Walter F. Mondale

Quotations

Modern politics today requires a mastery of television. I’ve never really warmed up to television and, in fairness to television, it’s never warmed up to me.

I don’t want to spend the next two years in Holiday Inns.

On his withdrawal from the presidential campaign, 1976

Do you want to tear your life apart and get rid of everything you’ve known as a lifestyle? Like seeing your family? Being with your friends? A fishing trip? A hunting trip? A night’s sleep?

I said I didn’t want to spend most of my life in Holidays Inns, but I’ve checked and they’ve all been redecorated. They’re marvelous places to stay and I’ve thought it over and that’s where I’d like to be.

In our system, at about 11:30 on election night, they just push you off the edge of the cliff and that’s it. You might scream on the way down, but you’re going to hit the bottom, and you’re not going to be in elective office.

I’ve traveled more this year than any other living human being, and if I’d traveled any more I wouldn’t be living.

If you are sure you understand everything that is going on, you are hopelessly confused.

Political image is like mixing cement. When it’s wet, you can move it around and shape it, but at some point it hardens and there’s almost nothing you can do to reshape it.