God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough
-- Benjamin Franklin
You can fool some of the people all of the time,
-- Abraham Lincoln
In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression--everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way--everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want--which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants--everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear--which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor--anywhere in the world.
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt
I am a citizen, not of Athens or Greece, but of the world.
I sometimes wonder if many people ever stop to think how thankful we should be for past generations which have paid the price of human progress and through much suffering have brought us greater freedom, broader visions, and better living conditions. I'm thankful for those of my generation, too, with talents so much greater than mine who can pick up where others left off and carry on twoard that "far off" divine event toward which all creation moves. The lesat we can say is "Thank you, God," for in the greater trials of life He will not forsake you and will forgive our mistakes.
The mysteries of life are hard to comprehend. Life seems a series of crises that have to be faced, full of complications and often heavy blows. Is this our revelation?
We have to live a lifetime to learn so little. I believe that all one goes through here must have some value, therefore there must be some reason. There is a future, that I'm sure of. And I do believe there are as many roads to the affirmation of wisdom and goodness as there are people who undertake to walk them. As individuals we see and think differently and the greatest gift ever given us is that of freedom to decide and act as you believe.
-- June Smith