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
Unconventional Inaugural quotations
It is an error to believe that Christ did not teach a determined body of doctrine applicable to all times and to all men, but rather that He inaugurated a religious movement adapted, or to be adapted, to different times and different places.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself-and possibly teh bogey man.
I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.
The propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained...
The transformation of part of the northern part of this continent into "America" inaugurated a nearly boundless epoch of opportunity and innovation, and thus deserves to be celebrated with great vim and gusto, with or without the participation of those who wish they had never been born.
If we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.
's birthday at a time of presidential inaugurals, this is thanks to Ronald Reagan who created the holiday, and not to the Democratic Congress of the Carter years, which rejected it.
The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
I talk about going to his [George W. Bush's] Inauguration and crying when he took the oath, 'cause I was so afraid he was going to "wreck the economy and muck up the drinking water"... the failure of my pessimistic imagination at that moment boggles my mind now.
Government is not a solution to our problem government is the problem.
The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.
I and others of my sex find ourselves controlled by a form of government in the inauguration of which we had no voice.
To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness.
I am told that tens of thousands of prayer meetings are being held on this day;
for that I am deeply grateful. We are a nation under God, and I believe God intended for us to be free. It would be fitting and good, I think, if on each inaugural day in future years it should be declared a day of prayer.
We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations
So let us begin anew - remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof
the better angels of our nature
Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet and to repulse it.
Let us strive on to finish the work we are in.
We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity.
I do but quote from one of those speeches when I declare that "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so."
In the circumstances in which the Republic finds itself, the constitution cannot be inaugurated; it would destroy itself. The provisional government of France is revolutionary until there is peace.
The great men of music close periods;
they do not inaugurate them. The pioneer work, the finding of new paths, is left to smaller men.
President Trump ought to realize, he's not campaigning anymore.
He's president. And instead of talking about how many people showed up at his inauguration, he ought to be talking about how many people are going to stay into the middle class and move into the middle class.
United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures.
Divided, there is little we can do-for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.
Rituals, anthropologists will tell us, are about transformation.
The rituals we use for marriage, baptism or inaugurating a president are as elaborate as they are because we associate the ritual with a major life passage, the crossing of a critical threshold, or in other words, with transformation.
With firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.
The primary reason Jesus came to earth was to inaugurate the Kingdom of God.
Often, we hear that the reason Jesus came to the earth was to die on the Cross. Jesus did come to die on the Cross, but that death on the Cross was for the purpose of establishing the Kingdom of God.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
This great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper.
So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
President Nixon in his inaugural address indicated that he wanted an era of negotiation. Our reasoning was that whatever our ideological differences, whatever our geopolitical differences, we were condemned to coexistence by nuclear weapons.
If we are truly created equal then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well