Quotes About Civic Responsibility

Quotes tagged as "civic-responsibility" (showing 1-11 of 11)
John F. Kennedy
“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
John F. Kennedy

Barack Obama
“In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it.”
Barack Obama

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

Wendell Berry
“While the government is "studying" and funding and organizing its Big Thought, nothing is being done. But the citizen who is willing to Think Little, and, accepting the discipline of that, to go ahead on his own, is already solving the problem. A man who is trying to live as a neighbor to his neighbors will have a lively and practical understanding of the work of peace and brotherhood, and let there be no mistake about it - he is doing that work...
A man who is willing to undertake the discipline and the difficulty of mending his own ways is worth more to the conservation movement than a hundred who are insisting merely that the government and the industries mend their ways.
(pg.87, "Think Little")”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

Democracy is not simply a license to indulge individual whims and proclivities. It is also
“Democracy is not simply a license to indulge individual whims and proclivities. It is also holding oneself accountable to some reasonable degree for the conditions of peace and chaos that impact the lives of those who inhabit one’s beloved extended community.”
Aberjhani, Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays

It can be difficult to speak truth to power. Circumstances, however, have made doing so
“It can be difficult to speak truth to power. Circumstances, however, have made doing so increasingly necessary.”
Aberjhani, Splendid Literarium: A Treasury of Stories, Aphorisms, Poems, and Essays

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
“Every so often, in the midst of chaos, you come across an amazing, inexplicable instance of civic responsibility. Maybe the last shred of faith people have is in their firemen.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Hocus Pocus

J. Cornell Michel
“I’m just trying to do my part to save the world.”
J. Cornell Michel, Jordan's Brains: A Zombie Evolution

Martin Luther King Jr.
“Democracy transformed from thin paper to thick action is the greatest form of government on earth.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

Joseph J. Ellis
“The strategic center of the rebellion was not a place – not New York, Philadelphia, not the Hudson corridor – but the Continental Army itself.”
Joseph J. Ellis, Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence

“The topics we learn from our four core subjects during our childhood and adolescent stage of our lives help us to understand the norms of common knowledge and take pride of our citizenship.”
Saaif Alam

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