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It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.  Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
“If Athens shall appear great to you,” said Pericles, “consider then that her glories were purchased by valiant men, and by men who learned their duty.”  That is the source of all greatness in all societies, and it is the key to progress in our time.
    —    Robert F. Kennedy
From: N.U.S.A.S. “Day of Affirmation” Speech
6 June 1966
University of Cape Town, South Africa
[To read the full speech, click here.    —    KMAB]
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Where the rewards of valor are the greatest, there you will find also the best and bravest spirits among the people.
    —    Pericles’ Funeral Oration
(from Thucydides, 430 B. C. E.)
[This quote brought to mind General Patton’s famous quote: “Your job is not do die for your country.  Your job is to make the other poor, dumb, bastard die for his country.”    —    KMAB]
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