"Rosa Parks was a woman of strength, conviction, and morality. Her action on December 1, 1955, to defy the law made her a leading figure in our nation's civil rights history."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."John Shimkus on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."John Shimkus on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."John Shimkus on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."John Shimkus on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."John Shimkus on Ernest Hemingway
"States are looking for low-cost solutions that will enable better communication, while avoiding the danger in which the chain of command breaks down in emergencies. We do not want everyone talking to everyone else all the time."