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Quotation by Jimmy Carter
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Jimmy Carter, 1979 Address at Commencement Exercises at Notre Dame University, May 22, 1977, Public Papers of the Presidents: Jimmy Carter Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office (1977) Address at Southern Methodist University, March 26, 1984 Address at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, March 17, 1978, Public Papers of the Presidents: Jimmy Carter Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office (1979) Addresses of James Earl Carter, 1971-1975 comp. Frank Daniel, Atlanta, Ben W. Fortson, Jr., Secretary of State (1975)
I don't like to be idle; in fact, I often feel somewhat guilty unless there is some purpose to what I am doing. But spending a few hours—or a few days—in the woods, swamps or alongside a stream has never seemed to me a waste of time.... I derive special benefit from a period of solitude.
Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter, Jr.) (b. 1924), U.S. president. Interview with Atlanta Magazine, p. 68 (July 1988).
Talking about his book, An Outdoor Journal: Adventures and Reflections (1988).
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