127 Best Dan Quayle Quotes from Former American Vice President

Dan Quayle, born in Indianapolis in 1947, holds an impressive record of public and private sector achievements.

He started his public service in 1971, taking roles from consumer protection investigator to the Director of the Inheritance Tax Division.

His political career commenced in 1976 with his election to Congress and continued with his Senate election and eventually taking office as the 44th U.S. Vice President in 1989.

As Vice President, he was a notable leader, serving as president of the Senate and head of the Council of Competitiveness, making 47 official country visits and working closely with President Bush.

Post-politics, Quayle authored three books and established a successful insurance business.


He’s held roles including a distinguished visiting professor and board member positions. Currently, he’s Chairman of Cerberus Global Investments and President of Quayle & Associates.

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His global network and investment expertise significantly contribute to Cerberus’ growth, sourcing new business and facilitating entry into new markets.

In recent activities, he’s been instrumental in identifying business trends, advising strategic initiatives and enhancing business relationships across the U.S., Europe and Japan.

I have made a great list for Dan Quayle quotes for you.

Best Dan Quayle Quotes


America is great, because America is free. ~ Dan Quayle.

I’ve never professed to be anything but an average student. ~ Dan Quayle.

In George Bush you get experience, and with me you get – The Future! ~ Dan Quayle.

The US condones violence in El Salvador. ~ Dan Quayle.

Okay, I won’t open it until then. ~ Dan Quayle.

It’s wonderful to be here in the great state of Chicago. ~ Dan Quayle.

Illegitimacy is something we should talk about in terms of not having it. ~ Dan Quayle.

It’s a question of whether we’re going to go forward into the future, or past to the back. ~ Dan Quayle.

Votes are like trees, if you are trying to build a forest. If you have more trees than you have forests, then at that point the pollsters will probably say you will win. ~ Dan Quayle.

You couldn’t even prove the White House staff sane beyond a reasonable doubt. When I was born I was so surprised I didn’t talk for a year and a half. I am not part of the problem. I am a Republican. ~ Dan Quayle.

The rapid rise of the People’s Republic of China as a military and economic power is challenging the status quo. ~ Dan Quayle.

Information technology has brought people much closer together than ever before, providing a democratizing and mostly stabilizing influence. ~ Dan Quayle.

Bobby Knight told me this: ‘There is nothing that a good defense cannot beat a better offense.’ In other words a good offense wins. ~ Dan Quayle.

The future will be a better tomorrow. ~ Dan Quayle.

Most women do not want to be liberated from their essential natures as women. ~ Dan Quayle.

Top Dan Quayle Quotes

This election is about who’s going to be the next President of the United States! ~ Dan Quayle.

Welcome to President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and my fellow astronauts. ~ Dan Quayle.

If Ross Perot runs, that’s good for us. If he doesn’t run, it’s good for us. ~ Dan Quayle.

We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe. ~ Dan Quayle.

If you listen to the news, read the news, you’d think we were still in a recession. Well, we’re not in a recession. We’ve had growth; people need to know that. They need to be more upbeat, more positive… ~ Dan Quayle.

What a terrible thing it is to lose one’s mind… ~ Dan Quayle.

I have a very strong record on the Environment in the United States Senate. ~ Dan Quayle.

I could take this home, Marilyn. This is something teenage boys might find of interest. ~ Dan Quayle.

Happy campers you have been, happy campers you are, and happy campers you will always be. ~ Dan Quayle.

The best thing about rainforests is they never suffer from drought. ~ Dan Quayle.

Hundreds of millions of people around the world have been lifted out of poverty with the creation of robust middle classes in India and China, which is an enormously positive development for those countries that also creates opportunities for the rest of the world. ~ Dan Quayle.

What a terrible thing to have lost one’s mind. Or not to have a mind at all. How true that is. ~ Dan Quayle.

Famous Dan Quayle Quotes

I couldn’t help but be impressed by the magnitude of the earthquake. ~ Dan Quayle.

We shouldn’t have to be burdened with all the technicalities that come up from time to time with shrewd, smart lawyers interpreting what the laws or what the Constitution may or may not say. ~ Dan Quayle.

I do have a political agenda. It’s to have as few regulations as possible. ~ Dan Quayle.

Clinton cannot possibly win in 2000. ~ Dan Quayle.

Who’s responsible for the riots? The rioters! ~ Dan Quayle.

The global importance of the Middle East is that it keeps the Far East and the Near East from encroaching on each other. ~ Dan Quayle.

Republicans have been accused of abandoning the poor. It’s the other way around. They never vote for us. ~ Dan Quayle.


I’m the Vice-President. They know it, and they know that I know it. ~ Dan Quayle.

It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it. ~ Dan Quayle.

The future will be better tomorrow. ~ Dan Quayle.

I didn’t pay a lot of attention as I should have in college. ~ Dan Quayle.

I don’t watch it, but I know enough to comment on it. ~ Dan Quayle.

People are not homeless if they’re sleeping in the streets of their own hometowns. ~ Dan Quayle.

Our policies must be premised on, and must reinforce, values such as family, hard work, integrity and personal responsibility. ~ Dan Quayle.

Well, it looks as if the top part fell on the bottom part. ~ Dan Quayle.

We’re going to have the best-educated American people in the world. ~ Dan Quayle.

The American people would not want to know of any misquotes that Dan Quayle may or may not make. ~ Dan Quayle.

The message of David Duke is this, basically: Big government, anti-big government, get out of my pocketbook, cut my taxes, put welfare people back to work. That’s a very popular message. The problem is the messenger. ~ Dan Quayle.

One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is ‘to be prepared’. ~ Dan Quayle.

The loss of life will be irreplaceable. ~ Dan Quayle.

We lead in exporting jobs. ~ Dan Quayle.

I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future. ~ Dan Quayle.

Developing relationships is a very important part of doing business, and I see more similarities than differences when I travel the world. ~ Dan Quayle.

I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy – but that could change. ~ Dan Quayle.

Great Dan Quayle Quotes

The intergenerational poverty that troubles us so much today is predominantly a poverty of values. ~ Dan Quayle.

In golf, you keep your head down and follow through. In the vice presidency, you keep your head up and follow through. It’s a big difference. ~ Dan Quayle.

Verbosity leads to unclear, inarticulate things. ~ Dan Quayle.

We don’t want to go back to tomorrow, we want to go forward. ~ Dan Quayle.

I think especially in her position, a highly successful professional woman, it would be a real exception to have an unwed child. ~ Dan Quayle.

Unfortunately, the people of Louisiana are not racists. ~ Dan Quayle.

I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Savior, for whose Kingdom it stands, one Savior, crucified, risen, and coming again, with life and liberty for all who believe. ~ Dan Quayle.

They asked me to go in front of the Reagans. I’m not used to going in front of President Reagan, so we went out behind the Bushes. ~ Dan Quayle.

If you give a person a fish, they’ll fish for a day. But if you train a person to fish, they’ll fish for a lifetime. ~ Dan Quayle.

I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix. ~ Dan Quayle.


You do the policy, I’ll do the politics. ~ Dan Quayle.

I want to be Robin to Bush’s Batman. ~ Dan Quayle.

I am not part of the problem. I am a Republican. ~ Dan Quayle.

My friends, no matter how rough the road may be, we can and we will, never, never surrender to what is right. ~ Dan Quayle.

I don’t have to experience tragedy to understand it. ~ Dan Quayle.

There are lots more people in the House. I don’t know exactly – I’ve never counted, but at least a couple hundred. ~ Dan Quayle.

It would be bad for the economy if we have another Jimmy Carter grain embargo, Jimmy, Jimmy Carter, Jimmy Carter grain embargo, Jimmy Carter grain embargo. ~ Dan Quayle.

Funny Dan Quayle Quotes

You have a part-time job and that’s better to no job at all. ~ Dan Quayle.

The peace dividend is peace. ~ Dan Quayle.

I not going to focus on what I have done in the past what I stand for, what I articulate to the American people. The American people will judge me on what I am saying and what I have done in the last 12 years in the Congress. ~ Dan Quayle.

Every once in a while, you let a word or phrase out and you want to catch it and bring it back. You can’t do that. It’s gone, gone forever. ~ Dan Quayle.

While it is important to be aware of and sensitive to cultural differences when conducting business internationally, the principles of transparency, trust, and partnership are universal. ~ Dan Quayle.

Tobacco exports should be expanded aggressively because Americans are smoking less. ~ Dan Quayle.

Space is almost infinite. As a matter of fact, we think it is infinite. ~ Dan Quayle.

It’s time for the human race to enter the solar system. ~ Dan Quayle.

We will move forward, we will move upward, and yes, we will move onward. ~ Dan Quayle.

Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children. ~ Dan Quayle.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. ~ Dan Quayle.

We need to remember that trade is a great peacemaker that enriches people and increases international understanding and ties between nations. ~ Dan Quayle.

Murphy Brown is doing better than I am. At least she knows she still has a job next year. ~ Dan Quayle.

I had a good political career, and I have a good business career. I didn’t get the brass ring, but I did very well. ~ Dan Quayle.

The US has a vital interest in that area of the country. ~ Dan Quayle.

We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur. ~ Dan Quayle.

I work with the president almost on a daily basis. I was with him until 6:30 last night. I’ll be with him Thursday morning. We talk every day. ~ Dan Quayle.

I’d like to get into the National Guard. ~ Dan Quayle.

I stand by all the misstatements that I’ve made. ~ Dan Quayle.

For NASA, space is still a high priority. ~ Dan Quayle.

Hawaii has always been a very pivotal role in the Pacific. It is in the Pacific. It is a part of the United States that is an island that is right here. ~ Dan Quayle.

The two-party system has served America very well. We always have political movements one way or another but the evolution of a lasting third party probably will not happen. ~ Dan Quayle.

We’ll let the sunshine in and shine on us, because today we’re happy and tomorrow we’ll be even happier. ~ Dan Quayle.

The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation’s history. ~ Dan Quayle.

Bank failures are caused by depositors who don’t deposit enough money to cover losses due to mismanagement. ~ Dan Quayle.

The mind is a terrible thing! ~ Dan Quayle.

I’ve been told to keep my remarks relatively brief. I understand Quayle-hunting season begins at noon. ~ Dan Quayle.

They need help, and we have helped, and we are here to help. And we are helping, and we’re going to continue to help. ~ Dan Quayle.

People who bowl vote. Bowlers are not the cultural elite. ~ Dan Quayle.

Speaking as a man, it’s not a woman’s issue. Us men are tired of losing our women. ~ Dan Quayle.

This President is going to lead us out of this recovery. ~ Dan Quayle.

Public Speaking is very easy. ~ Dan Quayle.

Republicans understand the importance of bondage between a mother and child. ~ Dan Quayle.

It’s a very good historical book about history. ~ Dan Quayle.

I deserve respect for the things I did not do. ~ Dan Quayle.

When I talked to him on the phone yesterday. I called him George rather than Mr. Vice President. But, in public, it’s Mr. Vice President, because that is who he is. ~ Dan Quayle.

Want to hear a sad story about the Dukakis campaign? The governor of Massachusetts, he lost his top naval advisor last week. His rubber ducky drowned in the bathtub. ~ Dan Quayle.

May our nation continue to be the beakon of hope to the world. ~ Dan Quayle.

The other day the President said, I know you’ve had some rough times, and I want to do something that will show the nation what faith that I have in you, in your maturity and sense of responsibility. He paused, then said, would you like a puppy? ~ Dan Quayle.

It’s a very valuable function and requirement that you’re performing, so have a great day and keep a stiff upper lip. ~ Dan Quayle.

A good debater can be a good communicator. You have to communicate when you’re president of the United States, and communicate effectively with the American people, and with the world. ~ Dan Quayle.

It would be a serious mistake to replace a seasoned statesman with a tempermental tycoon who has no respect for the constitution. ~ Dan Quayle.

This isn’t a man who is leaving with his head between his legs. ~ Dan Quayle.

I have a very good family. I’m very fortunate to have a very good family. I believe very strongly in the family. It’s one of the things we have in our platform, is to talk about it. ~ Dan Quayle.

I am uniquely positioned and prepared to be president. I can assure you I am serious. I am committed. ~ Dan Quayle.

The world is beset by challenges including the ongoing danger of international terrorism, and the significant political and economic threats posed by factors such as the high levels of corporate and sovereign debt and persistent unemployment. ~ Dan Quayle.

Hilarious Dan Quayle Quotes

We will invest in our people, quality education, job opportunity, family, neighborhood, and yes, a thing we call America. ~ Dan Quayle.

Looking back, I should have pursued philosophy and economics and things of that sort in college more, but I didn’t. ~ Dan Quayle.

If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure. ~ Dan Quayle.

Make no mistake about it: Operation Desert Storm truly was a victory of good over evil, of freedom over tyranny, of peace over war. ~ Dan Quayle.

Americans have always excelled through hard work, innovation, and an ability to find solutions that makes us unique among nations. ~ Dan Quayle.

People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history. ~ Dan Quayle.

The cause of the riots were the rioters. ~ Dan Quayle.

If Al Gore invented the Internet, I invented spell check. ~ Dan Quayle.


I was known as the chief grave robber of my state. ~ Dan Quayle.

I can identify with steelworkers. I can identify with workers that have had a difficult time. ~ Dan Quayle.

I spend a great deal of time with the President. We have a very close, personal, loyal relationship. I’m not, as they say, a potted plant in these meetings. ~ Dan Quayle.

The destruction, it is just very heart-rendering. ~ Dan Quayle.

So these were the 127 top Dan Quayle quotes and sayings.

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Short Biography of Dan Quayle

James Danforth Quayle, born in 1947, served as the 44th Vice President of the United States from 1989 to 1993 under President George H. W. Bush.

Dan Quayle

Before his vice presidency, Quayle represented Indiana in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

He gained notoriety during his vice presidential campaign for a debate gaffe and was known for making controversial comments during his tenure.

Full Name James Danforth Quayle
Born 4 February 1947 (age 77 years), Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Education Huntington North High School (1965),
DePauw University (BA),
Indiana University, Indianapolis (JD)
Political Party Republican Party
Previous offices 44th Vice President of the United States (1989–1993),
United States Senator from Indiana (1981–1989),
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana’s 4th district (1977–1981)
Spouse Marilyn Tucker Quayle (m. 1972)
Children Ben Quayle, Corinne Quayle, Tucker Quayle
Grandchild Everett Quayle
Parent(s) James C. Quayle, Martha Pulliam
Relatives Eugene C. Pulliam (grandfather),
Eugene S. Pulliam (uncle),
Myrta Pulliam (cousin)
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service 1969–1975
Rank Sergeant
Unit Indiana Army National Guard

Despite a successful political career, including making official visits to 47 countries and heading the National Space Council, Quayle faced criticism for perceived inexperience and mishandling.

After his vice presidency, he remained active in the Republican Party, published a memoir, and worked in private equity, but declined to pursue the presidency further due to health concerns.

Quick Facts about Dan Quayle

  • Dan Quayle served as the 44th Vice President of the United States from 1989 to 1993.
  • He is remembered for his infamous spelling mistake of “potato” as “potatoe.”
  • Quayle was a strong advocate for traditional family values.
  • Before his political career, he served in the Indiana National Guard from 1969 to 1975.
  • Quayle attempted to run for president in 2000 but withdrew due to lack of support.
  • He established the Quayle Center for American History to promote American history and civic engagement.
  • He represented Indiana in the U.S. Senate from 1981 to 1989.
  • Quayle is an author, having written books on American history and his political experiences.
  • As Vice President, he traveled to 47 countries on diplomatic missions.
  • He continues to be an influential figure in American politics and public discourse.
  • Quayle was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and grew up in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
  • He obtained his J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1974.
  • Quayle married Marilyn Tucker in 1972 and they practiced law together before his political career.
  • He was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1976.
  • Quayle’s vice presidential debate performance in 1988 was marked by Lloyd Bentsen’s “you’re no Jack Kennedy” remark.
  • He was part of the Bush-Quayle ticket that won the 1988 presidential election.
  • During his vice presidency, Quayle was chairman of the National Space Council and advocated for asteroid impact prevention measures.
  • He published his memoir, “Standing Firm,” in 1994.
  • Quayle chose not to run for president in 1996 due to health concerns.
  • He joined Cerberus Capital Management, a private-equity firm, in 1999.
  • Quayle has been active in endorsing Republican presidential candidates in various elections.
  • He grew up in a family with a significant presence in the publishing industry.
  • Quayle was an investigator for the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General before entering politics.
  • He served as an administrative assistant to Governor Edgar Whitcomb and was the Director of the Inheritance Tax Division of the Indiana Department of Revenue.
  • Quayle became associate publisher of his family’s newspaper, the Huntington Herald-Press, after law school.
  • His congressional tenure began with a victory over an eight-term incumbent Democrat in 1976.
  • Quayle was the youngest person elected to the Senate from Indiana at age 33.
  • He was reelected to the Senate in 1986 with the largest margin of victory in a statewide Indiana race at that time.
  • Quayle was involved in the nomination of Daniel Anthony Manion to the federal appellate judgeship, which was controversial.
  • As vice president, Quayle did not cast any tie-breaking votes in the Senate, a rare occurrence for someone serving a full term.

Top Questions about Dan Quayle

Q: When did Dan Quayle serve as Vice President?

A: Dan Quayle served as the Vice President of the United States from 1989 to 1993, during President George H. W. Bush’s administration.

Q: Can you name a famous mistake made by Dan Quayle?

A: Dan Quayle is famously remembered for a spelling error when he incorrectly corrected a student’s correct spelling of “potato” to “potatoe” at a spelling bee, which garnered significant media attention.

Q: What role did Dan Quayle play in educational reform?

A: Dan Quayle was a proponent of educational reform, advocating for the “America 2000” initiative, which aimed to establish national educational goals and raise standards across American schools.

Q: How did Dan Quayle contribute to foreign policy?

A: As Vice President, Dan Quayle was instrumental in shaping U.S. foreign policy, particularly during events such as the Gulf War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, working closely with President Bush.

Q: What has Dan Quayle been doing since leaving office?

A: Post-politics, Dan Quayle has been active in the business and philanthropic sectors, served on corporate boards, written books, and continues to engage in public speaking and political commentary.

Q: Did Dan Quayle ever attempt a presidential run?

A: Yes, Dan Quayle launched a bid for the presidency in 2000, initially forming an exploratory committee in January 1999, and officially announcing his candidacy in April of the same year.

Q: Who succeeded Dan Quayle as Vice President?

A: Al Gore succeeded Dan Quayle as Vice President, serving from 1993 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton.

Q: What are some of Dan Quayle’s post-vice-presidential endeavors?

A: Dan Quayle has written several books, including a memoir and works on family values, and has successfully ventured into the insurance business in Indiana, in addition to his speaking and advisory roles.

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