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  • Writer's pictureLeigh Gerstenberger

Take Time to Read the Fine Print

The other day in preparation for an upcoming trip I happened to be looking through my passport. In doing so I observed that many of the pages included quotations from famous individuals, documents and addresses. Since I had never noticed this before, my thought was that perhaps others may also have overlooked the fine print on their passports, so I’m featuring them for your consideration this week.

O say does that star spangled banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

  • Francis Scott Key

…and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

  • Abraham Lincoln

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution of the United States of America.

  • Excerpt from the United States Constitution

The principle of free governments adheres to the American soil. It is bedded in it, immovable as its mountains.

  • Daniel Webster

Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair.

  • George Washington

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

  • Excerpt from the Declaration of Independence

We have a great dream. It started in 1776, and God grant that America will be true to her dream.

  • Martin Luther King

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty.

  • John F. Kennedy

This is a new nation, based on a mighty continent, of boundless possibilities.

  • Theodore Roosevelt

Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower

For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest sleeping in the unplowed ground. Is our world gone? We say “Farewell.” Is a new world coming? We welcome it – and we will bend it to the hopes of man.

  • Lyndon B. Johnson

May God continue the unity of our country as the railroad unites the two great oceans of the world.

  • Inscribed on the Golden Spike, Promontory Point, 1869

We send thanks to all the Animal life in the world. They have many things to teach us a people. We are glad they are still here, and we hope it will always be so.

  • Excerpt from the Thanksgiving Address, Mohawk version

The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class – it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity.

  • Anna Julia Cooper

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