Words to Ponder on the Fourth
"Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society."
"....that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
"Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."
"The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotion, spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never tasted victory or defeat.”
"I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually."
"What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents."
Robert F. Kennedy
"It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it."
The 'what should be' never did exist, but people keep trying to live up to it. There is no 'what should be,' there is only 'what is.'"
"A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan."
Martin Luther King
"There is nothing better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time.
Malcolm X "
"I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions."
"If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal."
"The liberals in the House strongly resemble liberals I have known through the last two decades in the civil rights conflict. When it comes time to show on which side they will be counted, they excuse themselves."
"In America.... you can still reach through the forest and see the sun. But we don't know yet whether that sun is rising or setting for our country."
"The energy, the faith, the devotion - which we bring to this endeavor - will light our country and all who serve it, and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country"
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
"As I was walkin' that lonesome highway, I saw a sign there, said "NO TRESPASSIN'. But on the other side - it didn't say nothin'! - That side was made for you and me."
Happy Independence Day, everyone!
SUGGESTED READING ON THIS FOURTH OF JULY:
"On The Road" by Jack Kerouac