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Words of wisdom

“This is free ground. All the way from here to the Pacific Ocean. No man has to bow. No man born to royalty. Here we judge you by what you do, not by what your father was. Here you can be something. Here’s a place to build a home. . . It’s the idea that we all have value, you and me . . .”      -Col. Joshua Chamberlain

"There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence and energy of her citizens cannot cure."  -President Eisenhower

Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans -- born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.    -President JFK

"The American Dream [is] one of the greatest ideas in the history of human achievement . . . It thrives today in an age when its core components of freedom and opportunity are open to more Americans than ever before. It holds a real, identifiable place in the American heart and mind, and it informs the aspirations of everyone from farmers to software developers, from detectives to bankers, from soldiers to social workers . . . It defines us as a people, even as we add to its meaning with each new chapter in our national experience and our individual actions."   -Dan Rather
"Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace."  -Amelia Earhart

"Cowards die manytimes before their deaths, the valiant never taste of death but once" -Shakespeare

"He who does not have the courage to speak up for his rights cannot earn the respect of others."                        
        -Rene  G. Torres
"If one sticks too rigidly to one's principles, one would hardly see anybody."   -Agatha Christie

"Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking."   -H. Jackson Brown Jr.

"The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do."   -John Holt

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." -Martin Luther King Jr.

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." 
      -President Abraham Lincoln
"Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are men who want rain without thunder and lightning."     -Fredrick Douglass

"A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip."  
      -Caskie Stinnett
"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."   -anonymous

"Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?"  -Lillian Hellman

"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."  -President Abraham Lincoln

"If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together." 
      -President Nixon
"It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth."    -Joseph Conrad

"I have always believed that all things depended upon Fortune, and nothing upon ourselves."   -George Byron

Fate is the same for the man who holds back, the same if he fights hard. We are all held in a single honor, the brave with the weaklings. A man dies still if he has done nothing, as the one who has done much.                             

"Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made."  -Otto von Bismarck

"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."                      
      -Thomas Paine

"The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away."                                       
     -President Ronald Regan

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."   -President Geoge Washington
"Honesty is the best policy"  -Don Quioxte

"When in doubt, tell the truth."    -Mark Twain

"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."   -President Thomas Jefferson

"Each time you are honest and conduct yourself with honesty, a success force will drive you toward greater success. Each time you lie, even with a little white lie, there are strong forces pushing you toward failure."                  
      -Joseph Sugarman
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