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Quotes About Civic Duty

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John F. Kennedy
“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
John F. Kennedy

Theodore Roosevelt
“A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”
Theodore Roosevelt

David McCullough
“To me, history ought to be a source of pleasure. It isn't just part of our civic responsibility. To me, it's an enlargement of the experience of being alive, just the way literature or art or music is."

[The Title Always Comes Last; NEH 2003 Jefferson Lecturer interview profile]”
David McCullough

Theodore Roosevelt
“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”
Theodore Roosevelt

George Washington
“Where are our Men of abilities? Why do they not come forth to save their Country?”
George Washington

Louise Penny
“Let every man shovel out his own snow, and the whole city will be passable," said Gamache. Seeing Beauvoir's puzzled expression he added, "Emerson."

"Lake and Palmer?"

"Ralph and Waldo.”
Louise Penny, A Fatal Grace

The job facing American voters… in the days and years to come is to determine
“The job facing American voters… in the days and years to come is to determine which hearts, minds and souls command those qualities best suited to unify a country rather than further divide it, to heal the wounds of a nation as opposed to aggravate its injuries, and to secure for the next generation a legacy of choices based on informed awareness rather than one of reactions based on unknowing fear.”
Aberjhani, Illuminated Corners: Collected Essays and Articles Volume I.

Alain de Botton
“Paying tax should be framed as a glorious civic duty worthy of gratitude - not a punishment for making money.”
Alain de Botton

Adlai E. Stevenson II
“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”
Adlai E. Stevenson II

Robert Peate
“The state is a voluntary association of individuals designed to serve their individual interests. The state is not a faceless villain. The state is all of us. But freedom does not mean the freedom to commit violence. Violence includes direct and indirect action; i.e., it is just as violent to cause someone to starve to death by withholding aid as it is to shoot him, only sneakier.”
Robert Peate

Elyse M. Fitzpatrick
“Some parents live more like reclusive monks than like first-century Christians who were famous for their love for and service within their cities, cities that in many cases were more overtly wicked than cities found in modern-day America.”
Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus

Lyndon B. Johnson
“People do not come out to vote for a United States Senator. They come out to vote for the Sheriff or the County Commissioner.”
Lyndon B. Johnson

“The generation of American men who fought the Second World War were too struck by the scale of the effort – and the stakes of the effort – to see the war as a stage for their own personal heroism. Most men seem to have taken the lesson that there's enough honor in doing a hard job when you have to.”
Jeremy Rabkin

Peter Ackroyd
“The people had once created the city. The city now created the people, or, more exactly, the people of Venice now identified themselves more in terms of the city. The private had become public.”
Peter Ackroyd, Venice: Pure City

Joseph J. Ellis
“It was no accident that the beau ideal of his (John Adams') political philosophy was balance, since he projected onto the world the conflicting passions he felt inside himself and regarded government as the balancing mechanism that prevented those factions and furies from spending out of control.”
Joseph J. Ellis, Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence

Doris Kearns Goodwin
“Theodore Roosevelt's father wrote him, "I fear for your future. We cannot stand so corrupt a government for any great length of time.”
Doris Kearns Goodwin, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

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