Politics & Government

Notable quotes from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

"For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer." - in his 1977 autobiography.

"I'll be back." - The Terminator (1984 film).

"Hasta la vista, Baby." - Terminator 2 (1991 film).

"If it bleeds, we can kill it." - Predator (1987 film).

"The impeachment proceedings and Lewinsky scandal was another thing I will never forgive the Republican Party for. We spent one year wasting time because there was a human failure. I was ashamed to call myself a Republican during that period." - 1999 George magazine interview.

"I feel good because I believe I have made progress in rebuilding the people's trust in their government." - 2003 State of the State Address.

"From the time they get up in the morning and flush the toilet, they're taxed. When they go get a coffee, they're taxed. When they get in their car, they're taxed. When they go to the gas station, they're taxed. When they go to lunch, they're taxed. This goes on all day long. Tax. Tax. Tax. Tax. Tax." - warning about the California tax burden in 2003.

"It's the most difficult (decision) I've made in my entire life, except the one I made in 1978 when I decided to get a bikini wax." - declaring his candidacy for governor on the Jay Leno show in 2003.

"The biggest problem that we have is that California is being run now by special interests. As you know, I don't need to take any money from anybody. I have plenty of money myself. I will make the decisions for the people." - declaring his candidacy for governor on the Jay Leno show in 2003.

"Gray Davis can run a dirty campaign better than anyone, but he can't run a state." - at a 2003 press conference following his campaign announcement.

"I speak directly to the people and I know that the people of California want to have better leadership. They want to have great leadership. They want to have somebody that will represent them. It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican, if you're young or old, multiracial--the thing is, nothing matters to me. To me what matters is that I want to represent everyone in California." - at a 2003 press conference following his campaign announcement.

"I always say that wherever there is smoke there is fire. So what I want to say to you is, yes, that I have behaved badly sometimes." - responding in 2003 to newspaper reports that he'd groped and humiliated six women in separate instances between 1975 and 2000.

"I am humbled, I am honored and I am moved beyond words." - 2003 Inaugural address.

"This election was not about replacing one man or one party. It was about changing the entire political climate of our state." -2003 Inaugural address.

"What we face may look insurmountable. But I learned something from all those years of training and competing. What I learned is that we are always stronger than we know. And California is like that, too. We are stronger than we know. There's a massive weight we must lift off our state. Alone, I cannot lift it. But together, we can." - 2003 Inaugural address.

"If they don't have the guts to come up here in front of you and say, 'I don't want to represent you, I want to represent those special interests, the unions, the trial lawyers, and I want them to make the millions of dollars - if they don't have the guts, I call them girlie men." - criticizing Democratic legislators, whom he accused of blocking the state budget and catering to special interests, in 2004.

"I am a salesman by nature. And now most of my energies will go into selling California. If I can sell tickets to my movies like 'Red Sonja' or 'Last Action Hero,' you know I can sell just about anything. California is the easiest sell I've ever had." - 2004 State of the State address.

"Well, there was no sex for 14 days." - joking in 2004 about how his Democratic wife, Maria Shriver, reacted to his GOP convention speech endorsing President Bush.

"To those critics who are so pessimistic about our economy, I say: Don't be economic girlie men!" - addressing the 2004 Republican National Convention.

"In this country, it doesn't make any difference where you were born. It doesn't make any difference who your parents were. It doesn't make any difference if, like me, you couldn't even speak English until you were in your twenties." - addressing the 2004 Republican National Convention.

"As long as I live, I will never forget that day 21 years ago when I raised my hand and took the oath of citizenship. Do you know how proud I was? I was so proud that I walked around with an American flag around my shoulders all day long." - addressing the 2004 Republican National Convention.

"A lot of people say, 'Arnold, why don't you just raise taxes and be done with it?' Well, as I said earlier, we don't have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem. We could raise taxes by billions but that would only further drive up spending by billions of dollars. California would never come out ahead. Our economy would suffer, jobs would be lost and the people would be punished. Unless we go to the root of the problem and reform the system, the budget will continue to be one big fight, year after year after year." - 2005 State of the State address.

"The bottom line is, I misspoke. And I'm sorry if that, you know, offended anyone, but it was a language problem because I meant securing our borders, rather than closing our borders, because, of course, we don't want to close the borders because I think that we have a terrific relationship with Mexico." - apologizing in 2005 for suggesting that California close its border with Mexico.

If I would do another 'Terminator' movie I would have Terminator travel back in time and tell Arnold not to have a special election. I should have also listened to my wife who said 'don't do it.' " - after four of his ballot initiatives failed in a 2005 special election.

"Now it's true that I was in too much of a hurry. I didn't hear the majority of Californians when they were telling me they didn't like the special election. I barreled ahead anyway when I should have listened. I have absorbed my defeat and I have learned my lesson. And the people, who always have the last word, sent a clear message--cut the warfare, cool the rhetoric, find common ground and fix the problems together. So to my fellow Californians, I say--message received." - reflecting on the 2005 special election during his 2006 State of the State address.

"We must remember that this is the state that represents a dream. If you talk about the Illinois dream or the Delaware dream or the Kentucky dream, no one would know what you meant or what you're talking about. But our dream --the California dream-- ah, that means something. People understand it. It is the means to a better life, where anything is possible--no matter where you came from, no matter who you are. This is what people understand. This is what draws them here. This is why I came here." - 2005 State of the State address.

"I mean, they are all very hot. They have the, you know, part of the black blood in them and part of the Latino blood in them that together makes it." - musing about Cuban and Puerto Rican women during a private taped conversation with advisers in 2006.

"Probably red, even though this is not my political thinking. When you think of red in Europe, it means communism, socialism and all those things. But I like the color red because it is fire, and I see myself as always being on fire, being charged up, so to speak. So that's my favorite color." - asked in 2006 about which color he most identified with.

"I believe that together not only can we lead California into the future...we can show the nation and the world how to get there. We can do this because we have the economic strength; we have the population and the technological force of a nation-state. We are the modern equivalent of the ancient city states of Athens and Sparta. California has the ideas of Athens and the power of Sparta." - 2007 State of the State address.

"The federal government was paralyzed by gridlock and games. But you here in this chamber acted on infrastructure, the minimum wage, prescription drug costs and the reduction of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. What this said to the people is that we are not waiting for politics. We are not waiting for our problems to get worse. We are not waiting for the federal government. We are not waiting--period. Because, the future does not wait." - 2007 State of the State address.

"You've got to turn off the Spanish television set. It's that simple. You've got to learn English. I know this sounds odd and this is the politically incorrect thing to say and I'm going to get myself in trouble. But I know that when I came to this country, I very rarely spoke German to anyone." - speaking to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists in 2007.

"I personally believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. But at the same time I think that my, you know, belief, I don't want to force on anyone else, so I think we should stay with the decision of the Supreme Court and move forward. There are so many other more important issues that we have to address in California. So I think to spend any time on this initiative I think is a waste of time." - responding in 2008 to a question about a proposed California constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage.

"Now, I was very fortunate that I grew up in Austria, because at that time there was no television, there were no computers, no iPods or any of those kinds of things at all. So therefore I had plenty of time to think. And of course I had a burning desire to get out of my village. I had this fire burning in my belly, these ambitions to get out of Austria, because I was sick and tired to have people always talk about going to work for the government, to be comfortable and to wait for your pension. That was not the life that I wanted. I wanted to come to America. I wanted to be successful." - 2008 high school commencement address.