An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union


Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906, American social reformer and women's suffrage leader)


Be a loyal friend, a loving parent, a citizen who leaves home, neighborhood, and town better for having lived for others.


George H. Bush (1924-, American President (41st))


Let us not wait a moment. Let each of us work to build organizations where everyone can make a contribution... where everybody counts... organizations which will continue to change the world.


Elizabeth Dole


Live and work to make a difference, to make things better, even the smallest things. Give full consideration to the rights and interests of others. No business is successful, even if it flourishes, in a society that does not care for or about its people.


Eugene C. Dorsey


The greatest good a man can do is to cultivate himself in order that he may be of greater use to humanity.


Marshall Field (1834-1906, American merchant)


It doesn't make sense to talk about successful corporations in a society whose schools, hospitals, churches, symphonies, or libraries are deteriorating or closing.


Clifton C. Garvin Jr.


The true courage of civilized nations is readiness for sacrifice in the service of the state, so that the individual counts as only one amongst many. The important thing here is not personal mettle but aligning oneself with the universal.


Georg Hegel (1770-1831, German philosopher)


Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and its conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.


Andrew Jackson (1767-1845, American President (7th))


It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.


Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954, American supreme court justice)


A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


That is what our educational system has to encourage. It has to foster the social goals of living together, and working together, for the common good.


Julius Kambarge Nyerere (1922-, Tanzanian president)


Our citizenship in the United States is our national character. Our citizenship in any particular state is only our local distinction. By the latter we are known at home, by the former to the world. Our great title is AMERICANS -- our inferior one varies with the place.


Thomas Paine (1737-1809, Anglo-American political theorist, writer)


Stand for something; have passion and compassion for something larger than yourself.  Care greater and deeper about others.


Jerold Panas


If each person would sweep before his own house, the city would soon be clean.


Polish Proverb (Sayings of Polish origin)


Every activity of man should add to the intangible values of life as well as to the tangible.


Author Unknown


Whatever makes men good Christians, makes them good citizens.


Daniel Webster (1782-1852, American lawyer, statesman)


It approaches neglect if an organization could make an intensive and successful effort to secure major gifts and fails to do so.


Harold D. Wilkins


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