Mario Cuomo was considered to be one of the most passionate and persuasive politicians of his time. Here are some quotations:

“We must get the American public to look past the glitter, beyond the showmanship, to the reality, the hard substance of things. And we’ll do it not so much with speeches that sound good as with speeches that are good and sound; not so much with speeches that will bring people to their feet as with speeches that will bring people to their senses.”

“We believe in only the government we need, but we insist on all the government we need.”

Democratic National Convention, 1984

“Every time I’ve done something that doesn’t feel right, it’s ended up not being right.”

From “In God’s Care: Daily Meditations on Spirituality in Recovery” by James Jennings and Karen Casey, 1991

“You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.”

From an interview with The New Republic, 1985

“I protect my right to be a Catholic by preserving your right to believe as a Jew, a Protestant, or non-believer, or as anything else you choose. We know that the price of seeking to force our beliefs on others is that they might some day force theirs on us. This freedom is the fundamental strength of our unique experiment in government. In the complex interplay of forces and considerations that go into the making of our laws and policies, its preservation must be a pervasive and dominant concern.”

From a speech at University of Notre Dame, 1984

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