"We decry violence all the time in this country, but look at our history. We were born in a violent revolution, and we've been in wars ever since. We're not a pacific people."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."James Lee Burke on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."James Lee Burke on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."James Lee Burke on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."James Lee Burke on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."James Lee Burke on Thomas Jefferson
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