42 Total Quotes

Donna Shalala Quotes

We're not talking about mandatory marathons or about Cal Ripken-style workouts,
Donna Shalala
#Style

What we're doing is protecting elderly disabled immigrants in nursing homes, ... They're not part of the welfare reform debate. The welfare reform debate is about moving people from welfare to work.
Donna Shalala
#Debate

We can't wait for everybody in this country to get good health insurance, ... When you really want to close a health care gap and you do not have a single health care system, you go to every part of the country and have everybody pull in the same direction.
Donna Shalala
#Country

This early report is very promising and shows that we are making progress in moving parents on welfare into jobs or giving them the work skills they need to get a job,
Donna Shalala
#Jobs

We have not yet concluded that needle-exchange programs do not encourage drug use.
Donna Shalala
#American Publicservant

What we would not want to do is ... take away health insurance for adults for which there is no insurance market. If you're 65 years old, what's the market for health insurance?
Donna Shalala
#Health

She actually started the women's network in this town. Jodie brought all the women together from the Carter administration in her home.
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#Women

The possible slowdown of illicit drug use among young people is encouraging, even though rates of use remain unacceptably high. All of us, especially parents and teachers, need to redouble our efforts
Donna Shalala
#People

We believe we should keep going. We're telling a story about excellence, about going from being very good to extraordinary.
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#Excellence

I must have helped 15 people get in the program.
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#People

Fear drives you and makes you better
Donna Shalala
#Fear

a step forward in the battle for our children's health and our nation's future.
Donna Shalala
#Health

Asking the government to help you for short periods of time is different than asking the government to take care of you for the rest of your life.
Donna Shalala
#American Publicservant

But for me, it is when a student has died. I find the death of a young person the most difficult and painful of times. To explain it to other young people, to see a bright future snuffed out, is just awful. I am haunted by those deaths.
Donna Shalala
#American Publicservant

But I have a driver, so I can return calls while I'm in the car.
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#American Publicservant

By putting people around me who will calm me down and slow me down and make sure I work through an issue.
Donna Shalala
#American Publicservant

Every year, I am reminded of the kids who aren't in the freshman class and aren't graduating. I remember every single one of them. That is the worst of times for me, to see the future snuffed out.
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#American Publicservant

I am interested in getting people to use the healthcare system at the right time, getting them to see the doctor early enough, before a small health problem turns serious.
Donna Shalala
#American Publicservant

I bring other constituencies - I also have ties to minority communities. And obviously, to the world of world-class research universities. So I can bring some constituencies that I'm used to working with.
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#American Publicservant

I get to work at about 7:30 or 8 unless I have a breakfast meeting.
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#American Publicservant

I have always hired people of different ages. Young people and older people. People in their 70s and in their 20s. People who are fully capable of talking back to me.
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#American Publicservant

I have always hired very strong people.
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#American Publicservant

I have long ties to the women's community.
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#American Publicservant

I have to admit, in January and February I was in an absolute fuzz. I had no one on board. It wasn't that I didn't know what I was doing, but we didn't have all the pieces put together.
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#American Publicservant

I think anyone that thought that we were coming in as a bunch of liberal Democrats to deliver more large-scale social programs was nuts. I sure didn't expect it.
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#American Publicservant

I think President Bush tried to step up on Social Security even though the polls showed that was unpopular. He has not been successful and backed off, but I admire people who take on big problems.
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#American Publicservant

I try to deal with my serious reading before work.
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#American Publicservant

I'll be one of the spokespeople, one of the people who sells the Administration's plans.
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#American Publicservant

I'm pretty disciplined and am almost always on schedule.
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#American Publicservant

I've spent my whole life with people underestimating me.
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#American Publicservant