"Have you ever watched someone become American? Last week, at a national citizenship conference I organize, thirty immigrants from 17 countries swore an oath and became citizens of the United States. It was a stirring experience for the hundreds of people in the room."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Eric Liu on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Eric Liu on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Eric Liu on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Eric Liu on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Eric Liu on Mark Twain
"Here's a proposal, offered only partly in jest: no resident of the United States, whether born here or abroad, should get to be a citizen until age 18, at which time each such resident has to take a test."
"In the end no segregationist scheme has withstood the force of a simple idea: equality under law."
"True fans of the Constitution, like true fans of the national pastime, acknowledge the critical role of human judgment in making tough calls. We don't expect flawless interpretation. We expect good faith. We demand honesty."
"'The Purpose-Driven Life' is not just a mega-bestselling work of Christian faith it is the thing that every voter, secular or not, yearns for."
"You cannot mistake Bush's clarity of purpose. He believes in a story about freedom and opportunity that makes his followers feel like they aren't just ticking their days down but are part of something larger than themselves."