realized that public affairs were also my affairs. I
became active in politics because I saw the possibility,
if we all sat back and did nothing, of a world in which
there would no longer be any stages for actors to act
-- Helen Gahagan Douglas (1900-1980)
passive and ignorant citizenry will never create a sustainable
-- Andrew Gaines
is the best government? That which teaches us to govern
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open."
-- Gunter Grass
free, self-respecting, and autonomous citizens there
can be no free and independent nations. Without
internal peace, that is, peace among citizens and
between the citizens and the state, there can be
no guarantee of external peace.
generation that acquires knowledge without ever understanding
how that knowledge can benefit the community is a generation
that is not learning what it means to be citizens in
-- Elizabeth L. Hollander (1817-1885)
you look back in history, you will find the core mission
of public education in America was to create places
of civic virtue for our children and for our society.
As education undergoes the rigors of re-examination
and the need for reinvention, it is cruicial to remember
that the key role of public schools is to preserve democracy
and, that as battered as we might be, our mission is
central to the future of this county."
-- Paul D. Houston, Executive director of the American
Association of School Administrators
community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared
to take the helm."
-- Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright (1828-1906)
nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and
every member of it is personally responsible for
is strangely absurd to suppose that a million
of human beings, collected together, are not under
the same moral laws which bind each of them separately."
not what your country can do for you…Ask what
you can do for your country."
efforts of the government alone will never be
enough. In the end the people must choose and
the people must help themselves."
do I owe to my times, to my country, to my neighbors,
to my friends? Such are the questions which a virtuous
man ought often to ask himself.”
-- Johann Kaspar Lavater, German poet and physiognomist
us at all times remember that all American citizens
are brothers of a common country, and should dwell
together in bonds of fraternal feeling."
is never a thing done. Democracy is always something
that a nation must be doing."
-- Archibald MacLeish, American poet, public official
is the most demanding of all forms of government
in terms of the energy, imagination, and public
spirit required of the individual."
C. Marshall (1880-1959)
doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed
citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the
only thing that ever has."
worth of the state, in the long run, is the worth
of the individuals composing it."
I knew something that would serve my country but would
harm mankind, I would never reveal it; for I am a citizen
of humanity first and by necessity, and a citizen of
France second, and only by accident"
-- Charles de Montesquieu
democracy nor effective representation is possible until
each participant in the group...devotes a measurable
part of his life to furthering its existence."
-- Lewis Mumford, American social philosopher (1895-1990)
can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship.
officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
-- George Jean Nathan
most important thing an institution does is not to prepare
a student for a career but for a life as a citizen."
-- Frank Newman
World is my country, all mankind are my brethren,
and to do good is my religion."
punishment which the wise suffer, who refuse to take
part in government, is to live under the government
of worse men.
Greek word for idiot, literally translated, means one
who does not participate in politics. That sums up my
conviction on the subject."
Gladys Pyle, Senator (1890-1989)
participation in government and society has been a basic
right of the country symbolizing the full citizenship
and equal protection of all.
-- Charles Rangel
government is us; we are the government, you and
first requisite of a good citizen in this republic
of ours is that he shall be able and willing to
pull his own weight."
system of governance is eventually adopted, it is
important that it carries the people with it. We
need to convey the message that safeguarding our
common property, humankind, will require developing
in each of us a new loyalty: a loyalty to mankind.
It calls for the nurturing of a feeling of belonging
to the human race. We have to become world citizens.
global citizens, it is our responsibility to become
active participants in our democracy, and to make
sure that everyone's civil rights are protected.
citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers
and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding,
the beginning and the end."
am a citizen, not of Athens or Greece, but of the world"
Citizenship is what makes a republic -- monarchies
can get along without it.
when the consequences of our actions (and inaction!)
reach further into time and space than at any
previous point in history, we more than ever need
politically engaged citizens."
are citizens of the world. The tragedy of our
times is that we do not know this.