I love this speech and have many favorite quotes, but right now, this one is especially inspiring to me:"...there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task."
"For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace."Yeah, that's about where the old tear ducts kicked in.
The one about how our ideals wouldn't conflict with our safety in terms of national defense.
"...we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned."
"The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history..."Choose our better history. One of the most meaningful and wonderful turns of phrase I've heard in a speech.Steph's choice is also one of my favorites. First time I've ever heard a politician nod to the fact that atheists are American too.
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