We get inspiration from many sources. Here are some inspiring words that are etched into the minds and hearts of, hopefully, every American…
“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.” From the United States Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Often called the most quoted sentence in history.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
From “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus, part of the inscription at the base of the Statue of Liberty which stands in New York harbor welcoming immigrants from around the world to a new life in the land of opportunity.
“Another way of indicating the importance of immigration to America is to point out that every American who ever lived, with the exception of one group, was either an immigrant himself or a descendant of immigrants.
The exception? Will Rogers, part Cherokee Indian, said that his ancestors were at the dock to meet the Mayflower…
In just over 350 years, a nation of nearly 200 million people has grown up, populated almost entirely by persons who either came from other lands or whose forefathers came from other lands. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt reminded a convention of the Daughters of the American Revolution, “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
From chapter one of A Nation of Immigrants by President John F. Kennedy