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Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson, Sr. (born September 18, 1951) is a retired neurosurgeon and former Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, by President George W. Bush in 2008. He was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2016 US Presidential election.

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“Putin is a one-horse country.”

— Ben Carson

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“My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. Now all the archaeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big if you stop and think about it. And I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time to store that much grain. And when you look at the way that the pyramids are made, with many chambers that are hermetically sealed, they’d have to be that way for a reason. And various scientists have said, “Well, you know there were alien beings that came down and they have special knowledge and that’s how they were”—you know, it doesn’t require an alien being when God is with you.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: Stated in 1998 during his commencement address at Andrews University, as quoted in "Aliens, Pyramids, and Granaries? What on Earth Was Ben Carson Thinking?", The Atlantic, (November 4, 2015)

“So after a while, if people won't accept your excuses, you stop looking for them.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: "Conversation with Dr. Ben Carson: The Big Picture", PBS NewsHour (September 7, 1999)

“By believing we are the product of random acts, we eliminate morality and the basis of ethical behavior. For if there is no such thing as moral authority, you can do anything you want. You make everything relative, and there’s no reason for any of our higher values.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: As quoted in "Evolution? No", The Adventist Review (2004)

“Ultimately, if you accept the evolutionary theory, you dismiss ethics, you don’t have to abide by a set of moral codes, you determine your own conscience based on your own desires. You have no reason for things such as selfless love, when a father dives in to save his son from drowning. You can trash the Bible as irrelevant, just silly fables, since you believe that it does not conform to scientific thought. You can be like Lucifer, who said, “I will make myself like the Most High.””

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Quote source: As quoted in "Evolution? No", The Adventist Review (2004)

“There is no fulfillment in things whatsoever. And I think one of the reasons that depression reigns supreme amongst the rich and famous is some of them thought that maybe those things would bring them happiness. But what, in fact, does is having a cause, having a passion. And that's really what gives life's true meaning.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: "Famed Surgeon Ben Carson on Overcoming Adversity", National Public Radio (May 6, 2005)

“I think one of the keys to leadership is recognizing that everybody has gifts and talents. A good leader will learn how to harness those gifts toward the same goal.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: As quoted in "America's Best Leaders: Benjamin Carson, Surgeon and Children's Advocate", U.S. News (November 19, 2008)

“I started reading about people of great accomplishment ... and it dawned on me suddenly that the person who has the most to do with what happens in your life is you.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: As quoted in "World-Renowned Pediatric Neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson Attributes His Success to Confidence Gained Through Reading and Education", PR Newswire (October 19, 2011)

“There are a group of people who would like to silence everybody and have everyone go along to get along. But that's not going to be very helpful for us in the long run in terms of solving our problems, and someone has to be courageous enough to actually stand up to the bullies.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: As quoted in "Dr. Ben Carson: ‘Someone Has to Be Courageous Enough to Actually Stand Up to The Bullies’", National Review (February 12, 2013)

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“Education is a fundamental principle of what made America a success. We can't afford to throw any young people away.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: As quoted in "Carson at CPAC: How to destroy America in 4 steps", Human Events (March 17, 2013)

“You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery, and it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: As quoted in "Ben Carson: Obamacare worst thing ‘since slavery’", Washington Post (October 11, 2013)

“Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: Tweet (29 October 2013)

“There's only two paragraphs in there about George Washington ... little or nothing about Martin Luther King, a whole section on slavery and how evil we are, a whole section on Japanese internment camps and how we slaughtered millions of Japanese with our bombs... I think most people when they finish that course, they'd be ready to go sign up for ISIS ... We have got to stop this silliness crucifying ourselves.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: As quoted in "Fox News' Ben Carson Thinks New AP U.S. History Course Will Make Students Join ISIS", The Huffington Post (January 10, 2014)

“Responsible human beings must be concerned about our surroundings and what we will pass on to future generations. However, to use climate change as an excuse not to develop our God-given resources makes little sense.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: "CARSON: Expanding our energy resources serves peace", The Washington Times (March 25, 2014)

“I want people to understand that we, the American people, are not each other's enemies. The real enemies are those people who are trying to divide us into every little possible group.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: "Dr. Ben Carson: ‘We, The American People, Are Not Each Other’s Enemies’", CNS News (May 21, 2014)

“The reason that [political correctness] is very troubling to me is that it’s the very same thing that happened to the Roman Empire. They were extremely powerful. There was no way anybody could overcome them. But these philosophers, with the long flowing white robes and the long white beards, they could wax eloquently on every subject, but nothing was right and nothing was wrong. They soon completely lost sight of who they were.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: As quoted in "Ben Carson thinks “political correctness” could lead U.S. to collapse like Rome", Salon (October 15, 2014)

“The wonderful thing about a company like Mannatech is that they recognize that when God made us, He gave us the right fuel. And that fuel was the right kind of healthy food. You know we live in a society that is very sophisticated, and sometimes we’re not able to achieve the original diet. And we have to alter our diet to fit our lifestyle. Many of the natural things are not included in our diet. Basically what the company is doing is trying to find a way to restore natural diet as a medicine or as a mechanism for maintaining health.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: As quoted in "Ben Carson’s Troubling Connection", National Review (January 12, 2015)

“Absolutely. Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: On whether homosexuality is a choice, as quoted in "Ben Carson apologizes for comments on gay people", CNN, (March 5, 2015)

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“Of course black lives matter. But instead of people pointing fingers at each other and just creating strife, what we need to be talking about is: How do we solve problems in the black community? ... Whether I get the votes or not, I want people to start listening to what I am saying and understanding that ... there is a way to go that will lead to upward mobility as opposed to dependency.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: Speech in Harlem (August 2015).

“I find the big bang, really quite fascinating. I mean, here you have all these highfalutin scientists and they’re saying it was this gigantic explosion and everything came into perfect order.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: As quoted in "Ben Carson: Big Bang A Fairy Tale, Theory Of Evolution Encouraged By The Devil", Buzzfeed News (September 22, 2015)

“I personally believe that this theory that Darwin came up with was something that was encouraged by the adversary, and it has become what is scientifically, politically correct.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: As quoted in "Ben Carson: Big Bang A Fairy Tale, Theory Of Evolution Encouraged By The Devil", Buzzfeed News (September 22, 2015)

“I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed... I'm telling you there is a reason these dictatorial people take the guns first.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: As quoted in "Ben Carson explains Holocaust comments", CNN, (October 9, 2015)

“I want people to see me as an honest person, a person who is actually willing to express what they believe. The way I look at it, if people don't like that, I'd rather not be in office. I don't want to be in office under false pretenses, just saying things people want to hear so I can get elected.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: As quoted in "Carson: I won't tell lies to get elected" (2015), by Jonathan Easley, The Hill (October 12, 2015).

“I actually have something I would use the Department of Education to do. It would be to monitor our institutions of higher education for extreme political bias and deny federal funding if it exists.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: As quoted in "Ben Carson has an odd plan for the Dept of Education", MSNBC (October 22, 2015)

“We'd be Cuba if there were no Fox News.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: As quoted in "Carson: 'We'd be Cuba if there were no Fox News'", CNN (November 6, 2015)

“We need to be thinking about: How do we allow people to ascend the ladder of opportunity, rather than how do we give them everything and keep them dependent.”

— Ben Carson

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Quote source: Fourth Republican debate (10 November 2015).

“Maybe that's how I learned to handle my deep hurt—by forgetting.”

— Ben Carson

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