Because we won’t be hearing any today, I present you with a selection of eloquent words that continue to stand the test of time.
“So let us begin anew–remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate. Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.”–John F. Kennedy
“How can we love your country and not love our countrymen; and loving them, reach out a hand when they fall, heal them when they’re sick, and provide opportunity to make them self-sufficient so they will be equal in fact and not just in theory?”–Ronald Reagan
“The time is always right to do what is right.”–Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Let us not seek the Republican answer, or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”–John F. Kennedy
“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 these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”–Thomas Jefferson
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”–Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”–Helen Keller