July 19, 2009

It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of good deeds could of done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; whose strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again…who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at least knows in the end, the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while doing so, greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
T. Roosevelt

Martin Luther King, Jr. (“I Have aDream”, 1963)
…but we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt…We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the vaults of opportunity…and so we’ve come to cash a check…a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and security of justice…Now is the timeto make the real promises of Democracy…Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children…Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred…We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and disciple…No, no we are not satisfied and will not e satisfied until justice rolls down like the waters and righteousness like a mighty stream…I am not unmindful that some of you come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by storms of persecution and staggerd by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive…Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today my friends – so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is adream deeply rooted in the American drem. I have a dream that one day this nation (this city) will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…

Gettysburg Address (Abraham Lincoln, 1863): …a government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

In the words of the great poet and Lincoln-biographer, Carl Sanburg: He (Lincoln) has stood that day…saying that democracy was yet worth fighting for…His cadences sang the ancient song that where there is freedom men have fought and sacrificed for it, and that freedom is worth men dying for…He had a dramatic occaion declaimed, howsoever it might be read…”All men are created equal”.

Statue of Liberty inscription: Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

To win the respect of intelligent people…
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends
To appreciate beauty
To find the best in others
To leave the world a little better,
whether by…or a redeemed social condition
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.
Nelson Mandela

Fall seven times, stand up eight.
Japanese proverb

In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above above all, be a sheep.


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