Yesterday, I had some quiet time, to catch up on some personal administrative items. I decided to tackle renewing our passports. Pretty easy to do, downloading a renewal form, and mail along with a check and new photo. Ordering expedited processing adds another $60.00 to the $110.00 fee. And, we should have our new passports within 12 weeks.
Looking over the old passport, there are quotes from some of our great American citizens.
You can tell that these people derived inspiration from our founding principles.
Thought I would share some of these quotes, along with some added ones, on this 4th of July holiday.
“We hold these truths, to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator, with certain unalienable rights, that among those are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”
-- Excerpt for the Declaration of Independence
“May God continue the unity of our country, as the railroad unites the two great oceans of the world.” ---Inscribe on the Golden Spike, Promontory Point, 1869
“The cause of freedom is not the cause of race or a sect, a party or a class—it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity”
--Anna Julia Cooper American Author
“We have a great dream. It started way back in 1776, and God grant that America will be true to her dream.”
--Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well, or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival, and success, of liberty.”
--President John F. Kennedy
"The Constitution only guarantees you the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."
--Benjamin Franklin American Writer, Printer, Philosopher, Inventor, & Politician
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Essayist
“I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal. “
-- President Abraham Lincoln
"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these."
-- George Washington Carver, American Agricultural Scientist & Inventor
“It takes great wit and interest and energy to be happy. The pursuit of happiness is a great activity. One must be open and alive. It is the greatest feat man has to accomplish."
--Robert Herrick, American Novelist
“Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear.”
--Mark Twain ,Writer, American Humorist, Author , and Entrepreneur
“Women should do for themselves what men have already done—occasionally what men have not done—thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action.”
– Amelia Earhart, Aviation Pioneer
“If you treat people right, they will treat you right---ninety percent of the time.
-President Franklin D. Roosevelt
"The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter."
-- Norman Cousins, American Political Journalist and Author
"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand."
-President Harry S Truman
“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."
-President Dwight D. Eisenhower
“I don't have a feeling of inferiority. Never had. I'm as good as anybody, but no better.”
Katherine Johnson, Mathematician, NASA
"The measure of a country's greatness is its ability to retain compassion in times of crisis."
- Thurgood Marshal, Supreme Court Justice
“The essence of America — that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion — it is an idea — and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from but where you are going.”
--Condoleezza Rice, United States Secretary of State
“Emotional resilience is so important. If you’re the leader, and you look like you’re sick, or not doing well, then the whole place is sick.”
--Alan Mulally , President & CEO of The Ford Motor Company
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