only dreams in his head. And he was an immigrant coming from the States into Mexico. And he found his American dream in Mexico. -Vicente Fox

I mean, we must act with intelligence. We must work on this framework, so that immigration becomes an asset to both nations. Believe me, what – just the Mayor Bloomberg said here in New York, that this city would be stopped, totally stopped if it were not by the immigrants working here. -Vicente Fox

Today, we're very dependent on cheap energy. We just take it for granted – all the things you have in the house, the way industry works. -Jeff Goodell

I can say sincerely, don't take your voice for granted. It is truly what makes us all equal. -Two Chainz

At least in the West, politicians, corporations and media moguls can no longer take for granted their power to control the public discourse – and have it go unchallenged. -David Puttnam

Engineering undergraduates should not be charged fees. They should receive grants, not student loans, and the government will get the money back long-term from increased exports. -James Dyson

Let us not forget that the European Community started as a project for peace after the terrible Second World War. And today people take for granted the freedom to travel, to study, to work abroad. And the citizens of one country have almost exactly the same rights as another country. -Jose Manuel Barroso

I don't take a second for granted of the honor of representing country music. -Rodney Atkins

There are certain things that we take for granted that simply would not have existed without the great migration. Motown, for example, would not have existed – it simply would not, because Berry Gordy, the founder of it, his parents had migrated from Georgia to Detroit where he founded Motown, and where did he get his talent? -Isabel Wilkerson

Many immigrants do not talk about what they endured back home. They were fleeing that world, and when they left they didn't want to talk about it because there had been pain and heartbreak under the caste system of the South. They didn't want to burden their children with what they had endured. -Isabel Wilkerson

I think it's like that for people who don't remember 1969 first-hand. It's that sense of 'old hat.' Of 'been there, done that.' Space shuttles, space stations, communications satellites, GPS – they're all part of our everyday, taken-for-granted world in 2009, not part of an incredible odyssey. -David Weber

The United States is locked in a new arms race for that most precious resource – the future entrepreneurs upon whom economic growth depends. Substantial research shows that immigrants play a key role in American job creation. -Eric Ries

As one of the country's largest land-grant universities, Ohio State must play a critical role in moving our country forward. -Gordon Gee

I took my sight and mobility for granted. -Sue Townsend

My mother took care of us until my father scrammed, and then she ended up working in the small-factory sector of New Jersey with a lot of other immigrants. -Junot Diaz

I have a very powerful sense of place, but I have a very powerful sense of being a migrant, so it's both. It seems like I'm always leaving my home. That's part of the formula. I love the Dominican Republic. I go back all the time. I love New Jersey. Go back all the time. -Junot Diaz

I'm an immigrant and I will stay an immigrant forever. -Junot Diaz

Every single immigrant we have, undocumented or documented, is a future American. That's just the truth of it. -Junot Diaz

I'm one of those apocalyptics. From the start of my immigrant days, I've been fascinated by end-of-the-world stories, by outbreak narratives, and always wanted to set a world-ender on Hispaniola. -Junot Diaz

The Caribbean is such an apocalyptic place, whether it's the decimation of the indigenous populations by the Europeans, whether it's the importation of slaves and their subsequent being worked to death by the millions in many ways, whether it's the immigrant processes which began for many people, new worlds ending their old ones. -Junot Diaz

Women are the majority of immigrants yet the minority of immigrant employment visas; immigrant and native born women who work in the service arena – such as domestic workers – are not valued for their work, making pennies on the dollar compared to male counterparts; and, women are disproportionately affected by family reunification policies. -Christine Pelosi

If we say we believe in equality for all then we must fight for equality for all, not betray our immigrant sisters. -Christine Pelosi

The factual reality is that the vast majority of immigrants – legal and illegal – contribute more to this country than they take out in social services. -Juan Williams

For the first time since 2007 there is political momentum behind fixing the immigration system. President Obama in his State of the Union speech reached out to the right-wing by saying illegal immigrants seeking citizenship will have to pay taxes, learn English and get in line behind people who are trying to enter the United States legally. -Juan Williams

There's no neutral language about travel. Either travel is described in ways that make it sound kind of shallow or just glossy or silly or a way for rich people to spend their time; or else travel is often described in quite derogatory ways, you know, like immigrants swarming across borders, for instance. -Emma Donoghue

It seems to me like Mother Nature's mercy and forgiveness have run dry, as we ceaselessly abuse her and take her for granted in order for us to continue our addiction to using fossil fuels. I've gotta say, I don't blame her. Not one bit. -Gloria Reuben

Growing up in England, you're sort of spoiled, in a way. You sort of take it for granted that within a half-hour's drive, you could be walking around a stately home from the 1700s. It's not very hard to do – in California, you've got to take a flight! -Rupert Friend

People take reality for granted. -Teller

I am in favour of the notion of Australia as an immigrant society. -Tony Abbott

Both Mum and Dad were converts to Catholicism, and normally if you convert to Catholicism you have thought about it more than someone who just grew up with it, taking it for granted. -Tony Abbott

I came from a house full of books, so I took reading for granted. I was an outdoorsy little kid, too, so I got the best of both worlds by taking books up trees and reading there. -Tana French

I saw an opportunity to use a restaurant to identify a lot of my issues and concerns with being an immigrant in America, and Asian in America, and a young person in America. -Eddie Huang

After a long day, my favorite way to unwind is by going running. Not exactly the most relaxing activity, granted, but I always imagine I'm sweating out all the things weighing on my mind. -Becca Fitzpatrick

Conservatives aren't anti-immigrant – conservatives are pro-legal immigration. -Marco Rubio

Americans believe in the value of immigration. We are the most generous nation on earth to immigrants, allowing over one million people a year to come here legally. -Marco Rubio

We need to remain a nation that doesn't just welcome but that celebrates legal immigrants who come here seeking to pursue the American Dream. -Ted Cruz

We must always embrace individual liberty and enforce the constitutional rights of all Americans-rich and poor, immigrant and native, black and white. -Rand Paul

I'm the daughter of two Indian immigrant doctors, and I have an older sister and younger brother, and none of us have pursued medicine as a career. We're all over the artistic side of things. -Aarti Mann

I love an arcade. I love a boardwalk game. But I also love a rollercoaster. Though I think the rollercoaster love comes from the fact that it took a really long time for me to reach the height requirement, so I promised myself very early on that when I reach that, I will not take it for granted. -Melissa Rauch

'Reality' is a notion that journalists take for granted. -Andrew O'Hagan

The working class of England take their deracination completely for granted. Disenchantment is the happy code that informs every byway of the underclass: service jobs, celebrity dreams, Lotto wins, leisured poverty on pre-crunch credit cards, it's all there, part of the story of an English people whose grandparents never had it so good. -Andrew O'Hagan

Every job I take, within minutes I'm thinking, 'I can't do this.' I think it's what makes me work. People think I just swagger in and do it. But I doubt myself all the time. It's what pushes me, what makes me work harder. The older I get, the less I take for granted. -Ray Winstone

I see the American experience as being defined by the immigrant paradigm of rupture and renewal: rupture with the old world, the old ways, and renewal of the self in a bright but difficult New World. -Ayad Akhtar

I read things like theology, and I read about science, 'Scientific American' and publications like that, because they stimulate again and again my sense of the almost arbitrary given-ness of experience, the fact that nothing can be taken for granted. -Marilynne Robinson

Whenever anybody gets involved in politics, its always exciting for me because we take for granted our freedoms and our abilities to effect change through political activism. -Emily Saliers

If the court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act, is that a 'liberal' result enabling gay couples married in states where gay marriage is legal to enjoy the same economic advantages that federal laws now grant to straight couples? Or is it a 'conservative' ruling, limiting the federal government's ability to override state power? -Jeff Greenfield

Not a single illegal immigrant should or need enter the United States, not one. Contrary to the common wisdom, the borders are easy to seal, and controlling entry is hardly totalitarian. -Mark Helprin

Of course, everyone in the New World is an immigrant or a descendant of immigrants, and immigrants have built America and continue to do so. Legal or illegal, they are almost universally good people who work to better their lot and that of their children. -Mark Helprin

To assert, as some have, that illegal immigrants do not depress wages because they do the jobs Americans refuse is the kind of nonsense economists speak when they strain to be counterintuitive. It is similar to saying that cheap imports do not hold down prices. -Mark Helprin

I'm a child of immigrants. That is the history of this country. Immigration is good and important for our country. Legal immigration needs to really be modernized. -John Barrasso

President Ronald Reagan used to speak of the Soviet constitution, and he noted that it purported to grant wonderful rights of all sorts to people. But those rights were empty promises, because that system did not have an independent judiciary to uphold the rule of law and enforce those rights. -John Roberts

With Indian migrants all over the world, money transfer is a big business in India. -Lloyd Dorfman

The media tends to portray the teenage world as one where drinking and sex is taken for granted. In fact, I think most teenagers don't drink, are unsure of themselves, and feel awkward around members of the opposite sex. -Louis Sachar

The thing we often forget to talk about, or perhaps we take for granted, is our country's dazzling beauty. Our natural environment is so much a part of Australia's art, writing, music and culture, both indigenous and non indigenous. -Quentin Bryce

Lucy Mercedes Martinez, my mother, was probably my first mentor. She really tried to take care of me in spite of myself, and in spite of her own struggles with alcohol. She was an immigrant who had never finished school. But she was also a Renaissance woman who read voraciously. She spoke several languages. -Richard Carmona

Tough times have always lent themselves to nativist sentiments and closed-door policies. But in the case of highly skilled immigrants, these policies are a recipe for stagnation. -James Surowiecki

American high school culture was impenetrable to me, and very cliquey: you had the Hispanics, the African Americans, the surfer guys and the goths and the immigrants. The jocks and the surfers got the girls. By the time I'd got to grips with it, I'd graduated. -Khaled Hosseini

Brand-name drugs have no competition, since the government grants them very long, exclusive marketing rights. -Marcia Angell

I now know that things I always thought I could depend on can crash in an instant. Because of the love that I have been shown, I now know what it means to be 'beloved.' I now know that no breath is to be taken for granted. -Rebecca Wells

Nationalist, anti-European, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim public political figures, seem a worrying picture of a possible European future. We could still fall back into pre-Europe… and it worries me. -Tony Judt

America was first colonized by Puritans. Most of our earliest immigrants, and many since, have come here in order to practice their religious beliefs as they please. Our culture has always been, and will most likely always be, profoundly influenced by religion. -James Frey

I'm a huge supporter of animal rights – and I've been an outspoken critic of the cruelties routinely inflicted on livestock at factory farms. But it really bothers me that the mistreatment of pigs and chickens and cows seems to attract a lot more attention and spark a lot more outrage than the abuse of immigrant workers. -Eric Schlosser

I was very small, about 3 or 4 I think, and just wanted to be the people on telly telling these wonderful stories. Obviously the idea grew and matured with me but I can't ever remember wanting to do anything else. I've just sort of taken it for granted all my life that that was what I would do. -David Tennant

I was the one that in a very overconfident immigrant way thought I knew exactly how to raise my kids. My husband was much more typical. He had a lot of anxiety; he didn't think he knew all the right choices. And, I was the one willing to put in the hours. -Amy Chua

I was raised by extremely strict – but also extremely loving – Chinese immigrant parents, and I had the most wonderful childhood! I remember laughing constantly with my parents – my dad is a real character and very funny. I certainly did wish they allowed to me do more things! -Amy Chua

Once you get to the Enlightenment, the way that powers get to be hyperpowers isn't just by conquest. It's through commerce and innovation. Societies like the Dutch Republic and the United States used tolerance to become a magnet for enterprising immigrants. -Amy Chua

I think the biggest difference is that I've noticed Western parents seem much more concerned about their children's psyches, their self-esteem, whereas tough immigrant parents assume strength rather than fragility in their children and therefore behave completely differently. -Amy Chua

I saw my parents come over. They were immigrants, they had no money. My dad wore the same pair of shoes, I had some ugly clothes growing up, and I never had any privileges. In some ways, I think the person that I am now, I think it's good that I had that kind of tough upbringing. -Amy Chua

I was raised, myself, by extremely strict but also extremely loving Chinese immigrant parents. To this day, I believe that their having high expectations for me, coupled with love, was the greatest gift that anyone's ever given me. And so that's why, even though my husband is not Chinese, I try to raise my own two daughters the same way. -Amy Chua

China cannot pull in the best and brightest from all over the world. It's an ethnically defined nation, the opposite of an immigrant nation. You don't see a lot of American engineers trying to be Chinese citizens. -Amy Chua

For the undocumented immigrants, the big priority is just to get out from the shadows, be able to get a driver's license, buy an airplane ticket and stop worrying about sudden deportation. But for the country as a whole, it's crucial that everybody have a citizen's stake in the nation's welfare. -Gail Collins

I used to have a sort of soft spot for Huckabee. He seemed to have a genuinely saintly streak, which caused him to defend illegal immigrants and give pardons to criminals who were perhaps a little less rehabilitated than he had imagined. -Gail Collins

Most of the well-developed world – Australia, Western Europe – they develop their resources base, they inventory it, they develop it, and they view it as a good source of jobs and revenue. We are a country that for too long has taken affordable energy for granted. -John S. Watson

The first award that I recall having received was in the form of a scholarship when I was studying in the 5th standard. I was granted this scholarship for achieving academic excellence, and it continues to be one of the high points in my life. -Pankaj Patel

The library helps lower- and middle-income people – immigrants – get their shot at the American dream. -Stephen A. Schwarzman

If it takes you seven years to write each novel, you need a patron. And I would rather have my corporate self as my patron than any arts council or bestower of grants. -Mohsin Hamid

Maybe we are all prospective migrants. The lines of national borders on maps are artificial constructs, as unnatural to us as they are to birds flying overhead. Our first impulse is to ignore them. -Mohsin Hamid

It's very easy for a church just to slide along from week to week, taking it for granted that we do our services like this and that, and we celebrate the sacraments like this and that. -N. T. Wright

One of the things I find depressing about some of the upper echelons of Anglicanism on both sides of the Atlantic is that it's sort of taken for granted that we all basically know what's in the Bible, and so we just glance at a few verses for devotional purposes and then get on to the real business. -N. T. Wright

Public education grants secular worldviews an exclusive monopoly in the classroom. -Nancy Pearcey

The methods and tools of science perennially breach barriers, granting me confidence that our epic march of insight into the operations of nature will continue without end. -Neil deGrasse Tyson

It's true that immigrant novels have to do with people going from one country to another, but there isn't a single novel that doesn't travel from one place to another, emotionally or locally. -Oscar Hijuelos

There are many Sheriff Arpaios. People who have taken to local city, county, and state governments across the county the idea that immigrants are the problem. That immigrants are to blame. -Zack de la Rocha

Every country in Europe needs immigrants for its economic survival. -Tariq Ramadan

Everything about Mark Zuckerberg is pure hacker. Hackers don't take realities of the world for granted; they seek to break and rebuild what they don't like. They seek to outsmart the world. -Sarah Lacy

We focus so much on how immigrants can change America that we forget that America has always changed immigrants even more. -Marco Rubio

How arrogant – how very far from humility – would be the self-satisfied, smug assurance that God, a tidy-up-after-us God will come and clean up our mess? Hope for a nanny God, who will with a miracle grant us amnesty from our folly – that's not aligned with either history or the text of the Bible. -Sheldon Whitehouse

When Rhode Island Senator Claiborne Pell first proposed the grants that now bear his name, he envisioned a way to help students attend our country's wonderful colleges and universities, so they could share in the American Dream. -Sheldon Whitehouse

Theosophy has no code of morals, being itself the embodiment of the highest morality; it presents to its students the highest moral teachings of all religions, gathering the most fragrant blossoms from the gardens of the world-faiths. -Annie Besant

Our ability to perceive the world around us seems so effortless that we tend to take it for granted. -Vilayanur S. Ramachandran

My grandfather was from outside of Moscow, and my grandmother, although some of her family were French, was from Odessa. They met as immigrants in New York in the early '20s. My mother's family came over from Ireland generations ago. -Alexis Denisof

As writers, we don't just need to write about poverty or war or the immigrant experience. -Jennifer Gilmore

Working away from my husband for long periods is good and bad. It stops us taking each other for granted and gives us space, but I miss him terribly. -Helen Mirren

I come from an immigrant culture. I'm only a couple of generations away from having been a servant girl myself. -Caitlin Flanagan

My mother was very involved with Cesar Chavez's work on behalf of the migrant farm workers in California. -Caitlin Flanagan

One must know the so-called 'lesson of a downpour.' A man, caught in a sudden rain en route, dashes along the road not to get wet or drenched. Once one takes it for granted that in rain he naturally gets wet, he can be in a tranquil frame of mind even when soaked to the skin. This lesson applies to everything. -Yamamoto Tsunetomo

I'm a full-blooded Mexican. My mother was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and my father – the son of Mexican immigrants – was born near Fresno, California. -Michael Trevino

One of the great pluses of being an immigrant is you get to start again in terms of your identity. You get to shed the narratives which cling to you. -Joseph O'Neill

Being able to travel and see the world really makes me appreciate the blessings in my life. There are so many people that will never get a chance to see some of the things that I've seen during my travels. I'll never take that for granted. -Laz Alonso

Animals in general have always been my passion, project, crusade – whatever you want to call it! The ocean is such a huge, beautiful thing that I feel like we all take for granted. -Aimee Teegarden

A lot of Broadway has that immigrant narrative of America as a place where you can become something else against all odds. -Deborah Kass

We should abolish 'work.' By that I mean abolishing the distinction between work and leisure, one of the greatest mistakes of the last century, one that enables employers to keep workers in lousy jobs by granting them some leisure time. -Theodore Zeldin

The career of politics grants a feeling of power. The knowledge of influencing men, of participating in power over them, and above all, the feeling of holding in one's hands a nerve fiber of historically important events can elevate the professional politician above everyday routine even when he is placed in formally modest positions. -Max Weber

Earth as an ecosystem stands out in the all of the universe. There's no place that we know about that can support life as we know it, not even our sister planet, Mars, where we might set up housekeeping someday, but at great effort and trouble we have to recreate the things we take for granted here. -Sylvia Earle

God who created us has granted us the faculty of speech that we might disclose the counsels of our hearts to one another and that, since we possess our human nature in common, each of us might share his thoughts with his neighbor, bringing them forth from the secret recesses of the heart as from a treasury. -Saint Basil

I know that every time I step on the stage it's a real gift, so I try not to take it for granted, and I try to make it an experience that the public can really participate in. -Joyce DiDonato

There is a part of me that will forever want to be walking under autumn leaves, carrying a briefcase containing the works of Shakespeare and Yeats and a portable chess set. I will pass an old tree under which once on a summer night I lay on the grass with a fragrant young woman and we quoted e.e. cummings back and forth. -Roger Ebert

From a dramatic viewpoint, there are few professions that grant their members entry into other lives, high among them cops, doctors, clergymen, journalists and prostitutes. Perhaps that explains why they figure in so much television and cinema. Their lives are lived in the midst of human drama. -Roger Ebert

I think of Superman as the ultimate vanilla hero. He's this perfect refugee, this perfect immigrant from another planet who embodies the American dream. -Antje Traue

We take for granted how our mind puts everything together. -Robert Lanza

I was surprised how relevant the Moses story was to contemporary American debates – from our ongoing debate about values, to our role as champions of freedom, to our place as a country that welcome immigrants. -Bruce Feiler

If you got up this morning and had fruits for breakfast, it was probably picked by the bent back of an immigrant worker. If you slept in a hotel or motel of the nation, you probably had your room done by an immigrant worker. -Bob Menendez

My father left Nazi Germany a year after Dr. Kissinger, and so in my household he was very much an icon. He was a kind of immigrant success story, a refugee success story. -Eugene Jarecki

To say that Reagan teaches us that we should be against amnesty for illegal immigrants is to contradict what Reagan himself stood for – that he was in favor of amnesty. -Eugene Jarecki

One of the main characteristics that differentiates Dubai from other commercial centres is its openness to innovation and the freedoms it grants people and institutions to operate. -Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair

I remember my own life as a small boy, son of Jewish immigrants, in a janitor's flat on Orchard and Stanton streets on the Lower East Side of New York City. My father made pants and doubled as janitor of a tenement – before he made janitoring at $30 a month, plus rooms, a career. -Jacob K. Javits

Today we take it for granted that war happens in smaller, poorer and more backward countries. -Steven Pinker

I have always been fascinated with guns. I grew up in America, so, granted, it is part of our heritage, and it is written into the laws of how this country is run. -Joe Perry

Every three seconds in the developing world, a child dies needlessly due to lack of basic health care and other things we all take for granted. -Claire Danes

Considering our history, I can think of nothing more American than an immigrant. -Conor Oberst

Men and women are immigrants in each other's worlds. -Yakov Smirnoff

The day I take either my body or my work for granted will be the day you hear that I've smashed every inch of myself to pieces. -Akshay Kumar

I've gotten e-mails asking, 'Are you taking students?' Well, come visit and I'll be happy to talk to you. But I'm not a degree-granting institution. -Antony Garrett Lisi

We've never thought too deeply about the roles things like forgetting or partisanship or inefficiency or ambiguity or hypocrisy play in our political or social life. It's been impossible to get rid of them, so we took them for granted, and we kind of thought, naively, that they're always the enemy. -Evgeny Morozov

Beginning with a trip out to Ellis Island, I saw for myself where thousands of European immigrants took their first steps onto American soil, bringing with them nothing but their ambition: people such as Erich von Stroheim and Adolph Zukor. -Paul Merton

I understood from a very young age that school was important and that my parents were making great sacrifices for me. Every morning I saw my father get up and go to a job that he didn't really like. They came to France for the same reasons all immigrants move to another country – so their kids could have a better way of life. -Omar Sy

America is this incredible mosaic of immigrants, so people really want to be anchored in some kind of culture as well as the one they are living in. -Dylan Moran

'Lollipop Opera' is the backdrop to Finsbury Park. A place that is very thriving, interracial and lot of music stores, Greek, Turkish, all sorts of immigrant music. It's utter Englishness. It blends the Jamaicans, the Irish. It's like what Jim Reeves did with American country music. -John Lydon

Throughout U.S. history, competent public investments have been an essential complement to private investments – from the Louisiana Purchase, to land-grant colleges, to the Interstate Highway System, to the Internet. -Felix Rohatyn

As an immigrant, I appreciate, far more than the average American, the liberties we have in this country. Silence is a big enemy of morality. I don't want our blunders in history to get repeated. -Gloria Estefan

It doesn't cost anything to replicate code. So the companies that make code, that's why they've done so well. We take it for granted now, but why is it that code is free? It's because somebody built this self-replicating process. -George Dyson

The genomics revolution, proteomics, metabolomics, all of these 'omics' that sound so terrific on grants and on business plans. What we're doing is we are seizing control of our evolutionary future. I mean we're essentially using technology to just jam evolution into fast-forward. -Gregory Stock

Because women have been marginalised, they're more likely to behave like immigrants and continue to push themselves forward in order to avoid falling through the cracks, but I don't think a happy ending comes from matriarchy. -Hanna Rosin

So, where are the robots? We've been told for 40 years already that they're coming soon. Very soon they'll be doing everything for us. They'll be cooking, cleaning, buying things, shopping, building. But they aren't here. Meanwhile, we have illegal immigrants doing all the work, but we don't have any robots. -Hod Lipson

Immigrant children are highly vulnerable. Their level of disadvantage and fragility has consistently grown due to factors outside their control. -Irwin Redlener

America is a nation of immigrants, but it is also a nation of people who never emigrate. Notably, Americans living outside the United States are not called emigrants, but 'expats.' -Ivan Krastev

The scientist-community guy may get a $500,000 grant, and if his equipment works or doesn't work, he still gets a gold star for doing the science experiment. For me, there is no merit in anything for doing an experiment; I have to go home with pictures. -James Balog

People can be a bit flagrant when they're having an affair. Most of the time, there's an element of it where they want to be discovered because they're in crisis. They need the boil to be burst, in some way, for a resolution. -Anne-Marie Duff

I came from a traditional immigrant family where education meant there were only a few valid paths: doctor or lawyer – and I didn't want to be either one. -Suheir Hammad

Scientists cloister themselves away from the rest of society, happy just to receive their next grant. They lose their connection to a purpose. -Neil Turok

May it please Christ our Lord to grant us true humility and abnegation of will and judgment, so that we may deserve to begin to be His disciples. -Saint Ignatius

I will say this: the first film that I was on was 'In the Heat of the Night', that Norman Jewison directed with Sidney Poitier. I'm on the set, and I'm totally taking it for granted. Everyone is working for everyone else and pulling for the very best, and it makes everyone better because you feel that effort and concern and appreciation. -Scott Wilson

I was actually picked on as a kid. I guess in high school it started to change for me. I guess being picked on made a lasting impression on me so I never – whenever somebody calls me handsome or anything like that, I never take it for granted. I appreciate it every time I hear it, so it's never something that gets old. -Lance Gross

My parents always taught me never to take anything for granted because it can be taken away from you like that, especially when it comes to looks. I could get into a car crash tomorrow and disfigure my face. So I have to stay grounded. -Lance Gross

My childhood growing up in that part of Glasgow always sounds like some kind of sub-Catherine Cookson novel of earthy working-class immigrant life, which to some extent it was, but it wasn't really as colourful that. -Peter Capaldi

Scottish men of a certain age have a black response to almost everything as a measure of how sophisticated they are. I have a very long fuse that eventually explodes after building up a nice head of steam, although it's only happened three times – usually at work when someone takes me for granted. -Peter Capaldi

I think it's really important to realize that small businesses are often the portal for immigrants into the New York City economy. I think we have something like 40,000 small businesses that are immigrant-run in New York. -Christine Quinn

If you go back a few hundred years, what we take for granted today would seem like magic – being able to talk to people over long distances, to transmit images, flying, accessing vast amounts of data like an oracle. These are all things that would have been considered magic a few hundred years ago. -Elon Musk

I think what it means to be an 'American Girl,' and what I wrote the song about, is our freedoms. The idea that we as Americans can be what we want to be and say what we want to say and that we take it for granted. -Bonnie McKee

I realize I can never take my success for granted. It's not attractive for anyone to be like that. -Shannon Tweed

I feel strongly about showing up and being prepared and not taking the opportunity for granted and being conscientious about my fellow co-workers. -Paul Schneider

We take for granted electricity, water, even concerts. Count your blessings. -Damian Marley

I was the Chair of the WIFF Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of Women In Film. The foundation runs the several programs including one that provide our film finishing fund. So we help women complete their films with a grant from Netflix. It's great to be associated with award winning films like 'Freeheld' and 'Circumstance'. -Sharon Lawrence

I kind of always wanted to act, but to get a grant I would have needed two A-levels, and I was too far away from even O levels. I didn't know you could get a scholarship, so I determined early not to pursue that. -Rupert Graves

I think it's really important to realize that small businesses are often the portal for immigrants into the New York City economy. -Christine Quinn

Legal documents have mistrust written all over them. It's unfortunate, but the human DNA is so tuned to kind of taking you for granted that we tend to protect ourselves legally. That's why I don't read them as, if I read them, I will go soft. To me, the human relationship is far more important than the professional bond I share with anyone. -Karan Johar

In 2003, he was hit by a subway in Prague and lost both of his legs. It made me realize that we take for granted every step we take, and my brother now has to physically challenge himself to take each step in his prosthetic. -Bianca Kajlich

I don't take for granted all the blessings that I have, and as soon as I heard about Computers for Youth, I really wanted to be involved. Anyone who knows me knows how much time I spend on computers. I'm a computer addict. Every young person deserves to have a computer in his or her home. -Bow Wow

I remember as a little girl going down to the beet fields in the Dakotas and in Nebraska and Wyoming as migrant workers when I was very, very small, like, I was, like, 5 years old, I believe. And I remember going out there, you know, traveling to these states and living in these little tarpaper shacks that they had in Wyoming. -Dolores Huerta

We do hear perhaps too many accolades generally aimed at people like Steve Jobs. We have to remember that there are other classic things in life that we undervalue and take them for granted. If you think of the classic lines of the modern jet aircraft, it's really been there since early World War II. -Ian Anderson

In Peru, if you gave somebody a little chance to do something, they took it to the furthest extent. They took nothing for granted. And here in L.A., you kind of get caught up in your own little dilemmas and your own little life. -Q'orianka Kilcher

It's now taken for granted that women are in bands and you can say feminist things in your songs. But back in the early '90s, there was a lot of violence at Bikini Kill shows that people don't realize happened. -Kathleen Hanna

My first 'Daily Show' piece was pretending I had this terrible immigrant journey, so I went to talk to an immigration lawyer who would help out people, and I ran into him in Penn Station about three months after I'd gotten the green card. I said, 'I got my green card yesterday.' And he hugged me because he understood that level of relief. -John Oliver

I'm born and raised in the Northeast. My parents are Irish immigrants. So our tendency is to shy away from the big yellow ball that comes up in the sky every once in a while. -Denis Leary

American literature has always been immigrant. -Salman Rushdie

A thing that happens to migrants is that they lose many of the traditional things which root identity, which root the self. -Salman Rushdie

When I left home after graduating high school, I left as a migrant agricultural worker with a Modern Library edition of Plato in my duffel bag. It sounds kind of crazy, but I loved it. I loved the stuff. Before I knew there was a subject called philosophy, I loved it. -Dallas Willard

There will, in my view, come a time when there has to be some kind of political denouement inside China, because the newly enriched generation might put up with being told what to do by their rulers – but their children, who will take prosperity for granted, will not. -John Howard

We need to build bridges between the LGBT community and the larger immigrant community. In the end, the bigger the tent we build, the more successful we'll be. -Luis Gutierrez

We need to decouple the movement for comprehensive immigration reform and justice for immigrants from the legislative process and from the Democratic Party process. They are too linked. -Luis Gutierrez

When you hear the word 'disabled,' people immediately think about people who can't walk or talk or do everything that people take for granted. Now, I take nothing for granted. But I find the real disability is people who can't find joy in life and are bitter. -Teri Garr

If you want to stop illegal immigration, you have to make it so that – so that the people that hire the illegal immigrants will not be in a position to hire them. -Jesse Ventura

I was raised to be kind. My parents were underdogs. Immigrant Jews. I spoke with an accent. I didn't speak English even – I spoke French and Yiddish mostly. I was picked on. -Saul Rubinek

I went to Cal Arts and AFI, and I worked on 'Bonfire Of The Vanities.' I got this grant from the Academy to be Brian De Palma's apprentice director. And it was such a harrowing, disillusioning, awful experience. -Douglas Rushkoff

I don't know if it's because my father's from Argentina, that I'm the son of an immigrant, I don't know if its because I'm Jewish, but I have always been mindful that the best insights occur when you have some kind of an outsider perspective. -Mark Leibovich

Every single immigrant is part of a larger history that needs to be communicated in all its ambivalences and complexities. -Jim Goldberg

I come from a part of New York that was almost entirely immigrants. I was born in America, but all of my friends' parents, everybody's parents, including my own, had come to America from Europe. -Christopher Walken

I'm a 'tweener,' man! I couldn't march with Dr. King and them. And I'm too old to be a hip-hopper. But I've been granted honorary status in each generation… I see my tongue as a bridge over which ideas can travel back and forth. -Michael Eric Dyson

The custom of speaking to God Almighty as freely as with a slave – caring nothing whether the words are suitable or not, but simply saying the first thing that comes to mind from being learnt by rote by frequent repetition – cannot be called prayer: God grant that no Christian may address Him in this manner. -Saint Teresa of Avila

There is no fool like a careless gambler who starts taking victory for granted. -Hunter S. Thompson

You are always learning; there is a lot of grey; don't take things for granted. -Lisa Marie Presley

As minorities and other immigrant groups become more important to our economy, the inner city is a crucible that gives us an early look at phenomena that are going to be spreading more broadly in the economy over time. -Michael Porter

I spent my thirties living out of boxes and moving every six months to a year. It was my cloud period: I just wandered like a cloud for ten years, following the food supply. I was a hunter, gatherer, an academic migrant. -Sandra Cisneros

My folks came to U.S. as immigrants, aliens, and became citizens. I was born in Boston, a citizen, went to Hollywood and became an alien. -Leonard Nimoy

When Superman was originally created, by Siegel and Shuster, they were two Jewish immigrants that were desperately trying to assimilate into America. They were having a hard time because they were Jewish. They wanted to get in to mainstream publishing but they couldn't. That's why they, and a lot of Jewish guys, went into comic books. -David S. Goyer

I used the principles of Kickstarter to make 'She's Gotta Have It.' We filmed that in 1985 to 1986. The final cost was $175,000. I didn't have that money. It was friends, grants, donations. We saved our bottles for the nickel deposit. -Spike Lee

America is the only developed nation that has a 2,000-mile border with a developing nation, and the government's refusal to control that border is why there are an estimated 460,000 illegal immigrants in Arizona and why the nation, sensibly insisting on first things first, resists 'comprehensive' immigration reform. -George Will

Arizonans should not be judged disdainfully and from a distance by people whose closest contacts with Hispanics are with fine men and women who trim their lawns and put plates in front of them at restaurants, not with illegal immigrants passing through their backyards at 3 A.M. -George Will

Those who are faithful to God are protected and prospered. That comes as the result of serving God and keeping His commandments. But with those blessings comes the temptation to forget their source. It is easy to begin to feel the blessings were granted not by a loving God on whom we depend but by our own powers. -Henry B. Eyring

We yearn, as spirit children of our Heavenly Father, for that joy which we once had with Him in the life before this one. His desire is to grant us that sacred wish for unity out of His love for us. -Henry B. Eyring

The miracle of unity is being granted to us as we pray and work for it in the Lord's way. Our hearts will be knit together in unity. God has promised that blessing to His faithful Saints whatever their differences in background and whatever conflict rages around them. -Henry B. Eyring

Personally, I find it romantic not to be with someone all the time; you don't get used to someone or take them for granted. -Monica Bellucci

I used to go over to Gene Kelly's house and play volleyball, and Paul Newman and Marlon Brando were always there. You kind of took it for granted because I was 20, 21, 22, and they were a bit older – well, Gene certainly was. But it was just part of daily living. They were in the same profession, and you didn't think that much about it. -Joan Collins

'The Accursed' is very much a novel about social injustice as the consequence of the terrible, tragic division of classes – the exploitation not only of poor and immigrant workers but of their young children in factories and mills – and as the consequence of race hatred in the aftermath of the Civil War and the freeing of the slaves. -Joyce Carol Oates

America offers the most amount of people the best opportunity to pursue happiness on the planet. That's why millions of illegal immigrants have poured into the country – most of them poor. They believe they have a shot to improve themselves economically. -Bill O'Reilly

Canada has an immigration policy you might want to emulate. They want more skilled and educated immigrants. In fact, that's all they take. But, see, since nobody's watching them, and they're not a superpower, nobody really cares. So they are allowed to act in their best interests. -Rush Limbaugh

Republicans and Democrats are obsessed with making sure that illegal aliens are granted citizenship. The American people are not. They're concerned about jobs, the economy, debt. They're concerned about a plundering country. They're concerned about a decaying, dying country. -Rush Limbaugh

We didn't have a lot when I was growing up, and it's the best thing that happened to me because I appreciate everything. I developed a strong work ethic, and I don't take anything for granted. -Sarah Jessica Parker

In Holland I have seen well-meaning, principled people blinded by multiculturalism, overwhelmed by the imperative to be sensitive and respectful of immigrant culture, while ignoring criminal abuse of women and girls. -Ayaan Hirsi Ali

I don't take anything for granted. There are 500 other girls right behind me. And I know that, because I was one of them. -Katy Perry

When something is universal enough in our everyday lives, we take it for granted to the point of forgetting it exists. -Eliezer Yudkowsky

It was my father who taught us that an immigrant must work twice as hard as anybody else, that he must never give up. -Zinedine Zidane

I came from an intellectual family. Most were doctors, preachers, teachers, businessmen. My grandfather was a small businessman. His father was an abolitionist doctor, and his father was an immigrant from Germany. -Pete Seeger

I have been a foreigner all my life, first as a daughter of diplomats, then as a political refugee and now as an immigrant in the U.S. I have had to leave everything behind and start anew several times, and I have lost most of my extended family. -Isabel Allende

To be the child of immigrants from Eastern Europe is in itself a special kind of experience; and an important one to an author. He has heard two languages through childhood, the one spoken with ease at home, and the other spoken with ease in the streets and at school, but spoken poorly at home. -Delmore Schwartz

Above all, such sports as judo, in my view, teach people to relate to each other. They teach us to respect a partner, teach us to understand that an externally weak partner can not only put up worthy resistance, but, if you relax and take too much for granted, may even win. -Vladimir Putin

My dad was an immigrant kid and a Democrat and a Jew, and we didn't know any Republicans in our group. So I grew up Democratic. My dad was a labor lawyer – a very hardworking guy, a one-horse labor lawyer – and then I went to hippie college and lived in the bubble. -David Mamet

I don't think immigrants are that threatening to society at all. They're just happy they've survived some war somewhere. -M.I.A.

My grandfather worked in a shoe factory – he was an Italian immigrant. My father was the first to go to college in the family. -Camille Paglia

When Enron collapsed, through court processes, thousands and thousands of emails came out that were internal, and it provided a window into how the whole company was managed. It was all the little decisions that supported the flagrant violations. -Julian Assange

If you just casually look at a baby, it doesn't look like there's very much going on there, but they know more and learn more than we would ever have thought. Every single minute is incredibly full of thought and novelty. It's easy as adults to take for granted everything it took to arrive at the state where we are. -Alison Gopnik

The serenity prayer, 'God grant me the strength to accept…' That's a prayer that's actually in my car. I say it every day. -Lauren London

Scientists are being portrayed by much of the power structure in politics and business as having a vested interest – that they're just out to get more grant money by exaggerating the threats. -David Suzuki

I want people to understand my journey and to be inspired by that. You can be an immigrant, and if you work really hard, you can have your own restaurant. -Marcus Samuelsson

Clean water and access to food are some of the simplest things that we can take for granted each and every day. In places like Africa, these can be some of the hardest resources to attain if you live in a rural area. -Marcus Samuelsson

I haven't written about an immigrant experience because I haven't experienced that before and am focused on existential themes. -Tao Lin

The Israelis should understand that it is in their long-term interest to have a democratic Egypt as a neighbor, and that it is prudent to acknowledge the legitimate interests of the Palestinians and to grant them their own state. -Mohamed ElBaradei

As we travel around Britain, I am convinced most of us cannot really appreciate what we are seeing. We take too much for granted, because it is all so familiar. -Martin Parr

Nick Cardy's work helped define some of the things we see in comics today and take for granted. He broke out of the mold in terms of covers and layout and created a truly interactive experience for the reader that directly points back to his time with the Eisner studio. -Jim Lee

My mother is an immigrant from China, and she filled my head with stories about ghosts and fighting monks in China, so the world of 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' was a very familiar one. -Tess Gerritsen

You have to hone your craft, but you also have to be born with a certain amount of talent, and I never took the talent for granted – I've always worked really hard to be as good as I could be. -Diane Warren

'Sweet Dreams' is such a dark-sounding song, but it's about not taking anything for granted; share yourself with others after you have first spent some time with yourself. -Angel Olsen

When you're nice, people like you and will want to work with you. But it can mean that they take you for granted. -Mario Testino

Fame infantilises and grants relative impunity. Those that seek it, out of an exaggerated need for admiration or attention, are often the least well equipped to deal with criticism. -Jemima Khan

Arranged marriages are big business in the U.K. Second- and third-generation immigrant families, with no extended family structure, limited networks and religious restrictions on acceptable ways to meet future spouses, are turning to external matchmakers for help. -Jemima Khan

Our Constitution requires that the accused be presumed innocent before trial, thus granting all citizens the right to a bail hearing, where the accused has the opportunity to be represented by counsel, present evidence, and cross-examine witnesses. -Kevin Mitnick

People who say that there's a vote within the Republican Party that moves against immigrants is just factually not accurate. -Grover Norquist

It is wrong to divide the nation white against black, native born against immigrant or one religion against another. It is also wrong to divide people by income. East Germany was not an improvement over South Africa. Obama divides Americans against each other. This is wrong. -Grover Norquist

I think we're very uptight in America. You have to remember that we're descended from Puritans. Whether or not the country is now composed of immigrants, our culture as American really begins with the landing of the Pilgrims and a puritanical view of things. -Tom Ford

In my town, I had only one adult American male role model: my father. I grew up taking it for granted that missionaries were what American boys grew up to be. -Huston Smith

As a child, I grew up the son of German immigrant parents, so I grew up being teased and called 'Fritz' at school. When I married my wife and went to live in Vienna, I was teased for being a Brit. -Peter Morgan

There are a lot of things that immigrants, especially Chinese-Americans, want to share with their children, but there are a lot of things they don't want to share. -Anchee Min

After the Volcker Fund collapsed, I got another grant from the Lilly Endowment to do a history of the U.S., which I worked on from 1962-66. The original idea was to take the regular facts and put a libertarian assessment on everything. -Murray Rothbard

Hiring foreigners is more expensive and more difficult than hiring locals, because of the visa fees and long lead times for visa processing. And companies face a backlash by anti-immigrant groups for hiring foreigners. So they do it only because they have to. -Vivek Wadhwa

Why is it that the very people who have fought so hard and so long for the simple entitlement to love whom they choose to love are the very ones denied that right by those who routinely take their vows for granted? -John Ridley

A lot of what I experienced growing up in the U.S.S.R. and coming to the U.S. as an immigrant actually reflects itself in Whatsapp. Experiences from our youth shape what we do later in life. -Jan Koum

Our young immigrants have a lot to offer. They are motivated and hard-working, and in many cases have already contributed significantly to our society – by excelling in school, by volunteering in their communities, or by serving in the military. -Gerald Chertavian

I was lucky to become a Facebook board member in late 2008. Restricted stock units granted me at the time have increased many times in value. -Donald E. Graham

Safe Routes to School is one with great potential to get children walking and biking to school again. The program uses federal grants to make road and sidewalk repairs aimed at getting kids to school safely on foot or bicycle. The money also supports efforts to get the community, school officials and others involved. -Risa Lavizzo-Mourey

I am a legal immigrant whose parents went from Russia to China to Chile to finally reach the United States and thereby give me a chance to have a better life. I served six years in the U.S. Army Reserve, went to college, have a successful career and have dedicated my life to being a good citizen. -Mike Medavoy

A Pike, in the California dialect, is a native of Missouri, Arkansas, Northern Texas, or Southern Illinois. The first emigrants that came over the plains were from Pike County, Missouri; but as the phrase, 'a Pike County man,' was altogether too long for this short life of ours, it was soon abbreviated into 'a Pike.' -Bayard Taylor

Money grants you freedom, I guess. -Dasha Zhukova

Maybe climate change is a threat, and maybe climate change has been tarted up by climatologists trolling for research grant cash. It doesn't matter. -P. J. O'Rourke

Californians are people who insist on growing their own vegetables, but they won't dig up the pretty lawn, won't plant anything for fear of getting dirty, and they use fragrant bath salts from The Body Shop instead of smelly compost. -P. J. O'Rourke

Agriculture is a business that has been up to its bib overalls in politics since the first Thanksgiving dinner kickback to the Indians for subsidizing Pilgrim maize production with fish head fertilizer grants. -P. J. O'Rourke

Why do elites hate the poor? It's xenophobia. They don't know any poor people – except their off-the-books Brazilian nanny and illegal immigrant cleaning lady from Upper Revolta who don't speak English. -P. J. O'Rourke

President Bush said that if illegal immigrants want citizenship, they'd have to do three things: pay taxes, hold meaningful jobs, and learn English. Bush doesn't meet those qualifications. -P. J. O'Rourke

It is plain to me that our prelates, in granting indulgences, do commonly blaspheme the wisdom of God. -John Wycliffe

I have issues with inheritance tax, particularly coming from a migrant family. My dad has worked incredibly hard all his life, so it seems odd to me that someone who has gone through that experience and has managed to save then gets taxed for dying. -Sanjeev Bhaskar

Both my parents were migrant workers who came to the U.K. in the Fifties to better themselves. The culture I grew up in was to work hard, save hard and to look after your family. -Sanjeev Bhaskar

My mum thought my TV and film addiction was laziness. If you're an immigrant, you know you'll never be an accepted part of society, but you hope your children will be, and you try to make them essential to the community in a practical way – being a doctor or a lawyer. Acting was beyond their comprehension. -Sanjeev Bhaskar

The journey from employee to entrepreneur was a complex and taxing one for an immigrant like me. -Ruchi Sanghvi

When I started Cove, I spoke to three immigration lawyers who gave me a long checklist of things to do before my company could hire immigrants. -Ruchi Sanghvi

Being taken for granted is an unpleasant but sincere form of praise. Ironically, the more reliable you are, and the less you complain, the more likely you are to be taken for granted. -Gretchen Rubin

My parents were, had a marriage of passion, and the passion was about their religious beliefs. They were both immigrant families that – well, my father's family came as Puritans to Massachusetts. -Phil Jackson

When I walk into a room that is all white and all male, I'm sitting on the outside of that club. That's sometimes an intimidating experience. But I think that everywhere that I've gotten is because I've worked hard. I have the experience, I have the credentials – I continue not to take any of that for granted. -Helene D. Gayle

My years with failing vision have prompted me to learn about the nature of the eye and the incredible gift of sight, which I had always taken for granted until it began to slip away. -Henry Grunwald

I really feel that my life story is a continuation of the Great American Dream – the immigrant who comes to this country and is allowed to excel. How many other countries would let me do that? -Friedrich St. Florian

The freedom to express yourself without fear – that perhaps is something we in the U.S. take for granted. It's almost inconceivable to think we would be afraid to express our opinions or thoughts, but that's not true for all parts of the world now, and certainly not before World War II. -Friedrich St. Florian

What I worry about the most is the competition for young eyeballs. We have so many other competing forms of media. I don't take any audience members for granted. -Chris Meledandri

Modern conveniences grant us more free time to focus on spiritual needs and devote more time to personal service. But the basic element which should never change in the lives of righteous young women is giving service to others. -James E. Faust

The immigrant experience in 'Ilustrado' was only a small part of what I intended to be a broader look at the Filipino experience, even if that broader look was itself merely a specific perspective. -Miguel Syjuco

When I think of my work, I'm aware that I'm American and African at all points and times. And without a doubt, my experience and understanding of America was shaped by having immigrant parents. -Dinaw Mengestu

Personally, it's a comfort and happiness to know that my work is taken seriously and is not marginalised and put in a box of ethnic immigrant writing in America. -Dinaw Mengestu

I'm an immigrant writer, or an African writer, or an Ethiopian-American writer, and occasionally an American writer according to the whims and needs of my interpreters. -Dinaw Mengestu

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, the color of my skin and my rather peculiar background as an Ethiopian immigrant delineated the border of my life and friendships. I learned quickly how to stand alone. -Dinaw Mengestu

I had immigrant grandparents who came to this country and came for religious freedom and loved it, never made any money, Bronx, Brooklyn, but loved America. And they told me every day it's the greatest country in the world. -Dan Rosensweig

I believe the Obama administration, from the president on down, has taken a very weak position regarding granting Palestine statehood at the United Nations. -Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Even when EPA subjects its science to peer review, the agency often stacks the deck of supposedly independent advisory panels by including members who are EPA grant recipients. -Ralph Hall

In various fields, such as science, technology, sports, business and the arts, immigrants enrich our culture every single day. -Charles B. Rangel

America was born as a nation of immigrants who have always contributed to its greatness. -Charles B. Rangel

Immigrants have faced huge obstacles to achieving the American Dream, yet have persevered to overcome them. -Charles B. Rangel

A quality education grants us the ability to fight the war on ignorance and poverty. -Charles B. Rangel

After four centuries of Spanish rule, Puerto Rico was ceded to the United States in 1898. Residents were granted U.S. citizenship in 1917, and the federal government has allowed Puerto Rico to exercise authority over its local affairs in a manner similar to the 50 states. -Pedro Pierluisi

I'm for the DREAM Act. It makes so much sense. Following the implementation of the DREAM Act, we'll have a case study we can point to where we can say that we provided a path to citizenship or legal involvement in the community for these young immigrants, and the sky didn't fall. -Beto O'Rourke

We, after a certain age, after college, are so consumed about what we want to achieve in life, and we fiercely are ambitious and we go after that, but sometimes we tend to take all our loved and dear ones for granted. -Ranbir Kapoor

Love is such that God grants us one person who we can spend the rest of our life with. It rarely happens that we don't. -Ranbir Kapoor

When I started out as a model, I took things for granted. Because I bagged work thanks to my looks, I didn't give my body any importance. I was a couch potato who'd eat anything. Then, in 2005, a tabloid ran a story calling me fat. I thought, 'I'm famous. How can I be fat?' It was a slap. I decided to get fit. -Bipasha Basu

If given a chance, I would really want to explore the monuments in Delhi, like Qutub Minar and the forts. I have been there as a child, but now I want to go back and understand the history and significance behind them. We take all of these things for granted in life. -Shreya Ghoshal

Our nation is built upon a history of immigration, dating back to our first pioneers, the Pilgrims. For more than three centuries, we have welcomed generations of immigrants to our melting pot of hyphenated America: British-Americans; Italian-Americans; Irish-Americans; Jewish-Americans; Mexican-Americans; Chinese-Americans; Indian-Americans. -Ami Bera

I hope I'll have the opportunity to debate how we reform and update our immigration system. I will relate my own story and that of the countless immigrants whose American Dream stories have helped build our country into the greatest nation in the world. -Ami Bera

Our democracy is not something to be taken for granted. You have to fight for it. You have to commit yourself to working for it – for the long haul. -Keith Ellison

Say a child raises this beautiful beet. It's going to give her a sense of ownership, and that changes everything. You stop taking things for granted; you become less wasteful. -David Chang

I think immigrants, when they're stressed, think that there's something wrong with America, when it's really just difficult to leave a country and all that you know. -Akhil Sharma

We are all human beings, immigrant or non-immigrant. We all feel fear. We all love and become confused when we don't act as well as we would like to. We all get depressed and have feelings of uselessness. All of these things are true and have always been true. -Akhil Sharma

The U.S. immigration laws are bad – really, really bad. I'd say treatment of immigrants is one of the greatest injustices done in our government's name. -Bill Gates

Now everyone takes it for granted that you can look up movie reviews, track locations, and order stuff online. I wish there was a way we could take it away from people for a day so they could remember what it was like without it. -Bill Gates

When granted many years of life, growing old in age is natural, but growing old with grace is a choice. Growing older with grace is possible for all who will set their hearts and minds on the Giver of grace, the Lord Jesus Christ. -Billy Graham

The sweet quality is set opposite to the bitter, and is a gracious, amiable, blessed and pleasant quality, a refreshing of the life, an allaying of the fierceness. It maketh all pleasant and friendly in every creature; it maketh the vegetables of the earth fragrant and of good taste, affording fair, yellow, white and ruddy colours. -Jakob Bohme

I've been lucky. I don't for a minute take for granted the good fortune I have had. You don't like to get ideas above your station, especially a boy from the south side of Glasgow. -Tony Curran

Corporations are created by the people, acting through their governments. We grant them corporate charters that confer certain legal rights and privileges, like the ability to enter into contracts, limited liability and perpetual life. -Jim McGovern

Man is never always happy, and very often only a brief period of happiness is granted him in this world; so why escape from this dream which cannot last long? -Frederic Chopin

'The Immigrant Story,' which took me about twenty-five years to write, was a very simple story, but I couldn't think of how to tell it. Then twenty years after I started it, I found this one page and realized it was going to be the story. That's the only way you get it sometimes. -Grace Paley

O Christ, on you the many-eyed cherubim are unable to look because of the glory of your countenance, yet out of your love you accepted spittle on your face. Remove the shame from my face, and grant me to have an unashamed face before you at the time of prayer. -Isaac of Nineveh

Do all children have some inherent right to live in America if they have done nothing wrong? If not, then why should the children of illegal immigrants have such a right? -Thomas Sowell

I'm really in such a fortunate position to have that foundation with Hall and Oates that lets me do whatever I want. That's the dream of a lot of creative people, and I don't take it for granted. I try to make the most of it. -John Oates

It is actually costlier to hire an immigrant. And yet the farm worker is almost invariably an immigrant. You can't pay an American to pick blueberries. -Trey Gowdy

When I am back in old Blighty, I am surrounded by the old and familiar concerns: New Labour, Europe, the Middle East and the rest. If you live in Britain, you will know what I mean – except you won't, because you will take it for granted that this is what the world is all about. -Martin Jacques

My parents, Romanian immigrants, struggled to provide me a better life than the ones they had left in their homeland. They worked hard to give me every opportunity in life, and once I showed natural talent as a young gymnast, they spent every last penny on my training. -Dominique Moceanu

Few states, they have the international borders, state borders; in India, there is so much diversity in system. Unity in diversity is our system, so therefore, you cannot take for granted, whatever you do. -Mamata Banerjee

We build schools and give government loans and grants to college kids; for those of us who are parents, tuition will often be the last big subsidy we give the children we've raised. -Bill McKibben

My name, my origins, my background and my experiences are what leveraged my success. The angle of the immigrant, through which I examined the reality in France, distinguished me. -Gad Elmaleh

Both my parents are immigrants. I've seen different struggles they've had. There's a reason you don't see me using accents. I don't do impressions of my folks. When I'm doing a crappy impression of my folks, and you're laughing, I'm thinking, 'When my parents talk to people, when they walk away do people do impressions of them? Do they laugh?' -Hari Kondabolu

When you take the fact that you're loved for granted, it frees your mind to go after every other thing there is. -Philipp Meyer

Even though I went to Exeter and Yale, and I enjoyed all the trappings of those places, I think at the same time – and maybe it's because I'm an immigrant kid and not white – there was always this other consciousness; that is, I was conscious of everything that was going on. -Chang-Rae Lee

We arrived the way most emigrant families did. My father came first, and the rest of us – my mother, my sister and me – followed a year later. -Chang-Rae Lee

Standing center stage in the six foot circle of wood cut from the stage of the Ryman is something I never take for granted. The history and legacy of that circle is awe-inspiring. -Blake Shelton

We take so many of our freedoms for granted nowadays – I can travel where I like, I can do any job I want – but I think chivalry has been lost a little bit. -Michelle Dockery

President Obama has regularly granted special access to reporters who give him preferential coverage. -Ben Shapiro

Vice President Joe Biden believes that illegal immigrants are citizens. Obama believes that some Americans who join Islamist groups are citizens, while others are not. Who is an American? Whomever the executive branch deems an American. Who isn't? It depends on whether Obama ate his Wheaties or not. -Ben Shapiro

Obama wants to raise the issue of immigration reform so that he can demonize Republicans as anti-Hispanic. That's why Obama ignores the broad support for an immigration plan that would provide border security once and for all and then deal with the illegal immigrants who live here. -Ben Shapiro

My foundation now has some 120 football pitches laid out for children, a lot of them immigrants. We live in a multicultural society. -Johan Cruyff

Ajax is a multicultural club, and we have found that many talented immigrant players quit when they reach puberty. So we wanted to tackle this problem with someone from the same background who had come through it. And that was Edgar Davids. During one of our fights, I pointed that out to him. But it had nothing to do with his skin colour. -Johan Cruyff

Don't get me wrong. I don't take anything for granted. But it seems like the better I play, the more attention I get. And I can't get away from it. You play great, you get attention. But I hate attention. It is weird. I'm in a bind. The more you win, the more they come. -Derrick Rose

The goal of immigration policy should be what is in the best interests of the American people as a whole. I would recommend limiting immigration to spouses and minor children of citizens, plus additional immigrants chosen for special skills needed in the U.S. -Jan C. Ting

Both my parents were immigrants, as were many of their friends, the parents of the children with whom I grew up. Of course I respect and admire immigrants and their undeniable contributions to America, as we all should. -Jan C. Ting

We should favor young immigrants with many years of work ahead of them. We should favor immigrants who have demonstrated an ability to learn and work using English, which makes their future success more likely. -Jan C. Ting

If cheap immigrant labor is made unavailable, employers can hire Americans at a higher wage, or replace low-wage immigrant workers with technology and automation, which will create a smaller number of skilled jobs for Americans. -Jan C. Ting

I personally believe that a democratic society is morally entitled to set and enforce a limit on the number of new immigrants admitted each year. -Jan C. Ting

The DREAM Act was intended to benefit illegal immigrants who were brought here as children, the most sympathetic subset among our large illegal immigrant population. -Jan C. Ting

Illegal immigrants make a rational choice when they decide to violate our immigration laws. They weigh the costs, including the risks of getting caught, against the benefits of a better life. -Jan C. Ting

If we want to set and enforce a limit on immigration, we have to be willing to say no to would-be immigrants who look a lot like our own ancestors, not because there's anything wrong with them, but simply because admitting them would exceed our legal limit. -Jan C. Ting

Learning to distinguish the illegal immigrant from the legal immigrant does not solve the problem of illegal immigration. -Jan C. Ting

All Americans are either immigrants or descendants of ancestors who came from somewhere else, including Native Americans. We should all respect and admire immigrants. -Jan C. Ting

We can't deny the financial toll illegal immigrants take on our communities. -Dick Mountjoy

Subsidies and mandates are just two of the privileges that government can bestow on politically connected friends. Others include grants, loans, tax credits, favorable regulations, bailouts, loan guarantees, targeted tax breaks and no-bid contracts. -Charles Koch

I'm half-Armenian. Even though my grandparents did not discuss the genocide, and my father – like many sons and daughters of immigrants – wanted to be as 'American' as possible, I was always aware of it. How could I not be? -Chris Bohjalian

People often ask me why I persisted in doing research on a subject that was so controversial. I frequently respond by telling them that only a few scientists are granted the great fortune to pursue topics that are so new and different that only a small number of people can grasp the meaning of such discoveries initially. -Stanley B. Prusiner

Labor should not be about creating monuments on hills or statues in parks. Labor's monuments and statues are when a young person can find a job, when a person with disability can get access to the ordinary life that others take for granted. -Bill Shorten

Young adults living with a stutter is hard work. How do they handle job interviews? What do they do when the phone rings? How do they 'chat someone up'? All these things the average person takes for granted prove to be a stammerer's biggest challenge. -Gareth Gates

The mishandling of the would-be airplane bomber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab's visa is only the latest piece of evidence that the granting of visas should be taken away from the State Department. For the granting of visas – especially today, when terrorism is such a complex threat – is far closer to being a law-enforcement function. -Elliott Abrams

In December 2012, the U.S. 9th district court granted a temporary injunction to the Japanese whalers that ordered the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society U.S.A. to not approach within 500 yards of the whaling vessels. -Paul Watson

DMX wasn't checking what his fans were saying to him on Twitter or Facebook. Jay-Z is on a boat in Saint-Tropez. I'm hands-on. Girls write to me like I'm their diary. That's a huge responsibility. I don't take it for granted. -Theophilus London

My kids are coming up in a different time then me. Interracial couples are of the norm. With me, it's about making sure my kids understand the importance of education and having opportunities that I didn't. My goal as a parent is to make sure they don't take what they have for granted. -Kevin Hart

In the fall of 1978, I left the religious, conservative, biracial, slow-paced culture of South Carolina for the secular, liberal, multi-ethnic, intense culture of Princeton University. Like most immigrants, I was looking for a better life in a place I only half understood. -Virginia Postrel

A life-threatening illness or two certainly gives you an awareness of your own mortality. It heightens your sense of gratitude for things that previously, if you've not taken them for granted, you perhaps never appreciated how precious they were. That's almost a platitude, but one has to state the obvious. -Norman Foster

Border strengthening is effective, but not if done in isolation. We also need to give priority to establishing public institutions that deliver a sustained level of security and justice for citizens. Border security can never come at the expense of migrants' rights. Nor can it be used to legitimize inhumane treatment. -Ban Ki-moon

We are indeed a nation of immigrants. People who choose to come to America have always been one of our greatest sources of national vitality. They keep our economy strong and our communities dynamic. They are some of our greatest patriots. -Tom Perez

Periods of cooperation between political parties shouldn't be taken for granted; they are a stunning human achievement. -Paul Bloom

I lived in a world where social arrangements were taken for granted and assumed to be timeless. A child's obligation was to learn these usages, not to question them. The complexities of racial deportment were of a piece with learning manners and etiquette more generally. -Drew Gilpin Faust

The more often we see the things around us – even the beautiful and wonderful things – the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds – even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

The sweet companionship of eternal marriage is one of the greatest blessings God has granted to His children. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

Most people who use the Internet seem take its nature and characteristics for granted, like we take air and water for granted. -Rebecca MacKinnon

In New York, FEMA granted the Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club's request to be remapped from the high-risk flood zone in August 2012 – just two months before the club was damaged and its outbuildings destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, which stacked up yachts at its docks like pick-up sticks. -Bill Dedman

The long view of the Census bureau allows some changes that are taken for granted to be studied in more detail. Everyone knows, for example, that people get married later than they used to. -Bill Dedman

Here in Spain, there are Argentine Jews, children and grandchildren of immigrants of Jews who fled Germany or Austria in the thirties, and in the seventies during the dictatorship, they had to go into exile again. -Antonio Munoz Molina

I don't think I've ever felt terribly comfortable writing about my body. First of all, I think I took my body for granted for so many years. I abused it a lot. -Maxine Kumin

You can't take good health for granted. -Jack Osbourne

If extreme poverty is allowed to increase, it will give rise to new problems, including new diseases that will spread from countries that cannot provide adequate healthcare to those that can. Poverty will lead to more migrants seeking to move, whether legally or not, to rich nations. -Peter Singer

When your parents are Middle Eastern immigrants, you have three choices. You can become a doctor, a lawyer or an engineer. -Michael Mina

The important thing is for the characters to feel real, and to be given the humanity they are due. That granting of humanity is what separates a full portrait from a stereotype. -David Levithan

After 'The Hobbit,' I have no idea if things will change. I suspect if I still want to act I will have to put in the hard yards, not rest on my laurels. A lot of it is right place, right time, but I enjoy the challenge, constantly refining my craft, not taking it too seriously but never taking it for granted. -Mark Hadlow

President Obama seems to think that you win by demonstrating that you're a more reasonable person than your opponents. It didn't work too badly, I'll grant, as an electoral strategy in the 2012 election. -Timothy Noah

Because Iranians have had to fight so long and painfully for political freedom, they have a deep appreciation for its value – perhaps deeper than many in the West who take their electoral rights for granted. -Stephen Kinzer

In fairness, Latin America's elected civilian leaders have made progress in some areas. They have brought their countries back to international respectability, curbed flagrant human rights violations, and sought to build democratic political institutions. -Stephen Kinzer

Any country that grants asylum to Snowden risks retaliation from the United States, including diplomatic isolation and costly trade sanctions. Several don't seem to care. -Stephen Kinzer

The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents. -Barton Gellman

For a decade, makers of AIDS medicines had rejected the idea of lowering prices in poor countries for fear of eroding profits in rich ones. The position required a balancing act, because the companies had to deflect attacks on the global reach of their patents, which granted exclusive marketing rights for antiretroviral drugs. -Barton Gellman

Snowden grants that NSA employees by and large believe in their mission and trust the agency to handle the secrets it takes from ordinary people – deliberately, in the case of bulk records collection, and 'incidentally,' when the content of American phone calls and e-mails are swept into NSA systems along with foreign targets. -Barton Gellman

Many nonprofits rely on grants alone. -Leroy Hood

When you're a child, you take things for granted. For instance, my mum didn't have a lot of money, but I went to piano, ballet and gymnastics lessons, and tae kwon do. -Holliday Grainger

As legal residents, immigrants would contribute more in taxes, spend more at our businesses, start companies of their own and create more jobs. Immigration is not a problem for us to solve but an opportunity for America to seize. -Jose Andres

As immigrants, we understand better than most that to be an American is a privilege that conveys not just rights but responsibilities. -Jose Andres

I'm a different immigrant. My life is so lucky compared to so many. -Jose Andres

It's hard because people always say, 'Follow your dreams,' but it's not a perfect world, and things don't always work out. But you've just got to work hard, and you can't take things for granted. -Stephen Colletti

I think we take for granted police officers and detectives that walk into some pretty heinous situations, and they really have to be very brave. So I love playing a character that's very brave – someone that kind of dives in the fire to figure out what's happened. -George Eads

I take for granted that for the imaginative writer, the exercise of the imagination is part of the basic process of coping with reality, just as actors need to act all the time to make up for some deficiency in their sense of themselves. -J. G. Ballard

I'm blessed, and I say it all the time that I don't take anything for granted. I studied my craft and just stick with it. -Bobb'e J. Thompson

I am the daughter of Nigerian immigrants. My mother is a survivor of both polio and of the Igbo genocide during her country's civil war in the late 1960s. -Uzo Aduba

We take it for granted sometimes that certain parts of our history are told, and we take it for granted that we know all that stuff, and we move forward along on that basis, but there are also massive gaps, and we have to try to address them. -Chiwetel Ejiofor

The Heaneys were aristocrats, in the sense that they took for granted a code of behavior that was given and unspoken. Argumentation, persuasion, speech itself, for God's sake, just seemed otiose and superfluous to them. -Seamus Heaney

As the daughter of immigrants, growing up in New York City, you are either at the table or on the menu. -Grace Meng

When people see Barack Obama, they don't necessarily see an African-American president. They see someone who is a child of immigrants. They see someone whose family has worked hard and struggled. And they see many similarities between themselves and Barack Obama. -Grace Meng

I was overwhelmed with messages of support I received from people around the rugby world. Sometimes you take it for granted, but I can't thank people enough for how much they supported me. -Matthew Rees

It's happening: Lou Dobbs' dream come true and Silicon Valley's worst nightmare. We're already seeing the reverse brain drain as smart immigrants take their U.S. educations and experience building companies and creating technology back to their home countries. -Sarah Lacy

The roots of Silicon Valley are full of stories of immigrants and minority groups who experienced bigotry and made it anyway. Why should women be any different? -Sarah Lacy

A huge part of what a kid learns when they're growing up is social and emotional development. As adults, we take it for granted that other people have emotions that are different from ours, and we can identify what they are, but those are skills that children have to learn. -Tim Schafer

You have to work hard not to take your partner for granted, even when you are tired. -Nicole Ari Parker

For as long as anyone can remember, reliable, cheap electricity has been taken for granted in the United States. -Alex Berenson

I was the daughter of an immigrant, raised to feel that I needed to get excellent, flawless grades and a full scholarship and a graduate degree and a good job – all the stepping stones to conventional success. -Susan Choi

Don't take anything for granted. If you don't believe in yourself, nobody else will. Have a little more confidence. -Cathy Moriarty

We should never take democracy for granted. Democracy can emerge and develop, but it can also decay. -Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj

All three of the great waves of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century European immigrants to America innovated. -Malcolm Gladwell

Some people go to the West and claim they are gays and that their lives are at risk in the Gambia, in order for them to be granted a stay in Europe. -Yahya Jammeh

There are still states that have not evolved so much as California, that still skimp on recognition and, even worse, the rights of immigrants. -Enrique Pena Nieto

More than 1 million U.S. citizens live in Mexico, and my country remains the largest source of immigrants to the United States. -Enrique Pena Nieto

The American story is a story of immigration. I would be the last person who would say immigrants are not important to America. -Phil Gramm

My parents were born and brought up in New York City. My father was trained as an electrical engineer, and my mother was an elementary school teacher. They were the children of Jewish immigrants who had come to the United States from England and Lithuania in the late 1800s. -David Lee

The fact is I am growing old too fast, alas! I feel it, and yet work I will, and may God grant me life to see the last plate of my mammoth work finished. -John James Audubon

No one ceases to be a man, no one forfeits his rights to civilization merely by being more or less uncultured, and since the Filipino is regarded as a fit citizen when he is asked to pay taxes or shed his blood to defend the fatherland, why must this fitness be denied him when the question arises of granting him some right? -Jose Rizal

Since it is necessary to grant six million Filipinos their rights, so that they may be in fact Spaniards, let the government grant these rights freely and spontaneously, without damaging reservations, without irritating mistrust. -Jose Rizal

It may be taken for granted that, rash as Americans usually are, when they are prudent, there is good reason for it. -Jules Verne

Like so much in Singapore, admission to the Marina Bay's casino is hierarchical: Free for anyone with an international passport, costly for locals, off-limits to migrant workers altogether. -Alan Huffman

The Singaporean government, which represents legal migrant workers in employment disputes and claims of exploitation, requires that they stay in the country until the disputes are settled. If they leave, their claims are closed. -Alan Huffman

I find that the kinds of music I'm drawn to are those that a lot of people take for granted. -Danger Mouse

There's no better exercise than dancing. 'Dancing with the Stars' is amazing. I used to take it for granted, but the three months you spend on the show, with that grueling regimen, you just shed weight. You can eat anything you want and it doesn't stick. -Maksim Chmerkovskiy

If the nose has become a deeply disillusioned and grief-stricken organ in the modern world, then what of the ear? The poor little ear – such an innocent, intelligent and sensitive creature; in these times of such flagrant sonic brutality, the sense within the ear has much to contend with. -Michael Leunig

Franklin D. Roosevelt was fortunate: He didn't take office until nearly four years after the Wall Street crash, by which time the Republicans' responsibility for the Depression was taken for granted. -Tina Brown

I don't like being taken for granted anywhere in life. I don't want my vote taken for granted. -Rob Lowe

I, quite frankly, am grateful for every day. I don't take anything for granted. -Robin Quivers

I grew up in northwest London on a council estate. My parents are Irish immigrants who came over here when they were very young and worked in menial jobs all their lives, and I'm one of many siblings. -Amanda Hale

Nothing thrills me more than to be good at something. It's very rewarding, and I feel grateful and blessed, and I never take it for granted. -Jane Elliot

My grandfather was an illegal immigrant for the 60 or so years he was in the United States. I had another great-great-grandmother on my mom's side who snuck in in a suitcase. -James Altucher

As you may know, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, or MCC, awards grants only to countries which rule justly, promote economic freedom, and invest in their people. -Benigno Aquino III

In my town, and especially in my area, there were people from everywhere: Algerians, Senegalese, French people, Asians, all kinds of immigrants and natives, and everyone circulated. -Tahar Rahim

Sometimes we spend more efforts with people that are strangers in terms of making an impression than the person that's closest to us. And you just gotta remember not to take for granted that person that's closest to you. -Michael Douglas

There ought to be more grants that go to people in their late twenties and early thirties. That's a crucial age, although it's very hard to judge who is worth supporting and who is not. Looking back on my own life, I see that was the period when I was closest to giving up as a novelist and when I most needed some encouragement. -Edmund White

It always trips me out that America, the most powerful and magnificent nation in the history of the world, whose might was built by immigrants from all over the world, only speaks one language. -Cheech Marin

At the end of the day, it not only doesn't make logical sense to deny licenses to undocumented immigrants, it doesn't make financial sense. -Cheech Marin

Once you are an immigrant, you never forget that you are one. -Jorge Ramos

Cubanas are very strong women. So don't mess with us – don't take us for granted! -Natalie Martinez

In life, try your best to do the right thing. Have fun while you're alive. Take advantage of every asset you have. Don't take anything for granted. -Justin Chon

It is an honour and a privilege to play music for a living, and I don't take it for granted, not even for a second. -Jimmy Chamberlin

Way too many people believe Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker. -Jeb Bush

Immigrants are more fertile. -Jeb Bush

Immigrants create an engine of economic prosperity. -Jeb Bush

New York has been the subject of thousands of books. Every immigrant group has had its saga as has every epoch and social class. -Edmund White

All of us take offense to anyone who reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America. And undocumented immigrants who desperately want to embrace those responsibilities see little option but to remain in the shadows, or risk their families being torn apart. -Barack Obama

My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too. -Barack Obama

America isn't Congress. America isn't Washington. America is the striving immigrant who starts a business, or the mom who works two low-wage jobs to give her kid a better life. America is the union leader and the CEO who put aside their differences to make the economy stronger. -Barack Obama

Countries around the world have their own immigration laws and methods of dealing with a recurring theme: desperate people searching for peace from volatile parts of the world. And nations everywhere thrive and prosper from the contributions of immigrants and the children of immigrants – including right here in the U.S. -Al Sharpton

My message to everyone: the next time you hear about migrant children near the border, just picture them as your own. Then think what you would want our government to do. -Al Sharpton

There are compelling reasons to implement a true America First immigration plan, starting with border security. We are a land of immigrants. Immigration, with assimilation, has generally been good for America. -Niger Innis

I plan to see St. Louis as a global competitor. As an international trade hub, as an incubator of new companies, as a place of culture and the arts, as a magnet for immigrants, for entrepreneurs, for animal lovers, and for gays, as a city of parks and trails, and as the sort of place that figures in young people's dreams. -Francis G. Slay

I was born in Hereford, England, in 1944. We moved when they had an opportunity to get a visa, about 1950. My dad always thought Europe was a bit too small for him. He wanted to see the United States… The typical immigrant story. He wanted a better life for his children, too. He always tried to get the visa, and it didn't come up. -Frank Oz

We take things for granted, and because we wake up every day, you start talking about what you're going to do next week. I said, 'Who told you you would be here next week?' -Bobby Womack

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