"I want the municipality to be a helping hand to the man with a desire of sympathy, to help the fallen when it is not in their power to help themselves."
"That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind."John Burns on William Wordsworth
"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength."John Burns on Corrie Ten Boom
"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like."John Burns on Saint Augustine
"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."John Burns on Khalil Gibran
"When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions."John Burns on William Shakespeare
"In this work I have received the opposition of a number of men who only advocate the unobtainable because the immediately possible is beyond their moral courage, administrative ability, and their political prescience."
"You come before me this morning with clean hands and clean collars. I want you to have clean tongues, clean manners, clean morals and clean characters."
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