“I dig old books.” ™
I am running in this race because of what Dr. King called "the fierce urgency of now." Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us. ~Barack Obama, Iowa Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, 2007 Nov 10
Or we can embrace another tradition of politics — a tradition that has stretched from the days of our founding to the glory of the civil rights movement, a tradition based on the simple idea that we have a stake in one another — and that what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart, and that if enough people believe in the truth of that proposition and act on it, then we might not solve every problem, but we can get something meaningful done for the people with whom we share this earth. ~Barack Obama, World AIDS Day Speech, 2006 Dec 01
Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all!
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
The People, though we think of a great entity when we use the word, means nothing more than so many millions of individual men. ~James Bryce
America is a tune. It must be sung together. ~Gerald Stanley Lee, Crowds
This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in. ~Theodore Roosevelt, 1901
Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. You need to take up the challenges that we face as a nation and make them your own, not because you have an obligation to those who are less fortunate, although you do have that obligation. Not because you have a debt to all of those who helped you get to where you are, although you do have that debt. You need to take on the challenge because you have an obligation to yourself. Because our individual salvation depends on collective salvation. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you will realize your true potential. And if we’re willing to share the risks and the rewards this new century offers, it will be a victory for each of you, and for every American. ~Barack Obama, Knox College Commencement, 2005 Jun 04, Galesburg, Illinois
He loves his country best who strives to make it best. ~Robert G. Ingersoll
The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation. ~Woodrow Wilson
Territory is but the body of a nation. The people who inhabit its hills and valleys are its soul, its spirit, its life. ~James Garfield
No nation is fit to set in judgment upon any other nation. ~Woodrow Wilson
I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars. ~Barack Obama, 2002 Oct 02, Chicago, Illinois
Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home. ~William Ewart Gladstone
If our country is worth dying for in time of war let us resolve that it is truly worth living for in time of peace. ~Hamilton Fish
We need a type of patriotism that recognizes the virtues of those who are opposed to us..... The old "manifest destiny" idea ought to be modified so that each nation has the manifest destiny to do the best it can — and that without cant, without the assumption of self-righteousness and with a desire to learn to the uttermost from other nations. ~Francis John McConnell
It is hard to feel individually responsible with respect to the invisible processes of a huge and distant government. ~John Gardner
These are Americans who still believe in an America where anything’s possible — they just don’t think their leaders do. These are Americans who still dream big dreams — they just sense their leaders have forgotten how. ~Barack Obama, Emily’s List Annual Luncheon, 2006 May 11
We need an America with the wisdom of experience. But we must not let America grow old in spirit. ~Hubert H. Humphrey
Each and every time, a new generation has risen up and done what’s needed to be done. Today we are called once more — and it is time for our generation to answer that call. For that is our unyielding faith — that in the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it. ~Barack Obama, Announcement for President, 2007 Feb 10, Springfield, Illinois
Democracy is like a raft: It won’t sink, but you will always have your feet wet. ~Russell B. Long
There are those, I know, who will say that the liberation of humanity, the freedom of man and mind, is nothing but a dream. They are right. It is the American dream. ~Archibald MacLeish
What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task. This is the price and the promise of citizenship. This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny. ~Barack Obama, Inaugural Address, 2009 Jan 20, Washington, D.C.
National honor is national property of the highest value. ~James Monroe, first inaugural address, 4 March 1817
America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is chaos. ~Max Lerner, Actions and Passions, 1949
I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation. ~James Freeman Clarke, Sermon
With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations. ~Barack Obama, Inaugural Address, 2009 Jan 20, Washington, D.C.
Seven and a Half Years Later…
I've been waiting for 7 years for Obama to take my gun and all I got was a job, health insurance and marriage equality. ~@LOLGOP, 2016
I saw him once; he was a goodly king.
He was a man, take him for all in all,
I shall not look upon his like again.
~William Shakespeare, @nycsouthpaw 2016 July 27th tweet during President Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia ["iambic obameter" ~@RyanKailath; "The Bard, always relevant." ~@CharlesHBryan; "This. A thousand times this." ~Erin Dickey