Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Words to Live By

You will never guess the provenance of this quote:

My friends, we are not the sum of our possessions. They are not the measure of our lives. In our hearts we know what matters. We cannot hope only to leave our children a bigger car, a bigger bank account. We must hope to give them a sense of what it means to be a loyal friend, a loving parent, a citizen who leaves his home, his neighborhood and town better than he found it. What do we want the men and women who work with us to say when we are no longer there? That we were more driven to succeed than anyone around us? Or that we stopped to ask if a sick child had gotten better, and stayed a moment there to trade a word of friendship?

One may argue endlessly whether he who spoke them lived up to them; all I can say is that I would like to. This is from the inaugural address of George H.W. Bush, January 20, 1989.


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