“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
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."
"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
-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
"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
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"It is to be remarked that a good many people are born curiously
unfitted for the fate waiting them on this earth." -Joseph
"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
"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
"When in doubt, tell the truth." -Mark
"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."