America is a terribly difficult idea, filled with promise and impossible to live up to.
And I believe that spirit is there, that truth force inside each of us. I see it when a white mother recognizes her own daughter in the face of a poor black child. I see it when the black youth thinks of his own grandfather in the dignified steps of an elderly white man. It’s there when the native-born recognize that striving spirit of the new immigrant; when the interracial couple connects the pain of a gay couple who are discriminated against and understands it as their own.
President Barack Obama,
speaking at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. (via The Advocate
Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.
There are a lot of people who tell you that you have to shrink your dreams in this country now; that today’s generation of Americans and tomorrow’s are just not going to be able to aim as high as we did. That’s a bunch of malarkey.
Vice President Biden, speaking with President Obama in Scranton, PA today on making college more affordable. (via whitehouse
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.