J. C. Watts Quotes

Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.

It doesn’t take a lot of strength to hang on. It takes a lot of strength to let go.


It takes a lot of strength to let go.

Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.

I’m looking forward to the day when America will mature to the point that we are a color-blind society. I’m not so sure that in politics that will ever be reality, because politics has a way of separating us based on skin color.

I’m secure in who I am. I don’t need the validation of those that would say, you have to be a certain thing in order to be accepted. I’m comfortable going against the grain if I need to.

Reparations, I believe, are talked about for political reasons, trying to cater for the purpose of getting votes. If Congress was serious about reparations – in ’93 and ’94 the Democrats controlled the House, the Senate and the White House, and not one single Republican vote was needed for reparations.

Everyone tries to define this thing called Character. It’s not hard. Character is doing what’s right when nobody’s looking.

I’m not one that believes that affirmative action should be based on one’s skin color or one’s gender, I think it should be done based on one’s need, because I think if you are from a poor white community, I think that poor white kid needs a scholarship just as badly as a poor black kid.

I like to call the ethos I grew up with ‘Oklahoma values.’ But you’d be just as accurate if you said ‘American values.’ Except for our lack of a seacoast, Oklahoma has a little bit of just about everything that’s American.

If you are explaining, you are losing.

You take a poor black child. Give him a good education, tell him he’s somebody, that God didn’t create junk when he created him, and that black child will create his own affirmative action.

The American dream does not happen by asking Americans to accept what’s immoral and wrong in the name of tolerance.

I think you grow wherever God plants you. I hope I’m growing as a person of faith, as a Christian. That should be our number one objective this journey of life. That all starts with a personal intimate relationship with Christ and then being in prayer every single day about all of those things – being tenacious about it.

My views on everything from welfare to a balanced budget to affirmative action can be traced to what Buddy and Helen Watts taught me as a young boy growing up poor but proud in Eufaula.

Governor is not the position to have in Oklahoma. It is the head coach of Oklahoma or Oklahoma State or Tulsa.

Everything I am I owe to my faith and secondly to parents who were old school.

A Black man voting for the Republicans makes about as much sense as a chicken voting for Col. Sanders.

I never got into politics for it to be a career.

The government taxes you when you bring home a paycheck.
It taxes you when you make a phone call.
It taxes you when you turn on a light.
It taxes you when you sell a stock.
It taxes you when you fill your car with gas.
It taxes you when you ride a plane.
It taxes you when you get married.
Then it taxes you when you die.
This is taxual insanity and it must end.

We have seen the Democrat solution to an energy crisis; it’s called California.

One of the Republicans’ major products is dream making. People are dying to get into this country… not out of it.

Death and taxes may be inevitable, but they shouldn’t be related.

My father taught that the only helping hand you’re ever going to be able to rely on is the one at the end of your sleeve.

There is a war being waged right now on prayer and religion by liberals who are taking every opportunity to make America as God-less as possible.