Words matter. They are what move us. They compel us to take action; to vote; to make change; to love; to fight; to go the distance; to believe; to defend; to be the difference. Today, we have more words coming at us than ever imagined. It’s easy for them to seem “less.”
So, we offer you moments of great substance — when words lived up to their purpose.
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.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed
The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.
You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children (America), the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.
I have answered the summons with a cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the walls. I shall never surrender or retreat.
We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot.
We here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Fundamentally, we all want to be inspired.